ALFF researchers are encouraged to take part in a range of events as part of their PhD, including conferences, workshops and courses. The European Phychological Congress (EPC 6) – which hosted ALFF’s first workshop – took place in London in August 2015. More recently our researchers had the opportunity to present their work at the 11th International Phychological Congress which took place in Szczecin, Poland in August 2017.
Over the last 3 years, ALFF has orgainised specialist courses are run for all researchers – usually on a 6-monthly basis – at the various universities and research centres of the Consortium. These courses, organised by leading experts in their respective scientific field, bring our ALFF researchers together in a supportive and collaborative environment. The courses cover specialized areas such as algal culturing, systems biology and bioinformatics, regulatory water quality monitoring, and the study of symbiotic interactions with metabolomics. So far 5 dedicated ALFF courses have taken place:
- Deciphering Symbiotic Interactions with Metabolomics, Friedrich Schiller University, September 2016 – An introduction to metabolite processing – theory, experimental design, sample processing, derivatisation and data analysis. Further details of this course are available here
Commercial Algal Culturing: Technologies, Markets and Business Skills, February 2016 at A4F, Algae for Future – An introduction to business skills in the algal biotechnology field. Further details of this course are available here
- Algal Culturing: From the Field to the Lab, September 2015 at the Station Biologique de Roscoff – An introduction to field work and microbiology practices. Further details of this course are available here
- Bioinformatics Workshop, July 2017 and organised jointly by Applied Maths, VIB and the University of Ghent – An introduction to genome annotation, comparative genomics and metagenomics
- Biomonitoring and Science Communications, May 2018 at the Scottish Association for Marine Science – How algal science informs policy-makers in developing environmental and biosecurity policy, held in conjunction with the Algal Research for Policy-Makers and Biotech Conference. Further details of this event are available here: ARPMB_MAY_2018