ATP3 explores microalgae taxonomy and biochemistry in summer training workshop

The Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) is proud to host the Taxonomy and Biochemistry of Microalgae with Commercial Potential workshop Aug. 18-22 at the Culture Collection of Algae facilities, located in the center of the University of Texas campus.

Participants will have ample opportunities to gain practical experience in the laboratory as the workshop couples lectures with mostly hands-on activities.  Specialized training will include managing algal cultures, using compound light and fluorescence microscopy, counting cells, measuring culture growth rates and the analysis of biomass proteins, lipids and carbohydrates.

All lectures and laboratory training are conducted by algae experts across the spectrum of the industry. This unique venue at the University of Texas will provide participants the opportunity to observe the diversity of microalgae and learn about the management of laboratory cultures.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions, share information with the group, and network.  Printed and electronic materials will be provided and a certificate of completion will be received at the conclusion of the workshop.  Registration is $1,600 and enrollment is limited to 15 participants and will be filled on a first-come basis.

Principal instructors include:

  • Jerry Brand, ATP3 Director of Education and Training and Professor at the University of Texas-Austin.
  • Milton Sommerfeld, Professor at Arizona State University and Co-Director of the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, in Mesa, Arizona.
  • Schonna Manning, Research Professor at the University of Texas – Austin.
  • Thomas Dempster, ATP3 Testbed Site Coordinator and Associate Research Professor at Arizona State University.

This workshop is part of an ongoing series of training sessions offered by the Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership. Find more information about this and other workshops, visit atp3.test/education-and-training.  For questions, please contact

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Dr. Schonna Manning, UT-Austin Research Professor, describes microalgae growth systems to workshop participants during last summer’s workshop (August 2013).