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    Please visit our current sponsors. You need more information about the possibilities and advantages of your sponsorship? Please read on mentioned below.

    Since 1992, in an intervall of two to three years, scientists and practitioners do meet on the initiative of the IGV GmbH and the European Society of Microalgal Biotechnology in an international and well regognized algal biotechnology conference, to discuss progresses on the fields of microalgal use in food, agriculture, environment, pharmacy, and cosmetics.

    Meet the leading scientist.

    This workshop established an interface between basic research of scientific institutions, the resulting developments, application possibilities, and it’s production-technologies in companies working in the microalgal-biotechnology industry. You will have the opportunity to meet the leading scientist in the field of microalgal research as well as many interesting industry partners.

    To enable students and East European scientist to participate at the workshop, we ask you to sponsor the arising costs for those scientists.

    Please do support us.

    Because of the complex offers during our workshop the arising costs couldn’t be financed solely through workshop fees and us. We do need your help to make this workshop a success.

    Choose your “Sponsoring packages”.

    You can choose from different kinds of sponsoring packages. Of course we will be open to other individual wishes. The overview you can find here.

    We thank you very much for your sponsorship already in advance and we hope to hear from you soon.


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    You can choose from different kinds of “Sponsoring packages” as follows. Do you have more individual wishes? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.


    Supporter Sponsor Package A

    The sponsoring includes:

    1. presence of corporate logo on the internet page of the workshop
    2. use of the sponsoring for own communication purposes

    Price EUR 2000


    Silver Partnering package B

    The sponsoring includes:

    1. presence of corporate logo on the internet page of the workshop
    2. use of the sponsoring for own communication purposes
    3. incl. 1 conference ticket

    Price EUR 3500.


    Gold Partnering package C

    The sponsoring includes:

    1. presence of corporate logo on the internet page of the workshop
    2. exhibition area or presentation space (2m²) with power supply in the foyer of the IGV
    3. use of the sponsoring for own communication purposes
    4. possibility to give a 10 min company presentation during the conference
    5. incl. 2 conference tickets

    Price EUR 7000.


    Diamond package D

    The sponsoring includes:

    1. presence of corporate logo on the internet page of the workshop and all print documents
    2. exclusive naming and promotion of one of our key events (Welcome drink, Gala Dinner, Award)
    3. exhibition area or presentation space (4m²) with power supply in the foyer of the IGV
    4. use of the sponsoring for own communication purposes
    5. possibility to give a 20 min company presentation during the Workshop
    6. incl. 3 conference tickets.

    Price min. EUR 10,000.

  • Program Comments Off on Program

    Program June 4, day 1


    • June 4

      Welcome address from the organizers Peter Krteschmer, CEO IGV GmbH, Günther Schulz, President of the University of Applied Sciences Lausitz and Vince Ördög, professor at the Univeristy of West-Hungary

      Vision: Where we are and will go by Otto Pulz

      Session 1 – Photosynthetic efficiency (PE)

      Amos Richmond, Emeritis Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, Strong  light  dilution – a  major  key  for  peak  photosynthetic  efficiency  in  mass  cultivation  of  microalgae

      Qiang Hu, Arizona State University, USA, still open

      John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering, Inc., Photosynthetic Efficiency and Biomass Productivity of Microalgae Mass Cultures

      Marcel Jannsen, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Maximal photosynthetic efficiency of microalgae growth

      Seyedeh Fatemeh Mohnsenpour, Heriot-Watt University, UK, Investigation of the effect of light wavelength conditions on microalgae growth rates and photosynthetic pigmentation production


      Session 2 – Biodiversity of phototrophic organisms

      Vince Ördög, University of West Hungary, Hungary,Promising lipid producing microalgal strains in the Mosonmagyaróvár Algal Culture Collection

      Jürgen Polle, Brooklyn College of CUNY, USA, Discovery and Development of Strains of Microalgae for Phototrophic Biofuels Applications

      Avigad Vonshak, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, Strain selection for mass production of algal biomass in out-door systems: Concept and findings

      Olumayowa Osundeko, University of Manchester, UK,Isolation and characterisation of microalgae from municipal wastewater for sustainable biodiesel production

      Serge Zagermann, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, A low-cost approach for large algal screening experiments


      Session 3  – PBR designs

      Otto Pulz, IGV GmbH, Germany, Light, microalgae & photobioreactor

      Rosa Rosello Sastre, KIT, Germany, Solarbiofuels Research Centre

      Stephan Matthes, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, Biogenic Design of a Flexible, Tubular Photobioreactor for the Large Scale Production of Microalgae

      Peter Bergmann, Subitec GmbH, Germany, Cultivation of thermotolerant and thermophilic phototrophic microorganisms in Subitec‘s flat-panel-airlift (FPA) photobioreactor in view towards cost reduction and sustainability enhancement


      Additional scientific speed talking session & poster session & Industry exhibition

      Gala Dinner at Belvedere on the Pfingstberg, Potsdam

    Program June 5, 2012


    • June 5

      Session 4 – Molecular biological approaches

      Bernard Kudla, Eco-Solutions SA, France, Optimized Natural Evolution “One” Powerful approach for microorganisms improvement

      Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt, University of Évora, Portugal,A functional molecular marker approach to improve ‘balanced algal productivity’ – the case of Chlorella vulgaris

      Thorsten Heidron, Bioforsk, Norway, Design and characterization of molecular tools for a Synthetic Biology approach towards developing cyanobacterial biotechnology

      Peter Waldeck, IGV GmbH, Effects of acetate feeding on lipid accumulation and photosynthesis in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii


      Session 5  – High value products- backbone of traditional microalgae biotechnology

      Sammy Boussiba,  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, Commercial production of high value product from microalgae

      Ana Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal, Biomass productivity and fatty acid accumulation of Neochloris oleoabundans under alkaline-saline conditions

      Koen Goiris, KAHO Sint-Lieven, Belgium, Phenolics in microalgae: a forgotten fraction with high antioxidant potential

      Mike Fahrwick, EVONIK Industries AG, Germany, Algae in cosmetic application

      Frederika Gulfot,  Simris ALG AB, Sweden, Blue is the new green: the market promise of microalgae


      Session 6  – Biofuels: potentials vs. limitations  

      Jean Ballandras, AKUO, France, Building a peak production electricity model with Micro algae biofuel

      Still open EADS, France,

      Pat Leung, CRI Catalyst Company, USA, Hydrocarbon Fuels from Biomass using IH2 Technology

      Mario Tredici, University of Florence, Italy,Integration of photosynthesis and photovoltaics allows to achieve a positive energy balance of algae-fuel production

      Michael Kroeger, Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH (DBFZ), Germany, Overview on biofuel production pathways for algae

      Nita Rukminasari, Hasanuddin University, Indonesia,Enhanced lipid production of three microalgae Dunaliella tertiolecta, Nannochloropsis sp and Scenedesmus sp by manipulating of cultivation condition

      Anne Klok, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands, Continuous TAG production by the green microalga Neochloris oleoabundans under nitrogen limited conditions

      Additional poster session + Industry exhibition + Tour through the labs

      Summer BBQ at HQ IGV



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    The venue place of the conference IGV GmbH which is situated in Brandenburg, on the outskirts of the regional capital Potsdam and the German capital Berlin. Nuthetal is well connected and can be reached easily by various means of transport.

    Map information (GPS)
    Lat  52:21:12N  (52.35324)
    Lon 13:06:17E  (13.10486)

    How to reach us

    By car.

    Nuthetal / Bergholz-Rehbruecke is situated near the motor way A115, which connects  Berlin with the interchange Nuthetal (A10 / Berliner Ring). Please exit at “Saarmund” and follow the signs in direction to Potsdam. 200 m behind the petrol station you arrive at the IGV.

    By train.

    The IGV is located  app. 5 walking minutes from the station Potsdam-Rehbruecke. Regular train connections will bring you to the Berlin main station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) in app. 30min. Other public transport is available like trams (connection time to the Potsdam main station 10min) or by bus.

    By plane.

    Due the delay of the opening of BER Berlin Brandenburg the old Berlin airports Tegel and Schönefeld will stay in operation. From these airports you have access to public transport or taxi.

    Hotel Accommodation

    Please arrange your travel and the hotel by yourself in time.

    There are two airports in Berlin. The distance to the Potsdam city center is from the Tegel airport 33 km and from the Schoenefeld Airport 56 km.

    This year we again work togehter with Potsdam Tourism Service, which can help you with making reservations. We agreed on several discounts with local hotel.

    Nonetheless we will offer as in the last years a shuttle service from the hotel Mercure.

    You can make the reservation whether using the link below or by printing and filling out the pdf. Please mention the following code: TMB 00020080010547576.

    Link to the hotel reservation.

  • Downloads Comments Off on Download of released lectures

    This a password restricted area . The following pdf had been released by their auhors and are now availble for download. Please note that after you downloaded the file and closed the browser window the login data will be requested each time.

    Where we are and we will go

    Author: Otto Pulz, IGV GmbH, Germany

    Description: An overview about research activities in the past and an outlook on future projects in microalgal biotechnology. …

    Photosynthetic Efficiency and Biomass Productivity of Microalgae Mass Cultures

    Author: John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering Inc., USA

    Description: The high capital and operating costs of microalgae cultivation, harvesting and processing require very high productivities, greatly exceeding those of terrestrial crops. The maximum achievable photosynthetic efficiency, and thus biomass productivity, of microalgae cultures has been controversial for nearly a century and is still unresolved, as evidenced from recent peer reviewed literature. …

    Maximal photosynthesic efficiency of microalgae growth

    Author: Marcel Janssen, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    Description: Large-scale efficient microalgae production processes can provide food and feed additives, biochemicals, and biofuels. Current challenges are both related to up-scaling and cost reduction, as well as breeding and genetic engineering of microalgae production strains. A benchmark of the success of the different approaches is the maximal productivity which can be expected when all biophysical and biochemical processes of photoautotrophic growth run at maximal efficiency. …

    Strong light dilution – a major key for peak photosynthetic efficiency in mass cultivation of microalgae

    Author: Amos Richmond, Emeritus Ben Gurion University, Israel

    Description: Along some 60 years of research in mass cultivation of microalgae , we do not have yet the know-how to produce , cost-effectively , a microalgal commodity ,i.e. an economic alternative for food , feed or fuel . …

    Promising lipid producing microalgal strains in the Mosonmagyarovar Algal Culture Collection

    Author: Vince Ördög, University of West-Hungary, Hungary

    Description: The Mosonmagyaróvár Algal Culture Collection (MACC) is the 5th largest culture collection in Europe with 960 strains (610 Chlorophyta and 350 Cyanophyta). It is an important resource in the research for potential microalgal strains for biodiesel production. Growth and chemical composition of green algal strains were investigated to select the most promising strains, and to further advance our knowledge on lipid production in algal cells. …

    Discovery and development of strains of microalgae for phototrophic biofuels applications

    Author: Jürgen Polle, Brooklyn College of CUNY, USA

    Description: Microalgae belong to very diverse groups of photosynthetic organisms. However, out of thousands of known species of microalgae, still onlya few strains are exploited in mass culture.For development of new strains several major paths can be taken either independently or in conjunction: 1) Discovery of novel strains isolated from natural habitats, 2) selection of existing strains for specific traits, 3) breeding of strains, and/or 4) genetic engineering. …

    A low-cost approach for large algal screening experiments

    Author: Serge Zagermann, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

    Description: Microalgae are of growing interest for diverse industrial applications due to their manifold metabolic capabilities. Considering the fact, that only a few algal species are used in most of the algae-based bioprocesses, the following question arises: why is this the case?Difficulties lie in the need for characterization of novel organisms and the resulting problems. …

    Cultivation of thermotolerant and thermophilic phototrophic microorganisms in Subitec‘s flat-panel-airlift (FPA) photobioreactor in view towards cost reduction and sustainability enhancement

    Author: Peter Bergmann, Subitec, Germany

    Description: The demand for plant biomass as a consequence of the steadily increasing global population, the trend in food intake towards more protein rich nourishments and the need for next generation biofuel sources mount continuously but the availability of arable land is stagnating or even decreasing due to development and degradation. This trend also goes, next to environmental reasons, hand in hand with a proceeding scarcity of freshwater…

    Biogenic design of a flexible, tubular photobioreactor for the large scale prooduction of microalgae

    Author: Stephan Matthes, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Description: Microalgae are a natural source containing a tremendous amount of valuable compounds. The production of microalgae at industrial scale is up to now mostly performed in open ponds limiting the use of its products because of high contamination risks. In addition, low biomass productivities and high water losses by evaporation have to be faced with, leading to the need of different ways oflarge scale microalgae production.

    Showcase Calipatria Campus

    Author: Miguel Olaizola, Synthetic Genomics, USA

    Description: Recently, Synthetic Genomics took ownership of a historic algal research facility located near Calipatria, California, in the Southwest United States. The Calipatria Campus is a 32 ha. algal research and production facility located in the low desert area of Imperial County near the Salton Sea. The site has been selected for scale up research of technology developed at small scale at Synthetic Genomics’ La Jolla facilities..

    Light, microalgae and photobioreactors

    Author: Otto Pulz, IGV GmbH, Germany

    Description: Recent developments in mass production of microalgae as phototrophic microorganisms are demonstrated.In recent years there arose an urgent need for new solutions for phototrophic biotechnology out of the development of technologies for carbon capture (CO2) and bioenergy.The most widespread technology for the mass production of microalgae in raceway ponds is with a productivity of 15 – 20 g/m²*d not productive enough to fit in the demands of CO2-emitting companies like power plants….

    Solarbiofuels Research Centre

    Author: Rosa Rosello, KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

    Description: The rational design of phototrophic bioprocesses is progressing successfully as a result of the existing programs with focus on screening, molecular- and microbiology as well as process engineering. Nevertheless, until now there is not sufficient and reliable data available about long term productivities or direct comparison between different microalgae species and bioreactors, especially for outdoor cultivation conditions. This information gap should be counterbalanced by the SolarBiofuelsResearchCenter in Brisbane.. …

    Design and chracterization of molecular tools for a synthetic biology approach towards developing cyanobacterial biotechnology

    Author: Thorsten Heidorn, Bioforsk, Norway

    Description: Cyanobacteria are suitable for sustainable, solar-powered biotechnological applications. Synthetic biology connects biology with computational design and an engineering perspective, but requires efficient tools and information about the function of biological parts and systems. …

    Optimized Natural Evolution “One” Powerful approach for microorganisms improvement

    Author: Bernard Kudla, Eco-solutions SA, France


    Eco-Solution will present its Optimized Natural Evolution (ONE) technology which generates microorganisms variants with greater performances through long-term automated selective cultures. Basis of ONE will be described as well as its major characteristics. Results obtained with microalgae and bacteria for different domains of application will be given. Effectiveness of ONE as a complementary approach of Genetic Engineering and Exploration of Biodiversity will be discussed. …

    Effects of acetate feeding on lipid accumulation and photosynthesis in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

    Author: Peter Waldeck, IGV GmbH, Germany

    Description: Chlamydomonas can be grown mixotrophically on acetate which is used for the generation of energy equivalents and carbon skeletons for the metabolism of the living cell. Prior to its utilization, acetate is activated to acetyl-CoA by various reactions catalyzed directly by acetyl-CoA synthetase or pyruvate dehydrogenase. …

    Phenolics in microalgae: a forgotten fraction with high antioxidant potential

    Author: Koen Goiris, KAHO Sint-Lieven, Belgium

    Description: Over the last decades, many researchers have acknowledged the antioxidant potential of microalgae. Most of the research on antioxidant properties of microalgae has focused on the carotenoid fraction or on enzymatic antioxidant response. Much less is known about the antioxidant properties of the (poly)phenolic fraction. The objective of our work was to evaluate the contribution of phenolics to the antioxidant activity of microalgae …

    Hydrocarbon fules from biomass using IH2 technology

    Author: Pat Leung, CRI Catalyst Company, USA

    Description: Developed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), the IH2 process is an exciting new thermochemical process that converts a broad range of inedible biomass—wood, agricultural residues, algae (macro- and micro-), municipal solid wastes, energy crops and aquatic plants—directly into gasoline, diesel and jet range fuels and blend stocks. …

    Recovering nutrients from an algal biofuel production process

    Author: Mariluz Bagnoud-Velásquez, Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, Switzerland

    Description: We are currently working towards demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of an innovative process “SunCHem”, for methane production via hydrothermal processing of microalgae. The process is envisioned as a closed-cycle with respect to nutrients, water and CO2. These are separated and reused for microalgae growth thereby resulting in unprecedented energy efficiency for both algae and fuel production. …

    Overview on biofuel production pathways for algae

    Author: Michael Kroeger, DBFZ, Germany

    Description: One of the challenging tasks is the sustainable energy supply from renewable biomass in the national and international context. A critical point is the environmental friendly production and utilisation of biofuels with minimal adverse effect on the native environment, especially mitigation of green house gas emissions. To overcome this challenge, several innovative ideas have been suggested by the scientific and industrial community for an alternative biofuel production. …

    Harvesting performance guarantees per algae strain

    Author: Pieter Boelens, Evodos Inc., The Netherlands

    Description: The objective is to present he benefits of the Evodos harvesting technology. In summary, expressed will be the quality of the harvested algae, the ease of operations of the Evodos equipment and the financial benefits. This all is added with a performance guarantee because Evodos is extremely confident of the excellent performance. …

    From micro-algae discovery to biomass production in photobioreactors and its industrial valorisation

    Author: Clemence Boulaigre: Phycosource S.A.R.L., France

    Description: In spite of the huge potential of micro-algae, they generate only few innovations, in need of resources dedicated to applied research and economically feasible solutions for production.Recently, the development of sealed photobioreactors has allowed the production in large scales of promising micro-algae species which are hardly cultivable in open ponds. …

    Recycling black water nutrients by algae-based photobiodegradation

    Author: Tania Fernandes, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), The Netherlands

    Description: The Dutch Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) new building has implemented a new sanitation concept where black water (toilet water) and grey water (shower/washing water) are separated at source, therefore facilitating nutrient recovery, reducing drinking water consumption, generating bioenergy and a valuable algal biomass product. …

    Outdoor biomass production of Scenedesmus obliquus in solar tracked flat panel photobioreactors under temperate climate conditions

    Author: Stefan Hindersin, University Hamburg, Germany

    Description:Biomass productivity of the microalgae Scenedesmusobliquus was investigated outdoors in solar tracked flat panel photobioreactors (PBR) during the seasons in Northern Germany. An automated process control unit regulated the temperature, pH value and nutrient concentration in the culture medium. …

    Marine Drug Discovery – Antiviral active sulfoquinovosyldiacylglycerides from phototrophic microorganisms

    Author: Barbara Klein, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany

    Description: The human β-herpesvirus cytomegalovirus (HCMV) causes some of the most fatal diseases for immunocompromised patients. Insufficient methods of treatment, resistance of antiviral drugs and undesired side effects make it necessary to screen for new potential drug candidates like phototrophic microorganism. …

    Seasonal variation of lipids and fatty acids of the microalgae Nannochloropsis oculata grown outdoors in large-scale photoreactors?

    Author: Martin Oloffson, Linnaeus University, Sweden

    Description: Oil-producing microalgae are a potential feedstock for the biodiesel industry. Whereas focus usually is on nutrient manipulation to boost lipid content, we investigated the seasonal variations of lipid content and composition in microalgae from large-scale cultivation. …

    Energy balances of different photobioreactor- and process designs for algae biofuel production

    Author: Anika Weiss, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

    Description: The design of photobioreactors plays a crucial role for the energy balance of biofuels production with microalgae. Novel concepts like surface enlargement, thin culture layers and decreased mixing energy with laminar flow regime are being discussed to increase algae productivity and enhance the energy balance. Moreover, the up- and downstream processes of algae biofuels production can contribute largely to the energy balance and they partially depend on the reactor design…

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  • Content Comments Off on Become an exhibitor

    The 9th European workshop “Biotechnology of Microalgae” will present an industrial exhibition on June 4 and 5.

    The exhibition area is in the entrance area were all participants have to pass through. The average size of the booths is 2 or 4m². Please find here the exhibitor information.

    If you are interested in exhibition space please contact Ms. Antje Boback via Mail.

    We will be happy to send you more information.

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    The submitted abstract will be published in the book of abstracts. Please indicate if the abstract will be presented as paper or poster and the section you are submitting for.

    Please keep to the following guidelines:

    • Corresponding author: Please enter the name of the corresponding author and the according mail-adress and affiliation. The author name should have the style: “Lastname, Initial” (for example: Pulz, O.)
    • Authors & affiliation: Please enter the Authors name and the according affiliation in succeeding order.
    • The abstract should not exceed one page of A4 paper (about 1.400 characters) and should describe the objective, major results and conclusions of the research.
    • Deadline for submission: March 31, 2012

    In case you are unable to fill in your presentation on the website please send it by mail to:boback@igv-gmbh.de. In this case the DOC / DOCX file name should consist of the presenting author and the date of sending.


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    Your data were sucessfully submitted. We will come back to you shortly. For further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us via Mail.

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  • Blog Comments Off on Innovative bioreactor technics

    I  will present you some more information about the program topics. In this blog I would like to present you innovative bioreactor technics in phototrophic biotechnology.

    Phototrophic biotechnology comprises the integration transfer from results from the fields of biology, physiology, biochemistry and high- end-process technics of lower plants, like phototrophic microorganisms, fungus, mosses, duckweed, ferns, lichens and lycopods, plant cells and tissue cultures.

    Phototrophic microorganisms are a very diverse group of microorganisms. Microalgae can be found due their enormous physiological and morphological diversity all over the world and receive globally a high interest.Through innovative further developments especially in the area of closed photobioreactors the application of phototrophic microorganisms gets economically relevant in R&D, the industrial application as food and feed additive. It also can be used as replacement of pharmaceuticals (especially antibiotics, antivirals ) as source for amino acids, vitamins, valuable metabolites, veterinarian and human medicinal preparations, as colouring agent in aquacultures, in systems for cleaning and regeneration of waste waters and as energy source.

    All these developments led to the various photobioreactor designs worldwide.IGV GmbH develops and designs various systems which are partially patented

    • Sterilizable screening and cultivation reactors with diameters up to 50 mm and lightening by fluorescent tubes or LED
    • FDA conform sterile pump powered photobioreactors (volumes:  2 L to 100 L)
    • FDA- conform sterile airlift principle photobioreactors (volume up to 130 L)
    • Closed laboratory photobioreactors with glass tube diameters of 40 bis 49 mm (volumes: 25 to 500 L)
    • Transportable Screening- Photobioreactors  (various sizes PSM 2 up to PBR 2000 GC)
    • Closed production size photobioreactors with glass tube diameters of 49 to 65 mm (volumes: 1000 to 85,000L)
    • Laboratory plate reactors with layer thicknesses of 16 mm  (volumes: 10 L to 1000 L)
    • Production size plate bioreactors with layer thicknesses of 32 mm (minimum  volume 20,000 L)
    • Ultra thin layer bioreactors with layer thicknesses of 0.2 … 1 mm
    • Bioreactor of stirrer tank type with light input by sideward’s radiating light ducts or LED-Tank- airlift system up to 300 L (low-cost- reactor)
    • User oriented measure and control technics für photobioreactors, incl. visualization technics
    • Complete systems, incl. separation and drying equipment.


    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

    With warm regards,

  • Blog Comments Off on Blog of the 8th European Workshop Biotechnology of Microalgae Roofing ceremony for biotechnicum
    Roofing ceremony for biotechnicum
    Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:00

    Roofing Ceremony for the new IGV Biotechnicum and Food technicum.

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    Scientific Speed Talking
    Thursday, 12 April 2012 00:00

    New Format for additional lectures – Scientific Speed Talking.

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    BER new Berlin airport
    Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

    BER new Berlin airport.

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    Monday, 06 June 2011 00:00

    Program. We now started add the topics we think add value to your conference stay.

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    Tuesday, 20 April 2010 01:00
     We finalized the program, which is available right now on the website.
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    IGV Institut für Getreideverarbeitung GmbH
    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 01:00
    This time I would like to present one of the organizers of the 8th European Workshop Biotechnology of Microalgae.
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    The Berlin area
    Wednesday, 20 January 2010 01:00

    In this blog I would like to present you Berlin, which is next to the event venue. So if you can spare one or two more extra days this might be interesting for you .

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    Wednesday, 20 January 2010 01:00

    In this blog I would like to present you Potsdam, which is next to the event venue and to Berlin (just about 30 minutes by public transport). So if you can spare one or two more extra days this might be interesting for you .

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    Dear friends of Algal Biotechnology
    Wednesday, 16 December 2009 11:09

    A warm welcome to you all. This website will change over time. We will keep you informed about the latest numbers and registrations, and any other news we think might interest you.

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  • Blog Comments Off on Dear friends of Algal Biotechnology

    The European Workshop Biotechnology of Microalgae is a well established and acknowledged international forum of microalgal science and application since 1992.

    The 9th European Workshop Biotechnology of Microalgae was a large success. With almost 250 participants, coming from 31 countries from all over the world, this conference was again a truly international event.

    The packed programme enabled the intense scientific exchange and the connection to the application of scientific research.

    With your help and the many abstracts we were able to present you an attractive program. The available presentations can be downloaded on the conference websiet in the password restricted area.

    The 10th European Workshop will take place in 2014. Please come back and check for more information.


    With warm regards
    Yours Otto Pulz

    On behalf of the organizers

    Thanks a lot also to the scientific committee: Otto Pulz, Germany; Vince Ördög, Hungary; Mario Tredici, Italy; Günther H. Schulz, Germany; Sammy Boussiba, Israel.

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  • Blog Comments Off on Website now open for registration

    We are happy to announce that finally the website is now ready for registration. After a long period af waiting I hope you find the website easy to handle.

    But ever since I am still waiting for the first person to register.

    For registration just choose your option of days and enter the respective icon to get to the category options (industry/ university/ student).

    I would be very glad to meet you soon.

    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

    With warm regards,
    Antje Boback

  • Blog Comments Off on The Berlin area

    In this blog I would like to present you Berlin, which is next to the event venue. So if you can spare one or two more extra days this might be interesting for you .

    As far the meetings venue is very close to Berlin I would like to present here this fascinating town.

    Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states (Länder) of the Federal Republic of Germany. Berlin is the largest city in Germany and has a population of 4.5 million within its metropolitan area and 3.4 million from 190 countries within the city limits. Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, for its internationality and tolerance, for its lively nightlife, for its many cafes, clubs, and bars, for its street art, and for its numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin’s architecture is quite varied. Although badly damaged in the final years of World War II and broken apart during the Cold War, Berlin has reconstructed itself greatly, especially with the reunification push after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It is now possible to see representatives of many different historic periods in a short time within the city center, from a few surviving medieval buildings near Alexanderplatz, to the ultramodern glass and steel structures in Potsdamer Platz. Because of its tumultuous history, Berlin remains a city with many distinctive neighborhoods.

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    What to see?

    Depends on what you are interested in. There are plenty of world famous museums like the Pergamon museum which accommodates three separate museums: the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), occupying the architectural halls and the sculpture wing, the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) and the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art). The monumental reconstruction of archaeological building ensembles – such as the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate including the Processional Way of Babylon and the Mshatta Façade – has made the Pergamonmuseum world-famous.

    Or you venture only through the historic sights of Berlin like the street Unter den Linden with some true highlight like the Berlin dome, the beautiful architecture of the Opernpalais, the Humbodt University and which ends  at the Brandenburg gate. Make a boat tour on the river Spree.

    Why not stop at one of the plentiful cafes in Prenzlauer Berg or the multi-cultural Kreuzberg.

    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

    With warm regards,
    Antje Boback

  • Blog Comments Off on Potsdam

    As far the meetings venue is very close to Potsdam I would like to present this time this nice town.


    Potsdam is the capital of the land Brandenburg , the fifth largest land in Germany with about 2.5 million people. The city center was carefully restored during the last 20 years and gives you the impression of how Friedrich the Great had his summer residence town styled. Adding to the cultural ambience, the capital city of the State of Brandenburg is a natural destination to satisfy varied interests and demands.

    Potsdam’s most popular site is the Schloss Sanssouci palace, located in the park to which it gives its name. However, there is far more than the former summer residency of Frederick the Great and the Sanssouci park to make your visit worthwhile. The Cecilienhof Palace( place of the Potsdam Conference in 1945), the Alexandrowka, the Holländisches Viertel (the Dutch Quarter) and the Weavers’ Quarter – the historic sections of the city – provide the flair of a city steeped in European tradition.

    The Babelsberg Filmpark, the Biosphäre nature experience exhibit, the National Horticulture Show park, known as the BUGA park and built for the National Horticulture Show in 2001, the tourist cruise ships, and the Krongut Bornstedt (the crown estate) are all special attractions which will make your visit to Potsdam a very pleasurable experience.

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    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

    With warm regards,
    Antje Boback

  • Blog Comments Off on News

    We finalized the program, which is available right now on the website.

    I am happy to announce you htat right now we have already more than 175 registration for our event from 31 countries from all over the world. We try to put togehter all data to finalize as well the satellite meetings. Hopefully all the missing gaps can be filled soon too.

    Just keep your fingers crossed that the Icelandic vulcano stops soon, so all you can come to the meeting.


    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

    With warm regards,

  • Blog Comments Off on Microalgae as Feed

    The use of microalgae as feed is unfortunatly still in its infancies. And it is a neverending story.

    Microalgae and macroalgae, cyanobacteria (pro-) and eucaryots are known since many thousands of years as food and feed and valued especially in Asian countries. As first part of the food chain they are the basis of life for zooplankton and fish. More than 8 million tons of fresh algal biomass are marketed worldwide whereas app. 6 million directly as „algae vegetable”.

    Successful conducted scientific studies to the topics algal substances and their value for a healthy nutrition, as feed, pharmacological and cosmetic raw material led since the 1960ies to the development of industrial microalgal production plants in America, Japan, Australia, Israel, Korea, China, France, Italy and Germany. Unlike to the rest of the world, in Europe and especially in Germany, until now microalgae like Chlorella and Spirulina are not allowed to be used as sole feed (in contrary to sea algal meal) but only as human food additive, although the industrial produced microalgae are successfully used worldwide for a healthy nutrition of human and animals.

    Scientist, farmers and animal lovers were not discouraged during all those years and took part in feeding trials (when necessary with official special approvals) that proved that algae do not harm the health of animals like carps, prawns, zooplankton, broiler, hens, ducks, turkey hens, swine, horses, cattle, rabbits, dogs, cats and reptiles, but are a valuable biological feed additive.

    We, the scientist of the IGV and our partners tested algae as animal feed additive and can confirm the hypothesis that the controlled application can perform a contribution to a healthy animal nutrition, to the improvement of the eco-balance by increasing the feed utilization, to the reduction of nitrate excretion and the use of antibiotics and in total to a improvement of the operational result.

    We are optimistic, that in near future, starting from the 1st of September 2010, a new era for the use of microalgae will commence, hence the regulation (EU) Nr. 767/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 13 July 2009 on the placing on the market and use of feed, amending European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 and repealing Council Directive 79/373/EEC, Commission Directive 80/511/EEC, Council Directives 82/471/EEC, 83/228/EEC, 93/74/EEC, 93/113/EC and 96/25/EC and Commission Decision 2004/217/EC will come into force.


    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

    With warm regards,

  • Blog Comments Off on Dear friends of Algal Biotechnology

    A warm welcome to you all. We are very happy that the website is now open for registration. This website will change over time. We will keep you informed about the latest numbers and registrations, and any other news we think might interest you.

    This event is a well established and acknowledged forum of microalgal science and application since 1992. The last workshop hosted about 230 registrants from more than 30 countries.

    Follow our invitation and join us to our next event the  8th European workshop Biotechnology of Microalgae, from June 7 till June 10, 2010 in Nuthetal, Germany.

    Let’s all meet together discuss your insights into your scientific work.

    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

    With warm regards,
    Antje Boback


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