15 12 2021

The Flemish Algae month

We would like to proclaim February as the Flemish algae month. On three consecutive Thursdays, i.e. February 3rd, 10th and 17th 2022, three events will take place focusing on different aspects of microalgal technology.

On February 3rd the focus will be on the use of agricultural and food side streams for the cultivation of microalgae (UGent-Innolab), while on February 10th the focus will be on the development and upscaling of a circular economy based on microalgae (Radius, Thomas More campus Geel). Finally, on February 17th the use of (micro)algae in the food industry will be discussed (ILVO-Flanders Food).

Closing the nutrient loop with microalgae – Feb 3rd

Are you working on the agri-food industry and has nutrient-rich liquid streams that need treatment? Then come to our workshop and learn how microalgae can help you! Ghent University and Innolab, together with other partners, will be presenting the results of the ALG-AD and Nutri2Cycle projects, in which algae are used for nutrient recycling from agricultural liquid streams for the production of a protein-rich biomass. The event, planned for Thursday 3rd February, will offer participants the opportunity to find out more about the work being done on these projects and to contribute to their further development and long-term implementation. The workshop will also offer the opportunity to see first-hand the algal cultivation facility at Oostkamp, from the pre-treatment to the cultivation and harvesting steps. This facility was built by the ALG-AD project and uses liquid digestate as a nutrient source for growing protein-rich microalgae.

Registration: Using agri-food liquid streams for algal cultivation Tickets, Oostkamp | Eventbrite

 

Microalgae for a more sustainable economy – Feb 10th

On Thursday February 10th 2022, the research group Radius, Thomas More campus Geel, organizes the free symposium “The Power of MicroAlgae: a lever towards a more sustainable and circular economy”. Anyone with an interest in the cultivation of microalgae is welcome to explore the exciting world of microalgae. During this event, researchers and companies from both Flanders and the Netherlands will talk about their work. For example, Marcel Janssen (WUR, AlgaePARC) and Jasper van Houcke (HZ University of Applied Sciences) will explain aspects concerning the upscaling of microalgae cultivation. Johan Van Nevel (FOD) will provide more information on the product requirements and legislation on animal feed. Kris Heirbaut, an innovative farmer, will share some details on how he will integrate the cultivation of microalgae in his diary farm, and Peter Bleyen from the Experimental Poulty Farm in Geel, Belgium, will talk about the cultivation of microalgae on rinsing water from poultry farms, and whether these algae could be used in poultry feed. A guided tour to the greenhouse in which the algae cultivation pilot plant is located will also be possible.

Registration: Symposium “De kracht van microalgen”  Thomas More campus Geel – 10/02/2022 (office.com)

 

Algae in food with a nice taste – Feb 17th

Looking for the ideal seasoning for your product? Taste the possibilities of algae on February 17th  2022, literally and figuratively. ILVO, among others, is paving the way with its research for these marine organisms as an innovative addition to the European food supply. Flanders’ FOOD and ILVO are organizing an interactive study day for the Flemish food industry that wants to become acquainted with the benefits, characteristics, processability and taste of algae in food products. Results from the (ongoing) Interreg project ValgOrize, and from a series of other algae projects are presented. The plenary program alternates with active sessions in small groups. Places for this event are therefore limited, so register in time to ensure your place.

Registration: Zeewieren en algen op ons bord – de smaakvolle, gezonde toekomst! – ILVO Vlaanderen