The aim of this professional development course is to showcase the opportunities that algae offer the biotechnological industry, including their use for food, feed, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and other applications for bioactive compounds. The course will offer a brief introduction to basic algal biology, taxonomy and physiology, and how those are linked to potential biotechnological uses. The course will then present business aspects of algal biotechnology, including markets, consumers and possibilities for entrepreneurship. A specific focus will be on an “Icelandic perspective”, presenting examples of Icelandic companies successfully utilizing, producing and marketing algae, both within the micro- and macroalgal sector. The course will also highlight the potential that the diverse environments of Iceland and their algae (e.g. marine, hot springs, glaciers, etc.) offer for the use in food and biotechnological application.
The workshop will run for two days, with one day of talks given at the facilities of Matís ohf. in Reykjavík and the second day consisting of a tour of algal companies located in the South-West of Iceland. The programme will provide an unrivalled opportunity for a broad variety of stakeholders from academia, governmental authorities and industry, including students, researchers, managers and entrepreneurs, to interact with each other and obtain a broad and relevant introduction to the opportunities of algal biotechnology.