Monday, March 10th, 2014
The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, announced that the eighth annual Algae Biomass Summit will take place September 29-October 2 in San Diego, California, a global hub of algae research and commercial activity. The ABO is now accepting abstracts and proposals for keynote speakers, panel presentations and poster sessions at the event, the world’s largest algae industry conference. Speaking opportunities for the Summit are highly competitive, making the submission of high-quality abstracts before the April 1st deadline essential. Information about the event and call for abstracts can be found at http://www.algaebiomasssummit.org.
“The ability of algae to provide us with sustainable fuels, feeds and other products without depleting our freshwater supplies or our farmland has sparked more interest in this industry than ever before,” said Dr. B. Greg Mitchell, Chair of the Summit’s Program Committee and Research Biologist at the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). “San Diego has more algae industry activity than any other city in the world, and we expect the 2014 Summit to draw on that community as well as a broader international group of scientists, entrepreneurs and Fortune 100 companies. The Summit’s regional tours of algae facilities, including algae farms in nearby Imperial Valley, will provide unique opportunities for participants to broaden their understanding of this rapidly expanding industry.”
Speakers and attendees at the Algae Biomass Summit will include national and international technologists, producers, scientists, investors, and end user companies. During the course of the event, leaders and attendees will discuss issues of critical importance to the emerging algae industry, including the commercial viability of algal production, current government and private initiatives, evolving technologies, processing concepts, life cycle analysis and project finance.
With new pilot, demonstration and commercial production facilities planned or operating around the U.S., the algae industry is rapidly emerging as an opportunity to address many of the energy, food, economic, and environmental challenges facing the world today. Algae have the power to simultaneously put fuels in vehicles, recycle CO2, provide nutrition for animals and people, generate useful chemical products and create jobs for millions of Americans. Algae’s ability to produce high yields, grow in saltwater and on marginal lands means that they can be cultivated at large scales without harmful impacts on freshwater supplies or valuable agricultural land. More information can be found at www.allaboutalgae.com.
About the Algae Biomass Organization The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its membership is comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits and members and their affiliations, is available at the website: www.algaebiomass.org.