Advances in Industrial Biotechnology:

Prospects and challenges for the development of algal biotechnology

Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, Germany
September 13 – 15, 2021

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 13th to 15th, 2021.

Conference program


Schedule outline

A draft outline is now available. Please note the following key dates for you travel plannings.

Mo., 13.09.2021, 10:00 o´clock: Registration openes at the ZiF.

Mo., 13.09.2021, 13:00 o´clock: Opening of the conference.

Wed., 15.09.2021, 14:00 o´clock: Conference closes.


Conference Flyer


Route to conference dinner


Confirmed speakers, participants and advisors

Invited Speakers    
Maria Barbosa Wageningen University and Research, NL
Roberto Bassi University of Verona, IT
Michael Hippler Münster University (WWU), DE
Paul Hudson KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE
Patrik R. Jones Imperial College London, UK
Peter Lindblad Uppsala University, SE
Peter Nixon Imperial College London, UK
Sarah E. O'Connor Max Planck Institute Jena, DE
Aniek van der Woude Photanol
Julie A. Z. Zedler Friedrich Schiller University Jena, DE
further speakers to be announced  
Conference Chairs
Michael Hippler  Münster University (WWU), DE 
Patrik R. Jones  Imperial College London, UK
Kyle J. Lauersen
Peter Lindblad Uppsala University, SE
Scientific Board
Olaf Kruse Bielefeld University, DE
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


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The 2021 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 CLOSED.

If you want to request a place on the waiting list, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you already registered, please use the link provided in the automated email to submit or modify your abstract.


Abstracts and presentations

Please submit your abstract during the online registration process.

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. It is not recommended to bring a computer, since technical difficulties might occur.


Registration fee

(Early-bird rebate applied until 30 Jun 2021.)

Attendee's affiliation/status:


€ 200

General fees, Lunch,

Coffee breaks

Student (+conference dinner)

€ 250

General fees, Lunch

Coffee breaks, Conference dinner


€ 400

General fees, Lunch

Coffee breaks, Conference dinner

Industry Attendee

€ 600

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 in the automated emails.


COVID-19 guidelines

Please be aware that we have to implement the official COVID-19 guidelines of country, state & Bielefeld University.

Due to the dynamic situation of the pandemic, we can not exclude the possiblility of short-term changes of all aspects of the conference.

If we have to cancel the conference on a short notice, we strive to provide a full refund of the conference fee.

Please be aware the only people who

* are fully vaccinated

* can provide a negativ COVID-19 test, or

* have recovered from a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection 

are permitted to enter the conference building. We are obliged to verify this information, so please make sure to bring the documents to the conference venue



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

Use the keyword "ICRC2021" 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: €78,- (single bedroom) and €98,- (double bedroom)

Note: Most rooms are reserved only from Monday, 13.09.2021 until Wednesday, 15.09.2021 (checkout 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
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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