Outline provisional programme

Tuesday: Arrival, registration and ice-breaker 

Wednesday: General phycology and special sessions, poster session

Thursday:  Irene Manton Prize session, special session, social event 

Friday: General phycology session, awards and closing ceremony, optional rocky shore field trip 

Special sessions 

Blue carbon

There is increasing interest in the capacity of algae to contribute to meeting ‘net zero’ emissions targets. Through invited and contributed presentations, this session explores the latest scientific evidence linking algae (micro- and macro-) to carbon storage and sequestration. We anticipate a diverse and vibrant session, and we encourage contributions related to all aspects the topic – whether freshwater or marine, micro- or macro-algal. We are also interested in management interventions such as ecosystem restoration as a tool to enhance blue carbon services. 

Food systems 

Algae form an important and growing part of the food system in the UK and worldwide. Research in algae and food systems include optimising strain selection, cultivation methods, and post-harvesting processes, as well as novel applications such as using algae as a cattle feed supplement to reduce methane emissions. This session embraces broad contributions and aims to explore the potential of research to unlock the full potential for algae in sustainable future food systems. 

Sustainable industrial applications 

Algae are an important source of innovation for enhancing sustainability in materials, remediation, wastewater treatment, and other industrial processes. Through invited and contributed presentations, this session will explore the latest scientific findings fuelling the emergence of new industrial applications for algae. The scope of this session is intentionally broad to allow it to be shaped by contributors, so we encourage diverse and ambitious submissions.