Agenda Expands for the Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego

The Algae Biomass Organization continues to expand the breadth and depth of experts in energy, agriculture, national security and sustainability that will be attending the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in San Diego, California, September 29-October 2. The new speakers join an impressive agenda of keynotes, plenaries and networking opportunities at the world’s largest algae conference.

Each year industry leaders from around the globe travel to the annual event to hear in-depth examinations of the latest scientific breakthroughs, commercial successes and financing models that are being undertaken in the rapidly expanding algae industry.  San Diego is a hub of algae industry activity, and hundreds of entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and users of algal products are expected at the conference.

“With Assistant Secretaries of Departments of Navy and Agriculture; Directors and Program Managers from several federal agencies; Executive Directors of major trade associations; more than 100 speakers & panelists; 50 exhibitors and more than 100 posters, this year’s summit offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network and collaborate, ” said Matt Carr, Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization.

Energy: New speakers that will address algae’s potential to address energy challenges include:

  • David Danielson,Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jonathan Male,Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Neil P. Rossmeissl, Algal Program Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Agriculture & Food: Speakers discussing algae’s potential in food and agriculture, as well as regulatory requirements facing algal products currently hitting the market include:

  • Chris Cassidy, Renewable Energy Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Steven Scott Nicholls, USDA Rural Development, Business & Energy Programs Specialist
  • Daniel Fabricant, CEO & Executive Director, Natural Products Association

National Security: On the topic on national security and the need for new sources of renewable, domestically produced biofuels:

  • Mike Breen, Executive Director, Truman National Security Project

Sustainability: Speakers addressing the Summit on the topic of algae’s role in environmental and economic sustainability include:

  • Ana Zacapa, Director, Ceres California
  • Matt Rudolf, Business Development & Americas Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

Research: To discuss the latest advances in algae research and development some of the leading scientists in the field at the Summit will include:

  • Stephen Mayfield, Director, California Center for Algae Biotechnology
  • Jose Oliveras, Executive Director, National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
  • Mark Huntley, Principal Investigator, Cornell Consortium
  • Tryg Lundquist, Associate Professor, California Polytechnic State University
  • Jeffrey Kanel, President & CEO, Renewable Algal Energy, LLC

These new speakers join other leaders that are accelerating the development of algae technologies, such as Reps. Scott Peters (D-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-CA), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Algae Caucus (via video address) and Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations & Environment and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the US algae Industry, produces the Algae Biomass Summit. More information about the Summit can be found at


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