Workshop Online: Macaronesian Algae Blue Bioeconomy (#EMDinMyCountry)

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17 June 2021

Online workshop on Macaronesian Algae Blue Bioeconomy – 17th June 2021

The workshop is promoted within the framework of the European Maritime Day in My Country 2021 (#EMDinMyCountry), by the partners of the REBECA and REBECA-CCT projects and backed by our FORWARD project as well.

The organisers are the Spanish Bank of Algas of the Canary Islands and the Society for the Economic Promotion of Gran Canaria, along with some FORWARD organisations, namely the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI) and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Our partner NEXA from La Réunion will also participate as an invited speaker of the event.

The initiative is part of the Specific Objective 3 and communication activities of the REBECA and REBECA-CCT projects, which aim to create and consolidate a network of microalgae and cyanobacteria culture collections, as well as the promotion of biotechnology blue based on algae in Macaronesia.

In 2022, the European Commission plans to launch the “EU algae initiative“, whose main objective is to increase sustainable production, guarantee safe consumption and promote the innovative use of algae and algae-based products. In Spain, the new strategy for the sustainable development of aquaculture is being designed in line with Europe. The online workshop will be a further step to define the role of the blue bio-economy based on algae in outermost regions.

The event foresees a first block dedicated to the blue bio-economy in Macaronesia and its role in the initiative of the European Commission to achieve a consolidated and sustainable seaweed sector in the EU. Important speakers from the Commission and other key opinion leaders in the algae field will join the discussions.

Afterwards, participants will be able to learn more about the Blue Biotechnology Excellence Network – REBECA – and the experience of relevant actors from Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Mauritania and La Réunion, regions linked to the project.

You can register to the event through the form available at this link.

The draft programme can be consulted here.

The workshop will count on simultaneous translation from Spanish versus English, Portuguese, and French.