Algal Innovation Centre – Official Opening

CBMNet sponsored the official opening of the Algal Innovation Centre (AIC) at the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden on the 9 May 2016

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The Algal Innovation Centre (AIC) at the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden was officially opened on Monday 9th May.  The official opening was attended by nearly 100 delegates from academia and industry.  The opening started with a welcome and introduction by Prof Alison Smith of the Department of Plant Sciences and Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley Director of Innovation at the British Antarctic Survey followed by a series of flash talks from academics, network managers and commercial equipment suppliers in the algal growth sector. The AIC was then officially opened by cutting three algal-coloured ribbons between two algal bioreactors in a gloriously sunny glasshouse.

Dr Matt Davey, a senior research associate in the Department of Plant Sciences, who oversaw the construction and runs the facility said:

“the event was a huge success, it demonstrates the enthusiasm for such a research facility in algal biotechnology and physiology within the UK”