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Be sure to add a tour of exciting local interests, algae research and cutting-edge technology demonstrations to your Summit itinerary!


Algae in Texas: In the Lab and on the Beach

Sunday, October 14, 2018

8:00am – 6:00pm

Galveston beachMembers: $200

Non-member: $250

Buses will depart from The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.


Even the algae are bigger in Texas!  Spend the day immersed in the burgeoning Texas algae ecosystem – and visit the home of an infamous pirate and the most deadly natural disaster in American history – on a day trip to legendary Galveston. As we make the trek to the Texas coast, start with an introduction to the largest algae collection in the world as experts from the UTEX Culture Collection join us to offer a taste of our taxa’s astonishing diversity.


In Galveston, visit Texas A&M University’s Sea Life Facility for an inside look at the university’s algae research program and the rich biodiversity and exceptional seafood production of Galveston Bay and adjacent Gulf of Mexico. Then learn about one of the world’s largest macroalgae phenomena as we explore the role of sargassum in the region’s ecosystem and economy on a beach walk with a leading expert.


We’ll end with a stroll through historic Galveston and time to explore the Historic Strand District for a souvenir, ice cream or the documentary presentations of The Great Storm and The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite, both directed and produced by the brother of an algae industry legend!


Buses will return to the hotel in time for the Summit’s exclusive Algae 101 session on Sunday evening! Lunch provided.


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