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We have just posted the preliminary agenda for the 2018 Summit! We'll be adding new speakers and sessions as they are confirmed. 

 

 Click on a date below to view a summary of events. Check back for updates!

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14  |  Monday, Oct 15  |  Tuesday, Oct 16  |  Wednesday, Oct 17  |  


SUNDAY, October 14, 2018

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Exhibitor Move-in / Poster Set Up
 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Algae 101

Whether you are attending for the first time or the 12th,

you will take something valuable away from this industry orientation.  

Perfect for investors, those new to the Summit, or anyone wanting

an inside track to the week's activities and personalities.

You can add this session to your ticket when you register.  


Monday, October 15, 2018

7:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration
8:00 am - 8:45 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Plenary Session 1 Panel    

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit

10:30 am-11:00 am Energy Break
Exhibit & Poster Hall Open
Young Innovators Lounge in Session

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Plenary Session Panel 2:

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm  Lunch in Exhibit & Poster Hall
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Breakout Session 1 - Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Strain Discovery and Development - How to get the best strains for production of fuels and commodities?

Discovery and development of new strains are still essential elements to increase productivities. Presentations will touch on topics from strain discovery, to non-GMO improvements, to genetic engineering.

 

   Joseph Weissman, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering

   Sangeeta Negi, New Mexico Consortium

   Frank Uliczka-Opitz, Algenol Biofuels Germany GmbH

   Aubrey Davis, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

 

Engineering & Analysis

Beginning with the End in Mind: How Algae Applications Affect Growth Rates and the Cultivation System Design

As interest in the diverse set of applications for industrial scale algae cultivation increases, more attention is being paid to how these applications influence growth environments. In this session, speakers will address how algae cultivation systems are affected by their focus on production of fertilizer, wastewater treatment and carbon sequestration.

 

   Josee Bouchard, Algenol Biotech

   Ahmet Yener Manisali, University of South Florida

   Jason Quinn, Colorado State University

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Policy, Finance, and Risk Assessment

This session will cover a broad range of topics including environmental risk assessment, funding outlook, research tax credits, changes in EPA regulatory framework, and education.   

 

   Ira Levine, University of Southern Maine

   Gwendolyn McClung EPA

   James Drage, Algaculture Project

   David Ramjohn, AlgEternal Technologies

   Jenna Bloxom, Colorado State University

 

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Breakout Session 2 - Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Leveraging Omics Technologies for Species Domestication - Understanding Algae at the

Systems Level to Drive Innovation

Microorganisms are complicated biological factories, but -omics tools offer new ways to understand the physiology, metabolism, and environmental responses of algae and cyanobacteria. Presentations in this session will provide information on a variety of potential production species. Talks will present results from genome mining and strain comparisons.

 

   Runqing Yang, South China University of Technology

   Zaid McKie-Krisberg, Brooklyn College of CUNY

   Amanda Barry, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

Engineering & Analysis

Navigating the Dual Role of Carbon as Pollutant and Critical Feedstock

Algal biofuels have tremendous potential as a low-carbon source of transportation fuel. At the same time, the potential for widespread, cost-competitive algae cultivation may be intrinsically limited by a lack of access to concentrated carbon feedstocks. Speakers in this session will discuss the role of algae in mitigating carbon pollution via co-location with power plants and approaches for addressing potential carbon supply bottlenecks in cultivation. 

 

   John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering

   Braden Beckstrom, Colorado State University

   Michael Wilson, University of Kentucky - Center for Applied Energy Research 

   Everett Eustance, Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology

   Sridhar Viamajala, The University of Toledo

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Advancements in Photobioreactors

Photobioreactors represent promising growth systems for microalgae.  This session will present advancements in PBR growth systems, impact on operations, and economics of pond vs photobioreactor systems at large scale.

 

   Fritz Wintersteller, SCHOTT AG

   Ron Chance, Algenol Biotech

 

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Grand Opening Reception / Poster Session #1


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:15 am - 6:15 pm

Exhibit & Poster Hall Open

7:15 am - 8:00 am 

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit & Poster Hall

8:00 am - 9:45 am

Plenary Session 3  

9:45 am - 10:30 am 

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Session 3 - Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Crop Protection - Detection and Mitigation of Pathogens

Crop protection is an important aspect of algae cultivation; more and more results of studies and efforts are being publicly shared. Talks will cover topics such as strategies to detect contaminations, prevent crashes, and understand culture ecology.

 

   Thomas Dempster, Arizona State University

   Ryan Simkovsky, University of California, San Diego

   Carolyn Fisher, Sandia National Laboratories

 

 Engineering & Analysis

Multi-disciplinary Advances in Algae Culturing and Dewatering

Reducing the cost of producing dry algae will expand the number of economically viable algae-based products and services. This session discusses a number of possibilities for improving the efficiency of the growth and dewatering processes through novel engineering designs and integration with other industrial processes.

 

   Carlos Quiroz-Arita, Colorado State University

   Carlise Sorenson, University of Minnesota

   Masatoshi Kishi, Soka University

   Nickolas Avila, Montana State University

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

What Can’t Algae Do? New Markets 1 of 2

From high value niche markets to commodities algae can do it.  Learn about new ideas and strategies for new markets in algae.

 

   Thomas Byrne, CarlsonSV

   Kelvin Okamoto, Gen3 Bio

   Hywel Griffiths, Fermentalg

 

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch in Exhibit & Poster Hall 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Breakout Session 4 - Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Wastewater and Polycultures – Optimizing Productivity through Diversity

Wastewater treatment as well as nutrient and water recycling are important aspects in sustainable algae culturing for both biological and economic reasons.  This session emphasizes research that evaluates the impact of a variety of water and nutrient sources on algal biology, including data from polyculture and monoculture systems.

 

   Jeffrey Lodge, Rochester Institute of Technology

   Stephanie Schramm, University of Illinois

   Matthew Jackson, Montana State University

   Robin Gerlach, Montana State University

 

Engineering & Analysis

Making the Most Out of Algae: Advances in Extraction, Processing and Conversion

Alongside the wide range of products that can be produced using algae is an equally varied set of techniques for mechanically and chemically altering algae into commercially viable products. In this session, speakers will address several key advances in the extraction, processing, and conversion of algae.

 

   Ronald Halim, The University of Melbourne

   Michael Kempkes, Diversified Technologies

   Laura Soto Sierra, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

   Katherine DeRose, Colorado State University

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

What Can’t Algae Do? New Markets 2 of 2

From high value niche markets to commodities algae can do it.  Learn about new ideas and strategies for new markets in algae.

 

   Martin Gross, Gross-Wen Technologies

   Garrett Pallo, Clearas Water Recovery

 

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm 

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm 

Breakout Session 5 - Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Novel Products from Microalgae: Making the Most of Biology

A limited number of large-scale production microalgae exist. Presentations in this session will cover novel isolates and strain improvements as well as the engineering of potential platform species for generation of novel products.

 

   Jun Cheng, Zhejiang University

   Patricia Harvey, University of Greenwich

   Joseph Msanne, New Mexico Consortium

   Donya Kamravamanesh,Technische University, Wien

 

Engineering & Analysis

Cultivation Practice Makes Perfect: Updates from Testbeds and Consortia

Algae technologies are advancing thanks to federal research support and research partnerships with the private sector, which are instrumental in building interest in algae. This session presents updates from high profile federal investments in algae R&D, as well as testbed implementations. Research topics presented focus mostly on advances in algae cultivation.

 

   John McGowen, Arizona State University

   Choul-Gyun Lee, Inha University 

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Industry Updates: Life Beyond the Test Tube

Learn from some of the leaders in the industry what’s new and what’s happening next.  

 

   Rodney Corpuz, Global Algae Innovations

   Rebecca White, Qualitas Health

   Haydar Al Sahtout, Saudi Aquaculture Society

 

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Champagne Reception / Poster Session #2


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7:00 am - 11:00 am Registration Open
7:30 am - 10:15 am

Exhibit & Poster Hall Open

7:15 am - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit and Poster Hall

8:00 am - 9:30 am

 

Breakout Session 6 - Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Cultivation Practice Makes Perfect II: Updates from Testbeds and Consortia

Algae technologies are advancing thanks to federal research support and research partnerships with the private sector, both instrumental in building interest in algae. Some of the latest meso- and production-scale results will be presented.

 

   Eneko Ganuza, Heliae Development

   Jiri Masojidek, Centre Algatech Laboratory of Algae Biotechnology

   Wei Liao, Michigan State University

   Rick Johnson, InNow Water and Environmental Services

 

Engineering & Analysis

Designing Algae Systems that Meet the “Triple Bottom Line”

Taking advantage of algae’s economic and environmental potential requires approaches for measuring and optimizing the design of algae systems as both: 1) stand-alone industrial processes; and 2) interactive components within larger industrial ecology contexts. In this session, speakers will discuss the application of techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) to measure the sustainability of algae systems in different circumstances.

 

   Ryan Davis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

   Peter Chen, Colorado State University

   Sandeep Kumar, Old Dominion University

   Roshni Bahekar, Reliance Industries Limited 

  

 9:30 am - 10:15 am

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Award Presentations

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Plenary Session 4

 

 12:15 pm  2018 Algae Biomass Summit Adjourns 

Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego

Synthetic Promoters Capable of Driving Robust Nuclear Gene Expression in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii

Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego

Synthetic Promoters Capable of Driving Robust Nuclear Gene Expression in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii

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