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RELEVANCE

Global fossil fuels supplies dwindling


SUSTAINABILITY

Fast-growing, easily utilised marine algae which fix carbon dioxide


BIOTECHNOLOGY

Oil production from cultivated micro-organisms


BIOFUEL

Energy readily convertible from marine plants

News

NEW Algal Biotechnology Masters
The new 12 month Algal Biotechnology Masters by Research (MRes) will start at SAMS in September 2013.
Downstream Processing Technology
A review of downstream processing technology undertaken by Queen's University Belfast is now available.
BioMara project covered by BBC Alba
An La, the BBC Alba news programme, ran a piece on the BioMara project on 9 January 2013.
Celebrating BioMara
A dinner, hosted by Sir John Arbuthnott, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, was held on Thursday 15 November 2012 to share the findings of the project with politicians, policy makers, businesses, community representatives and academia. A brochure summarising the results of the project was also launched.
Energy: Independence From Oil?
In the week where a Colorado-based business receives funding to build the first commercial-scale plant to make biofuels from algae, could we finally have found an alternative to oil?
Summer 2012 Newsletter published
The latest BioMara newsletter has recently been published.
Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium
BioMara scientists from two of the partner institutes attended the 21st Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium in April
Nordic Council meeting
At the invitation of the Faroese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ian Macfarlane presented BioMara to a meeting of the Nordic Council in June
BioMara at All Energy in May
BioMara was at the All-Energy Show in Aberdeen where considerable interest was shown in our work
BioMara science meeting Belfast
BioMara’s science and technical meeting in April 2011 at the University of Ulster, was attended by BioMara researchers from all six partner institutes
April stakeholder meetings Northern Ireland
Ian Macfarlane has been visitingstakeholders in Northern Ireland including members of the Northern Ireland Marine Task Force
Liaising with other EU regional projects
In May BioMara hosted visitors from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), who are part of the European Regional Development Fund supported project, SUBMARINER.
New Director of UK Algal Bioenergy group
Dr Michele Stanley, lead scientist of the BioMara project, has been appointed Director of the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB-SIG) network
Reaching rural stakeholders
Engaging with the community: visit to the the Outer Hebrides in September
BioMara science progresses at Dundalk meeting
An exciting and varied BioMara scientific and technical meeting was held in October 2010 to enable researchers from the six institutes in the BioMara project to discuss progress.
Sustainable communities initiative
During the weekend of 13 and 14 November Ian Macfarlane attended the Sustainable Communities conference held in Lochgilphead, Argyll.
Renewable energy in the Middle East
Professor Neil Hewitt attended a workshop in Abu Dhabi in November and spoke on the techno-economic benefits of macro- and micro-algae as a renewable energy source
Biomass and biogas
November saw the BioMara team from IT Sligo attending two international conferences in Europe.
Energy from Algae
In September, Dr Michele Stanley attended a meeting on New Energy technologies.
International Plant Lipids meeting in Australia
On 11-16th July Dr Steve Slocombe attended the 19th International Symposium on Plant Lipids held in Cairns, Australia
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