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Submit an Abstract to the Largest Algae Biomass Conference in the World!

The Algae Biomass Organization will be accepting abstracts for speaking and poster opportunities for the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit in the spring. Keep an eye on this page for more information!


The Algae Biomass Summit seeks abstracts that present new discoveries, innovations and commercial progress in algae-based solutions to global sustainability challenges, including food, energy and water.


The number of high-quality abstracts received last year was unprecedented and we anticipate an even higher number of outstanding submissions this year. Abstracts submitted by the first priority deadline (TBA) will receive preferred review. Abstracts submitted after this date will be reviewed as they are received.


Review the guidelines below and click here to submit your abstract


If you have questions regarding abstract submission, please contact ABO Administrative Coordinator, Barb Scheevel, by email at: or by phone at: 877-531-5512 ext. 1.  


Abstract Submission Guidelines


Each abstract must include:

  • Primary topic area: Biology, Engineering and Analysis, Commercialization, Finance and Policy
  • Type of presentation requested:  oral presentation or poster
  • Full names of authors (Be sure to indicate presenter and place an asterisk next to ABO members)
  • Institutions for all authors
  • Contact information (address, phone number, email address) for presenter
  • Abstract


The abstracts must be no more than 2400 characters, including spaces (approximately 300 words)  No figures or tables should be included in the abstract.

Abstracts can deal with microalgae and macroalgae (seaweeds) and should fit into one of the following four primary topic areas, and 1 to 4 selected secondary topic areas.


Primary Topic Areas:

1. Biology (to include Algal Biology and Systems Ecology and System Biology)
2. Engineering and Analysis
3. Commercialization (to include Energy and Materials; Food, Ag, Health and Nutrition)
4. Finance and Policy


Secondary Topic Areas: 

A.  Research in algae biology
B.  Algae-strain development, selection and breeding

C.  Genetics and genetically modified algae
D.  Crop protection
E.  Algae cultivation processes – ponds, photobioreactors, fermentors

F.  Cultivation system ecology, monoculture and polyculture approaches
G.  Harvesting and dewatering technologies

H.  Waste water remediation, nutrient recycling

I.   Carbon capture and CO2 recycling

J.   Extraction, processing and conversion to end products

K.  Advanced biofuels

L.  Bioplastics and chemicals

M.  Applications in mineral extraction and bioremediation
N.   Food ingredients and nutraceuticals

O.  Algae for fish and animal feed

P. Algae for soil health and sustainable agriculture

Q.  Life Cycle Analysis and techno-economic modeling

R.  Markets, products and business development
S.  Commercial scale production
T.  Project siting, facility co-location
U.  Project financing, venture capital, joint ventures, strategic partnerships

V.  Tax and legislative initiatives, US national and state and international
W.  Government agency programs and funding
X.  Industry stakeholder initiatives, sustainability and regulatory policy
Y.  Others topics not included in above (please specify in your abstract)


Abstracts which lack the required information or which do not follow the format guidelines will not be reviewed.  The ABO reserves the right to recommend changes in presentation format (e.g. oral presentation to poster).  First consideration will be given to abstracts submitted by members of the ABO.


All abstracts will also be considered for plenary presentations.  Abstracts submitted for oral presentations will also be considered for posters if not accepted as oral presentations.  ABO will distribute all abstracts chosen for presentations (in either printed or electronic form) to all registrants at the Summit and to all ABO members following the Summit. 


Review process
Abstracts are reviewed by 3 to 5 experts in each primary topic area based on several criteria such as relevance, new data, clarity and importance to the field.  Algae Biomass Organization members will be given preference.  To become a member, visit ABO's membership website.


The following four review criteria should be taken into consideration when preparing an abstract for the Summit.

  1. Advances - Does the technology or process improve production, reduce costs, increase value or highlight a technological breakthrough?
  2. Relevance - Does the abstract highlight advances in technology that will make significant near-term impacts?
  3. Detail - Does the abstract provide experimental or analytical results that provide detailed information on the process or advance being reported on.
  4. Clarity - Does the abstract indicate that the information is clearly communicated and understandable to a diverse spectrum of conference attendees? 


Click here to submit your abstract today!


2016 Algae Biomass Summit Technical Program Committee:

Program & Event

  • Program Chair: Anthony Marchese, Colorado State University
  • Program Vice Chair: Jason Quinn, Utah State University
  • Past Program Chair: Al Darzins, Proteos


Biology Track

Algal Biology

  • Robert Gardner, University of Minnesota
  • Todd Lane, Sandia National Laboratory

Systems Ecology and Synthetic Biology

  • Robin Gerlach, Montana State University
  • Kenneth Reardon, Colorado State University

Engineering and Analysis Track

  • Babetta Marrone, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Lieve Laurens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Commercialization Track

Energy & Materials

  • Margaret McCormick, Matrix Genetics
  • Tom Jensen, Joule Unlimited

Food, Ag, Health & Nutrition

  • Toby Ahrens, Bioprocess Algae
  • David Hazlebeck, Global Algae Innovations


Finance and Policy Track

  • Mark Allen, Accelergy Corporation ·      
  • TBD


Posters Track

  • Jennifer Stewart, University of Delaware
  • Michael Wilson, University of Kentucky



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Algae Biomass Summit
October 23 - 26, 2016 | Renaissance Glendale Phoenix Hotel & Spa | Phoenix, AZ

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