Swansea Science Festival 2017

We were there, and it was awesome. The science festival which took place in Swansea Water Front Museum from the 8th to the 10th of September was entertaining and full of hands-on experiences to discover science through theatrical presentations, music, and demonstrations. We had a stall full of creatures and fun activities to do with the family. You can download our fun activity pack here


These activities were created and delivered by Sara Barrento (lecturer at Swansea University); the Swansea University PhD candidates: Jessica Knoop, Ben Whittaker, Suzana Leles and master student Katie Weston. Pietro Francinetti kindly helped out packing up. A great team work and some lessons learnt – we need more volunteers for the weekend days!


Photography competition: Hilda Canter-Lund 2017

Dig out your best algae-themed photographs.

Keep the date: 9th of June – the closing date for the 2017 Hilda Canter-Lund photography competition.

A prize of £250 will be awarded to the photograph that best combines the informative, technical and aesthetic qualities embodies by Hilda Canter-Lund’s photography.  It can be of a micro- or macroalga, marine or freshwater, taken by any photographic medium and the competition is open to all.

More info here

Collaborative visit to Mexico

During last week (13.02.17-17.02.17), part of Swansea University team of PhycoPigment project (Innovate Uk- Newton-CONACYT), Dr Claudio Fuentes-Grunewald  and Dr Bob Lovitt visited INECOL and Tecnológico de Monterrey facilities in Mexico. It was the first face to face meeting with our Mexican colleagues and it was a great opportunity to discuss latest results of our experiments. Swansea University Team in this project Robert Bob W Lovitt, Carole A Llewellyn, Alla Silkina, Darren Oatley-Radcliffe Tecnológico de Monterrey colleagues Saul García @Gibran Aleman Nava, INECOL team @Eugenia Olguínmexico-visit-tec-1

The 6th Congress of the International Society for Applied Phycology

La Cité  Nantes Events Center will host the 6th ISAP congress  from the 18th to 23rd of June 2017 at Nantes (Western France).

“Previous ISAP Congresses have seen the role of applied algal biotechnology and their potential developed in a commercial, remedial or regulatory context. In 2017 the scope of the 6th edition of ISAP congress is to appreciate the huge phycological biodiversity and the diversity of its biotechnological applications through the prism of a new and promising industrial sector in full development. The Congress will include speakers and posters presentations, exhibitors and for the first time a BtoB session to meet the right partners.”

The early bird registration is now opened and will close on the 15th of March.

Felloships are offered for students and young researchers by the Global Seaweed Network, ISAP and EABA (European Algae Biomass Association).

Upcoming course on collecting and identifying seaweeds

The British Phycological Society in association with the Marine Biological Association of the UK will be running a COURSE on COLLECTING AND IDENTIFYING SEAWEEDS. 

The course will take place in the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth from the 25th to 27th April 2017. The course will cover several key topics including:

  • Water Framework Directive Species Identification
  • Preserving seaweeds for a variety of different purposes
  • Making a herbarium with necessary notes
  • Preparing specimens for DNA extraction and analysis techniques
  • Culture of seaweeds for research purposes

For more information and Application forms, please click here

Fees are payable in advance (before January 31st 2017) to MarineSeen.

Algaewales at the BPS Winter Meeting

AlgaeWales team members represented Swansea University at the British Phycology Society Winter meeting organised at Bangor University on the 11th, 12th and 13th of January.

The conference was the oppurtunity for Algaewales to present the diversity of its research thanks to 3 oral presentations and 1 poster presentation : wp_20170112_13_50_23_pro

Alla Silkina : “An algal-bacteria consortium for successful waste remediation and probiotic effect for aquaculture feeding”

Fleuriane Fernandes : “Use of FTIR spectrophotometry to monitor post-harvest treatments in seaweeds for enhancement of macromolecular composition”

Kevin Flynn : “A new paradigm for marine planktonic primary production”

Jessica Knoop : “Seasonal observation of life history stages and population dynamics of the red alga Porphyra dioica in South Wales”

Short course on Plant Taxonomy including macroalgae

The Natural History Museum will be running a 5 day course on macroalgae taxonomy, from the 6 – 10th of March, 2017.

<!– The course is available to environmental science researchers and PhD students. There are 24 spaces available, and priority will be given to those with NERC funding.

For further information click here

Featured image by G. Horeau

International Workshop on Trait-based Approaches to Ocean Life

The 3rd International Workshop on trait-based approaches to Ocean life will be hosted by the Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics in Bergen, Norway on the 20-23rd of August 2017.

Objectives of the workshop:

  • Assess and continue the development of trait-based approaches in different fields of ecology and marine science,
  • Facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas and progress between marine, terrestrial and limnology-based researchers and students,
  • Use a novel, collaborative format to identify core emerging questions and issues relevant to the use of trait-based approaches,
  • Point out how these methods can be utilized to better understand marine ecosystem functioning and as a framework for marine ecosystem modelling

You can find all the information regarding the workshop and registration here

AlgaeWales at the Seagriculture 2016

Researchers from Swansea University (AlgaeWales Team members Fleuriane Fernandes and Claudio Fuentes Grünewald) and Durham University presented a poster at the 5th edition of the Seagriculture in Aveiro (Portugal) on the 27th and 28th of September.

The poster presented the “Modification Of The Biochemical Composition Of The Two Macroalgal Species Laminaria digitata and Ulva lactuca Via Post-harvesting Treatments” and received positive feedbacks and enthousiasm from researchers all around Europe.

The 5th Edition of the Seagriculture was the occasion to combines academic- and industry speakers all working on macroalgae and microalgae biology, cultivation, extraction processes for high-end products but also legislation and seaweed farming economics.

The poster here



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