The 7th Conference of the International Society
For Applied Phycology

Plenary Talks

Opening Ceremony
Mr. Osamu Inoue
Mr. Osamu Inoue
Chairperson of Ina Food Industry Co.,Ltd., Japan

Title: Seaweed Industry in Japan

Osamu Inoue was born on May 22, 1951. He graduated from Hosei University with a degree in business administration in 1975. He joined Ina Food Industry in January 1979, and become managing director and sales director in March 1991. He has acted as president for 14 years since 2005, and now assumed the position of Chairperson.
・Good Company Award –Grand Prize, 2007 (Medium and Small Business Research Institute)
・The 6th Japan Environmental Management Competition - Environmental Management Pearl Award, 2008, (Mie Prefectural Government)
・The 8th Commissioner of The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Award - Grand Award, Japan’s Beloved Companies, 2018, (Academy of Business Administration, based on the Principle of Human Capital Centered Management)

Mr. Mitsuru Izumo
Mr. Mitsuru Izumo
CEO of euglena Co., Ltd., Japan


Mitsuru Izumo was born on January 17, 1980. In 1998 when he was a student of Tokyo University, he participated in an internship program at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and met Professor Muhammad Yunus. This experience motivated him to solve world-wide malnutrition problems, and to found company (euglena Co., Ltd. in 2005 offering nutrient-rich micro algae Euglena. Following successful business growth, Company launched “euglena GENKI program” in 2014 which distributed Euglena contained biscuits to Bangladesh children.

Opening Lecture
Prof. Michele Suzanne Stanley
Prof. Michele Suzanne Stanley
Scottish Association for Marine Science, UK

Title: A Matter of Life and Algae

Professor Michele Stanley has over 25 years as an applied phycologist (>25 years’ experience) has over the last 13 years, initiated and led research investigating marine biomass, both macro- and microalgal, for biotechnology applications . She has published extensively on macro and micro-algal cultivation. Her expertise has been recognised through membership of the BBSRC Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Strategic Advisory Panel, the Cross-Research Councils Bioenergy Group and a steering board member of the European Algal Biomass Association. She is a former Chair for the Scientific Advisory Board of IBioIC. MS is currently the Co-Director for 2 Phase II UKRI BBSRC NIBBs, Algae-UK and BBNet, representing seaweed biotechnology, Co-PI for the UKRI NERC National Capability Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) and SAMS led for the H2020 projects MacroFuels, investigating a biorefinery approach to bioenergy production from seaweeds, ABACUS, high value products from microalgae, and IMPAQT, remote environment monitoring of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture sites.

Emeritus Prof. John Beardall
Emeritus Prof. John Beardall
School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia

Title: Challenges for algal culture in the 21st Century

John Beardall was born in the UK and has a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and a PhD from the University of London. After post-doctoral fellowships at what is now the School of Ocean Sciences at Menai Bridge, North Wales, and at the University of Dundee, in Scotland, he took up a lectureship position at La Trobe University in Australia in 1982. In 1988 he moved to Monash University. He ‘retired’ in February 2018 but is still actively publishing in his role as an Emeritus Professor. John has over 40 years’ experience in algal ecophysiology. He has published over 230 papers on various aspects of algal biology, especially in relation to photosynthesis and inorganic carbon acquisition. In recent years his research has focused on the physiological constraints on algae in culture as well as on aspects of the impacts of global change on phytoplankton, including the effects of elevated CO2, ocean acidification and UVB on algal physiological performance.

Keynotes on Biology of algae
Dr. Danxiang Han
Dr. Danxiang Han
Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Title: Biosynthesis of Triacylglycerol in Microalgae: A Spotlight on the Plastidial Pathways

Dr. Danxiang Han is Professor at Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IHB/CAS). Dr. Han’s research aims to address fundamental and applied biological questions related to microalgae by using multiple techniques. Her current research interests include 1) biosynthesis of glycerolipids and carotenoids in microalgae; 2) interaction between microalgae and pathogenic fungi; 3) synthetic biology, 4) novel algal cultivation technology. Dr. Han has published 30+ peer-reviewed papers and serves as Associate Editor for Algal Research.

Prof. Christine Edwards
Prof. Anna Amtmann
Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology University of Glasgow (UK)

Title: Understanding pigment and polymer production in cyanobacteria

Anna Amtmann (Professor, University of Glasgow) is known internationally for her work on ion transport, stress responses and mineral nutrition of plants. Her research has contributed to understanding the role of epigenetics in salt and drought stress responses [Sani et al. (2013) Genome Biol. 14,R59; Perrella et al. (2013) Plant Cell 25,3491;] and the role of nutrient interactions in shaping root system architecture [Kellermeier et al. (2014) Plant Cell 26,480; Shahzad et al (2019) Nature Comm. accepted]. Her group has also developed popular software tools for ‘omics’ data analysis and for automated root architecture phenotyping [Breitling et al. (2004) FEBS Letters 573,83; Shahzad et al. (2018) Plant Physiol. 177: 1368]. Recently, research has expanded into green biotechnology using cyanobacteria as chassis for synthetic biology [Madsen et al. (2018) ACS Syn Biol 7, 2833). and includes collaborative projects with industry (Xanthella, Glycomar, Nissan Chemical). Anna Amtmann is co-director of the BBSRC Network for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB) Algae UK, member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC, Scottish Enterprise) and Editor-in-Chief of Plant, Cell & Environment.

Keynotes on Culture systems and downstream processes
Prof. F. Gabriel Acién Fernández
Prof. F. Gabriel Acién Fernández
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Almería, Spain

Title: Production and processing of microalgae biomass for agriculture and aquaculture related applications

Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Almeria, Director of Cathedra Cajamar on Bioeconomy and coordinator of H2020 EU Project SABANA focused to the Sustainable production of biofertilizers and aquafeed from wastewater using microalgae. Main research topics includes the reuse of crops residues and biotechnology of microalgae. Prof. Acién has participated in 12 European projects in addition to 30 National projects and contracts with companies. He is vice-president of European Algae Biomass Association (EABA), member of International Society for Applied Phycology, member of Latino American Society for Algal and Environmental Biotechnology, and editor of Algal Research and RELABIAA journals, in addition to reviewer of international journals. He also collaborates with international projects as DeserBioenergy in Chile and CONACYT in Mexico aimed to develop processes for the production of biofuels from microalgae in especial locations. Major contributions on Biotechnology of microalgae field are related with the improvement of photobioreactors design, scale-up of production systems, and economic analysis of production processes. In the last time research was focused to microalgae biomass valorisation to improve the economic yield of microalgae based processes.

Prof. Christine Edwards
Prof. Christine Edwards
Robert Gordon University, UK

Title: High value bioactive compounds from cyanobacteria

CHRISTINE EDWARDS is a Professor in Applied Microbiology, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She has over 30 years’ experience in biotoxin research with >10 years’ industrial experience, with the rest of her career in Universities (UCL, Dundee and RGU). As Co-Director of CyanoSol at RGU, she has pioneered the study, production and curation of the World’s largest portfolio of cyanotoxins made available to the global scientific community through industrial collaboration with Enzo Life Sciences. This expertise, along with bespoke provision for algal culturing (>1200 L), downstream processing, purification (mass guided prep chromatography) and characterisation of biotoxins (LC-MS) at RGU underpin the delivery of this project and has led to RCUK funding (EP/P029280/1), KTP, BBSRC and IBioIC funding. CE has extensive experience in method development for trace analysis of biotoxins in complex sample matrices (water, animal/fish tissues and cells) and pioneered the benchmark method for microcystin analysis (>700 citations).

Keynote on Applied Phycology at industrial level
Dr. Alan T. Critchley
Dr. Alan T. Critchley
Verschuren Centre for Research in Sustainability in Energy and Environment
University of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Title: Industrial phyconomy 2020: A 20:20 vision for bridging the gaps required to fulfil the fullest, phyconomic potential of various types of seaweeds, for their diverse benefits to the environment and all humankind.

Alan T. Critchley PhD. Serial, seaweed scientist. Studied and graduated from the University of Portsmouth (“the Poly”), UK; followed the path of the invasive seaweed Sargassum muticum into a post-doc. in the Netherlands. Most of my academic career and further development was in southern Africa at the Univs. KwaZulu Natal, Witwatersrand and Namibia, for which I am most grateful. Transferred to the role of an industrial phyconomist in France and then Canada. The Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and Environment at Cape Breton University is now home to my aspirations of encouraging the phyconomic benefits of seaweeds to be fully realised in global developments. Since 2016, I helped co-edit: Cultivation of Tropical Seaweeds (Springer); Seaweed Resources of the World: A 2020 Vision (Bot. mar.) and Concise Reviews in Seaweeds of Economic Importance (J. Appl. Phycol.). Thanks go to co-editing colleagues and all of the wonderful contributing authors!
All of these phases in my career have played important roles in developing any opinions I hold and express today; I thank those involved. I am hoping to encourage more phyconomists to take up the challenge for seaweeds to realize and maximize their positive roles delivering important goods and services, as much needed contributions to the environment and humankind.

Dr. Pi Nyvall Collen
Dr. Pi Nyvall Collén
OLMIX, France

Title: The versatility of seaweed – Industrial extraction processes and applications

Scientific Director, Olmix Group
Pi Nyvall Collén, integrated the OLMIX group, a French company providing natural solutions for agriculture and agribusiness based on seaweed, clays and trace elements, in 2012 as R&D manager to coordinate the research on seaweed, processing, production and stabilization of extracts and identification of the potential applications in plant, animal and human care applications. She was promoted as Scientific Director in 2012. Pi has over 25 years’ experience in research on seaweed, from genomics, biochemistry, enzymology and physiology. Her Ph. D thesis in Plant Physiology from Stockholm University, Sweden, explored starch metabolism in red algae. After her thesis defense she did a Post-doctorate period at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, on transcriptomics of the red seaweed Gracilaria tenuistipitata. From 2001 she worked at the Roscoff Biological Station, where she studied different aspects of cell wall polysaccharides from brown, red and green seaweed, as well as different algal or bacterial enzymes involved in the degradation or modification of polysaccharides. Her scientific production includes over 30 research articles, 6 patents and the co-tutoring of five thesis students to date.

Keynote on Applications of macro and microalgae
Dr. Jean-Paul Cadoret
Dr. Jean-Paul Cadoret
Algama, France

Title: Disrupting the industry with algae

Jean-Paul Cadoret has a master in Oceanography, a PhD in Molecular Biology and is currently Chief Scientific Officer by ALGAMA, the French Start-up dedicated to the innovation in food from algae. He was previously 5 years Managing Director of Greensea SAS Mèze, France, dedicated to the industrial production of microalgae, extraction of added value products from Algae. Before acting in the Industry, he worked 30 years in the academic sector. Jean-Paul was previously Director of the Unit Biotechnology and Marine Resources: 3 laboratories, 45 people at the "Institut Français de Recherche et d'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER)". Before that, 10 years the Director of the laboratory Physiology and Biotechnology of Algae. Previously Jean-Paul was a Researcher in the same Laboratory. His domain is around Marine Biology, Molecular Biology and genetic transformation as basic knowledge and understanding of gene regulation mechanisms. Partner and coordinator of more than 20 R&D projects (national and EU), he was until recently partner of a Eurostar and coordinator of a BBI-H2020 project. With more than 70 scientific publications and 8 patents and 7 PhD thesis tutoring, he has been expert/evaluator by the French Research Agency as well as evaluator by the FP7 and H2020 framework programs. He is President of EABA (European Algae Biomass Association).

Keynote on Governance
PhD. Michele Barbier
Dr. Michele Barbier
Institute for Science and Ethics, France

Title: Ocean governance as a global common, what future do we want?

After training in the medical field, Michèle Barbier obtained her doctorate in 1996 in molecular biology on phytoplankton and has since worked in the marine field. She pursued her research in France (CNRS, IFREMER), Tahiti (Institut Pasteur) and the United States (NOAA) before moving to the management of European scientific projects devoted to marine genomics. In 2008, she joined the Mediterranean Scientific Commission, CIESM, to focus, inter alia, on marine biotechnology in the Mediterranean and issues related to access and benefit sharing. She is the author of the CIESM Charter on Access and Benefit-sharing to Marine Resources and has extensive experience in establishing a dialogue with policymakers and various stakeholders.
She is also an ethics expert for the European Commission and recently founded the Institute for Science and Ethics. The objective of this private institute, based in France, is to develop ethical approaches to science and innovation in order to improve organisational and social issues at the global level through value-based collaborations. The institute supports all organisations and project leaders who wish to develop an ethical approach, a scientific strategy and improve the commitment of the various actors in their sector of activity. In this context, she initiated and coordinated the publication of PEGASUS, a guide for the sustainable development of seaweed aquaculture in Europe as part of Phycomorph. Phycomorph is a COST Action dedicated to studying the growth, development and reproduction of macroalgae to improve sustainable seaweed aquaculture. PEGASUS was presented to the European Parliament in February 2019 to explain to policymakers the bottlenecks and challenges associated with seaweed aquaculture.
She is currently leading a working group on legislation and ethics within COST 18238 Ocean4Biotech, a transdisciplinary European networking platform for marine biotechnology, and is engaged in developing partnerships with different stakeholders in the European H2020 Eurosea project, which aims to improve and integrate European oceanographic prediction and observation systems for sustainable ocean use. She is also a representative of IAPG - International Association for the Promotion of Geo-ethics, France section.
Recent bibliography:
Michèle Barbier, Bénédicte Charrier, Rita Araujo, Susan L. Holdt, Bertrand Jacquemin & Céline Rebours (2019) PEGASUS - PHYCOMORPH European Guidelines for a Sustainable Aquaculture of Seaweeds, COST Action FA1406 (M. Barbier and B. Charrier, Eds), Roscoff, France.
Barbier, M., Reitz, A., Pabortsava, K., Wölfl, A.-C., Hahn, T., and Whoriskey, F. (2018) Ethical recommendations for ocean observation, Adv. Geosci., 45, 343-361,
Kopf et al. (2015) The Ocean Sampling Day, GigaScience 4:27 ( Davies et al. (2014) The founding charter of the Genomic Observatories Network, GigaScience, 3:2 (
L. Giuliano & M. Barbier, Guest editors (2014). Omics at the crossroads ‒from integrated science to multisector implications” in Special Issue of Marine Genomics “ Vol 17,