AlgaEurope Returns to Live Event

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AlgaEurope Rome

AlgaEurope bounces back to live with a record attendance.

AlgaEurope this year attracted 425 delegates — a first in the history of the conference!” announced Kuno Jacobs, Managing Director of the conference organizing group DLG Benelux.

The first in-person event after a two-year hiatus, AlgaEurope was held at the Ergife Palace Hotel in Rome, Italy, December 13-15, 2022. The three-day program featured more than 90 expert speakers, covering scientific, technological, and business-related topics in the global algae biomass sector. The record attendance represented 44 countries.

High-caliber keynote speakers opened each conference day kicking off with Paul G. Falkowski from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA addressing “The Cost of Light.” Sammy Boussiba from Ben Gurion University, Israel opened the second day with a presentation on “Astaxanthin — the King of Carotenoids and its Path in Nature.” And Alison Smith from University of Cambridge, UK, discussed “How can we Exploit the Biodiversity of Algae for Biotechnology?” in the final keynote.

Plenary sessions addressed topics including seaweed sources and applications, process, physiology, biorefineries, feed, biostimulants, genetics, bioremediation, and biomaterials.

“Sharing their expertise and insight in the algae industry, experts from companies and renowned knowledge institutes explored numerous topics, from the use of 3D printers for seaweed snacks, how to determine anti-microbial and anti-diabetic compounds from seaweed, to low-cost microalgae harvesting,” said Mr. Jacobs.

“The feedback we have received suggests that meeting up at an in-person venue where we use all five senses is highly valuable to accurately assess the merit of solutions and trends. We are pleased that so many experts recognize this,” he said.

Company presentations and the Mentor’s Evening were part of the special features. “The Scientific Committee was overwhelmed with proposals for topics this year,” said Jean-Paul Cadoret, President of EABA. “Never before have we had 289 abstracts submitted to the conference. This just goes to show not only that scientific research in algae is currently high but also that an in-person venue is the preferred way to share new knowledge.”

In addition to the in-person presentations at the venue in Rome, some 148 scientific authors presented their work in the poster area, which also offered a trade show, with some 20 companies presenting their exhibits.

AlgaEurope Sponsors this year included:
Platinum: Algalif
Silver: A4F – Algafuel, Green Aqua, Fluid Air, Microphyt, SCHOTT
Bronze: Fermentalg, Livegreen and SANI Membranes

The next AlgaEurope conference will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, December 12-14, 2023.

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