Previous Events


July 2017

Our fourth ALFF workshop took place at the University of Ghent from 3 to 7 July 2017. The main theme of this 4-day workshop, led by Dr Olivier De Clerck and Dr Lieven Sterck, was Bioinformatics and it covered an introduction to Unix, ORCAE (VIB) and PLAZA, and the application of these platforms to gene prediction and genome. Two of our ALFF researchers – Shu Min Kao and Srilakshmy L. Harikrishnan – delivered talks on ORCAE using the Ectocarpus genome models as a case study) and PLAZA (platform for comparative genomics developed by VIB), which focussed on gene searches and gene functions retrieval, looking for over-represented pathways in a given list.

This work was followed by practical exercises in the fields of Metagenomics and transcriptomics. For more information, please click here

June 2017

The University of Nantes hosted the 6th Congress of the International Society for Applied Phycology from 18th to 23rd July 2017. The remit of this congress was to appreciate the huge phycological biodiversity and the diversity of its biotechnological applications through the prism of a new and promising industrial sector in full development. The Congress included speakers and posters presentations, exhibitors and for the first time a BtoB session to meet the right partners. For more information please visit:

May 2017

SAMS hosted its third GlobalSeaweed Workshop from 8 – 12 May 2017. The key theme of this workshop was Seaweed Aquaculture and Cultivation, which covered issues such as policy-regulation, molecular breeding and disease monitoring. Further information on this workshop can be found here