Advances in Industrial Biotechnology:

Prospects and challenges for the development of algal biotechnology

Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Germany
September 21 – 23, 2020


The Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) of Bielefeld University cordially invites you to attend the 10th International CeBiTec Research Conference Bielefeld entitled "Prospects and challenges for the development of algal biotechnology”.

The conference will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University from September 21st to 23rd, 2020.

Conference program

Schedule outline

Conference Flyer


Confirmed speakers, participants and advisors

Maria Barbosa Wageningen University and Research, NL
Arren Bar-Even Max-Planck-Institut for mol. plant physiology Potsdam-Golm, DE
Danny Ducat Michigan State University, US
John Heap Imperial College London, UK
Michael Hippler Münster University (WWU), DE
Elton Paul Hudson
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE
Poul Erik Jensen
University of Copenhagen, DK
Peter Nixon
Imperial College London, UK
Hu Qiang
Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN
Aniek van der Woude Photanol
Vitor Verdelho EABA European Algae Biomass Association, PT
Julie A. Z. Zedler
Friedrich Schiller University Jena, DE
Further speakers to be announced 
Conference Chairs  
Ben Hankamer University of Queensland, AU
Patrik Jones Imperial College London, UK
Scientific Board  
Maria Barbosa Wageningen University and Research, NL
Olaf Kruse Bielefeld University, DE
Peter Lindblad Uppsala University, SE
Matthew Posewitz Colorado School of Mines, US
Saul Purton University College London, UK
Alison Smith University of Cambridge, UK
Rene Wijffels Wageningen University and Research, NL


The 2020 International CeBiTec Research Conference Bielefeld aims at giving a complete overview of the challenges facing the exploitation of microalgae and cyanobacteria for industrial biotechnology, from biofuels to high value proteins and chemicals.

Industrial Biotechnology is a central pillar of the knowledge-based bioeconomy with applications e.g. in the food & feed, biofuel, cosmetics and medical industries. To further strengthen this sector of industry, advances in biological research and molecular technologies are combined with novel synthetic biology and industrial production strategies to improve the quality of existing product, increase the sustainability and commercial viability of product generation and to generate novel product lines.

Complementing the traditional heterotrophic bacteria- and yeast-based systems, photosynthetic hosts offer great additional potential, since these hosts can use sunlight energy as the sole energy source for biological product generation.
Algae are ideal photosynthetic hosts in many respects. Algal growth is not restricted to arable land, can reach high biomass production rates and the cultivation conditions can be strictly controlled. Furthermore, and genetic tools and techniques for metabolic engineering are well established.

The conference program will include highly relevant topics from fundamental algal biology research to applied aspects of algal biotechnology, with a special focus on molecular biology.

Distinguished invited speakers from academia and industry will present current prospects and furthermore, short talks selected from the submitted abstracts will complete the oral presentation section of the conference.



Please register to the conference by using the online system.

Registration is now OPEN !



Submission of Abstracts

Please submit your abstract during the online registration process.

Note that abstracts can be modified/replaced after registration, until the deadline 07.08.2020.

Only .rtf or .pdf files can be submitted.

For .rtf abstracts, please use  template provided HERE

For .pdf abstracts, please use template provided  HERE

You will be noticed via email if your abstract is selected for a poster or talk.

Please prepare the poster as DIN A0, upright portrait format.

If your abstract was selected for a talk, please bring your presentation (powerpoint or .pdf) on a USB stick to the conference. For Mac users, please bring your computer (& adapter, if necessary).


Registration fee (Early bird until 30.06.2020)

Additional fees of +€50 (students) and +€100 (Academia & Industry Attendees) will apply after 30.06.2020

Attendee's affiliation/status:


€ 150

General fees, Lunch,

Coffee breaks

Student (+conference dinner)

€ 200

General fees, Lunch

Coffee breaks, Conference dinner


€ 300

General fees, Lunch

Coffee breaks, Conference dinner

Industry Attendee

€ 500

General fees, Lunch

Coffee breaks, Conference dinner

Student fees only apply to undergraduate and PhD students. If students want to join the conference dinner, an extra fee of €50,- applies. In this case, please choose the "+conference dinner" option during the registration process.

The registration fee covers the conference materials including conference book, meals/snacks & coffee.

Please follow the payment details provided by the ONLINE REGISTRATION process.



You are encouraged to book your accommodation in the Mercure Hotel Bielefeld.

Use the keyword "ICRC2020" when booking your room to receive a special discount.

  • Standard room, kingsize bed (one or two persons, room sharing is possible)
  • Breakfast, WLAN & parking included
  • Discount rates are: €120,- (single bedroom) and €140,- (double bedroom)

Note: Most rooms are reserved only from Monday, 21.09.2019 (arrival after 15.00 o´clock) until Wednesday, 23.09.2020 (departure before 12.00 o´clock. Only a limited number of rooms are available already on Sunday. 

This is a very busy time of year in Bielefeld, so make sure to book your room in the Mercure hotel as early as possible!

Please do not use any online booking for the Mercure hotel, but instead write an email directly to the hotel.

Mercure Hotel Bielefeld

Telephone: +49 521 9238-0
Fax: +49 521 9238-250
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Other accomodation options in Bielefeld

Please be aware that availability of other accomodations will be limited at this time of year, due to several concurrent conferencens in Bielefeld.

Early booking is highly recommended!

A list of options is available here:
Bielefeld hotels


Conference venue

The conference will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University, Methoden 1, 33615 Bielefeld.


Travel Information

Detailed information on how to travel to Bielefeld and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Bielefeld University can be found HERE.


Further Information



The 10th International Bielefeld-CeBiTec Research Conference is jointly organised by CeBiTec, Bielefeld University and the GFT e.V. (Gesellschaft zur Foerderung des Forschungs- und Technologietransfers in der Universitaet Bielefeld e.V.).

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