Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

BioSC International Workshop

N/P/C storage pools in algae and cyanobacteria

and nutrient uptake from waste streams

6 Sept. 2018 Mini-Conference | 7 Sept. 2018 Match-Making Event | Forschungszentrum Jülich


This workshop, consisting of a mini-conference and a match-making event, aims at creating a community of researchers that study and develop algae as vehicles for sustainable nutrient recycling and water reuse in agriculture. The topic is highly critical as we are globally on the edge of our planetary boundaries, both with respect to nitrogen and phosphorous, and the environmental pollution caused by current practices costs society several hundred billion US dollars 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. To release this potential, we will collect a small group of current leaders in the field to discuss both challenges and opportunities and coordinate our future direction in terms of both funding and research collaborations.

Topics to discuss include, for example:

  • Water treatment
  • Algal biomass production for slow-release fertilization and soil conditioning
  • Nutrient uptake and nutrient accumulation in microalgal cells
  • Plant-soil-algal biomass interactions
  • Optical and other rapid sensing techniques such as Raman or NMR
  • Coupling of waste-water technology to algal cultivation systems

Finally, we also aim to include representative agronomists in order to ensure that our novel technologies can be adapted and thereby enable real-world impact.

This workshop is important as it aims to include and coordinate a wide range of disciplines that no one single laboratory can master alone. Hence, the concrete outcome of this workshop will be to stimulate multidisciplinary cooperation between all stakeholders, including algal biologists and technologists working on wastewater treatment, soil, and plant crops.

The workshop will start by a mini-conference on Thursday Sept. 6.

Among other, we anticipate the following contributions:

Tabea Mettler-Altmann (Düsseldorf University, Germany): P-pools dynamics in C.vulgaris
Patrik Jones/Giorgio Perin (Imperial College, United Kingdom): Managing nitrogen metabolism in Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 to increase fertilization efficiencies  
Inna Khozin-Goldberg (Ben-Gurion University, Israel): Regulation of storage lipid accumulation in microalgae under N and P deprivation
Alexei Solovchenko (Lomonosow State University, Russia): Mechanisms of luxury P uptake in microalgae
Giuseppe Torzillo (CNR, Italy): Growth physiology of Chlamydopodium fusiforme cultivated in pig wastewater in open ponds outdoors
Ladislav Nedbal (FZ Jülich, Germany): New engineering concepts for nutrient mopping of wastewater effluents by algae and cyanobacteria
Peter Mojzeš (Charles University, Czech Republic): Identification of phosphorus and nitrogen reserve pools by Raman microscopy
Oliver Ebenhöh (Düsseldorf University, Germany): Title pending – on mathematical modeling of P uptake and storage
Miller Camargo-Valero (Leeds University, United Kingdom): Microalgae and cyanobacteria for wastewater treatment in waste stabilization ponds in tropical and temperate climate countries
Marine Valton (Imperial College, United Kingdom): Biofertilisation potential of the diazotrophic cyanobacteria Anabaena
Vosátka Miroslav (Institute of Botany, Czech Republic): Interactions of microalgae with plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria and mycorrhizal fungi in soil
Steven D. Calahan (Smithonian Institution, USA):  Algal Turf Scrubber technology  
Nina Siebers/Diana Hofmann (FZ Jülich, Germany): Imaging phosphorus uptake by plants grown on 33P-algal fertilizer
Ulf Theilen (Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Germany): Title pending
Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne (University of Turku, Finland): Title pending

The workshop will continue by round table match-making events on Friday Sept.7 that will facilitate creation or development of project consortia.

The workshop presentations will be invited to be submitted to a peer-reviewed special issue of Algal Research. The submission deadline will be 30 November 2018.

Registration is closed! ( August 16.)

We kindly ask participants to book accommodation in Jülich by themselves. If you need help with any arrangements, please contact the BioSC Office (