NordAqua News & Events 2021

  • Open postdoc position on photosynthesis and photoelectrochemistry

The UTU Photosynthetic Microbes group is a part of a Nordic Center of Excellence (NordAqua, and looking for a motivated postdoc to hire!

The team focuses on both fundamental aspects of photosynthesis, studying alternative electron transport pathways, and also applied photosynthesis, studying water remediation, biofuels and chemical production. You can learn more about the group here:

The goal of the project is to utilize the ability of photosynthetic microbes to create solar-driven electricity and produce the targeted chemicals.

Deadline for the application is 30 June 2021!

For more information about the application process see: Postdoc position @Photomicrobes group


  • Articles from NordAqua consortium in Physiologia Plantarum special issue!

Here you can find articles from our consortium that are published in the Physiologia Plantarum "Blue economy in the North" special issue ! This volume of the journal is a special issue organized in collaboration with NordAqua.

"NordAqua, a Nordic Center of Excellence to develop an algae‐based photosynthetic production platform"

"Sustainable resource production for manufacturing bioactives from micro‐ and macroalgae: Examples from harvesting and cultivation in the Nordic region"

"Regulatory electron transport pathways of photosynthesis in cyanobacteria and microalgae: recent advances and biotechnological prospects"

"The cell wall of green microalgae and its role in heavy metal removal"

"Nordic cyanobacterial and algal lipids: TAG accumulation, chemotaxonomy and bioindustrial potential"

"Photoautotrophic production of renewable ethylene by engineered cyanobacteria: Steering the cell metabolism towards biotechnological use"

"Wastewater treatment by microalgae"

"Photosynthetic hydrogen production: Novel protocols, promising engineering approaches and application of semi‐synthetic hydrogenases"

  • FinnCERES Public Seminar: Fibre and Beyond

FinnCERES invites you to a unique showcase of the latest research findings and innovations in the world of bio-based materialson 10 March at 2 PM (EET/GMT+2)!

Please click here for more info and registration!

  • NordAqua Annual Meeting 2021 will be held ONLINE!

NordAqua members! We are delighted to welcome you to the NordAqua Annual Meeting 2021, on Thursday 4th March. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this meeting will be held online. In this meeting our partner organizations will give a brief recap of 2020. The information regarding the final programme and zoom link have already been sent to internal email of NordAqua consortium.

We also would like to inform you that the Nordic Algae Symposium (NAS) is cancelled because of the outbreak.

We look forward to meeting you online!

  • A new research article on nutrient removal from hydroponic effluent by Nordic microalgae in a greenhouse environment at pilot scale!

Congrats to UTU & LUKE team for the collaborative paper which is recently out! The study shows the feasibility of using Nordic cyanobacteria and microalgae for bioremediation of hydroponic effluents from a commercial cucumber greenhouse was evaluated. It is a proof of concept paper for using a greenhouse infrastructure to provide artificial light and temperature for the cultivation of microalgae creates an exciting opportunity for microalgae bioremediation in Nordic countries.

Please check here the article: "Nutrient removal from hydroponic effluent by Nordic microalgae: From screening to a greenhouse photobioreactor operation"

  • A new research article on pharmaceutical removal with Nordic microalgae at pilot scale!

Congrats to Umeå University team members! A new research article is recently out which determines the efficiency of Nordic microalgal strains in API removal using HRAPs fed with municipal wastewater and their fate after treatment!

Please click to read the article: Fate of active pharmaceutical ingredients in a northern high-rate algal pond fed with municipal wastewater

  • New research articles by the Uppsala Uni team are on-line!

Congrats to UU team! The articles are:

Isobutene production in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 by introducing α-ketoisocaproate dioxygenase from Rattus norvegicus

Metabolic engineering of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 for improved bisabolene production

Engineered cyanobacteria with additional overexpression of selected Calvin-Benson-Bassham enzymes show further increased ethanol production

  • Save the date: 04.03.2021 - NordAqua Annual Meeting

The NordAqua Annual Meeting will be held ONLINE on March 4, 2021. NordAqua members, please save the date. The information regarding the details of the annual meeting will be sent to consortium common email list. Please stay tuned!