Thursday, June 9, 2016

09/06/2016: AlgaEurope 2016: Algae in our daily lives

AlgaEurope 2016's organising committee lives and breathes algae, of course. But does the world rely more and more on algae?
Did you know that if your morning ritual consisted of a bowl of yoghurt or a slightly less healthy muffin, coffee with creamer, feeding your pet and ultimately brushing your teeth, you (or your pet) have ingested the whole algal colour palette!
AlgaEurope 2016 – bringing together academia and industry
AlgaEurope 2016 takes place from 13-15 December in the Eurostars Madrid Tower hotel, in Madrid, Spain. This year, AlgaEurope will once again provide a unique opportunity for networking among academia, industry and all other stakeholders in a relaxed but stimulating environment. The combination of 11 on-topic sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions, workshops, and networking lunches by leading experts ensures that delegates will be informed on the latest developments and state of the art in algae research and industrial deployment. The poster session and the trade show offer even more possibilities to present innovative products, processes and services. The organisation expects to attract around 250 participants.
Algae: the planet’s future food, fuel and commodity

The human population as a whole is exerting a continuously increasing pressure on our planet. In 2011, we hit the one billion vehicles on the planet landmark; by 2050 our planet is supposed to feed 9.6 billion people. Livestock production is straining the environment, and our reliance on oil is cause for issues with energy- and economic security, and not to forget: the environment. Soy and peas are today’s heavyweights on the alternative protein market: can algae be next?
We think it can be, and so much more! Next to a great deal of proteins, algae contain lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and other elements that can be used for a large range of sectors from food & feed to nutraceutical and cosmeceuticals to biofuels. And, contrary to soy, algae can make use of otherwise non-productive land, can utilise saline water and CO2 waste streams, can be combined with waste water treatment and are more productive – about 50 times compared to traditional crops!

European algae projects
Europe knows many algae-related projects varying in size from lab scale to demonstration plants and commercial facilities, all aiming to accelerate the commercialisation of algal products. By funding numerous projects, the European Commission underlines the importance of algae research. The EC currently supports a wide range of projects researching the applications and scalability of algae production for food, bioenergy, environment, ecology and biotechnology purposes. In one of its eleven sessions, AlgaEurope will go into the current state of affairs in European algae research projects, including some of the most relevant projects financed by the EC.
About AlgaEurope
AlgaEurope is a joined initiative of the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA), and DLG Benelux. As in previous years, the European Commission again contributes to this year’s program. AlgaEurope 2016 combines the 3rd EABA- EC Algae Contractors’ Conference, and the 10th International Algae Congress. Last year, we welcomed 224 delegates, 10 table top companies, and 60 poster presenters from 29 countries.
Learn more HERE.  

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