Workshops & Courses

Winter 2014 Workshop

24-28 February, 2014, AzCATI, ASU, Mesa, AZ

Routine Measurement and Biochemical Analysis of Microalgal Cultures

This laboratory-intensive workshop was designed to provide an introduction to the observation and measurement of microalgal cultures and common analytical methods for the evaluation of biomass content. Topics presented are relevant to those interested in obtaining an overview in biochemistry, routine laboratory procedures, and data analysis. Field training will include handling and collecting cultures from ponds and photobioreactors. Participants will have ample opportunities to work in the laboratory and learn how to measure culture density (cell counting and optical density), light and fluorescence microscopy, gravimetric analyses (wet weight, dry weight, ash-free dry weight, ash and moisture content), and techniques for extracting and analyzing biomass compounds, including bulk proteins, starch, carbohydrates and lipids.

Workshops are informal and participants are encouraged to ask questions, share information with the group, and network. Printed and electronic materials will be provided, and a certificate of completion will be delivered at the conclusion of the workshop. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants filled on a first-come basis upon receipt of payment.

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) at the Arizona State University and the Culture Collection of Algae (UTEX) at the University of Texas at Austin, through the D.O.E.-sponsored Algae Testbed Public-Private-Partnership (ATP3), offer comprehensive workshops on the cultivation of microalgae, strain selection, pilot-scale cultivation, harvesting and processing, and analysis of valuable oils and co-products. Workshops are conducted by trained phycologists, biochemists, and engineers.

For information about this and future workshops please visit www.atp3.org.

UTEX 2014 Workshops at The University of Texas at Austin

March 19-21 Bioprospecting, Isolation and Analysis of Microalgae
Cost: $1000 (lunch included)
Description: This three-day workshop is designed to teach the principles and practices of microalgal strain collection, enrichment, screening, isolation, identification, and natural product characterization. Presentations and hands-on laboratory activities are tailored to take participants step by step through the process of collecting samples from the field, establishing and characterizing cultures, and identifying and analyzing metabolic products of interest.

June 4-6 Biochemistry and Laboratory Analysis of Biomass Composition
Cost: $1000 (lunch included)
Description: This three-day workshop was developed to provide an introduction to common laboratory techniques used for the analysis of microalgal biomass and biochemical content. Participants will have numerous opportunities to work in the laboratory observing cultures by microscopy, measuring cultures by spectrophotometry, performing gravimetric analyses, and bulk characterization of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates.

July 21-25 Introduction to Phycology: ecology, physiology and taxonomy - and - Genetic Modification of Cyanobacteria and Microalgae
Cost: $1800 (lunch included)
Description: This is an intensive five-day workshop covering a wide range of topics related to algal biodiversity. Detailed lectures and hands-on laboratory activities led by experts in the field are designed to provide a broad introduction to algal ecological diversity, natural habitats, cell biology, biochemistry, growth characteristics, nomenclature, phylogeny, and molecular genetics.

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