Successful symposium event held in Kortrijk, Belgium

Shaun Richardson smallAround 80 delegates from all over Europe, Israel and South America came together recently for a day long symposium focused on the outputs so far from the EnAlgae project.

Funded by the European Union under the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme, the project unites experts and observers from 7 EU member states to determine the potential benefits of algae as a future sustainable energy source. 

 

“The event was an excellent opportunity to present the findings we’ve made to date on the project,” said event co-organiser Dr Sofie Van Den Hende of Ghent University, Campus Kortrijk. “We were pleasantly surprised to have attracted delegates from as far afield as Israel, Argentina and Uruguay who work in the algae and agro-industries in their home countries. 

“They found the visit to the wastewater treatment facility at Alpro very insightful and felt this, together with the chance to see our pilot at the same site, gave added value to the overall event.

“Participants particularly appreciated that pilot operators and pilot data users have shared their practical experiences on algae cultivation. And the whole symposium allowed people to fully appreciate how big, practical and demonstrative the EnAlgae project is.

“We also generated a great deal of interest in our decision support tool, which will be one of the key creations to emerge from this project.”

The event also allowed delegates to appreciate just how versatile algae is by treating them to some delicacies made from micro algae and seaweed. 

“I think everyone loved the Dutch (sea)weed burger, and a few adventurous people did try the miso soup with tofu and seaweed. We also persuaded a local farmer, Joris Pante, to make his largest spirulina icecream cake ever,” said co-organiser Benedict Vermaut of Flanders’ Maritime Cluster. “This was a special treat for Carl Decaluwé, the Governor of West Flanders, who kindly closed our symposium on his birthday!”

EnAlgae logoAnyone wishing to learn more about the event can visit www.enalgae.eu and download our presentation pdfs or watch videos taken during the event itself.