After Almería-Spain in 2002, Kunming-China in 2005, Galway - Ireland in 2008, Halifax–Canada in 2011 and Sydney-Australia in 2014, the committee presiding the International Society of Applied Phycology (http://www.appliedphycologysoc.org/) decided to trust a scientific team of western France to organize the 6th congress of the society in Nantes at La Cité Nantes Events Center from June 18th to 23rd 2017. Indeed, with over 300 people working in its universities and research centers and more than 100 businesses, Western France is a European hotspot for the transfer and industrial development of marine biotechnology (Marine Biotech in Western France).
Previous ISAP Congresses have seen the role of applied algal biotechnology and their potential developed in a commercial, remedial or regulatory context. In 2014, the theme of ISAP was chosen to reflect on the actual successes of algae applications as they already represent a sustainable and relevant field of biotechnology.
In 2017 the scope of the 6th edition of ISAP congress is to appreciate the huge phycological biodiversity and the diversity of its biotechnological applications through the prism of a new and promising industrial sector in full development. The Congress will include speakers and posters presentations, exhibitors and for the first time a BtoB session to meet the right partners.