NordAqua News

  • H2020 calls for the algae biomass sector

Click HERE to download the call opportunities of H2020 for the algae biomass sector which also includes the projects approved in the recent calls. Thanks to Vitor Verdelho, President of the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) for the information!

  • Newly elected NAS foreign associate Academician Eva-Mari Aro!

Congratulations to NordAqua Manager Academician Eva-Mari Aro! She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences as a foreign associate in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. For more information see: "News from the National Academy of Sciences"

  • A site-visit to Ecoduna “Hanging Gardens” Plant

Our Manager Academician Eva-Mari Aro and Vice Manager Assoc.Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne had the opportunity to visit the Ecoduna “Hanging Gardens” Plant in Bruck an der Leitha, Austria on Tuesday, 24th April through the organization of ACI’s 8th European Algae Industry Summit. Ecoduna is a global company in microalgae biotech which mission is leading technology for sustainable production of biomass to solve future challenges in the field of food safety. We have also been honoured to host Dr. Silvia Fluch, Chief Operating Manager of Ecoduna, at the first Nordic Algae Symposium (NAS18) in January 2018,Helsinki, Finland as an invited speaker. 


  • The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters Academy Award 2018!

Congratulations to our Manager, Academician Eva-Mari Aro! She  was awarded the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters Academy Award for 2018 which is the most prominent recognition from the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters ! To read more please click!

  • Two research papers by UTU team contributing to WP4 are on-line!

"Versatile templates from cellulose nanofibrils for photosynthetic microbial biofuel production" is published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A and "A new approach for sustained and efficient H2 photoproduction by Chlamydomonas reinhardtii" is published in the Energy and Environmental Science which is a leading journal in the field of energy, alternative fuel technologies and environmental science with an impact factor 29.518 in 2017! 

  • Two research papers by Uppsala team contributing to WP5 are on-line!

"Protein engineering of α-ketoisovalerate decarboxylase for improved isobutanol production in Synechocystis PCC 6803" and "Engineered cyanobacteria with enhanced growth show increased ethanol production and higher biofuel to biomass ratio"

  • NordAqua visited Turun Normaalikoulu

NordAqua visited Turun normaalikoulu to discuss with the young students about blue bioeconomy, to introduce the microalgae world and the NordAqua to the youths.

We thank to the teachers of the Turun normaalikoulu for their hospitality and allowing us to visit the school. Special thanks go to UTU members Martina Jokel, Ph.D and Anita Santana Sanchez, M.Sc for their great presentations.

We hope that we were able to draw the students attention to different interesting and enlightening topics, particularly to the green engineering concept.

We are so motivated with captivating talks to inspire the young minds!



  • Three Minute Thesis Competition at University of Turku

PhD students from NordAqua NCoE made it to the finals of Three Minutes Thesis competition on 8th of March 2018!

The Three Minute Thesis competition was organised at the University of Turku for the second time. Nearly 200 people came to hear the presentations of the ten finalists who two of them were Anita Sanchez and Daniel Solymosi. Anita and Daniel were challenged to present their research topic and its significance within three minutes as understandably as possible. (Photos by Hanna Oksanen)

Please watch the videos of the event here:



We would like to thank everyone who was able to attend the 1st NordAqua Annual Meeting 2018!

2018´s annual meeting hosted nearly 40 people and included attendees not only from NordAqua academic partners but also from funding organization- NordForsk, moderators, industrial partners and Academy of Finland.  

The first day of the annual meeting was overlapped with the evening session of the 1st Nordic Algae Symposium 2018 (NAS18). Overview of NordAqua project was presented by our vice-chair Assoc. Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne and Dr. Reeta Huhtinen has also talked about the Smart Chemistry Park innovation platform for value chain development. The day ended with the panel discussion under the moderation of our vice-chair with the panelists Academician Eva-Mari Aro (NordAqua NCoE chair), Dr. Federico G. Witt (Production Director of AlgaEnergy, Spain), Heikki Hyttinen (General Manager of Subitec GmbH, Germany), Prof. Peter Lindblad (Uppsala University Team Leader of NordAqua), Prof. Poul Erik Jensen (Head of Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, Denmark) , Dr. Silvia Fluch (Chief Operating Officer of Ecoduna, Austria) and Vitor Verdelho (EABA president and Co-founder of A4F, Portugal). 

On 1st of Feb 2018, NordAqua NcoE Annual meeting 2018 was internal and focused on the work packages (WPs) where the six WP (WP 1-6) activities were presented under the chairmanship of the each WP leader. Every WP session ended with discussions which were helpful in clarifying the questions and refining the ideas. Management Board Meeting was also held at the end of the WP sessions with all team leaders.

Last day of the internal annual meeting started with Scientific Board Meeting and ended with WP7 session. As WP7 ongoing activity, the NordAqua Entrepreneurship Workshop was held with the participation of both junior and senior researchers of NordAqua under the management of Prof. Jarna Heinonen and Research Director Ulla Hytti from University of Turku. The workshop designed (i) to understand the entrepreneurship as an idea, (ii) to become familiar with the entrepreneurial process and (iii) how to transfer ideas into business opportunities and present ideas to others. We would like to thank to Prof. Jarna Heinonen for bringing the idea of workshop and implementing it.

Thank to all members  of NordAqua who made this meeting informative and generative. We look forward to meeting you in the further events!

ATTENTION: All the documentation of the 1st NordAqua Annual Meeting 2018 is available now at the consortium library- NordAqua Seafile.

Please find HERE the Final Programme of the annual meeting 2018. The programme contains information about all sessions, including the WP presentations and Entrepreneurship Workshop.








  • Research paper by UTU team contributing to WP4 is on-line!

         "Evaluation of light energy to H2 energy conversion efficiency in thin films of cyanobacteria and green alga under photoautotrophic conditions

  • First research paper reflecting NordAqua aims is on-line!

        "Nutrient removal and biodiesel feedstock potential of green alga UHCC00027 grown in municipal wastewater under Nordic conditions


Here is a running list of events occurring in the NordAqua partner organisations! The events listed below are not necessarily supported by NordAqua. 

  • The 1st European Congress on Photosynthesis Research ePS-1, June 25-28, 2018, Uppsala, Sweden

The first European conference for photosynthesis research ePS-1 will cover all aspects of photosynthesis, from genetics and molecular mechanisms, to crop yields, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels. In addition, the ePS-Young meeting for PhD students and postdocs will be organized  the weekend before the main meeting. For further information and registration please visit the congress web!


News about bioeconomy and upcoming events

Are you interested in bioeconomy and blue bioeconomy? Are you  working on green engineering? Please note the events around the world  listed below!


  • EuroScience Open Forum, 9-14 July 2018, Toulouse, France

ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people, media and the general public. For further information click!

  • Conference on Innovative bio-based products: Investment, Environmental Impacts and Future Perspectives, 6 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium

The conference serves as a platform to present and discuss the considerations emerging from the study “Bioeconomy: Support to Policy for Research and Innovation” . To learn more click!

  • Young Algaeneers Symposium (YAS 2018), 16 – 18 May 2018, Oban, Scotland

The fourth edition of the Young Algaeneers Symposium (YAS 2018) is a symposium designed and organised by young scientists for young scientist, addressing all aspects of algal (both micro and macro) research and technology.  The program will last 2.5 days during which time will be allocated for long talks, flash talks and poster sessions. To learn more and register click here!

  • 26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition -EUBCE 2018, 14-18 May 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

The EUBCE represents the leading platform for the collection, exchange and dissemination of scientific know-how in the field of biomass. Click here to learn more!

  • 8th European Algae Industry Summit, 25-26 April, 2018, Vienna, Austria)

The event will explore the ongoing developments of the algae industry. With insights from key industry players, the conference will address both the technical and commercial aspects of algae production and its end-uses, in Europe and across the globe. Click to learn more!