Following the previous ‘Young Algaeneers Symposia’ (YAS) in Wageningen 2012, Montpellier 2014, Malta 2016, and Oban 2018, a new YAS 2021 will be organized with the support of the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA).
EABA expresses the importance of connecting with the young algaeneers, and invites you to join and meet them on May 12. It is very relevant to bring together the main stakeholders for knowledge exchange and collaboration and to learn from others.
This fifth edition is a symposium designed and organised by young scientists for young scientists.
The third day is open for Non Young Algaeneers and on that day, they want to meet the EABA member and others.
Date: May 10, 11 and 12
Chair: David Russo, Postdoc (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, DE)
Interview in AlgaePlanet:
“First and foremost, our aim is to project and give a voice to young algaeneers. The current generation will be moving into leadership positions in the next decade and now is the time to establish our personal brands. It is also our goal to connect young algaeneers to each other. The past 18 months have led to a disruptive shock in the way we work and communicate. We hope the YAS will be a space where Young Algaeneers can reconnect, discuss and enjoy some time together.”
Read the complete interview with David Russo here.
Following the previous ‘Young Algaeneers Symposium’ (YAS) in Wageningen in 2012, Montpellier in 2014, Malta in 2016, and Oban in 2018, a new YAS 2021 will be organized with the support of the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA). The support from EABA provides a platform for this initiative to accelerate and empower young researchers to innovate both in academia and industry. A strong and growing algae biomass sector in Europe will require intersectoral cooperation driven by early career researchers (ECRs). EABA currently organises the annual algae forum “AlgaeEurope”. However, there is currently no forum that specifically caters to the needs and topics of interests of ECRs. The Young Algaeneers Symposium fills this gap by catering to “Young Algaeneers” that are developing their work in algae related topics. The concept of Young Algaeneer includes MSc and PhD students, Postdocs and early-phase Principal Investigators (typically less than 5 years).
This 3-day symposium aims to bring Young Algaeneers together to discuss current challenges and future perspectives of the algal biomass sector. The symposium will include two days of networking, career talks and informal discussions within topic-specific steering committees. The ideas developed across the first two days will then be presented and discussed with senior members of EABA and the European Commission. This will give participants the opportunity to voice their opinions and shape the future of the European algae sector.
A young researcher wishing to take a future role in the Algae Biomass sector, and at the EABA in the longer term. This includes:
Please note: the programme can have changes and be modified along the preparation period
13:00 Opening and brief introduction
13:30 Young Algaeneers speed dating:
Introduce yourself and connect with other participants in a round of short one-to-one meetings
14:30 Microalgae from a Norwegian perspective – Dorinde Kleinegris, Principal Investigator, NORCE
15:00 Set the standard for algae: an overview of the European standardization process and how to get involved – Timo de Groot, Standardization Consultant, NEN
15:45 Introduction to steering groups
Young Algaeneers will be divided into groups to discuss the current gaps and future of various algae topics
16:00 Steering groups (provisional)
17:30 Steering group flash talks
First impressions from the group discussions and feedback from the Young Algaeneers
18:00 Posters I
18:30 Close of the day and break
19:30 Informal get-together on Wonder – login is sent to all Young Algaeneers participating.
13:10 How to get a good growth rate (µ) in your algae professional career – Claudio Fuentes-Grünewald, Research Officer, Swansea University
13:40 Posters II
14:30 Informal steering group discussions/preparation of presentations
Continuation of discussion from the previous day and preparation of presentations
16:00 Close of the day
13:00 Opening and brief introduction
13:30 Steering group presentations (provisional)
Young Algaeneers will present the conclusions of their discussions. After each presentation, time is reserved for questions and debate with the audience
Group 5: Biorefinery Design
What are the ideal characteristics of a refinery strain? What downstream processes are compatible with each other?
Group 6: High value products
What are the most promising products? What diversity is still out there? Is a single product approach viable?
16:15 YAS future perspectives
16:30 Open floor discussion
We want to hear from you. What are the biggest challenges the algal field is facing? How do you see the role of Young Algaeneers in tackling these challenges? Prepare for a lively debate between different generations of algaeneers!
17:30 Close of event
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David Russo, Postdoctoral Researcher at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.