AccliPhot is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission. The project has started on the 1st October 2012 and is coming to a close in September 2016.
The main research aim of AccliPhot is to investigate and understand short-term acclimation mechanisms to changes in light conditions in photosynthetic organisms. In AccliPhot acclimation processes are studied on various scales with experimental and theoretical methods. The investigated scales encompass the molecular signalling mechanisms, the implications on metabolism, and the wholeorganism behaviour, in particular growth and biomass yield. The aim is to employ this understanding to optimise and upscale biotechnological exploitation of photosynthetic microalgae for the production of biofuels and high-value commodities.
The AccliPhot network comprises 11 full network partners, 9 academic institutions and 2 private companies. Together the project forms a unique combination of expertise in the area of photosynthetic acclimation. A distinctive feature of AccliPhot is the strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity between experimental and theoretical scientists, combining basic with industrial research. The aim is to generate bright, ambitious and well-trained young researchers with multidisciplinary skills in this field. Therefore the research programme is supplemented by a strong, multidisciplinary training programme in research skills and complementary transferrable skills. Alltogether, AccliPhot supports 13 Early Stage Researchers and one Experienced Researcher on their ways to a future scientific career.
ENCAPP 2016, the European Networks Conference on Algal and Plant Photosynthesis, is the AccliPhot final open event. The conference is aiming to showcase the project’s outcomes, with presentations by all our fellows.
You want to learn more about AccliPhot and the team? Please visit our website www.accliphot.eu.
AccliPhot is funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (SP3-People) under the grant agreement number PITN-GA-2012-316427.