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From nature to bedside: How to discover novel bioactive compounds in algae and develop functional food and pharmaceuticals - an interdisciplinary summer school



Course format On-site
Datum 2024-07-15 - 2024-07-26
Tijdsduur 2 weeks
Entry level Master
Cost 610,- Euro
About the course

The summer school will address the necessity to look into sustainable and unexplored natural sources to find novel bio-active molecules for functional food and disease treatment. Using the example of algae and inflammatory bowel disease, the course will explore the diverse aspects of compound discovery and product development:

  • What is the potential of macroalgae, microalgae and cyanobacteria and how to best cultivate them?
  • How to improve algae strains and increase compound extraction to an industrial scale?
  • What bioactivity tests are established and how do they work?
  • How to identify compounds?
  • What to consider when developing algae-based products?
  • How to cook delicious algae-based food?
  • How to pave a career?

Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes peek into a microalgae production company and research facilities, enjoy relaxed networking opportunities, and can participate in fun group activities in and around sunny Faro.

Application procedure

Interested early career researchers can apply for the summer school online by sending in a CV and statement of motivation here

Applications should be submitted by Sunday, 7th April. After a review and selection process, replies will be sent out by 1st May. 

Grant opportunities

Costs and accommodation

University apartments with double and single rooms are reserved for participants from 14th July to 27th July. The number of single rooms is limited and will be given away by a first-come-first-serve basis. 

The fee of 610,- Euro per person includes the costs for accommodation, lab utilities, daily lunch, visits and the Saturday group activity. 

It is mandatory to have an insurance for lab activities. In case the home university’s insurance doesn’t cover activities abroad, participants will get insurance through the University of Algarve. An extra charge of about 50,- Euro per person applies in this case. 


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