NordAqua News

We would like to thank everyone who was able to attend the 1st NordAqua Annual Meeting 2018!

2018´s annual meeting hosted nearly 40 people and included attendees not only from NordAqua academic partners but also from funding organization- NordForsk, moderators, industrial partners and Academy of Finland.  

The first day of the annual meeting was overlapped with the evening session of the 1st Nordic Algae Symposium 2018 (NAS18). Overview of NordAqua project was presented by our vice-chair Assoc. Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne and Dr. Reeta Huhtinen has also talked about the Smart Chemistry Park innovation platform for value chain development. The day ended with the panel discussion under the moderation of our vice-chair with the panelists Academician Eva-Mari Aro (NordAqua NCoE chair), Dr. Federico G. Witt (Production Director of AlgaEnergy, Spain), Heikki Hyttinen (General Manager of Subitec GmbH, Germany), Prof. Peter Lindblad (Uppsala University Team Leader of NordAqua), Prof. Poul Erik Jensen (Head of Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, Denmark) , Dr. Silvia Fluch (Chief Operating Officer of Ecoduna, Austria) and Vitor Verdelho (EABA president and Co-founder of A4F, Portugal). 

On 1st of Feb 2018, NordAqua NcoE Annual meeting 2018 was internal and focused on the work packages (WPs) where the six WP (WP 1-6) activities were presented under the chairmanship of the each WP leader. Every WP session ended with discussions which were helpful in clarifying the questions and refining the ideas. Management Board Meeting was also held at the end of the WP sessions with all team leaders.

Last day of the internal annual meeting started with Scientific Board Meeting and ended with WP7 session. As WP7 ongoing activity, the NordAqua Entrepreneurship Workshop was held with the participation of both junior and senior researchers of NordAqua under the management of Prof. Jarna Heinonen and Research Director Ulla Hytti from University of Turku. The workshop designed (i) to understand the entrepreneurship as an idea, (ii) to become familiar with the entrepreneurial process and (iii) how to transfer ideas into business opportunities and present ideas to others. We would like to thank to Prof. Jarna Heinonen for bringing the idea of workshop and implementing it.

Thank to all members  of NordAqua who made this meeting informative and generative. We look forward to meeting you in the further events!

ATTENTION: All the documentation of the 1st NordAqua Annual Meeting 2018 is available now at the consortium library- NordAqua Seafile.

Please find HERE the Final Programme of the annual meeting 2018. The programme contains information about all sessions, including the WP presentations and Entrepreneurship Workshop.

The participant list of the NordAqua Annual Meeting is available here!








  • Call for Ph.D position in microalgae technology/beer brewing at NIBIO, Norway (Closed)

          Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), one of the academic partners of NordAqua, is offering a Ph.D Fellowship of full-time 3-year position within microalgae technology and beer brewing for motivated and talented students. We encourage you to visit the link for more information and application instructions! 

  • Research paper by UTU team contributing to WP4 is on-line!

         "Evaluation of light energy to H2 energy conversion efficiency in thin films of cyanobacteria and green alga under photoautotrophic conditions

  • First research paper reflecting NordAqua aims is on-line!

        "Nutrient removal and biodiesel feedstock potential of green alga UHCC00027 grown in municipal wastewater under Nordic conditions


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

  • The 1st European Congress on Photosynthesis Research ePS-1, June 25-28, 2018, Uppsala, Sweden

The first European conference for photosynthesis research ePS-1 will cover all aspects of photosynthesis, from genetics and molecular mechanisms, to crop yields, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels. In addition, the ePS-Young meeting for PhD students and postdocs will be organized  the weekend before the main meeting. For further information and registration please visit the congress web!

  • Public Defence, University of Turku 

The public defence of Linda Vuorijoki will be held on Friday-  27th October  2017, at 12 o´clock in Educarium auditorium Edu 1 of University of Turku. The doctoral thesis is titled as "Targeted Proteomics in Characterizing Iron-deprived Cyanobacteria: Insights into the Regulation of Iron-Sulfur Cluster Biogenesis" and the opponent is Dr. Janneke Balk from John Innes Centre, UK. 

News about bioeconomy and upcoming events

Are you interested in bioeconomy and blue bioeconomy? Are you  working on green engineering? Please note the events around the world  listed below!


  • EuroScience Open Forum, 9-14 July 2018, Toulouse, France

ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people, media and the general public. For further information click!

  • Young Algaeneers Symposium (YAS 2018), 16 – 18 May 2018, Oban, Scotland

The fourth edition of the Young Algaeneers Symposium (YAS 2018) is a symposium designed and organised by young scientists for young scientist, addressing all aspects of algal (both micro and macro) research and technology.  The program will last 2.5 days during which time will be allocated for long talks, flash talks and poster sessions. To learn more and register click here!

  • 26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition -EUBCE 2018, 14-18 May 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

The EUBCE represents the leading platform for the collection, exchange and dissemination of scientific know-how in the field of biomass. Click here to learn more!

  • 8th European Algae Industry Summit, 25-26 April, 2018, Vienna, Austria)

The event will explore the ongoing developments of the algae industry. With insights from key industry players, the conference will address both the technical and commercial aspects of algae production and its end-uses, in Europe and across the globe. Click to learn more!

  • Successful R&I in Europe 2018 - 9th European Networking Event, 15-16 March 2018, Düsseldorf, Germany

For the ninth time, the conference invites researchers and entrepreneurs from North Rhine-Westphalia and regions in Europe to find new European Research & Innovation (R&I) partners for Horizon 2020 projects. Participants, who are interested in giving a presentation, can participate in the "Call for Presentations" (ideas for H2020 projects and/or results from former international R&D&I projects).  Click here for more information!


  • 2017 Bioeconomy Investment Submit, 14-15 December 2017, Helsinki, Finland

For the Bioeconomy Investment Submit,  over 30 speakers from across the globe will share their views on how they can bring together the economy and the environment in Helsinki, on 14-15 December 2017.Click here for free registration! 

  • Stakeholder Forum, 7 December 2017, Brussels, Belgium

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is organizing the First Stakeholder Forum on December 7, 2017 in Brussels. Registration is free but places are limited!The Stakeholder Forum is a one-day public event dedicated to engaging directly in dialogue with BBI JU’s stakeholders. Click here to learn more!

  • ALGAEUROPE, 5-7 December 2017, Berlin, Germany

ALGAEUROPE 2017 offers an unique opportunity for the exchange between academia and industry. The conference will be established in a networking based environment that allows discussions on the evolution of the Algae Biomass sector worldwide and understand the role of the main European Players. Click here to learn more!

  • 8th International Scientific Conference ‘RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2017: Bioeconomy Challenges’, 23-24 November 2017, Kaunas, Lithuania

The aim of the 8th International Scientific Conference ‘RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2017: Bioeconomy Challenges’ is to provide scientific interdisciplinary discussion and to share new ideas for sustainable rural development in the context of Knowledge, Innovations and Social Progress. Click here to learn more!

  • Financing Bioeconomy Innovations, BIOECONFIN, 22 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Are you interested in how your bioeconomy innovations can take off, scale and get funded, so please click here to learn more about the first BIOECONFIN. BIOECONFIN also offers a free possibility for a 1-on-1 meeting with one of the bioeconomy experts, who can advise you on how to advance your project.