Advances in Algal Biotechnology



Advances in Algal Biotechnology
International Conference on
“Advances in Algal Biotechnology”
10th - 12th August 2016
Organized by
Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association
Parangipettai – 608 502
Tamilnadu, India
School of Bio Sciences and Technology
VIT University, Vellore – 632 014
Tamilnadu, India
VIT - A place to learn ; A chance to grow
An International Conference on “Advances in Algal Biotechnology” is being organised by
the School of Bio Sciences and Technology, VIT University, Vellore – 632 014, Tamilnadu
and Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association, Parangipettai – 608 502, Tamilnadu
from 10th - 12thAugust 2016 at VIT University, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India.
Vellore City
Vellore is the headquarters of Vellore District, located on the bank of Palar River in the
north-eastern part of Tamilnadu and was ruled by the Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Later
Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire, Rashtrakutas, Carnatic Kingdom and the British. Vellore is
located about 145 km west of the state capital Chennai and 211 km east
of Karnataka capital Bengaluru. It is the base of two of India's top ten educational
institutions, Christian Medical College & Hospital and VIT University. Vellore region is the
top exporter of finished leather goods in the country and it accounts for 37% of the
country's export of leather and leather-related products. Vellore Fort, Government
Museum, Science Park, Vainu Bappu Observatory, Amirthi Zoological Park,
Jalakandeswarar Temple, Srilakshmi Golden Temple, Big Mosque, St. John's
Church and Yelagiri Hill station are the tourist attractions in and around Vellore.
VIT University
Founded in 1984 as Vellore Engineering College, the institute was declared as University in
recognition of its academic excellence by the Ministry of Human Resources Development,
Government of India in 2001. The University has since grown by leaps and bounds –
establishing excellent infrastructure replete with state-of-art laboratories, digital library,
smart class rooms, hostels, gyms, swimming pools, auditoria , in-door and out-door
stadiums spread over an impeccably clean and green 350 acre campus – on way to fulfill
the vision of the founder and chancellor Dr. G. Viswanathan to make it truly world class.
VIT today comprises of ten constituent schools and interdisciplinary research centres
offering undergraduate, post graduate and research programmes in various disciplines.
VIT has organized many International and National conferences in the recent past utilizing
its awesome facilities. VIT is the first educational institution in India to get ISO 9002
certification by the DNV of The Netherlands and few of the programmes were
accreditated by IEE (UK) and NBA (India). The University was recently reaccreditated for
the third cycle by NAAC (UGC) and Ranked No.1 Private Engineering Institution by MHRD,
Govt of India. VIT has signed Memorandum of Understanding with many institutions
within India and abroad including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, UK and USA. Such
understanding are aimed towards exchange of faculty and students, joint academic
programmes involving courses as well as research and improvement of laboratory and
library facilities. The University offers 20 Undergraduate, 34 Postgraduate, 4 Integrated
programmes and 4 Research programmes. The various programmes in VIT are offered
through ten Schools and Centres.
School of Bio Sciences and Technology (SBST)
SBST is offering B. Tech., M. Tech., M. Sc., and Ph. D. programmes in Biotechnology and
many other allied areas. SBST has adequate infrastructure and skilled faculty members for
carrying out teaching, research and developmental activities in different areas of
Biotechnology. Major areas of research include Molecular Genetics, Clinical Genetics,
Plant Biotechnology, Microbiology and Microbial Technology, Cancer Biology,
Bioinformatics, Bioprocess Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental
Biotechnology and Immuno Biotechnology.
Seaweed Research Utilization Association (SRUA)
The Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association of India was started in August 1968 at
the Marine Algal Research Station of Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute
(CSIR), Mandapam, Tamil Nadu by Prof. V. Krishnamurthy (late), who was the Assistant
Director of the Institute and Founder President of SRUA. It is a Non-Government
Organisation, registered under Tamil Nadu Government Registration Act. Now it has more
than 200 life members, annual members and institutional members. SRUA organises
National Conference/ Symposium every year jointly with one of the Research
Organisations or Educational Institutions in the country. Apart from this, it is conducting
National Workshops on different aspects of marine algae. This prestigious society
publishes “Seaweed Research and Utilisation” Journal (ISSN 0971-7560) containing
original research and critical review articles on seaweeds. It is the only scientific journal
publishing papers on Research and Development on marine algae of India. The National
Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi has awarded Impact Factor for this journal.
Till now, 38 volumes have been published.
About the Conference
Algae are large and diverse group of plants which can carry out photosynthesis by using
the energy from sun light. They belong to various groups such as green, brown, red and
blue green algae and flourish in the shallow waters of the sea, estuaries, backwaters and
fresh water bodies. Algae are used as food, fodder, manure, medicine, phycocolloids such
as agar, agarose, carrageenan and alginates.Human beings are benefited by consuming
marine algae either directly as food or indirectly as an ingredient in food formulations.
They contain considerable amounts of proteins, carbohydrates and fibre in addition to
antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds. Some diseases viz., cancer,
inflammation, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension and cardio vascular diseases are
prevented by consuming fresh water algae and marine algae, as they contain biologically
active compounds such as phlorotannins, carotenoids, alginic acid, fucoidan etc.,.
Seaweeds are the only natural source for the phytochemicals (agar, carrageenan and
alginates) which have multifarious uses (agar in biotechnology, alginates as stabilizer and
emulsifier in food industry and carrageenan in food and pharmaceutical industries).
Marine algae containing micronutrients and growth hormones have proved to improve
the yield and quality of agriculture crops, providing healthy organic food for human
beings. They also form a source for bioethanol and aid in bioremediation by removing
toxic metals from waste water.
This Conference will provide an opportunity for students, researchers, faculty members,
entrepreneurs and industrialists to interact & discussion and have deliberations on the
following aspects of algae.
! Distribution, resources, ecology, biology and utilisation
! Nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, biomedical and biodental
! Molecular biology, nanotechnology and biotechnology
! Production of bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas
! Bioremediation, biofouling and biofertilizer
! Culture, cultivation, harvesting, processing for value added products and their
Guidelines for preparation of abstracts
Title, Name(s) of the author(s), Affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s), E-mail
address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author. Provide a structured
abstract of 150 to 200 words and 4 to 6 keywords. Title should be in Uppercase, Times New
Roman, 14 font size, Bold; Rest of things should be in Sentence case, Times New Roman, 12
font size, 1.5 line spaced.
The selected abstracts along with the mode of presentation will be intimated through
Presentation Guidelines
Oral presentation: Selected participants are requested to prepare presentations
on MS power point for LCD presentation.
Poster presentation: 100 cm x 100 cm area will be provided for the poster and
necessary materials for poster display will be provided.
Papers presented in this Conference will be published in “Seaweed Research and
Utilisation” journal (published by the Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association) in
special issue.
Few selected papers will be considered for publication in Thompson Reuters
impact factor journal.
Papers selected for publication will be communicated to the corresponding
authors for the preparation of manuscript.
Award for Best Paper Poster, Oral and Idea Presentations, Value Added Products and Bio
Five best awards for oral, poster & idea presentations, value added products and bio
marketing will be given to encourage young researchers below 35 years of age. A certificate
and cash award of Rs. 2000 would constitute for each category.
The registration fee should be paid as demand draft drawn in favour of “VIT University”
and payable at Vellore - 632 014 (Tamilnadu) India.
Registration fees
Indians (INR)
Bonafide Students,
Research scholars
Faculty Members, Scientists,
Entrepreneurs and all others
Accompanying person
Foreigners (US$)
Early Bird
Registration up to
Early Bird
Registration up to
Registration before 31st July 2016
Registration before 31st July 2016
30th June 2016
30th June 2016
Working Lunch and two time refreshments between sessions will be provided for the
registered participants
Dates to Remember
Submission of Registration Fee (Early Bird) :
June 30, 2016
Submission of Abstracts
June 30, 2016
Submission of Registration Fee
July 31, 2016
Submission of full manuscript (2 hard copies and soft copy ): July 25, 2016
Accommodation will be arranged for student participants in the Men’s and Women’s
hostels separately in VIT University campus on payment basis. The accommodation
charge is Rs. 325/= per head per day with break fast or Rs. 275/= per head per day without
break fast.
For other officials and faculty delegates also accommodation will be provided in the
University Guest House Annex on request and payment of Rs 2200 per day for single or
double occupancy and for extra bed Rs 450 per head/per day will be charged. For further
details, please visit our website: www.
Conference details and updates are available at
For any other information contact
Dr. C. Rajasekaran
[email protected]
Dr. T. Kalaivani
[email protected]
Dr. N. Kaliaperumal
[email protected]
Dr. P. Anantharaman
[email protected]
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International Conference on “Advances in Algal Biotechnology”
10th - 12th August 2016
1. Name
2. Designation and Affiliation
3. Address
e-mail :
Mobile Number :
4. Gender
: Male / Female
Age :
Nationality :
Foreigners mention the Passport Number :
Please indicate your choice for the Conference with tick mark on the following
5. Title of the paper
6. Mode of Presentation
Oral/ Poster
7. Participating in events Idea Presentation/ Value Added Products /Bio marketing
8. Type of Participation
Student/ Research Scholar/Faculty/ Scientist/Entrepreneurs/NGO/Accompanying person
9. Accommodation required
Yes/ No
Need accommodation from_______ to ________
10. Details of Remittance
Registration fee
DD No:
Students/ Research scholars must produce Identity proof or Bonafide certificate from
Guide or Head of the Department.
The registration fee can be drawn in favour of “VIT University” payable at Vellore-632014
Tamilnadu, India.
Address for Correspondence
Dr. C. Rajasekaran & Dr. T. Kalaivani
Organizing Secretaries
School of Bio Sciences and Technology
VIT University, Vellore – 632 014, Tamilnadu, India.
E-mail : [email protected], [email protected]
National Advisory Committee
Prof. S.P. Adhikary, VC, Fakir Mohan University, Odisha
Prof. N. Anand, Former VC, Vels University, Chennai
Dr. V.S.K. Chennubhotla, Scientist-In-Charge, CMFRI, Kochi
Dr. N. Jeeji Bai, Scientist, SAMM MCRC, Chennai
Dr. N. Kaliaperumal, Scientist-In-Charge, CMFRI, Kochi
Prof. L. Kannan Former VC, Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore
Prof. J.I.S. Khatthar, Panjabi University, Patiala
Prof. B.D. Kaushik, Scientist, IARI, New Delhi
Prof. R. Marimuthu, Rtd. Principal, GAC, Salem
Dr. A.S. Ninawe, Adviser, DBT, New Delhi
Prof. K. Padmakumar, Pro VC, University, of Kerala
Prof. V. N. Raja Rao, CAS in Botany, University, Chennai
Dr. K. Rama Rao, Scientist, CSMCRI, Bhavnagar
Dr. Ranjan Das, Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat
Prof. G. A. Ravisankar VP R&D, DSI, Bengaluru
Prof. R. Rengasamy, Former Director, CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai
Prof. Ruma Pal, Head, Dept. of Botany, University of Calcutta, Kolkatta
Dr. M. Sakthivel, President, AFI, Chennai
Prof. V. Sivasubramanian, Director, PERC, Chennai
Dr. V.T. Sridharan, National College, Trichy
Dr. K. Subbaramaiah, Scientist, CSMCRI, Bhavnagar
Prof. G. Subba Rangaiah, Andhra University, Visakhapatanam
Dr. P.V. Subba Rao, Scientist, CSMCRI, Bhavnagar
Prof. D. Subramanian, Annamalai University, Chidambaram
Prof. G. Subramanian, Former Director, NFMCB, Bharthidasan University, Trichy
Dr. P. Suresh Kumar, Anna University, Trichy
Prof. N. Thajuddin, Bharthidasan University, Trichy
Dr. L.V. Venkataranan, Scientist, CFTRI, Mysore
Prof. Vidyavati, Former VC, Kakatiya University, Warangal
Organizing Committee
Dr. G. Viswanathan
Dr. Sekar Viswanathan
Vice President
Prof. V. Raju
Pro -Vice Chancellor
Shri. Sankar Viswanathan
Vice President
Prof. Anand A. Samuel
Vice Chancellor
Shri. G.V. Selvam
Vice President
Prof. S. Narayanan
Pro-Vice Chancellor
Prof. P. Gunasekaran
Pro-Vice Chancellor
Prof. M. Baluswami
President, SRUA
Organizing Chairman
Prof. C. Ramalingam
Dean, SBST
Co-Organizing Chairmen
Dr. K. Ramanathan
HOD Dept. of Biotechnology
Dr. Venkataraman Kumar
Vice President, SRUA
Organizing Secretaries
Dr. C. Rajasekaran
Dr. T. Kalaivani
Dr. N. Kaliaperumal
Executive Committee Member, SRUA
Dr. P. Anantharaman
Secretary, SRUA
Organizing Members
Dr. Anand Prem Rajan
Dr. M. Anbalagan
Prof. S. Babu
Dr. C. George Priya Doss
Prof. K.M. Gothandam
Dr. V. Mohanasrinivasan
Prof. V. Pragasam
Dr. P. Ravanan
Dr. R. Seenivasan
Prof. R. Siva
Dr. S. Vino
Shri. P. Chidambaram
Shri. V. Edwin Joseph
Dr. K. Eswaran
Dr. M. Ganesan
Dr. K. Murugaiyan
Dr. P. Kaladharan
Dr. C. Periyasamy
Prof. P. Perumal
Dr. A. Srinivas Rao
Dr. Reeta Jayasankar
Shri. Vinod G. Nehemiah
Address for Correspondence
Dr. C. Rajasekaran & Dr. T. Kalaivani
Organizing Secretaries
School of Bio Sciences and Technology
VIT University, Vellore – 632 014, Tamilnadu, India.
E-mail : [email protected]
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