Summer school


From nature to bedside:

How to discover novel bioactive compounds in algae and develop functional food and pharmaceuticals - an interdisciplinary summer school

This interdisciplinary summer school about discovering bioactive compounds in algae is a two weeks course for early career researchers and junior industry professionals.


15th – 26th July 2024


CCMAR, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

For whom:

PhD students, early post-docs, young entrepreneurs, and start-ups


610,- Euro

Application period:


About the course

The summer school will address the necessity to look into sustainable and unexplored natural sources to find novel bio-active molecules for functional food and disease treatment. Using the example of algae and inflammatory bowel disease, the course will explore the diverse aspects of compound discovery and product development:

  • What is the potential of macroalgae, microalgae and cyanobacteria and how to best cultivate them?
  • How to improve algae strains and increase compound extraction to an industrial scale?
  • What bioactivity tests are established and how do they work?
  • How to identify compounds?
  • What to consider when developing algae-based products?
  • How to cook delicious algae-based food?
  • How to pave a career?

Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes peek into a microalgae production company and research facilities, enjoy relaxed networking opportunities, and can participate in fun group activities in and around sunny Faro.

A boat trip along the Algarve coast is organised for Saturday. Participants will visit the iconic caves of the Algarve and with a bit of luck see dolphins and whales.

Sunday reserves free time for participants to relax and explore the Algarve on their own. For more information about the Algarve visit:

University apartments with double and single rooms are reserved for participants from 14th July to 27th July. The number of single rooms is limited and will be given away by a first-come-first-serve basis. 

The fee of 610,- Euro per person includes the costs for accommodation, lab utilities, daily lunch, visits and the Saturday group activity. 

It is mandatory to have an insurance for lab activities. In case the home university’s insurance doesn’t cover activities abroad, participants will get insurance through the University of Algarve. An extra charge of about 50,- Euro per person applies in this case. 

The summer school is equivalent to 6.5 ECTS. The programme details the topcis and duration of each course, so the summer school can be presented for accreditation at university programmes. 

The application period has closed. After a review and selection process, replies will be sent out by 15th May. 

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