Algaculture for Biotechnology Course

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General information

Delivered by leading algal scientists from CCAP (the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa; the most diverse collection of its kind in the world, with 3000 strains of marine and freshwater algae, protists and seaweeds,) this course is one of the best introductions to algaculture. Your tutors are all leading scientists at CCAP or the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and the course is led by Dr John Day. He has over 25 years’ experience in biotechnology and applied algal research and has taken a process all the way from test tube to market. What you’ll learn on this predominantly hands-on course: 

Day 1 (27th October)

  • Presentations on algal biodiversity, nutrition and photosynthesis. This will cover both micro and macro-algae.
  • The afternoon will be spent in the laboratory with CCAP; with practical algaculture sessions on isolating, maintaining and enumerating algae.

Day 2 (28th October)

  • The second day begins with an introduction into algaculture for biotechnology and what the future may hold.
  • You’ll also cover phycology and genomics, followed by a session specifically looking at biofuels.
  • The whole afternoon will be spent in the laboratory and will finish with a session on mass algaculture.

This course has always been very well subscribed due to the experience of the tutors involved, so please book early to secure your place. It’s been designed for laboratory technicians, early researchers and experienced researchers who are moving into algal biotechnology and is recognised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).  Attendance counts towards your Continuing Professional Development for both the IMarEST and The Science Council’s accolade of Chartered Scientist (CSci)

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Venue: The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Oban, United Kingdom

Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK 



£365 (VAT exempt) including all course materials and lunch on both days. You may want to arrange overnight accommodation in Oban if required. (This is not included in the course fee.)


If you’re currently working in algaculture, biotechnology or biofuels, or you require an understanding of the incredible potential of algae, this two-day course provides a solid introduction for you. If you’re interested in the practical applications of algaculture for pharmaceutical, neutraceutical or industrial uses (including biofuels) in real world environments, reserve your place to learn more. Perhaps you’re a budding algal specialist within this ‘growing’ field and want to get a head start? If so, this Algaculture for Biotechnology course was created for you.


Application Procedure:

Apply for the Algaculture for Biotechnology Course online, email or call 01631 559000.

Grant Opportunities:

Student members of the British Phycological Society (BPS) may be eligible for funding towards SAMS Algal short courses. Details of the BPS competitive funding scheme can be found here. There are 4 closing dates per year to apply (you must be a student); 1st March, 1st June, 1st Oct and 1st Dec and you must have been a BPS member for 3 months ahead of your application.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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