Our PhDs- Jnanada and Laura attended the D-A-CH Algen summit in Vienna with posters and flashlight talks. The goal of this summit was to discuss recent findings in algal biotechnology with researchers and industries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The highlights of this summit were algae in food and waste water treatment applications. The conference was a hybrid event with 100 people in presence and another 100 attending virtually.
After last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic, the German Plant Protection Conference finally took place this year virtually. It is a tradition that our working group is particularly well represented here and this year also we presented 12 oral presentations and 11 posters to a broad audience of scientists, organisations and industry representatives. In addition, Prof. Patel had the honour of chairing a section on biological plant protection. Trends and highlights for this year, were the use of anchor molecules to connect capsules to surfaces and, with regard to upcoming projects, news from herbicide treatment. Despite the virtual format, networking with other researchers and planning new research projects was possible.
Our PostDoc Dr. Desiree was invited to represent the working group at the Symposium on “Environmental Assessment of Fertilizer Additives” organized by the Umweltbundesamt on 20-21 September.
The aim of this symposium was to present the current state of knowledge on environmental risks, gaps in knowledge and regulations on the use of fertilizer additives with around 100 participants from science, industry and the authorities. An additional aim was to identify deficits and possible negative impacts of the use of fertilizer additives. Conflicts of objectives in the application of fertilizer additives were identified and concrete measures and recommendations for action for environmentally compatible use were discussed intensively. For our working group, the mechanisms in soil in order to find long-term solutions based on novel formulation materials and techniques to problems dealing with the discharge of nitrogen from soil were especially of interest.
Our PhD students Laura Fladung and Jnanada Joshi got the opportunity to present their doctoral research at the ECCE 13 & ECAB 6: ’13th European Congress of Chemical Engineering 6th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology’ held virtually. Around 1048 participants joined this event globally to present and discuss the recent findings in biotechnology. Both our PhD students presented their own research as speakers at the talks and received positive encouraging feedback regarding employing formulations to enhance algal biotechnology.
Our PhD students Laura Fladung and Jnanada Joshi got the opportunity to attend the first in-presence conference in 2 years at the ICRC 2021- ‘Prospects and challenges for the development of algal biotechnology’ held in Bielefeld. Around 50 participants from 9 countries joined this event to present and discuss the recent findings in algal biotechnology. Both our PhD students presented their own research at the poster sessions and received positive encouraging feedback regarding employing formulations to enhance algal biotechnology.
We were also glad to invite Dr. Patrik Jones from the Imperial college, London and show him our facilities at the FH after the conference.