This year’s edition of AlgaEurope, the annual conference presenting scientific findings and trends in the algae and seaweed sector, attracted 425 delegates – a record in the history of the event – hailing from 44 countries.
The first in-person event after a two-year hiatus, AlgaEurope, which took place at the Ergife Palace Hotel in Rome, Italy, 13-15 December 2022, offered a three-day program delivered by more than 90 expert speakers, covering scientific, technological and business-related topics in the global algae biomass sector.
The event was put together by the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) and DLG Benelux.
With plenary sessions addressing numerous topics, including seaweed sources and applications, process, physiology, biorefinery, feed, bio stimulant, genetics, process, bioremediation, biomaterial among others, the organisers say AlgaEurope is one of the most comprehensive conferences in its field.
“AlgaEurope has this year attracted 425 delegates which is a first in the history of the conference. 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,” said Kuno Jacobs, Managing Director of DLG Benelux.
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 of anti-microbial and anti-diabetic compounds from seaweed to low-cost microalgae harvesting. Company presentations and the Mentor’s Evening were part of the special features.
“The Scientific Committee was overwhelmed with proposals for topics this year. 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,” said Jean-Paul Cadoret, President of EABA.
Each conference day opened with a keynote address from a leading expert. The speakers were: Paul G. Falkowski from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA; Sammy Boussiba from Ben Gurion University, Israel; and Alison Smith from the University of Cambridge, UK.
In addition to the in-person presentations taking place at the venue in Rome, some 148 scientific authors presented their work in the poster area, a central zone at the conference centre, which also offered a trade show area with some 20 companies presenting their projects as exhibits.
Sponsors of this year’s event included Algalif, Platinum Sponsor; A4F – Algafuel, Green Aqua, Fluid Air, Microphyt, SCHOTT, silver sponsors; and Fermentalg, Livegreen and SANI Membranes, each a longstanding supporter, this year as bronze sponsors.
The next AlgaEurope conference will be held in Prague, 12-14 December 2023.
For more information go online to www.algaeurope.org