Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

    BioSC International Workshop 2019

Sustainable solutions for closing nutrient loops using algae

       September 19th - 20th, 2019 | NGP2 Aachen | Forckenbeckstraße 51, 52074 Aachen


Purification and recycling of agriculturally used water are issues that are receiving rapidly growing attention. Algae can accumulate large quantities of nitrogen and phosphate and thus have the potential to clean wastewater as well as to be used as nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers. The second BioSC workshop on this topic with international participation will take place at NGP2 Aachen on the 19th and 20th of September 2019 and will be hosted by the BioSC and the IBG-2 of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The workshop will be organized by Tania V. Fernandes (Wageningen), Ladislav Nedbal (Jülich), and Patrik Jones (London).

Motivation: We continue developing algae as vehicles for sustainable nutrient recycling and water reuse in agriculture. This topic is highly critical as we are globally on the edge of our planetary boundaries, particularly with respect to phosphorous. The environmental pollution caused by current practices costs society several hundred billion Euro each year. Algae can accumulate large amounts of nutrients from wastewater and at the same time also clean the water, thereby making a game changing difference to the sustainability of human food production.

Associated to the Workshop in Aachen is the internal ATS Experiment Campaign Workshop at the Forschungszentrum Jülich on September 18th, 2019. For details contact Dean Calahan ( This day will be organized externally by the IBG-2: Plant Sciences.

 Fotos: Forschungszentrum Jülich, Fotolia



Day 1 (September 19th, 2019)

Day1 will serve for mutual detailed information exchange and networking between all participants. Every participant is expected to submit one slide with her/his contacts and characterizing most relevant research activity. The slide will also be used in a pitch talk. Day 1 of the workshop will be organized by the BioSC office. Participation is free of charge. The registration is closed.

Preliminary Agenda

19th of September 2019 | 09:30 – 19:00 Uhr | NGP2 Aachen | Forckenbeckstraße 51, Aachen


Welcome Coffee



Summary of the 2018 workshop conclusions

Giorgio Perin, Imperial College, London, UK
Tanja V. Fernandes, Netherlands Inst. of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen, The Nederlands
David Blersch, Auburn University, USA


Summary of the ATS pre-workshop

Dean Calahan, Forschungszentrum Jülich




Pitch presentations

 All participants


Coffee break



Highlights and experience with the virtual special issue of Algal Research 2019

Patrik Jones, Imperial College, London
Ladislav Nedbal, Forschungszentrum Jülich



Opportunities in basic research

Technical opportunities for algae, wastewater, and agriculture

Legal, economical, and ecological aspects



For Information about accommodation, bus travel in Aachen, please see here.




Day 2 (September 20th, 2019)

Day 2 has the goal to lay foundations for a position paper. Number of participants are limited. Please show your interest in participating on day 2 of the workshop by the link below. Participants will submit max. 1/2 DINA4 page proposal of her/his contribution to the position paper (deadline September 6th, 2019). Participants will be chosen from all prospects. Participation is free of charge. The organizers will notify you until the 9th of September.

Day 2 will be organzid externally by IBG-2: Plant Sciences.