Previous Events

September 2017

From Sunday 17th September to Wednesday 20th September 2017, the University of Ostrava (Faculty of Science) will host the 58th meeting of the Czech Phycological Society. This event will involve a range of talks and poster sessions on subjects covering biodiversity, taxonomy, ecology, phylogeny and also experimental biology of algae and cyanobacteria. The end of the conference will be marked by an excursion to a museum of mining, signifiying Ostrava’s past character as a city of coal moning. For more information on the conference, please click here

After this conference – on 21st and 22nd September – the University of Ostrava will also host a course for our ALFF students on the diversity, phylogeny and evolution of eukaryotes and eukatyotic cell. It will cover theoretical lectures and practical demonstrations of the resources and methods of phylogenomics. This course is also open to non-ALFF participants, and more information will follow very soon.

August 2017

The next International Phycological Congress – IPC 11 – will take place in Szczecin, Poland, from 13th to 19th August 2017. The overarching theme of this event is: The Challenges and Opportunities of the Molecular Era for Algal Research and Bioprospecting. The scientific programme of the IPC 11 has been developed by an International Organizing Committee (IOC). Four plenary speakers have accepted the challenge to review diverse aspects of cutting edge phycology and 14 special symposia have been selected, three or four of these will take place in parallel each day, offering a choice of topics for delegates, in fundamental and applied science. The primary sponsor of the Congress is the International Phycological Society. For more information, click here

July 2017

Our next ALFF workshop will take 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, is Bioinformatics and it will cover an introduction to Unix and ORCAE (VIB) and their application to gene prediction and genome. This work will be followed by practical exercises in the fields of Metagenomics and transcriptomics. For more information, please click here

May 2017

SAMS hosted its third GlobalSeaweed Workshop from 8 – 12 May 2017. The key theme of this year’s workshop will be Seaweed Aquaculture and Cultivation which will cover issues such as policy-regulation, molecular breeding and disease monitoring. For further information, please visit

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: