Large-scale algal cultivation, harvesting and downstream processing

[USA] This workshop will take place the week of November 2-6, 2015 at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology & Innovation (AzCATI) in Mesa, Arizona. Presentations will cover practical applications of growing and managing microalgal cultures at production scale, including methods for handling cultures, screening strains for desirable characteristics, identifying and mitigating contaminants, scaling up cultures for outdoor growth, harvesting and processing technologies, as well as the analysis of lipids, proteins and carbohydrates. Related laboratory and field training will include numerous hands-on opportunities for participants to collect and perform routine sample measurements, monitor cultures for contaminants, and evaluate the chemical composition of algal biomass.

This workshop is ideal for those interested in obtaining a broad overview of the management of microalgal cultures at scale, and for advanced students and trainees interested in the practical applications of microalgae. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, share information and network. Printed and electronic materials will be included, and a certificate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop. Workshop enrollment is limited to 15 participants and will be filled on a first-come basis.

AzCATI and the Culture Collection of Algae at the University of Texas (UTEX) together offer a comprehensive workshop program through the US Department of Energy-sponsored Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3). ATP3 workshops offer a diverse range of topics pertaining to the management and processing of microalgal cultures, and uses of their products. Laboratory and field training are led by highly-trained scientists and engineers. For more information about this and future workshops please visit

Additional Information

Cost of the workshop is $1600. Full payment must be made by October 23, 2015. ATP3’s policy is to refund 75% of the workshop cost if cancellations are made prior to October 23, 2015. Alternatively you may request that an alternate person attend in your place. Please email Dr. Tom Dempster at [email protected] to cancel or request that a different individual attend in your place.


Lodging & Transportation

The Hyatt Place in Gilbert, AZ is offering a discounted group rate of $106 per night + tax. Reservations must be made by October 16, 2015 to secure the group rate.

Visit or call (888) 867-4009.

Be sure to mention the “ATP3 Workshop Group” if booking by phone.

Workshop participants are highly encouraged to take a shuttle or taxi from the airport to the hotel. Hyatt Place will be providing daily transportation to/from the Hyatt Place and AzCATI/ATP3 location for the workshop. Should you choose to rent a vehicle for the week, please note that additional charge of $5 per day (cash) will apply for on campus parking.


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