NordAqua News & Events 2019

  • Thank you for attending the 2nd NordAqua Annual Meeting 2019 in Oslo, Norway!

The second NordAqua Annual meeting has been held in Oslo. Norway between 27th Feb and 1st March 2019. To those of you who were able to participate, thank you for attending!

For the NordAqua team members all meeting materials have been posted to the NordAqua internal cloud- Seafile.
We hope to see you again for the 2020 NordAqua Annual Meeting in Sweden!

  • The International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO, and supporting young girls for their education is a necessity for the development. On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly decided to establish an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, is implemented by UNESCO and UN-Women, in collaboration institutions and civil society partners that aim to ensure full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

Within the scope of 11th Feb, UTU team hosted an event in Turku which aims to promote women and girls in science; bring visibility to changes & challenges to women over the years.  Professor emerita Marjatta Raudaskoski gave a talk to women researchers at UTU Turku facilities about her scientific career including highlights; and the changes & challenges in science.

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Open engineer position on microalgae technology and bioprospecting in Norway!

Our partner the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research’s (NIBIO) is looking for a motivated engineer to hire!

The work covers studies on microalgae’s potential to produce high quality proteins, polyunsaturated fatty acids and carbohydrates for future food and feed; and also studies on high-value products for use in pharmaceuticals, food and healthfood. Cultivation and optimisation of microalgae biomass composition at laboratory and pilot scales, as a joint effort with commercial interests topics are also included in the work description .

The deadline for application is March 6th, 2019.

For more information about the job advert & application process see: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/164261/engineer-microalgae-technology-and-bioprospecting

  • The 2nd NordAqua Annual Meeting 2019: Registration Closed!  

Registration of NordAqua Annual Meeting 2019 (internal meeting for NordAqua members) is closed on 17th Feb 2019. Final Programme of the meeting will be sent soon to all members!

We look forward to seeing and meeting as many of you as possible in OSLO!

  • Course Announcement: NordAqua Spring 2019

The courses offered by NordAqua for Spring 2019 has been announced and registration is open!

The course " Applied Photosynthesis Research" includes the basic concepts of the biorefineries and  discuss the contribution of photosynthetic organisms to blue and green biorefineries.

The course "Towards Bio-based Finland" covers the basic concepts of the bioeconomy and the circular economy, with an overview of different industrial companies operating in Finland. 

The course "Entrepreneurship for Research Professionals"  provides introduction to entrepreneurship by looking at entrepreneur-ship at individual and company level.

To see more information for each of the courses: CLICK!

  • The 2nd NordAqua Annual Meeting 2019: Registration is now open for NordAqua members! 

The 2nd NordAqua Annual Meeting 2019 will be held on 27 Feb-1 March 2019 in Oslo, Norway at Thon Hotel Bristol.

On Wednesday, 27th Feb the annual meeting will overlap with the last session of the 2nd Nordic Algae Symposium 2019 (NAS19) organized by NIBIO (For more info: NAS19) . We strongly encourage all our members to participate in NAS19. Please take into account that NAS has a separate registration link. Next 2 days, Thursday 28th Feb and Friday, 1st March , a “closed annual meeting” is going to be organized for NordAqua members only.

Registration link was sent via email to NordAqua members.

The preliminary programme for the 2nd NordAqua Annual Meeting 2019 is now available online: Preliminary Programme. Please note that the programme is subject to change. More details about the meeting programme will be posted soon! Please stay tuned!

 We look forward to seeing and meeting as many of you as possible in OSLO!

  • Public talk at Turku City Library!

On 10th Jan 2019, University of Turku (UTU) team organized a public talk at Turku City Library which is a great way to present our project and activities. The event also made the NordAqua visible and available to general public.

The talk, given by Postdoctoral Researcher Martina Jokel (Ph.D), gave a chance to audiences to learn about bioeconomy & blue-economy terms, the state of the blue-bioeconomy transition in Finland and the role of algae.Active participation of the audiences with their questions showed their engagement to our project and interest to bioeconomy topic.

Thank you to everyone who attended the public talk at Turku City Library!  We will be releasing date of the public outreaches for 2019 in the web page. Please stay tuned for information relating to public talks by NordAqua members!

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  • Two research papers by the Umeå University team are on-line!

"Northern green algae have the capacity to remove active pharmaceutical ingredients" is published in the Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

"Green bioplastics as part of a circular bioeconomy" is published in the Trends in Plant Science.


Events

Here you will find a running list of events occurring in the NordAqua partner organisations! The events listed below are not necessarily supported by NordAqua.

- Upcoming Ph.D defence Announcement- Lorenza Ferro , on Friday, March 15, 2019 — 10:00 AM (Sweden time zone)

Candidate: Lorenza Ferro                  

Topic:  Wastewater treatment and biomass generation by Nordic microalgae. Growth in subarctic climate and microbial interactions.

Location: Stora hörsalen, Umeå University

Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Christiane Funk, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden

Opponent: : Prof. Luisa Gouveia, National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Lisbon, Portugal


News and upcoming events related to the algae sector and photosynthesis

Forthcoming events are listed below!


2019

  • Algae Biomass Summit, 16-19September 2019, Orlando, Florida

The Summit is the algae industry's leading event, where leading producers of algae products go to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers converse with utility executives, and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists.For more info click!

  • IWA Conference on Algal Technologies and Stabilization Ponds for Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery IWAlgae2019, 1-2 July 2019, Valladolid, Spain

IWAlgae2019 is a joint event bringing together the 2nd IWA Conference on Algal Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery and the 12th IWA Specialist Group Conference in Wastewater Pond Technology. These two international conferences will allow scientists, algaeneers and practitioners to exchange the latest knowledge on the application of photosynthetic microorganisms for wastewater treatment and resource recovery, covering traditional opened ponds systems and the use of photobioreactors. For further information click!

  • The 9th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts, 17-19 June 2019, Embassy Suites, Boulder, CO, USA

The 9th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2019) will take place in Boulder (CO, USA) where as the previous years the event will continue to provide an exciting atmosphere to discuss the latest research and technologies and to interact with leaders in the field in the algal technologies. For further information click!