Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Life, Planet Health

Courses & Workshops

Algal Culturing Techniques Course
June 8-14, 2014



The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) will be offering an Algal Culturing Techniques Course June 8-14, 2014. The course is designed for graduate students, faculty members, aquaculturists, biotech professionals and anyone else interested in learning culturing techniques. The course will include a bio-prospecting cruise, hands on laboratory training and lectures by experienced algal research scientists. Isolation techniques, strain identification, cryopreservation, scale-up and algae harvesting are just some of the topics that will be covered.


Course registration will open in December of 2013. The fee for the course is $3750 and includes:


  • course tuition
  • materials, including Identifying Marine Phytoplankton, edited by Carmelo Tomas
  • lodging
  • all meals
  • Maine lobsterbake 
  • course certification


The Rose Provasoli scholarship is available for the Algal Culturing Techniques Course.




Rose Provasoli was the wife of Luigi Provasoli, one of the pioneers in algal culturing techniques and a co-honoree for whom the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota was named. We received a bequest from the estate of Rose Provasoli in the Year 2002. The interest from the bequest is used to support selected students who attend the NCMA Phytoplankton Culturing Techniques Course. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is February 1, 2014. The Director of the NCMA will award the scholarship February 14, 2014. The scholarship will pay for 50% of the course tuition.  A non-refundable $30 registration fee is required for scholarship applicants.


Scholarship Rules


  • The student must attend the course.
  • The student’s research must involve algae.
  • Ph.D. students and postdoctoral associates, will be given preference.
  • Each applicant must describe his/her algal research in 250 words or less.
  • Special attention is given to research projects that benefit from the applicant’s need for algal culturing techniques.


Please contact the NCMA if you would like to be on the notification list.