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Algal Culturing Techniques Course

 

Please check back for more information regarding our 2018 Algal course as plans are solidified.

 

The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) has modified the format of its annual culture techniques course for 2017 in response to feedback from prior students.  Rather than a single course, we have broken the course into two shorter workshops.  The first is “Basic Culturing Skills and Techniques, the second is “Mass Culturing for Algal Biotechnology.”  The goal is to have workshops that fit together; this is a new philosophy of the NCMA education initiative.  Check back to see what new workshops we have developed.  Both workshops will be held at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Research and Education campus in East Boothbay, Maine.  While the workshops are designed to be complementary, it is not a requirement that students take both workshops.  Choice of workshops is noted on the registration form.

Bigelow Laboratory

 

 

 

Mass Culture

 

Cryopreservation

 

 

 

 


Basic Culturing Skills and Techniques

The "Basic Culturing Skills and Techniques" workshop is designed for beginning graduate students, novice algal curators/professionals and anyone else interested, but unexperienced, in learning algal culture techniques.  As a workshop, it will focus on hands-on learning of essential skills in media preparation, sterile technique, isolations and identification, cryopreservation, and culture collection management. 

The fee for this workshop is $2,000 and includes:

  • Course tuition
  • Materials, including a laboratory manual
  • Lodging at the new Bigelow Laboratory Residence building
  • Continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch each day (the residence has a community kitchen for evening meals and there are a range of local restaurants).
  • Course participation certificate.

Specific topics covered by the Basic Culturing Skills and Techniques workshop are:

  • History of algae media and media preparation
  • Sterile technique methods
  • Culture maintenance and Culture Collection curation
  • Cryopreservation
  • Single cell isolation, including flow cytometric sorting for isolation
  • Morphological and molecular identification 

 


Mass Culturing for Algal Biotechnology

The “Mass Culturing for Algal Biotechnology" workshop will leverage the newly developed Maine Algal Research and Innovation Accelerator (MARIA) facility ab Bigelow Laboratory.  This workshop will focus on hands-on learning the meaningful procedural differences between culturing at the flask-scale versus the mass scale, as well as demonstrating several different types of mass culturing systems. This workshop is designed primarily for algal professionals working within companies, and those entrepreneurs interested in starting new microalgal businesses. 

The fee for this workshop is $1500 and includes:

  • Course tuition
  • Materials, including a laboratory manual
  • Lodging at the new Bigelow Laboratory Residence building
  • Continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch each day (the residence has a community kitchen for evening meals and there are a range of local restaurants).
  • Course participation certificate.

Specific topics covered by the Mass Culturing for Algal Biotechnology workshop:

  • Scaling up the production chain
  • ‘mass scale sterile technique’ including filter sterilization
  • Different types of mass culture technology for different purposes
  • Different harvesting techniques

 

Got Algae?

Both workshops will be taught by the experienced algal researchers at the NCMA, and other special guest instructors as appropriate.  

Instructors:

Mike Preston, PhD.,  Senior Research Associate, NCMA

Joan Blachette, Assistant Curator, NCMA

Mark Hurd, Assistant Curator, NCMA

Mike Lomas, PhD., NCMA Director

Peter Countway, PhD., NCMA Associate Director for Algae

 

 

 

Please follow the link below to the workshop application, emergency contact information and media release forms, complete and return to ‘ncma@bigelow.org’.  Once we receive your application, a course payment invoice will be sent to you at the email you provide (so please place @bigelow.org on your nice list).  Payment must be completed online by credit card (preferred), or by mailing a check to Rimar Reed, NCMA, 60 Bigelow Drive, East Boothbay, ME 04544.  The application form and payment are both required to successfully register for the course.  You will receive a confirmation email within two weeks of your successful registration. Space is limited and is filled on a first come first served basis.  We do expect the course to fill quickly.

Workshop Application Form

Emergency Contact Information form

Media Release Agreement 

Financial assistance for graduate students that are members of the Phycological Society of America is available through the Hannah T. Croasdale Fellowship program.

 

 

 

 

 Thank you to this year's course sponsors:

 

Fluid Imaging Technology

 Zeiss
  Dieselcraft

 

 

 

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