2017 Algae Biomass Summit call for abstracts

[USA] The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster opportunities at the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 29-November 1, 2017.

This year will mark the 11th Algae Biomass Summit. It is a truly exciting time for algae with transformative changes emerging from technologies to end markets. We especially seek abstracts that present new discoveries, innovations and commercial progress in algae-based solutions in key markets including

  1. food, feed and nutrition;
  2. monetizing carbon, nutrient, and other waste streams; and
  3. energy and fuels.

The number of high-quality abstracts received last year was unprecedented and we anticipate an even higher number of outstanding submissions this year. The first priority deadline is March 15, 2017. Abstracts submitted after this date will be reviewed as they are received. Those received by the deadline will be given a higher priority with an announcement of acceptance sent by May 9, 2017.

Why submit an abstract? To expose your business and research to the world’s largest gathering of algal thought leaders, investors, and policy makers.

Each abstract must include:

  • Primary topic area: Biology, Engineering and Analysis, Commercialization, Finance and Policy
  • Type of presentation requested:  oral presentation or poster
  • Full names of authors (Be sure to indicate presenter and place an asterisk next to ABO members)
  • Institutions for all authors
  • Contact information (address, phone number, email address) for presenter
  • Abstract

The abstracts must be no more than 2400 characters, including spaces (approximately 300 words)  No figures or tables should be included in the abstract.

Abstracts can deal with microalgae and macroalgae (seaweeds) and should fit into one of the following three primary topic areas, and 1 to 4 selected secondary topic areas.

Primary Topic Areas:

1. Biology (to include Algal Biology and Systems Ecology and System Biology)
2. Engineering and Analysis
3. Commercialization, Finance & Policy (to include Energy and Materials; Food, Ag, Health and Nutrition)

Secondary Topic Areas: 

A.  A. Research in algae biology
B. Algae-strain development, improvement, selection and breeding
C. Genetics and genetically modified algae
D. Crop protection
E. Algae cultivation processes – ponds, photobioreactors, fermenters
F. Cultivation system ecology, monoculture and polyculture approaches
G. Insights from Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics
H. Harvesting and dewatering technologies
I. Waste water remediation, nutrient recycling
J. Carbon capture and CO2 recycling
K. Extraction, processing and conversion to end products
L. Advanced biofuels
M. Bioplastics and chemicals
N. Applications in mineral extraction and bioremediation
O. Food ingredients and nutraceuticals
P. Algae for fish and animal feed
Q. Algae for soil health and sustainable agriculture
R. Life Cycle Analysis and techno-economic modeling
S. Markets, products and business development
T. Commercial scale production
U. Project siting, facility co-location
V. Project financing, venture capital, joint ventures, strategic partnerships
W. Tax and legislative initiatives, US national and state and international
X. Government agency programs and funding
Y. Industry stakeholder initiatives, sustainability and regulatory policy
Z. Others topics not included in above (please specify)

Abstracts which lack the required information or which do not follow the format guidelines may not be reviewed.  The ABO reserves the right to recommend changes in presentation format (e.g. oral presentation to poster).  First consideration will be given to abstracts submitted by members of the ABO.

All abstracts will also be considered for plenary presentations.  Abstracts submitted for oral presentations will also be considered for posters if not accepted as oral presentations.  ABO will distribute all abstracts chosen for presentations (in either printed or electronic form) to all registrants at the Summit and to all ABO members following the Summit.

Review process
Each abstract will be reviewed by 3 to 5 experts in each primary topic area based on several criteria such as relevance, new data, clarity and importance to the field.  Algae Biomass Organization members will be given preference.  To become a member, visit ABO’s membership website.

The following four review criteria should be taken into consideration when preparing an abstract for the Summit.

  1. Advances – Does the technology or process improve production, reduce costs, increase value or highlight a technological breakthrough?
  2. Relevance – Does the abstract highlight advances in technology that will make significant near-term impacts?
  3. Detail – Does the abstract provide experimental or analytical results that provide detailed information on the process or advance being reported on.
  4. Clarity – Does the abstract indicate that the information will be communicated clearly and understandable to a diverse spectrum of conference attendees?

Click here to submit your abstract today!


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