Algal Biotechnology -
Techniques and Opportunities for the Sustainable Economy

23rd & 24th of October 2019, Reykjavík, Iceland

Two Days Algal Biotechnology Workshop

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.

Two travel grants of € 500 each are available for PhD students and early-career postdocs that have registered to attend the course in Iceland. Forms to apply for a grant will be send out to registered participants and the applicants are expected to write a short text about how the participation in the Algal Biotechnology course should help to advance their career. A committee of the course organizers will decide who will receive the travel grants based on the motivational text and the circumstances of the applicants, e.g. country the student/postdoc is traveling from, etc. There is no entitlement of an applicant to receive a travel grant and the decision of the committee is final. Travel grants will be paid out after the course has been completed.

FEE: A non-refundable course fee of € 40 is required for registration. The fee includes tea & coffee, lunch on the first day and food and refreshments during a “mixer” on the first evening. Lunch and dinner will be at own expenses during the second day trip.


The course will be held at facilities of Matís ohf. / Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D, Vínlandsleið 12, 113 Reykjavík, Iceland. Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements, but further information will be sent out to registered participants. If you require a Visa to travel to Iceland and require a support letter, please contact the organizers (


You will need to arrange your own accommodation and we suggest using websites like, airBnB, etc. to make a reservation. Matís is easily reachable by car or public transport from all parts of Reykjavík; further information will be sent out to registered participants.