Submit an Abstract to the Largest Algae Biomass Conference in the World!

The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster opportunities for the 2014 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego, California, September 29th to October 2nd.


Click here for submission information and guidelines.

The large number of abstracts submitted in the past years have been unprecedented and we anticipate an even higher number of submissions this year. The first priority deadline is April 2, 2014.  Abstracts submitted after this date will be reviewed as they are received.  Those received by the deadline will be reviewed first and be given a higher priority. An announcement of acceptance will be sent about June 1, 2014 for those meeting the first priority deadline.

Why submit an abstract? To expose your business and research to the world’s largest gathering of algal thought leaders.  (Also, abstracts selected for speaking slots receive a discount for registration to this event).

Review process: Abstracts are reviewed by 3 to 5 experts in each primary topic area based on several criteria such as relevance, new data, clarity and importance to the field.  Algae Biomass Organization members will be given preference.  To become a member, go to the ABO’s Membership Benefits page.

The following four review criteria should be taken into consideration when preparing an abstract for the 2014 ABS.

1) Advances – Does the technology or process improve production, reduce costs, increase value or highlight a technological breakthrough?

2) Relevance – Does the abstract highlight advances in technology that will make significant near-term impacts?

3) Detail – Does the abstract provide experimental or analytical results that provide detailed information on the process or advance being reported on.

4) Clarity – Does the abstract indicate that the information is clearly communicated and understandable to a diverse spectrum of conference attendees?

2014 Algae Biomass Summit Chairs and Co-Chairs:HandShakePic

Program & Event

  • Greg Mitchell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Al Darzins, Gas Technology Institute

Biology Track

  • Mark Hildebrand, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering

Commercialization Track

  • David Hazlebeck, Global Algae Innovations
  • Joel Murdock, FedEx

Engineering and Analysis TrackABSFullPanel

  • Anthony Marchese, Colorado State University
  • Cara Meghan Downes, New Mexico State University

Finance and Policy Track

  • Thomas Byrne, Algaedyne Corporation
  • Laurie Purpuro, K&L Gates

Posters Track

  • Rob Egan, Montana State University
  • Egan Lohman, Montana State University

If you have questions regarding abstract submission, please contact ABO Administrative Coordinator, Barb Scheevel by email at: or by phone at: 877-531-5512 ext. 1.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts are due to ABO by April 2, 2014.  Please follow the submission guidelines and submit to

Each abstract must include:

  • Primary topic area: Biology, Commercialization, Engineering and Analysis, Finance and Policy
  • Secondary topic areas (Multiple secondary topic areas can be listed).
  • Type of presentation requested:  oral presentation or poster
  • Full names of authors (Use bold font to indicate presenter and asterisk to indicate ABO members)
  • Institutions for all authors
  • Contact information (address, phone number, email address) for presenter
  • Abstract

The abstracts must be no more than 300 words, in the form of a Word document, using Times New Roman size 12 pt font. No figures or tables should be included in the abstract.

Abstracts can deal with microalgae and macroalgae (seaweeds) and should fit into one of the following four primary topic areas, and 1 to 4 selected secondary topic areas.

Primary Topic Areas:

1. Biology
2. Commercialization
3. Engineering and Analysis
4. Finance and Policy

Secondary Topic Areas: 

A.  Research in algae biology
B.  Algae-strain development, selection and breeding
C.  Genetics and genetically modified algae
D.  Crop protection
E.  Algae cultivation processes – ponds, photobioreactors, fermentors
F.  Cultivation system ecology, polyculture approaches
G.  Harvesting and dewatering technologies
H.  Waste water remediation, nutrient recycling
I.   Carbon capture and CO2 recycling
J.   Extraction, processing and conversion to end products
K.  Advanced biofuels
L.   Food, feeds and nutraceuticals
M.  Bioplastics and chemicals
N.  Life Cycle Analysis and techno-economic modeling
O.  Markets, products and business development
P.  Commercial scale production
Q.  Project siting, facility co-location
R.  Project financing, venture capital, joint ventures, strategic partnerships
S.  Tax and legislative initiatives, US national and state and international
T.  Government agency programs and funding
U.  Industry stakeholder initiatives, sustainability and regulatory policy
V.  Others topics not included in above (please specify)

Abstracts which lack the required information or which do not follow the format guidelines will be returned.  The ABO reserves the right to recommend changes in presentation format (e.g. oral presentation to poster).  Special consideration will be made for abstracts submitted by members of the ABO.   All abstracts will also be considered for plenary presentations.  Abstracts submitted for oral presentations will also be considered for posters if not accepted as oral presentations.  ABO will distribute all abstracts chosen for presentations (in either printed or electronic form) to all registrants at the Summit and to all ABO members following the Summit.

Benefits of Membership

Put yourself at the forefront of the algae industry, where algae products, services, and research meet the challenges of our planet’s most pressing issues today.
Members also benefit from:
  • A voice on ABO policy initiatives.
  • Access to members-only resources.
  • Discounted pricing to ABO events, and more!
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