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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

23/02/2016: Algae: A brave new industry

http://www.dlg.org/home-en.html
Algae are little plants full of protein and oils, and they can act as an alternative to limited existing sources. We can expect to see increased use of algae in both the food and feed industry. But in order to realise their potential as a functional ingredient, some hurdles still need to be overcome.

Pilot projects are needed, for example, to prove that production is both possible and profitable on a commercial scale. This is a time where algae production is reaching a tipping point where it goes from being a product with potential to potential game changer.

During AlgaEurope you could feel the vibrant atmosphere where this industry is in. With over 220 participants (+24% compared to 2014), 10 table tops, 65 speakers and 60 poster presentations this conference is becoming the reference conference on algae in Europe.

Well known contributors and scientists from 28 countries worldwide were present at AlgaEurope. Presentations given by leading scientists, CEOs, and authorities from all over the world together with poster presentations gave a clear insight into the latest technological innovations, the economic outlook and the international developments in the algae industry.
  
http://www.algaecongress.com/
Image: Dave Evers
Also there was ample time for networking. On 30 November there was an opening reception and on December 2 in the evening, a social evening was organised and offered by the European Commission. The conference on algae also featured many lunch, dinner and coffee break products with algae inside.

The conference was organised by the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) and the Directorates General for Energy of the European Commission in collaboration with DLG
Benelux (German Agricultural Society).

The Conference Co-Chairs were Vitor Verdelho (EABA President), Kyriakos Maniatis (DG Ener) and Paulien Hoftijzer (DLG Benelux).

Key Features 2015 edition

  •     6 Sponsors
  •     6 Official Partners
  •     10 Table top presentations
  •     64 Speakers
  •     28 Participating countries, see below
  •     220+ delegates
  •     11 Sessions
  •     1 Thematic round table
  •     3 Networking lunches
  •     60 Poster presentations
  •     Welcome reception offered by A4f Algae for Future, on November 30
  •     Dinner offered by the EC
The next AlgaEurope is scheduled to take place from 6-8 December 2016 in UK.
Read more HERE
Visit the DLG site HERE.  

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