On 17-18 October 2017, four major FP7 algae biorefinery projects -BISIGODOS, D-FACTORY, PUFA-CHAIN, and MIRACLE - organise the conference "Algae Biorefineries for Europe" in Brussels, Belgium.
The conference is fully dedicated to microalgae biorefinery and presents highlights, major innovations and new algae based products developed in these projects.
- Day 1 will seek to inform the broad range of stakeholders and policy makers of the potential of algae biotechnology for sustainable development. It will comprise a series of high-level presentations on topics such as the status and perspectives of the algal industry sector in Europe from EABA, the future of algal biorefineries in China and success stories and highlights from the 4 algae biorefinery projects which conclude this year. It will also focus on sustainability and socio-economic aspects of algae production and use, including consumer acceptance.
- Day 2 has a more technical focus with more detailed presentations of innovations that have emerged concerning algae biorefineries.
There will also be poster sessions, discussions and opportunities for networking.
Microalgae: a crop for the future
Accelerated climate change and an increasing demand for resources have become major challenges for the present and future of humanity. Over the last decade, great efforts have been made to identify sustainable and economically-viable solutions. Microalgae have emerged as particularly promising: they can be grown on land that is unsuitable for traditional agriculture, with saltwater instead of valuable fresh water resources, and will provide oils, proteins, carbohydrates and valuable specialties.
Europe: advancing the blue economy
In 2013, four major European collaborative R&D projects – Bisigodos, D-Factory, Miracles and PUFAChain – were launched under the flagship of the European Knowledge-Based Bioeconomy. They were tasked with laying the foundations for a bio-based future built on microalgae: tackling the challenges for capturing CO2 and developing economic, environmentally-sustainable, microalgae-based biorefineries. The results of this effort are now available: each of the four projects has developed major innovations to enhance the cost-effectiveness of algae production and processing for food, feed and non-food applications.
- They have overcome technical bottlenecks using a combination of expertise from industry, high-level R&D institutes and end-users in the target markets.
- They have developed a range of new products that are relevant for B-to-B companies as well as end-users in various sectors.
- The project teams have assessed socio-economic and environmental impacts, awareness among consumers and prepared exploitation and business plans
Algae Biorefineries for Europe: towards a sustainable economy
At Algae Biorefineries for Europe you will be able to:
- meet with stakeholders from industry, governance, policy makers, public authorities, academia and finance
- listen at first-hand to the outcomes of four years of intense research and collaboration,
- learn about state-of-the-art developments on microalgae biotechnologies,
- contribute to discussions on future challenges,
- contribute to discussions on global perspectives and future challenges.