This conference is organized by Elsevier.
Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2020
Early registration deadline: 3 April 2020
Department of Algae Biotechnology & Bioenergy, Bielefeld University, Germany
Olaf Kruse started his scientific carrier as a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London with research topics on Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 1997 he returned to Bielefeld University/Germany, where he took over a group leader position in the field of Molecular Biology on microalgae.
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In 2006 he was appointed as the Head of Life, Earth & Environmental Sciences at the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg. In 2007 he became a Research Fellow at The University of Queensland and a Co-Director of the International SOLARBIOFUELS consortium before he returned to Bielefeld University, where he built up the Algae Biotechnology & Bioenergy Group at the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) focusing on molecular aspects of light to biomass and energy conversion and the establishment of microalgae as green cell factories. In 2009 he was appointed as a Full Professor at the Department of Biology and in 2015 as the Scientific Director of the CeBiTec.
Editor-in-Cheif, Algal Research, USA
Dr. Olivares is the current Chair of the International Conference for Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB), which he has helped organize since its inception in 2010.
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He is Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journals Algal Research and New Negatives in Plant Science (Elsevier Publishers). He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Wilkes College, and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Iowa State University.
Dr. Olivares recently retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory were he last served as Division Leader for the Bioscience Division. In this position, he provided strategic, technical and operational management for all activities within the Division. Major focus areas for the 150 staff within the Division included a long-standing efforts in biosecurity, biosurveillance, and public health security. New areas of growth included bioenergy and biome science. He also served as the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, a consortium of over 30 institutions awarded a $49M program by DOE-EERE along with $20M of cost share from industry and academia.
Previously he served in several program and technical management positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory, including Biofuels Program Manager and acting Division Leader for Chemistry. In these positions he was responsible for developing strategic direction for science programs, operations, and leading specific program development efforts. Dr. Olivares has extensive experience with private industry and serves as consultant for several small companies and government agencies. One of his passions is technology commercialization.