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Harmful algal blooms (HABs) represent a natural phenomena caused by a mass proliferation of phytoplankton (cyanobacteria, diatoms, dinoflagellates) in waterbodies. Blooms can be harmful for the environment, human health and aquatic life due to the production of nocive toxins and the consequences of accumulated biomass (oxygen depletion). These blooms are occurring with increased regularity in marine and freshwater ecosystems and the reasons for their substantial intensification can be associated with a set of physical, chemical and biological factors including climate changes and anthropogenic impacts. Many bloom episodes have significant impacts on socio-economic systems. Fish mortality, illnesses caused by the consumption of contaminated seafood and the reluctance of consumers to purchase fish during HABs episodes represent only some of the economic impacts of HABs. In “Algal bloom and its economic impact”, JRC 2016.

Concept programme

Time: 14.00 – 18.00 h (CET)

14.00 Opening

  • Webinar welcome and EABA presentation (10 min) – Jean-Paul Cadoret (EABA President)
  • Aim and framework of this technical webinar by the Chair (5 min) – Philipp Hess (Webinar Chair)
14.15 Pitch presentations from each participant in a row – who are you? (1 minute for each participant)
15.00 Risks arising from toxic algae in industrial production of micro- and macroalgae –
Philipp Hess (IFREMER, France)
The science perspective – 10 minute + 5 minute Q&A
15.30 Nicolas Chomérat – IFREMER, France | Algae blooms, taxonomic diversity
15.45 Triantafyllos Kaloudis – EYDAP SA and NCSR Demokritos, Greece | Cyanobacterial metabolites with relevance to water quality; cyanotoxins, cyanopeptides and volatiles
16.00 Vítor Vasconcelos – CIIMAR, Portugal | Cyanobacteria blooms and cyanotoxin impacts in coastal waters
16.15 Break
Business opportunities – 10 minute + 5 minute Q&A
16.30 Timo Niedermeyer – Universität of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany | Turning cyanotoxins into drugs – microcystins as novel payloads for antibody-drug conjugates
16.45 Ralph Urbatzka – CIIMAR, Portugal | Novel bioactivity of chlorophyll derivatives for anti-obesity treatment

17.00 John Benemann – Microbio Engineering, California USA | Algae blooms: from environmental problem to biotechnological opportunity

Impact and regulatory – 10 minute + 5 minute Q&A

17.15 Jörg Stroka – European Commission – Joint Research Centre, Belgium | Phycotoxins: New potential risks in the food and feed chain. An entomophagist’s point-of-view
17.30 Panel discussion with the speakers, conclusions and debate (30 mins)  Philipp Hess
18.00 Closure Jean-Paul Cadoret, end of the webinar
More information:
  • The webinar organization is developed with the support of Building on Events as in 2020.
  • Times are displayed in Central European Time (CET).
  • The webinars will use the Zoom platform provided by EurA (EABA Member).


€ 125 regular
€ 90 for EABA members
50% increase for tickets booked within the last 10 days.

We also offer packages for EABA members and non-members. First you book one webinar and you have the option to upsell with these packages for 2021. (not valid when booking within the last 10 days).

For members:

  • Package of 3: € 380
  • Package of 4: € 500
  • Package of 5: € 620
  • Package of 6: € 730
  • Package of 7: € 840

For non members:

  • Package of 3: € 500
  • Package of 4: € 660
  • Package of 5: € 810
  • Package of 6: € 950
  • Package of 7: € 1.090

One invoice and you inform us which webinars you want to attend (the conferences are excluded from the packages). With the packages you can participate in webinars and flash webinars. You can indicate which ones you want to attend and can also send a colleague.

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Philipp Hess 
Ifremer, Laboratoire Phycotoxines 

Project Leader “Research Unit PHYTOX”

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