NordAqua News & Events 2020

  • New hiring: Open positions at University of Turku!

University of Turku is looking for motivated doctoral candidate & postdoctoral researchers to hire!

Three positions are open at the Photosynthetic Microbes group where the group is a part of the NordAqua Nordic Center of Excellence. The positions are available from September 1, 2020. For more information about open positions and the application process please check the links below:

PhD student position to research regulatory processes of photosynthesis in cyanobacteria and microalgae

Postdoctoral researcher position in algal biofertilizers and biostimulants

Postdoctoral researcher position to develop a solid-state photosynthetic bioproduction platform

  • Deadline extended to 14th July for abstract submission to give a talk at the SPPS PhD Student Conference!

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their abstract for oral presentation. The organizing committe has decided to extend the deadline to 14 July 2020 to allow young researchers who missed the chance to submit their abstract. New deadline is 14th July 2020! Please don´t miss the chance this time! 

For details please visit: SPPS PhD Conference 2020 or

  • The SPPS PhD Student Conference 2020 has teamed up with NordAqua to organize the Bioeconomy session!

NordAqua young researchers!

Please don't miss the chance of submitting your abstract for a talk as soon as possible before the deadline on July 7th for the blue bioeconomy session at SPPS PhD Student! The invited speaker of the session is Maria Barbosa, Director of AlgaePARC, Netherlands ( ), a large multidisciplinary research program which integrates the entire microalgae and cyanobacteria process chain. For details please see: SPPS PhD Conference 2020 or

  • NordAqua misses the public outreach and face to face events:  A reminder about SciFest 2020 on March 2020 in Uppsala, Sweden

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many NordAqua public activities were cancelled, but we would like to remind you the last public event we attent where we had chance to meet face to face and introduce the NordAqua & algae world!

SciFest is a science festival organized annually in Uppsala, Sweden and involves a wide range of workshops, shows, competitions, research meetings and lectures. At SciFest, curious people of all ages can try and get a taste of research and its applications in all fields of science.Exhibitors and participants are from schools and universities as well as companies, authorities, museums and organizations. Many of the participants in the program are students, young researchers and innovators who can easily help inspire other young people.

Special thanks go to Uppsala University team for representing NordAqua and let us reach the curious future alganeers!

  • Article "Green Bioplastics as Part of Green Circular Economy" is in the Top %1 of the academic field of Plant & Animal Scince with high citations!

Congrats to UmU team! Article "Green Bioplastics as Part of Green Circular Economy" published in Trends In Plant Science journal as of Jan/Feb 2020, received enough citations to place it in the top %1 of the academic field of Plant and Animal Science based on the highly cited threshold for the field & publication year.

  • Special Issue on Blue economy in the North at Physiologia Plantarum!

In collaboration with NordAqua, Physiologia Plantarum journal has a call for articles for a special issue on "Blue economy in the North"!

The focus of this issue is on the identification and development of Nordic cyanobacteria, micro- and macroalgae and their use as industrial production strains in Scandinavia.The guest editors are Christiane Funk from Sweden (Umeå University team leader of NordAqua), Jorunn Skjermo from Norway (SINTEF team leader of NordAqua) and Poul Erik Jensen from Copenhagen University, Denmark. 

The submission deadline for  Physiologia Plantarum Special Issue on Blue Economy is now extended to the end of the year, Dec 2020! So if you want to submit your work on nordic algae/cyanobacteria strains and for details please see: Call for articles-Physiologia Plantarum Special Issue on Blue Economy

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

Congrats to UTU team! 

Two new research articles "Cytochrome cM decreases photosynthesis under photomixotrophy in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803" and "Functional redundancy between flavodiiron proteins and NDH‐1 in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803" are online! 

  • Open position on solid-state photosynthetic bioproduction

University of Turku is looking for a motivated doctoral candidate/postdoctoral researcher to hire!

The position is open at the Photosynthetic Microbes group. The work is a part of an Academy of Finland funded project which will be conducted in close collaboration with material scientists from VTT and Aalto University. The doctoral candidate/postdoctoral researcher will work on designing and constructing solid-state cell factories consisting of photosynthetic microorganisms (cyanobacteria and microalgae) and lignocellulosic building blocks.

The position is for full-time and available from May 1, 2020.

For more information about the application process please see: Open position at UTU

  • The 3rd NordAqua Annual Meeting 2020, 4-6 March 2020, Uppsala, Sweden

We would like to thank everyone who attended the 3rd NordAqua Annual Meeting 2020!

The first day of the annual meeting was overlapping with the evening session of the 3rd Nordic Algae Symposium 2020 (NAS20). 

In the internal NordAqua Annual meeting (5th and 6th of March 2020) WP progress were discussed. 5th March afternoon session ended with  "Effective Coaching Conversations" under the supervision of Rabbe Hedengren & Anna Westin from Uppsala University.

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

An interactive course "Methods in Photosynthesis and Biotechnology in Cyanobacteria and Green Algae"

An interactive course covering theory and practical sessions was organized for the NordAqua Master / PhD students and young postdocs by the Uppsala team. After the course the students was able to demonstrate knowledge of techniques used for engineering cyanobacteria and analyzing hydrogen production in green algae used in the photosynthesis study and describe the MIMS technique and how it can be used to study processes in photosynthetic cells. 

Photos from the course


Photos from the annual meeting



  • New research papers by Umeå University team contributing to WP1 are on-line!

Two research papers titled as "Cryogenic X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy determines surface composition of algal cells and gives insights into their spontaneous sedimentation" and "Modeling biomass production during progressive nitrogen starvation by North Swedish green microalgae" are published in Algal Research Journal!

  • The 3rd NordAqua Annual Meeting 2020: Registration is now open for NordAqua members! 

The 3rd NordAqua Annual Meeting 2020 will be held on 4-6 March 2020 in Uppsala, Sweden.

On Wednesday, 4th March the annual meeting will overlap with the last session of the 3rd Nordic Algae Symposium 2020 (NAS20) organized by Uppsala University team (For more info: NAS20). We strongly encourage all our members to participate in NAS20. Please take into account that NAS has a separate registration link. Next 2 days, Thursday 5th March and Friday, 6th March , a “closed annual meeting” is going to be organized for only NordAqua members.

Registration link & the preliminary programme for the  Annual Meeting 2020 were sent via email to NordAqua consortium. 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 Uppsala!

  • Leväpäivä on 24 January 2020 in Hämeenlinna!

Finnish algaeneers gathered for Leväpäivä (algae day) organized by Leväsieppari project partners at HAMK Visamäki. NordAqua is pleased to attend and present NordAqua consortium!


  • NaviGate 2020 on 22-23 January 2020 in Turku! 

Finland’s largest maritime trade exhibition NaviGate is an international fair for professionals, organized at the Turku Fair Center (Finland) on 22-23 January 2020. NordAqua attended the fair at the UTU booth which gave us a great opportunity to meet with the maritime professional, industry members and also students.


  • Open position on algal biomass production and the development of sustainable and biobased UV sunscreens

Our partner Umeå University is looking for a motivated postdoctoral researcher to hire!

The work is part of the projects MicroBioRefine and NordAqua focusing on the efficient and economic production of biomass by growing high latitude photosynthetic microorganisms on carbon dioxide and nutrients from local flue gases and wastewaters. The postdocdoral researcher will work in the field of renewable energy with focus on algal biomass production and the development of sustainable and biobased UV sunscreens.

The position is for full-time for a period of two years.Deadline for the application is 20 January, 2020.

For more information about the application process please see: