Principles and Processes: Algae Culture Maintenance, Production and Downstream Processing

Spring 2017 ATP3 Training Workshop


May 15-19

Host: ATP3
Cost: $1600 USD
Location: Los Alamos, NM


The Spring 2016 ATP3 workshop will occur May 15th-19th at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), and the New Mexico Consortium (NMC). These unique facilities will give participants incredible insights into aspects across the algae value chain and the food, energy and water nexus. Lectures will cover the fundamentals of managing microalgal cultures, culturing techniques, measuring biomass, harvesting and processing technologies, as well as life cycle analysis and operations at the production scale. Participants will have opportunities to work in the laboratory and learn how to measure culture density (cell counting and optical density), use a light and fluorescence microscope, use flow cytometry, perform gravimetric analyses (dry weight and ash-free dry weight), and techniques to analyze biomass compounds.

Join us while we learn about algae at LANL and NMC, a leading national lab, and the impressive algae testbed and downstream capabilities at SFCC. Participants will hear from SFCC and LANL/NMC research scientists and tour state-of-the art facilities at these workshop sites. Topics presented are relevant to those interested in obtaining a broad overview on the biology, growth and commercialization of microalgae. 

Participants are encouraged to ask questions, share information and network. Printed and electronic materials and a certificate of completion will be provided. 


Enrollment is limited to 15 participants on a first-come basis. Click here to register for this workshop.


Trained phycologists will conduct each workshop. These include:

Dr. Tom Dempster: AzCATI
Dr. Schonna Manning: UTEX Culture Collection of Algae
Several SFCC and NMC researchers (TBD)

Lodging & Transportation

The Residence Inn Santa Fe is offering a discounted group rate of $100 per night + tax for workshop participants. This rate includes complimentary breakfast and in-room Wi-Fi access. The regular room rate is $149 per night + tax. Reservations must be made by April 21, 2017 to secure the group rate.

Please call the Residence Inn to secure your reservation at (505) 988-7300. Tell them it is for the ASU ATP3 Workshop. You may also email the sales manager, Carmella Flores, and she will make your reservation at

Airport transportation must be arranged separately by each participant. Workshop participants are highly encouraged to take the Sandia Shuttle or rent a vehicle from the airport to the hotel. Sandia Shuttle ( offers round-trip service from the Albuquerque Sunport Airport directly to the Residence Inn Santa Fe at 1698 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505-4747 . The round-trip price is approximately $55.