Young Algaeneers Symposium
14 - 16 June 2012
Wageningen, The Netherlands
Organised by the Bioprocess Engineering Group of Wageningen University in collaboration with the Graduate School VLAG
The Young Algaeneers Symposium is an international symposium in the field of algae biotechnology, organised by young scientists, for young scientists. PhD students (and post-docs) are in the frontlines of science and this symposium provides a unique opportunity to participate in in-depth discussions, exchange knowledge, network with fellow PhD students and initiate collaborations. This symposium will bring together a diverse group of young scientists working on a broad range of topics such as photosynthesis, downstream processing, reactor operation and growth strategies, genetic engineering, life cycle analysis, growth and metabolic modelling and photobioreactor design. This symposium will be highly interactive, with ample time for informal discussions and networking.
The symposium is restricted to young scientists in the field of algae biotechnology:
Board of recommendation
The Young Algaeneers Symposium is organized by seven PhD students from the Bioprocess Engineering Group of Wageningen University (photo below).
Top row: Tim de Mooij, Lenneke de Winter, Marjon van Es and Lenny de Jaeger
Bottom row: Guido Breuer, Anne Klok and Kim Mulders
Registration and payment will be handled by:
The Graduate School VLAG, Attn. Mrs. Eva Oudshoorn MSc (Eva.Oudshoorn@wur.nl),
P.O. Box 8129, 6700 EV Wageningen, The Netherlands.
For scientific information please contact the organising committee:
Lenny de Jaeger
The symposium programme will feature both oral and poster presentations by young academic scientists, multidisciplinary workshops, a visit to AlgaePARC* and a symposium dinner. The selection of oral and poster presentations will be based on submitted applications of the participants. The sessions intend to cover the following topics:
*AlgaePARC stands for Algae Production And Research Centre. This is the first research centre in the world which compares different outdoor photobioreactor designs, with the aim to develop knowledge, technology and process strategies for sustainable production of microalgae as feedstock for fuel, chemicals, food and feed, at an industrial scale (www.algaePARC.nl).
The programme can be downloaded here in pdf.
The Young Algaeneers symposium will welcome two keynote speakers. Both Jean-Paul Cadoret (Head of the laboratory Physiology and Biotechnology of Algae at IFREMER, France) and René Wijffels (Head of the department of Bioprocess Engineering at Wageningen UR, The Netherlands) will present their vision on the future of microalgal research.
Book of abstracts
A book of abstracts will be provided to all participants at the start of the symposium.
Free WIFI will be available at the venue location during the symposium.
During the symposium, there will be two types of poster presentations. A classic (printed) poster presentation and a (digital) poster slide show. During the poster slide show, each poster-slide will be presented for 1 minute in a slideshow. The slideshow will be presented during the poster session and during breaks. Poster presenters will be informed whether they present a printed or a digital poster.
For the printed poster, please bring your poster to the symposium. Sizing of the poster should be A0 (±1.2 m x ±0.8 m). Poster boards will be provided.
For the digital poster please send one PowerPoint sheet before the start of the symposium to email@example.com. It will not be possible to orally present additional information to your digital poster slide, so make sure that the content stands on itself. In addition, it is recommended, especially for the poster-slides, to include a picture of yourself to stimulate discussion.
Presenters of theatre presentations are requested to bring their presentation on a USB stick. Laptops with the latest version of PowerPoint will be available.
Date & duration
The symposium will be held from 14th to 16th of June 2012.
The symposium language will be English.
Location and accommodation
The symposium is hosted by the Hof van Wageningen, www.hofvanwageningen.nl, located in the city centre of Wageningen, which is located 5 km from the railway station of Ede-Wageningen. The conference centre can be reached by train (railway station Ede-Wageningen) and bus/taxi in less than two hours from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (for train schedules see: www.ns.nl).
Note: the opening, keynote lectures and presentation session I will be held at a different location, at "Hotel de Nieuwe Wereld", which is located at Marijkeweg 5, Wageningen (located 500 meters from Hof van Wageningen). (Registration will be at Hof van Wageningen.)
The organisers blocked a number of rooms at the Hof van Wageningen. The costs of bed and breakfast are € 75 (single room; incl. breakfast, excl. tax) or € 92 (double room; incl. breakfast, excl. tax). Participants have to book their own room by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention booking code YA12. Reservation after 3 May 2012 will not guarantee accommodation.
A symposium dinner and evening programme will be organised and combined with a visit to AlgaePARC.
|10 February 2012||Deadline for application|
|17 February 2012||Notification of selected participants|
|3 May 2012||Deadline for guaranteed accommodation at the conference centre|
Registration is closed!
PhD students and postdocs (in the first four years of their postdoctoral research) are invited to apply, by
(i) filling out the application form (in Word format) and sending it to Young.Algaeneers@wur.nl before 10 February 2012, and
(ii) filling out the VLAG registration form before 10 February 2012.
Note: to be able to fill in the VLAG registration form, you need an account. To create an account, please click the link above. Don't forget to fill in the VLAG registration form after creating your account.
The number of participants to the course is limited to 75. In view of this limited number, PhD students and postdocs applying will be selected. Participants will be notified before 17 February 2012 on acceptance of their registration (for either an oral or poster presentation) and will be sent instructions for their abstract, payment and further information.
Registration fees, including coffee and tea during the breaks, two lunches and the symposium dinner, but excluding hotel accommodation, are € 150.
The instructions for payment will follow after 17 February 2012.