By 2050 the human population is forecast to expand from 7.5 to 9.6 billion people. The world will require 70% more food, 50% more fuel and 50% more fresh water, while CO2 emissions need to be reduced by over 80%.

But one unlikely hero – algae – may help us achieve economic, social, climate, food and fuel security.

At the next BrisScience event, we’ll hear about green-algae technologies that tap energy from sunlight and absorb CO2, as well as provide high-value opportunities in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical sectors.

We'll also hear about exciting new algae-based food products which could help feed our resource-strapped world.

Watch the recording

Recording of "Algae - From seafood to solar" talk (YouTube, 69m)

Meet the presenters:

Ben Hankamer
Professor Ben Hankamer

Professor Ben Hankamer is a Professorial Research Fellow at UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and is the founding director of the Solar Biofuels Consortium (2007) and the Centre for Solar Biotechnology (2016), which has expanded to include 30 international teams, supporting the development of high-efficiency solar-biotechnologies for food, fuel and high value product production. 






Peer Schenk
Professor Peer Schenk

Professor Peer Schenk works to address food and energy security concerns facing today’s world using science and technology. Through his role at the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia, Peer heads laboratories in both Algae Biotechnology and the Plant-Microbe Interactions.







About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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