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 9 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”