Bioremediation of oil-contaminated environments

The symposium and workshop aims to create an opportunity for knowledge transfer and discussion of new ideas in the field of environmental oil-bioremediation.

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Crude oil and petroleum-derived products fuel our economy, but seriously harm ecosystems and natural resources when accidentally spilled in the environment. Bioremediation appears as a promising and environmental friendly technology to clean-up oil-contaminated sites. However, ecosystems restoration is still a challenge. Slow microbial growth and biodegradation rates, reduced contaminants bioavailability and limited access to the contaminated areas, frequently in extreme environments, defy science and engineering.

The symposium (11th of May) aims to join experts from government, industry, consultancy and academia for knowledge transfer and discussion of innovative ideas. This event will serve as a basis for a collaborative platform between the different players involved in oil spills remediation. Presentations by young researchers will be privileged through a call for abstract for posters. The workshop (12th of May) will provide experimental training on oil bioremediation.


Symposium - Preliminary Programme

 

11th May

 

9:00

Registration

9:45

Madalena Alves, Department of Biological Engineering, University of Minho

Welcome

 

 

Session I

Chairman: Alette Langenhoff

 

10:00

Alette Langenhoff, Sub-department of Environmental Technology, Wageningen University

General overview on oil contamination and bioremediation

10:30

Rui Baptista, Galp Energia


11:00

Coffee break / Poster session

11:45

Ana Paula Mucha, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto

Bioremediation of oil contamination in estuarine and coastal zones

12:15

Ana Júlia Cavaleiro, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho

Unravelling who is who in anaerobic oil biodegradation

12:45

Lunch

 

Session II

Chairman: Ian Head

 

14:00

Ian Head, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University

From oceans to oil fields; the global significance of anaerobic degradation of petroleum hydrocarbon

14:30

Alfons Stams, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University and Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho

Degradation of aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons by chlorate-reducing bacteria

15:00

Ana Gabriela Valladares Juárez, Institute of Technical Biocatalysis, Hamburg University of Technology

Biodegradation of oil at artificial deep-sea conditions

15:30

Coffee break / Poster session

16:15

António Louvado, University of Aveiro

PAH-degrading and biosurfactant producing bacteria from deep sea mud volcanoes

16:30

Shokouh Rahsepar, Wageningen University

Effect of chemical dispersants on oil biodegradation  

16:45

Francisco Coelho, University of Aveiro

Response of sediment archaeal communities to ocean acidification and oil pollution

17:00

Rita Castro, University of Minho

Managing hydrocarbonoclastic communities towards production of carbon storage compounds of biotechnological relevance

17:15

Anthony Danko, University of Porto

Effects of n-butanol and aerobic benzene biodegradation in a limestone soil

 

Closing session

 

17:15

Ana Júlia Cavaleiro, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho

Final conclusions

17:30

End of sessions and drinks

 

 

 

Workshop - Programme

 

12th May

 

Session I

9:00 – 12:30

Fundamentals of anaerobic microbial cultivation techniques; microbial physiology and ecology; hydrocarbons extraction and analysis; other relevant tools.

Coffee break 10:30-11:00

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

 

 

Session II

14:00 – 17:30

Practicum activities: demonstration of anaerobic culturing techniques; demonstrations of hydrocarbons analysis methods; lab scale bioremediation assays

Coffee break 15:30-16:00

17:30-17:45

Closure of the course

 

  

Detailed information on the workshop

Language: English

Maximum number of participants: 15 – 20

Total hours: 6.5 (theoretical and practicum)

Social programme: coffee breaks at the CEB cafeteria and lunch at the University of Minho Panoramic Restaurant

 

 

REGISTRATION

Deadline for registration:  6th May, 2015

Registration form: http://goo.gl/forms/0rQb85XXyF

Symposium, Normal - 30 €

Symposium, Students - 15 €

Includes folder, pen with extended abstracts and presentations, coffee breaks. Lunch is not included.

Symposium & Workshop, Normal - 150 € (limited to the first 15-20 participants fully registered)

Symposium & Workshop, Students - 75 € (limited to the first 15-20 participants fully registered)



CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Abstracts are accepted for poster presentations: max 250 words. Four abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation (10 minutes presentation + 5 minutes discussion). Deadline for submitting an abstract: 15th April.

Abstract submission to: ana.paulo@ceb.uminho.pt


PAYMENT INFORMATION
Tecminho
NIPC: 502 585 757
NIB (Banking Account Number) for Bank Transfer Payment: 0033 0000 0022 1470 0130 5

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Ana Júlia Cavaleiro (Chair, University of Minho, Portugal)
Ana Paulo (University of Minho, Portugal)
Alette Langenhoff (Wageningen University, The Neatherlands)


CONTACTS AND INFORMATION

University of Minho - Ana Guedes
Phone: 253601980
Email: anaguedes@ceb.uminho.pt