Meet our Diamond Sponsor: ISBLue


ISblue, the Interdisciplinary Graduate School for the Blue Planet, is an innovative graduate school designed to confront the growing challenges facing ocean and coastal ecosystems. Sponsored by the French government's "Investissements d'Avenir" program, ISblue aims to forge the next generation of innovators and science leaders within the growing blue economy. This collaborative effort unites three national research organizations (CNRS, Ifremer, IRD), two universities (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Université de Bretagne Sud), and four engineering schools (IMT Atlantique, ENSTA Bretagne, ENIB, École Navale)​​​​.

ISblue is distinguished by its comprehensive research program, focusing on five key themes: ocean and climate regulation, ocean-earth interactions, sustainable coastal systems, the living ocean and ecosystem services, and long-term observing systems for ocean knowledge. This approach is aimed at advancing our understanding of the ocean through interdisciplinary research projects, international collaborations, and support for marine initiatives​​.

ISblue’s training program is recognized as a flagship for higher education in marine science and technology in France and Europe, offering high-level interdisciplinary training closely linked to research. The program is designed to attract the best Master's and PhD students globally and offers new curricula in areas like coastal tourism and ocean data science. Students have the opportunity to build personalized learning pathways and engage in project-based learning through the Ocean Projects Hub, interacting closely with socio-economic partners​​.

For more detailed information, you can explore their programs and initiatives on the ISblue website and the LabexMER website

Meet our Gold Sponsors: Schott and Varicon Aqua


SCHOTT is an international technology group, leading the way in specialty glass and glass-ceramics. With over 130 years of development, materials, and technology expertise, SCHOTT offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions across various industries, including the pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, and automotive sectors. The company's innovation and commitment to sustainable success have established it as an integral part of many industries, maintaining a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries.

In the realm of algae cultivation, SCHOTT's contributions are pioneering, particularly with their advancements in photobioreactor (PBR) technology. Utilizing their high-quality DURAN® borosilicate glass tubing, SCHOTT's PBR solutions are designed for the industrial cultivation of algae, providing an optimal environment for the growth of microalgae with exceptional light transmission, durability, and bio-secure conditions. These glass PBRs are essential for producing large quantities of high-quality, uncontaminated microalgae! 

Get to know more about Schott Photobioreactors here!  


Our Gold-Sponsor Varicon Aqua is a UK-based specialist in algal photobioreactor and aquaculture production systems with over 30 years of experience. With a remarkable track record of 350+ deployed photobioreactors ranging from 5L to 400,000L, they are experts in designing, constructing, and deploying algal photobioreactors, high-rate algal ponds, and aquaculture production systems globally. Some examples of their successful products are the Phyco-™ range of photobioreactors and the Cell-Hi line of algal nutrients.

Varicon Aqua supports clients from concept to commissioning, leveraging their deep understanding of the needs of both organisms and engineered solutions. They offer consultancy services for techno-economic assessment and bioprocess design and also commercialise high quality algal nutrients and aquaculture products.

Be sure to check out their website and follow them on Linkedin!

Meet our Silver Sponsors: Algaia, Algreen and Synoxis


Algaia is a dynamic company focused on harnessing the power of the sea, operating in over 50 countries. It specializes in the sustainable extraction and development of seaweed-based products, leveraging innovative, responsible technologies to produce alginates, carrageenans, and agri-ingredients for a variety of markets including food, cosmetics, agriculture, and industry. Algaia's commitment to eco-friendly processes and valorization of co-products underlines its dedication to environmental stewardship and innovation in the blue economy. For more information, visit their website.


Algreen, founded in 2015 in Wageningen, operates across Europe, assisting microalgae producers in every aspect of their business, from production to downstream processes, regulation, and certification. Leveraging both hands-on experience and scientific knowledge, Algreen co-develops algae production systems tailored to specific needs. With a mission centered on making algae an everyday commodity, the company focuses on exploiting algae's unique properties and sustainable production methods. Algreen's expertise spans from designing spirulina production plants to extracting valuable components from microalgae, aiming to innovate the algae industry. 

For more details, visit Algreen's website.


Synoxis Algae specializes in developing equipment for microalgae cultivation, offering solutions that range from laboratory-scale photobioreactors to larger systems suitable for production. Their products, such as the NANO, LUCY, and JUMBO photobioreactors, are designed to automate algae cultivation processes, allowing for precise control over cultivation parameters. Synoxis Algae is committed to innovation in the algae industry, providing tools that secure production, optimize cultures, and meet the specific needs of their clients. Manufactured in France, their equipment supports both macroalgae and microalgae growth with a focus on user-centric design and efficiency. 

For more information, you can visit their website.

Meet our other sponsors: Eventee and French Phycological Society 


Eventee offers an intuitive event app designed to significantly enhance audience engagement for both in-person and hybrid events. The platform simplifies event organization while providing an array of interactive features such as live questions, networking, and social walls to create memorable experiences. With a focus on user-friendliness, Eventee integrates easily with popular tools for ticketing and analytics, supporting custom branding to align with event themes. Praised for its ease of use and comprehensive functionality, Eventee is chosen by event managers worldwide for its effectiveness in boosting attendee participation and satisfaction. For more information, visit their website.


The French Phycological Society (SPF) focuses on promoting the study and understanding of macroalgae and microalgae in France, both metropolitan and overseas. It aims to foster scientific connections nationally and internationally while representing French phycologists in scientific circles. The SPF organizes workshops and supports research covering a broad range of topics within phycology, from fundamental to applied research, facilitating the exchange of knowledge across different generations and disciplines within the field. 

For more information, visit their website.

Meet our Sponsors of Algae Products: Bord à Bord, GreenCoLab and Zalg


Welcome to Bord à Bord, a leader in sustainable seaweed cultivation. Their commitment to environmental stewardship and culinary innovation becomes evident through their diverse range of organic seaweed products Their seaweed is grown locally in Brittany and is manufactured into organic health and food products. Their practices ensure that each product is of the highest quality and nutrition. Explore their website for more information and incredible seaweed recipes. 

GREENCOLABGreenCoLab is a non-profit organization that bridges research and industry in algae biotechnology. It explores macro- and microalgae's potential for various industries through a collaborative platform. With a multidisciplinary team, GreenCoLab focuses on advancing algae biotechnology R&D, supported by research centers, state laboratories, universities, and companies. Their services range from algae cultivation to processing, aiming to innovate the algae sector. 

For more details, visit GreenCoLab website.


Zalg harnesses the power of macroalgae from Brittany to create unique culinary innovations. Emphasizing sustainability and the rich nutritional profile of algae, their products, including diced and plated seaweed, are designed for convenience and health. Collaborating with chefs and marine biologists, Zalg develops simple, innovative solutions for today's dietary needs, offering a fresh take on using seaweed in cooking. Their award-winning approach addresses environmental challenges while introducing new, delicious, and practical uses for algae in our diets. For more, visit Zalg.