4th-7th January 2022

Swansea University, UK

Welcome to the digital home of the British Phycological Society’s 70th annual winter meeting. As usual, the annual meeting will be packed with the latest advances in phycological research and provide an outlet for research across the whole spectrum of algal research topics. Through the special theme of ‘Harnessing algal solutions towards a sustainable future’ we will explore blue carbon and sustainable food systems.

Due to the COVID situation, the annual meeting was delivered online, but we nonetheless enjoyed an exciting and engaging event, with ample opportunities to meet up with colleagues and make new connections.


Congratulations to all the entrants. The judging panel were incredibly impressed with the quality of oral and poster presentations across the event. In a highly competitive field, the winners were:

Irene Manton Prize for best oral presentation

Highly commended – Benedikt Schrofner-Brunner
Does species sorting maximise ecosystem functioning of fucoid macroalgae?

Winner – Jaz Millar
Polar cryoconite associated microbiota is dominated by hemispheric specialist genera

BPS Prize for best poster 

Highly commended – Larisa Lewis
Spatial and seasonal variability in the structure of Himanthalia elongata populations on rocky shores in Plymouth Sound, UK

Highly commended – Jordi Sola
Environmental stress and negative species interactions limit the effect of heterogeneity on rocky shore communities

Winner – James Barrett
Dissecting the dynamic carbon-fixing organelle in Ulva

Get involved

The meeting has finished but there are still ways to connect with the event and with BPS researchers. You can watch our Public Lecture, take a look at the virtual gallery of artwork and keep up with with BPS on Twitter.


Thursday 6th January, 6-7pm

The structure and functioning of kelp forest ecosystems in a rapidly changing world

Dr Dan Smale and Prof Pippa Moore

Outline programme

Tuesday: Orientation and ice-breaker 

Wednesday: Keynote, Sustainable food systems, AGM, poster session

Thursday:  Blue carbon, General phycology, keynote, public lecture, social

Friday: General phycology, awards and closing event mony, optional rocky shore field trip 


The BPS 70th Annual Meeting is being organised by a team of volunteers from the University of Swansea, led by Dr John Griffin.

Contact us: bps22swansea@gmail.com