Workshops & Courses

Fall 2016 UTEX Training Workshop - Managing Microalgal Cultures

UTEX, Austin, TX, USA
Dates: September 29-30, 2016

This 2-day workshop is designed to enhance the knowledge of those who are already familiar with algae, and provide an introduction to algal culture management for those with no prior experience. Topics are geared toward individuals who are interested in learning principles and practices of growing and managing microalgal cultures, and relevant for those who are interested in commercialization of algae or their products. Workshops feature presentations and demonstrations, as well as opportunities for hands-on microscopic manipulations and training in common laboratory techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring algal samples that they wish to microscopically observe and/or identify. Workshops are informal; participants are encouraged to ask questions, share information with the group, and network. Activities will take place at the UTEX Culture Collection of Algae facilities, located in the center of the University of Texas campus. This unique venue will provide participants with the opportunity to observe the diversity of microalgae and learn about the management of laboratory cultures. Link:

Freshwater Algae Course 2017

Kindrogan Field Centre

Course description?

The course focuses on how to become familiar with the major algal groups and get to grips with identification, while providing an overview of algal morphology, structure, reproduction, and classification (morphological and molecular). The course has been part of our programme at Kindrogan for over 20 years. 

Who are the course tutors?

Eileen Cox is Head of Post Graduate Studies at the Natural History Museum, London, with an extensive research background and a particular interest in the taxonomy and ecology of diatoms. She has published over 100 scientific papers and completed a key to the identification of live diatoms. She has run a number of courses and workshops on algae with particular emphasis on algal diversity and the identification of genera and species. Eileen is currently Editor for Diatom Research, on the Editorial Board of Fottea, Leader of the Working Group on Diatom Terminology and Co-Editor of two special volumes on Ecology of Springs and of a book on Long-term Ecosystem Study of the Breitenbach.

Elliot Shubert is Editor-in-Chief of Systematics and Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. His research interests are phenotypic plasticity, gene expression and cell wall chemistry in the freshwater green alga, Desmodesmus. Previously, he was Professor of Biology at the University of North Dakota USA for 21 years where he taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses on algae. He has published over 60 research articles, and has produced a revised chapter on “Nonmotile coccoid and colonial green algae” for the 2nd edition of “Freshwater Algae of North America”. Elliot is Treasurer of the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS). 

Geoff Codd is Professor Emeritus at the University of Dundee. He is a recognised world expert on cyanobacterial toxins and he is widely sought as an invited speaker for international scientific meetings.

Dr Laurence Carvalho, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, will give a presentation on the EU Water Framework Directive with special reference to lakes and will describe their counting methods. 

Who are the participants?
The course is open to individuals with different backgrounds ranging from beginners to those who would like to refresh their knowledge of particular groups of algae or experience collecting in a different region of the world. Previous participants have come from over 35 different countries.

Course costs: £650 for sole occupancy, £495 for a shared room, and £380 for the course and dinner each day but no B&B. 

To book a place on this course you can either:

  • Complete a booking form from the brochure and send it together with a £50.00 non-refundable deposit (cheque payable to Field Studies Council Limited) or provide us with you debit/credit card number details.
  • Book online at
  • Telephone to book directly with FSC Scotland (card payments made over the phone) 

ATP3 Workshop Fall 2016: Large-Scale Algal Cultivation, Harvesting and Downstream Processing

Dates: November 7-11, 2016

This workshop will cover practical applications of growing and managing microalgal cultures at production scale, including methods for handling cultures, screening strains for desirable characteristics, identifying and mitigating contaminants, scaling up cultures for outdoor growth, harvesting and processing technologies, as well as the analysis of lipids, proteins and carbohydrates. Related laboratory and field training will include numerous hands-on opportunities for participants to collect and perform routine sample measurements, monitor cultures for contaminants, and evaluate the chemical composition of algal biomass.

This workshop is ideal for those interested in obtaining a broad overview of the management of microalgal cultures at scale, and for advanced students and trainees interested in the practical applications of microalgae. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, share information and network. Printed and electronic materials will be included, and a certificate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop. Workshop enrollment is limited to 15 participants and will be filled on a first-come basis.

ATP3 workshops offer a diverse range of topics pertaining to the management and processing of microalgal cultures, and uses of their products. Laboratory and field training are led by highly-trained scientists and engineers. For more information about this and future workshops please visit

Course costs: $1600 (incl. training, materials, 3 lunches). 

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