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Algal Research for Policy-Making and Biotech Symposium

Algal Research for Policy-Making and Biotech (ARPMB) provides an international forum for communicating recent advances in algal research and for promoting the link between science, policy and biotechnology.

14th-18th May 2018, Oban-UK

In addition to the scientific conference, the ALFF consortium will deliver a course on Biomonitoring and Science communication aimed at policy-makers, and the private sector in the context of algal research and biotechnology.

ARPMB will be organised and hosted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban – a charming town on the west coast of Scotland and gateway to the Scottish Hebridean islands. A location with staggering natural beauty and rich cultural history spanning back to the Mesolithic times.


  • ALFF-training course: “Biomonitoring and science communication for policy-making” (Mon 14 and Tue 15 AM)

This edition of the ALFF-training course focusses on how algal science can inform policy-makers to help develop environmental and biosecurity policy. The course will cover, among others subjects, long-term environmental monitoring programmes, novel monitoring technologies, science-policy communication and examples of existing science-informed legislation. Weather-permitting, the course includes a 2-h boat trip to the SAMS seaweed farm. Students and postdocs external to ALFF are very welcome to register, within our logistic capability. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis (max 10 external attendants).

  • ALFF conference (Tue 15 PM – Wed 16 AM)

The ALFF-conference delves into culturing and -omics based techniques to address questions such as the identification, chemical ecology and evolution of biotic interactions involving microbes and algae in the aquatic environment. The event is open and welcomes abstracts from all participants willing to share their research on algal-microbial interactions.

  • Young Algaeneers Symposium 2018 (Wed 15 PM – Fri 18 PM) 

YAS2018 is the fourth edition of the symposium designed and organised by young scientists for young scientists, and addresses all aspects of algal research and technology (microbiome, processing, application, cultivation and scale-up). Masters and PhD students, as well as early-stage Post-Docs are encouraged to participate to YAS2018 and contribute to the development of a growing network of algae-minded young researchers and entrepreneurs. The event is open for abstract submission and registration grants access to the below sessions.

  • Sustaining the growth of seaweed aquaculture worldwide: Sponsored by GlobalSeaweedSTAR, (Thu 17 AM-PM)

This session will introduce the work performed as part of the GCRF-funded GlobalSeaweed* initiative to sustain the development of seaweed aquaculture worldwide. Topics to be covered include disease and pest detection, biosecurity, farm management and legislation, breeding and socio-economic resilience. A presentation will be made of the GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research and Travel Fund – £900k to extend with other developing partners involved in seaweed-related projects. This open event is accessible to all registrants, and we welcome abstract submission.

  • Towards the characterisation and sustainable cultivation of European seaweeds: Sponsored by GENIALG, (Fri 18 AM-PM)

The Horizon 2020 Blue Growth project GENIALG is the first industry-driven project bringing together pioneering companies in large-scale integrated European biorefineries and experts in seaweed cultivation, genetics and metabolomics to boost the seaweed industry. This meeting will be a mix of presentations and discussions, with a focus on novel breeding techniques and biosecurity, including policy-making. This open event is accessible to all registrants and we welcome abstract submission.

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