3rd Algae World Europe

16-17 May, 2011 - Madrid, SPAIN

Hotel Melia Madrid Princesa
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About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Dr. Bill Barclay

-Bill Barclay, Ph.D. is Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Martek Biosciences Corporation, a DSM Company.  In this position, Bill works in support of both Martek’s intellectual property and innovation teams.  Bill is responsible for developing and using IP-based information to help drive innovation within Martek and to improve the Company’s overall strategic perspective.  He also works to foster innovation in Martek and is an active inventor on several new projects within the Company. 


Prior to joining Martek, Bill founded OmegaTech Inc. (Boulder, Colorado) and held offices as the President and Vice President of Research and Development, as well as Chief Scientific Officer.   At OmegaTech, Bill led development of a successful heterotrophic microalgal technology for the production of lipids rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  This technology represents the most productive microbially-based lipid production technology developed to date.  Bill has spent over 30 years in microalgal biotechnology research.  This includes work in algal technologies for nutraceutical production at Martek and OmegaTech, research in algal biofuels at the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden, Colorado, and working as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program in China. 


Bill Barclay is an inventor on more than 60 granted US patents in the field of algal technology, and he has authored or co-authored a number of publications based on his research.  He received his Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of California at Davis.  He completed his postdoctoral Research at the University of California, San Diego at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Dr. Bill Barclay, Chief Intellectual Property Officer (Nutritional Products)
Martek, a DSM Company
Potential of Algae and other Marine Organisms for Human / Animal Nutrition and Health
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 09:35 AM
Chairman’s Remarks
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 09:00 AM

Dr. Emilio Molina Grima
Emilio Molina Grima is the Chair of the Group of Biotechnology of Marine Microalgae in the University of Almería. He coordinated a multinational European Project on the production and processing of lipids from algae, and participated in four others; and coordinated several national R&D ones. He received the Scientific and Technological research prize of Almería Province in 2004 and his group was awarded in February of 2008 by the Mediterranean Foundation for their contribution in Biotechnology Research and Collaboration with Biotech companies.

Dr. Emilio Molina Grima, Professor, Dept. Chemical Engineering
Universidad de Almeria (University of Almeria)
Comparative Analysis of Microalgae Production Costs in Different Culture Systems
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 09:05 AM

Mr. Stefano Palmery

-Born in Rome, Stefano graduated in Chemistry at Milan University.


Since 1986 he has been working for ENI Group in the fields of pipeline flow assurance and chemical kinetics for industrial catalysis and polymer degradation in the Chemical Engineering Department as researcher.


Now he is involved in a project for biodiesel production from biomass.

Mr. Stefano Palmery, Researcher
Eni SpA
A Kinetic Model for Microalgae Cultures in Open Raceway Ponds
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 11:40 AM

Dr. Miguel Garcia Guerrero

-Miguel G. Guerrero is full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Sevilla (Spain), and develops his research activity at the the Instituto de Bioquimica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis (IBVF) - Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Photosynthesis, a Joint Research Center established between the University of Seville and CSIC, the Spanish Research Council. Currently, he is the Head of the Microalgal Biotechnology group at IBVF.


He has a long-standing research experience on Biochemistry, Physiology and Genetics of photosynthetic microorganisms. His activity in Microalgal Biotechnology extends for over 30 years, and includes experience in outdoor culture and production of biomass and valuable compounds (phycobiliproteins, carotenoids, biofuels’ feedstocks) by microalgae and cyanobacteria.


He has over one hundred articles published in scientific journals and books. Formerly, he was the Head of University Department, Research Institute and Vice-president of CSIC.

Dr. Miguel Garcia Guerrero, Head of the Microalgal Biotechnology Group
Instituto de Bioquimica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis (Universidad de Sevilla)
Cyanobacteria for the Production of Biomass,Biofuels & Chemicals
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 10:05 AM

Dr. Mario R. Tredici

-Mario R. Tredici is a full professor of Microbiology at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Florence (Italy). He coordinates a group of young researchers at the Department of Agricultural  Biotechnology of Florence on photobioreactor development and microalgae culture for food, feed and biofuel applications.


He is also the President of the EABA (European Algae Biomass Association).


Currently he collaborates with ENEL SpA and Eni SpA (Italy) on renewable fuel production and CO2 biofixation through microalgae.


He co-founded Fotosintetica & Microbiologica Srl in 2004, a spin-off company of the University of Florence.


Other organisations that he's involved with include:


- Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Aurora Algae (USA)

- Member of the Technical Advisory Panel of the Algae Biofuels Challenge launched by Carbon Trust (UK)
- Scientific coordinator of the EU projects AQUAFUELS (Algae and aquatic biomass for a sustainable production of 2nd generation biofuels)

- Scientific coordinator of BIOFAT (Biofuel From Algae Technologies, in the Topic Energy 2010.3.4 of the 7th FP)

- Scientific coordinator of the Italian project MAMBO (MicroAlgae, starting Material for BioOil)

- Technical advisor of the “International Network on Biofixation of CO2 and Greenhouse Gas Abatement with Microalgae”

- Consultant for the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

- Consultant for the International Energy Agency

- Member of the “Biodiversity and Environment Expert Group” of the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures)

- Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Society of Microalgal Biotechnology

- Member of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO, USA)

- Member of the International Society of Applied Phycology (ISAP) - was President from 2002 to 2005.

Dr. Mario R. Tredici, President, EABA, Professor, Agrarian Biotechnology Department
Università degli Studi di Firenze (University of Florence)
Algae Fuel: Can it Contribute to the Energy Challenges Confronting Europe?
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 11:35 AM
Chairman’s Remarks
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 02:00 PM

Prof Dr. Ashton Keith Cowan

-Professor Keith Cowan is Director of the Institute for Environmental Biotechnology, Rhodes University (EBRU) in Grahamstown, South Africa.


He is also owner of AKConsulting and as an independent consultant provides scientific management consulting services to chemical and agrichemical companies, national research funding agencies, other universities, and individual scientists. 


Prior to joining EBRU he was senior scientist with Nutra-Park Inc, Madison, USA.


His group focuses mainly on developing bioprocess technologies for the valorization and/or beneficiation of waste streams, bio-remediation and rehabilitation, and algae-to-energy systems. The production of high-value natural products and agrichemicals for organic farming are also major areas of interest.

Prof Dr. Ashton Keith Cowan, Director, Institute for Environmental Biotechnology
Rhodes University
Algae-to-Energy Systems: Concept, Plans, and Demonstration of Sustainable Renewable Energy Production
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 03:25 PM

Dr. Bernardo Llamas

Dr. Bernardo Llamas is a Mines Engineer, he obtained his PhD from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor in the UPM, Engineering College (ETSI).


Since 2006 he has been involved in several projects related to CO2 reduction emissions from industries, focusing his studies in CO2 bio-fixation with microalgae. He holds one patent in this field: “Procedure to capture flue gases and recycling of CO2 through a biological process (microalgae)”.


He worked for ENDESA until 2009, as Engineer responsible for the design and construction of a microalgae plant.  As from November 2009, he is the R&D Head of AlgaEnergy, S.A.  He has promoted and is now leading the research programmes that AlgaEnergy has won, including the macro-program CENIT-VIDA, with a total budget of 19 million Euros. Other relevant projects are the European projects: ECLIPSE (its objective is to obtain biomaterial from microalgae biomass) and CO2ALGAEFIX, which will determine the techno-economical aspects of the CO2 biofixation through microalgae, at a demo scale.


Thanks to his work, ALGAENERGY has obtained two new patents concerning to a new photo-bioreactor design (PCT, photobioreactor for culturing photoautotrophic microorganims) and a novel process to valorize the biomass in a cascade approach (PCT, bio-refinery concept).


Bernardo has published two books:  “Capture and Storage of CO2”, prized as the best 2010 University book, and “Technologies to fight climate change”. He is also the author of a number of publications and has participated in several international congresses as speaker.

Dr. Bernardo Llamas, R&D Manager
Algaenergy SA
Photobioreactor Optimisation for bio-energy production
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 10:05 AM

Mr. Augusto Rodriguez-Villa

-Augusto obtained a Law Degree from the University of Santiago de Compostela. Since graduating at age 22, Augusto has devoted his entire professional career to promoting and developing business initiatives and companies, that have resulted in the creation of 3,500 jobs. He has represented, in Spain and abroad, the interests of a number of first-class multinational organizations.


He founded and developed companies in the electronics industry, which reached the top ranking in their own sectors. He introduced in Spain, car brands such as MAZDA, KIA, CHEVROLET and CADILLAC by funding, chairing and becoming the main shareholder in its national distribution companies.  His automotive holding company became the largest car importer in Spain.


In 2006, Augusto turned his interest to the biotechnology sector -main driver of the technological change and a growth accelerator- and in 2007 he founded the company ALGAENERGY, S.A. which was joined by renewable energy leader IBERDROLA as a shareholder in 2009, followed in 2010 by oil and gas multinational REPSOL.


As Chairman and Managing Director of AlgaEnergy, Augusto’s mission is to lead the ambitious Strategic Planning of the company, whose research, technologies and products derived from microalgae seek to contribute to improving the welfare and progress in the different regions of the world, preserving the environment, nature and life on our planet.

Mr. Augusto Rodriguez-Villa, President
Algaenergy SA
Welcome Speech by Corporate Sponsor
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 09:05 AM

Dr. John R. Benemann

John Benemann

B.S. Chemistry and Ph.D. Biochemistry  from the University of California Berkeley.  Postdoctoral work at U.C. San Diego, Associate Researcher, Dept. Civil Engineering, U.C. Berkeley, CEO /Founder EnBio, Inc. Associate Professor Dept. Applied Biology, Georgia Inst. of Technology. Founder-director  of the Institute for Environmental Management, Inc., a not-for-profit R&D organization active in solid waste management (1989 -present).  Founder/CEO, 2008 - present, MicroBio Engineering, Inc., a wastewater and algal biofuels research- engineering company started (with Prof. Tryg Lundquist, California State Polytechnic University).  Founding Director of the not-for-profit, Algal Biomass Organization (2008-present).  Also independent consultant and active in several scientific organizations, author of over a hundred publications and presenter/ keynote speaker at many conferences.

Dr. John R. Benemann, CEO
MicroBio Engineering, Inc.
Chairman’s Remarks
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 09:30 AM
Techno-Economics of Algae Biofuels Production
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 02:25 PM

Mr. Dirk Radzinski

-Dirk is an attorney by training. He founded several companies and worked as an attorney for a London based law firm (specialized in biotech M&A). Before he came to Algenol, he established and headed the technology transfer/corporate relations group of Humboldt University, Berlin with a strong focus on biotechnology.


He was involved with Algenol almost from the beginning and is now the managing director of Algenol Switzerland, which is responsible for all non-US operations and licensing. He oversees Algenol’s R&D activities in Europe, mainly the German lab with more than 40 scientists, most of them geneticists.  

Mr. Dirk Radzinski, CEO/ MD
Algenol Switzerland GmbH
Direct Ethanol Production from Algae
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 12:05 PM

Dr. Arnaud Muller-Feuga

-Dr. Muller-Feuga is engineer from the Paris Agronomic Institute, Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from University of Aix-Marseille. He worked in the field of aquaculture in industry at EDF, the French electricity utility, and as researcher in IFREMER, the French Public Institute for the Exploration of the Seas. There, he led the laboratory of aquaculture technology, and afterwards the one of biotechnology of microalgae.


He is currently the chairman of the young company Microphyt SAS specialised in the design and operation of microalgae production systems.

Dr. Arnaud Muller-Feuga, President
Design and Operation of Photobioreactors for Mass Production of Microalgae
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 09:35 AM

Mr. Juan Tomas Hernani ***

-Juan Tomas Hernani is the General Secretary for Innovation within Spain's
Ministry of Science and Innovation since April 2009 and the President of CDTI. He is
married with 3 children. He is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Bilbao; he is
an economist and also hosts a Master of Science (M.Sc) in advanced manufacturing
from the Cranfield Institute of Technology (UK).

Within the Ministry, he has been President of The Genoma Foundation, President of
DDI and Vicepresident and General Manager of the Foundation for Science and Technology, FECYT.

He has more than 17 years of experience acting as General Director of various companies. He was the founder and CEO of KEON AZERTIA, a leading IT company specialized in the field of document processing. He was also General Manager of ISABEL (Conservas Gravilla. These activities were coached by the BBVA industrial group, where Mr Hernani worked for 11 years. He has extensive experience as Chairman and Board Member of a number of companies operating in the fields of Information Technology, Food, Fashion and Design, Biotechnology and Real State. He was Technical Director of Robotiker Research Centre. He has also worked at Hewlett Packard and the 'Ente Vasco de la Energia'.

He has been Secretary of the Foundation metalingua-Unesco and he has been professor of marketing and e-business at the Finance School of the BBVA, in the University of Deusto (masters and degree) and the University of the basque country. He is also an amateur opera singer.

Mr. Juan Tomas Hernani ***, Secretary General for Innovation
Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain
Opening & Keynote Speech
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 09:10 AM

Dr. Enrique Espí
-Enrique Espí received his BSc and MSc in Macromolecular Chemistry from the Universidad del País Vasco (University of the Basque Country), Spain, before obtaining his PhD in Chemistry from the same University. Since 1992, he has been with Repsol, a Spanish petrochemical company, where has worked in internal, national and international projects about polymeric materials, biofuels and CO2 conversion to biomass. He is now is theBioenergy Consultant at the Repsol Technology Center in Madrid. He holds seven patents and is the author of two books and over sixty journal publications.

Dr. Enrique Espí, Bioenergy Consultant
Repsol Technology Center
Plastic materials for algae cultivation: technological and economic issues
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 11:10 AM

Mr. Frank Rogalla

-Frank Rogalla is Director of Innovation and Technology of Aqualia in Madrid, Spain, a private utility providing water and wastewater services for more than 25 M people.


Previously he was Global Process and Technology Leader for a large Construction and Engineering Contractor, Black & Veatch, based in London, UK.


After his studies of Environmental Engineering in Germany he obtained a MSc degree as a Fulbright student in the US, and worked for almost ten years at the Research Center of Veolia (then Compagnie Generale des Eaux, CGE) near Paris, France.  Later he was stationed in New York for Metcalf and Eddy, and for Severn Trent Services in Sao Paulo, Brasil, working on technology transfer and large municipal and industrial infrastructure projects.


His specialty is advanced water and wastewater technology, where he holds a handful of patents and was instrumental in bringing a few high rate treatment systems to full scale for the first time. The consortium he compiled and is leading, All-Gas, was just awarded one of the large projects of the EU to demonstrate ´Algae to Biofuel´ implementation of a scale of 10 ha.

Mr. Frank Rogalla, Innovation and Technology Manager
Aqualia Gestion Integral del Agua SA
Technical & Economic Feasibility of Wastewater Based Algae Biofuel Production
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 05:00 PM

Dr. Stefan Kraan

-Born in The Netherlands, Stefan graduated with a M.Sc. degree in Marine Biology at National University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He moved to Ireland to pursue a PhD on phylogenetics and aquaculture of edible seaweeds at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1998.


He became manager of the Irish Seaweed Industry Organisation in 1998 and finished his PhD in 2001. He established the Irish Seaweed Centre in 2001, a dedicated R&D centre for seaweed-based research and development. After managing the seaweed centre for 9 years, Dr Kraan resigned from University life in 2009 to pursue and develop some commercial ideas using seaweeds for a variety of purposes amongst them functional food ingredients for fish farming and novel algae cultivation systems for biofuel production.


Dr Kraan is currently Co-Founder and Scientific Director of Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd, a company that has produced Oceanfeed™, a seaweed based functional feed ingredient for the fish farming industry and other aquaculture industries. Furthermore he is involved in the development of large-scale seaweed biomass cultivation programs for the bio-ethanol industry.


Dr Kraan’s main fields of expertise are aquaculture of seaweeds, sustainable development of algal resources, industrial applications of seaweeds and usage of seaweeds in aquaculture, biotechnology and biomedicine.


In 2011 he published a review paper on Functional feed ingredients from seaweed and co-edited and contributed a chapter in the book “Algae Biofuels”.

Dr. Stefan Kraan, Scientific Director and co-founder
Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd.
Mass Production of Macroalgae, Bioethanol and Value Added Ingredients
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 11:05 AM

Mr. Jaime García Blázquez
-Jaime García Blázquez is a Graduate in Law & holds a Master´s Degree in Environmental Regulations since 1996. He was Technical Consultant until 1998 when he joined Iberia Airlines´s environmental department. He has been Iberia´s Corporate Environmental Affairs Director since 2007, representing the company at IATA´s (the International Air Transport Association) Environmental Committee.

Mr. Jaime García Blázquez, Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs
Iberia Airlines
Airline’s Perspective on Utilising Bio-Jet Fuel
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 02:05 PM

Dr. Jorge Arenas-Vidal

Jorge is Founder and CEO of the BioSerentia Group, a Business Accelerator for Life Sciences and Biotechnology Ventures and Projects. He is also co-founder and serves as interim CEO at BIOMASSBOOSTER, a functional genomics company of the Group devoted to provide disruptive biotech solutions to meet the efficiency challenges in the biofuels industry.

He started his professional career as a laboratory scientist in 1991 and finally project leader in cellular toxicology for six years, before moving to a strategy consulting position in the healthcare practice at Arthur Andersen. He serves in the Boards of other three high tech start ups. He also contributes to the work of the European Commission in the Lead Market Initiative, being member of the Bio-Based Products Working Group.

As a scientist, consultant, manager and entrepreneur in the field of biotechnology, he has been working for governments, universities, research centers, scientific parks, entrepreneurs and investors for 20 years in Spain, the EU and the US.

Jorge holds a PhD in Cellular Toxicology from the University of Navarra, a patent, and a Master in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge University & MIT.

Dr. Jorge Arenas-Vidal, BioMassBooster, CEO
BioSerentia Group
New Technology Platform for Genetic Engineering of Microalgae to Increase Yield and Productivity
Day 2 [Tue 17, May], at 12:10 PM

Dr. Brian Goodall

-Brian Goodall is a strategic leader with international experience in the renewable fuels, petrochemicals and polymers, specialty and fine chemicals, catalysis and oil sectors.  Dr. Goodall has been integrally involved in all aspects of the algae-to-fuel value chain, from algae harvesting and drying, to extraction, pre-refining and the conversion to fuels and chemicals. 


Recently Brian was CTO at OriginOil, and VP of Technology at Imperium Renewables where he led the team that delivered the fuel powering the world’s first commercial demo flight from London to Amsterdam using bio-jet fuel (Virgin Atlantic 2008).  As VP of Downstream Technology at Sapphire Energy he helped orchestrate the first U.S. commercial demo flight using an algae-oil blend (Continental Airlines 2009) and the algae-derived gasoline component that powered the Algaeus cross-country drive across the USA in 2009.


With a career spanning more than 30 years in both the U.S. and Europe, Dr. Goodall has held senior positions in multinational companies such as the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, B.F. Goodrich (where he launched a successful start-up company, www.promerus.com), Albemarle and Rohm & Haas. 


He is a scientist accredited with over 80 patents and 60 published papers in the scientific journals, and invented the Super High Activity Catalyst (SHAC) while at Royal Dutch/Shell Group. SHAC is used today to make more than one-third of the world's polypropylene.

Dr. Brian Goodall, Vice President of Business Development - Renewables
Valicor Renewables
Next Generation Algae Extraction and Fractionation Technology
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 04:30 PM

Dr. -Ing. Anca Lucia Laza- Knoerr


Anca Lucia Laza Knoerr

Anca Lucia has a PhD degree in materials chemistry from the National Graduate School in Chemistry, Mulhouse – FRANCE and a chemical engineer degree from Polytechnic International University of Timisoara (Romania)


Anca boasts an extensive 10 years-experience in scientific research on the elaboration and characterization of organic- inorganic composites clay-biopolymer (macro-algae extracts). She devised four significant patents mainly in collaboration with Olmix and among them, the famous nanoclay composite, namely Amadéite®. Olmix has become a worldwide actor in sustainable chemistry and is specially based on seaweeds towards feed additives, green energy, cosmetics and biomaterials fields.


For 15 years, Olmix is involved in the valorisation of algae, and its philosophy is based on the belief that algae are the new “Green Gold” of tomorrow. !

Dr. -Ing. Anca Lucia Laza- Knoerr, Applied Research & Development Manager
Functional Properties of Ulvan, a Polysaccharide from Green Seaweed
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 02:55 PM

Mrs. Stephanie Koch

-Stephanie Koch graduated in Marine Environmental Sciences (Diploma) at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. She started to work with microalgae as feed for aquaculture species at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand. During her diploma thesis she investigated the effect of pCO2 on growth and calcification of Emiliania huxleyi. 


Stephanie joined E.ON Hanse in 2008 working in a project on outdoo microalgae cultivation and the energetic utilisation of algal biomass.


Currently, she is doing her PhD at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg at the Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics.     

Mrs. Stephanie Koch, Marine Environmental Scientist
E.ON Hanse AG
Cultivation of Chlorella vulgaris for the Production of Biogas
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 05:30 PM