Algae Research Symposium 2015


Key Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 19th October

Notification of Acceptance:  23rd October

Registration in now open. Early bird registration: 30th October

Symposium: 1st December


Key note speakers:

Dr Gayle Newcombe, Manager Customer Value & Water Quality Research, Australian Water Quality Centre, SA Water

Dr. Gayle Newcombe is the Manager Customer Value & Water Quality Research of the Australian Water Quality Centre and holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the University of South Australia. Dr. Newcombe pioneer research work described fundamental surface chemistry involved in the adsorption of natural organic material onto activated carbon. Gayle has worked in the drinking water industry for over 20 years, participating in, and leading, research projects investigating activated carbon treatment (adsorption and biofiltration) and oxidation of taste and odour compounds, NOM and algal toxins. She is the author or co-author of over one hundred publications - research reports, book chapters, conference papers, and peer-reviewed journal papers - on different aspects of drinking water treatment.


Professor Rocky de Nys, Project Leader - Macroalgal Biofuels and Bioproducts, James Cook University, College of Marine & Environmental Sciences

Prof. Rocky de Nys is Professor of Aquaculture within the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. He has published extensively across a broad range of research fields including algal biology and chemistry, aquaculture, biofouling, marine natural products chemistry and chemical ecology. Much of this research is applied contributing to the development of the biotechnology applications and products. Rocky leads a large multidisciplinary research team of academic, research and support staff, and postgraduate students developing the integrated culture of macroalgae for the bioremediation of waste waters and the production of bio-products, with a focus on animal feeds, human foods, biochar and biofuels. As a research leader he plays the key role in managing the delivery of research, development and implementation to ensure effective translation of research to industry goals and commercial outcomes.


Symposium program:

Welcome reception: Monday 30th November 2015 18.00-20.00 at The COOKHOUSE, 141 Belmore Rd, Randwick NSW 2031.

Symposium program on Tuesday 1st December 2015:



08.30am – 09.00am

Arrival and registration

09.00am – 09.20am

Opening talk: Introduction and context

09.20am – 09.50am

Keynote speaker: Dr.Gayle Newcombe

09.50am – 10.10am

Morning tea

10.10am – 11.00am

Rapid fire session 1: Source, Management and detection

11.00am – 12.30pm

Poster session 1: Source, Management and detection

12.30pm – 13.30pm


13.30pm – 14.00pm

Keynote speaker: Professor Rocky de Nys

14.00pm – 15.00pm

Rapid fire session 2: Harvesting and biotechnology

15.00pm – 16.30pm

Poster session 2: Harvesting and biotechnology

16.30pm – 17.00pm

Closing discussion session and best poster award


Invitation to participate:

Please note that the symposium follows a ‘Rapid-Fire’ poster presentation model. During each session presenters will have 3-5 minutes to present their posters (using 1 to 3 slides) at the podium; the session will then follow by an interactive poster viewing period. You are invited to register to attend the Symposium.

The symposium themes are as follows and abstracts covering these topics are welcomed:

  • Source: Eutrophication, real-time detection and monitoring, in situ fluorescence measurement, taxonomy, toxicology, taste and odour compounds, advances in analytical methods, culturing techniques, modelling, regulations and management guidelines
  • Treatment: Conventional and advanced water treatment and reuse techniques for removal of algal/cyanobacterial cells and their associated metabolites, novel treatment adjustment tools/techniques, algal/cyanobacterial related treatment challenges (including treatment by-products, inefficient coagulation-clarification, filter/membrane breakthrough, fouling, etc.), customer perception/relation and economic impact of algal/cyanobacterial related issues on water industry, research impact
  • Biotechnology: Resource recovery, harvesting for biofuel production, cost-effective separation techniques, nutrient recovery, algal/cyanobacterial related issues in aquaculture      

Registration is now open at:


Early bird  registration cost   (inc GST)

Full fee       registration cost     (inc GST)








Organising Committee:

Dr Rita Henderson and Dr Arash Zamyadi, bioMASS lab, UNSW

Dr Bojan Tamburic, C3, UTS


Supported by: ARC Linkage projects  LP0990189 and LP130100033