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19.09.2017Prospects and challenges for the development of algal biotechnology - 7th International CeBiTec Research Conference Bielefeld
The Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) of Bielefeld University cordially invites you to attend the 7th International CeBiTec Research Conference Bielefeld entitled "Prospects and challenges for the development of algal biotechnology”.

The conference will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University from September 24th to 27th, 2017.

The 2017 International CeBiTec Research Conference Bielefeld aims to give a complete overview of the challenges facing the exploitation of microalgae and cyanobacteria for industrial biotechnology, from biofuels to high value proteins and chemicals.

Industrial Biotechnology is firmly established in several industries such as food and feed, and is a central pillar of the knowledge-based bioeconomy. There is currently considerable interest in applying novel technological advances such as 'omics', systems biology or synthetic biology approaches to develop the field further, particularly with a goal of increasing the sustainability of chemical production. In this respect, the use of photosynthetic hosts, rather than the traditional heterotrophic bacteria and yeast systems, offers great potential since the former can use sunlight as the energy source for production.

As well as dealing with ways to optimize the entire production process for chemicals from algae, the programme will consider how knowledge of fundamental algal biology may provide novel insights. It will also include sessions on the exploitation of genome sequence information and genomics, the use of systems biology, and the application of synthetic biology to optimize existing processes and develop new ones. Distinguished invited speakers from academia and industry will present current prospects and furthermore, short talks selected from the submitted abstracts will complete the oral presentation section of the conference.

All participants are encouraged to actively participate in the conference by presenting their work during poster sessions. Please indicate during the online registration if you would like to give an additional short talk on your topic.

Short talks will be selected from the poster abstracts and you will be informed after registration is closed (31.08.2017) in case that your abstract has been selected.