Algae for Energy Conference at the University of Vermont
on March 17th & 18th, 2010
Draft Agenda

Algae & Energy in the Northeast
Advancing knowledge, research and innovation

DAY 1, March 17, 2010
11:00am-12:30pm Registration, Light Refreshments & Networking
12:30-2:15pm Opening Plenary:
Welcoming remarks by:

  • Jane E. Knodell, University of Vermont Interim Provost & Senior Vice President
  • Netaka White, Biofuels Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Judith Van Houten, Director, Vermont State EPSCoR
  • Chuck Ross, State Director, Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

Conference Objectives & Outcomes
Dr. Anju Dahiya, University of Vermont
Keynote: Development of Microalgal Biofuels: A National Laboratory Perspective
Dr. Al Darzins -National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Bioenergy Center
2:15-2:45pm Break, Networking and Concurrent Poster Sessions
2:45-3:45pm Afternoon Presentation I : Pumping Algae! An Alternative Energy Future Dr. Donald Redalje -Univ. of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science, and cofounder of HR BioPetroleum Inc.
3:45-4:00pm Refreshment Break and Networking
4:00-5:00pm Afternoon Presentation II: Algae grown on agricultural wastewater: algal production, composition, and utilization
Dr. Walter Mulbry - USDA Environmental Mgmt and Byproduct Utilization Lab
Till 6pm Cash Bar Reception & Networking

DAY 2, March 18, 2010
7:30-8:30am Registration, Morning Refreshments & Networking
8:30-10:30am Morning Plenary: Welcome remarks by Melody Brown Burkins, Senior Director for research and strategic initiatives in the Office of the Vice President
Morning Presentation I: Algae Farming for Biofuel Feedstocks
Dr. Ron Putt - Chemical Engineering Dept., Auburn Univ.
Morning Presentation II: Algae to Biofuel: Opportunities and Challenges
Vikram M Pattarkine, PhD - CEO, PEACE USA and formerly CTO/Chief Scientist, OriginOil...
10:30-11:00am Refreshment Break, Networking and Concurrent Poster Sessions
11:00 -11:30am Morning Presentation III: Algae for Biofeeds and Biofuels
Dr. Ira Levine (University of Southern Maine)
11:30 - 12:15pm Regional Sessions I:

  • Dr. Anju Dahiya (University of Vermont, co-founder General Systems Research LLC) - Cost-effective Algae biomass production for Oil integrated with Industrial wastewater treatment
  • Dr. John Todd (University of Vermont) - Reflections of a Life Time of Working with Algae Towards Useful Ends

12:15-1:00pm Buffet Lunch
1:00-1:45pm Regional Sessions II:

  • Dr. Mary Watzin (University of Vermont) - [Topic] Algae & Energy Systems
  • Dr. Ihab H. Farag (University of New Hampshire) - Microalgae Production of Biodiesel

1:45-2:45pm Afternoon Plenary: Developing Algae & Energy in the Northeast
The speakers will rejoin in a moderated session that explores the direction for algae research and market development in the region.
2:45-3:00pm Concluding Remarks

For conference info and to submit abstracts for concurrent poster sessions:
Contact Dr. Anju Dahiya, adahiya@uvm.edu

For Sponsorship opportunities: Contact Netaka White, netaka@vsjf.org

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