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Global Algae Summit 2023 (GAS 2023)

Welcome to the official website of the Global Algae Summit 2023 (GAS 2023)!

GAS 2023 is a unique event that brings together experts and stakeholders from various fields to discuss the latest innovations and developments in the algae industry. The summit will take place on 17th August 2023, at Malaysia – Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)-UTM, Kuala Lumpur.

For inquiries and further information, please contact:
Dr. Izwan ([email protected]) or Dr. Arief ([email protected])


Global Algae Summit 2023: Paving the Future of Circular Algae Bioeconomy

Kuala Lumpur, 17th August 2023 – The Global Algae Summit (GAS) 2023, an inaugural event in the field of algae research and industry, concluded successfully, showcasing groundbreaking advancements, collaborative discussions, and a shared commitment towards sustainable solutions. The summit was held on 17th August 2023, attracting a range audience of scientists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and industry experts.
Co-hosted by Leave a Nest Co. Ltd., Euglena Co. Ltd, and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), GAS 2023 provided a unique platform for thought leaders and innovators to gather and exchange insights on the latest developments in algae-based technologies, applications, and research. The event fostered a dynamic environment where attendees explored the immense potential of algae across diverse sectors, including biofuels, food and nutrition, bioremediation, and more.
One of the highlights of GAS 2023 was the engaging panel discussions, where distinguished experts delved into critical topics shaping the future of the algae industry. The first discussion explored ‘Essentials in Building a Thriving Algae Ecosystem' under the theme ‘Algae Venture.' Experts discussed strategies, challenges, and opportunities, setting the tone for the GAS 2023. The second panel, themed around healthcare, delved into ‘Exploring the Potential of Algae-based Healthcare Solutions: A Global Perspective.' Esteemed experts discussed the far-reaching impact of algae in healthcare, enriching the discourse at the event. The closing panel, centered on ‘Renewable Energy,' delved into ‘Advancing Algae-Based Biofuel for Sustainable Green Alternatives.' In collaboration with NanoMalaysia Berhad as the session partner, the discussion explored algae's potential for eco-friendly bioenergy and the transformative potential of algae for sustainable biofuels.
A number of 185 attendees with an interest in algae-related topics enjoyed an immersive experience through insightful keynote presentation, scientific sessions, and networking opportunities. GAS 2023 also spotlighted an exhibition featuring esteemed university partners, including Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), UCSI University, International Medical University of Malaysia (IMU), Sunway University, and Universiti Selangor (UNISEL). This exhibition showcased cutting-edge technologies, products, and research outcomes that spanned the spectrum of algae research and applications.
As an integral component of GAS 2023, the “Pocket Talk” session offered participants a wealth of informative insights and practical perspectives into specific areas of algae innovation. This session was specially tailored for diverse organizations and entities committed to fostering the development and progression of algae technology. It united stakeholders with a shared enthusiasm for propelling this industry forward collaboratively, underlining their collective dedication to its growth and evolution.

1. Awardees for the Best Poster Presenter
2. Keynote address by Emeritus Professor Dr. Phang Siew Moi FASc, FMBA (UK)
3. University and partner booths
4. Panel discussion
5. Poster presentation

The conversations, presentations, and engagements that transpired via 70 posters have further solidified the joint dedication to unlocking algae's potential for sustainable solutions. The summit's success distinctly reflects the community's unwavering commitment to propelling innovation and fostering collaboration.
GAS 2023 has not only contributed to advancing algae research and technologies but has also paved the way for continued partnerships and initiatives. As the algae industry continues to evolve, events like GAS provide the foundation for growth, knowledge sharing, and the transformation of ideas into impactful actions.

About Global Algae Summit (GAS) 2023

The Global Algae Summit (GAS) is an international event that brings together experts, researchers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to explore the latest developments and innovations in the algae industry. With a focus on sustainability and applications across various sectors, GAS serves as a platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration.

Dr. Mohd Izwan
Project Leader
[email protected]
Leave a Nest Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Footprints of History

Algae are becoming increasingly important as a source of sustainable and renewable energy, food, and other valuable products. They have the potential to revolutionize industries such as agriculture, aquaculture, biotechnology, and energy. The Global Algae Summit 2023 aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration, and networking among researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the algae industry.

The Theme

The summit will highlight the theme of Paving the Future of Circular Algae Bioeconomy, featuring a keynote speech, panel discussions, poster presentations, and exhibits showcasing the latest research and technology in algae. The topics covered will include:

– Algae-based food and feed
– Algae-based biofuels and chemicals
– Algae-based pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals
– Algae cultivation and harvesting
– Algae-based wastewater treatment and bioremediation
– Algae-based carbon capture and utilization

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with experts and leaders in the algae industry, share their own knowledge and experience, and learn about the latest trends and developments. The summit will also offer opportunities for startups and investors to network and explore potential partnerships. We invite you to join us for the Global Algae Summit 2023 and be a part of the future of the algae industry. Stay tuned for updates on the summit agenda, registration, and other important information

We invite you to join us for the Global Algae Summit 2023 and be a part of the future of the algae industry. Stay tuned for updates on the summit agenda, registration, and other important information.

Program Highlights

Keynote address
The keynote address will be delivered by a distinguished government official and renowned expert with extensive expertise and a wealth of experience in the field

Forum session
The forum will invite stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to engage in an in-depth exploration of the topics of interest:
1. Algae Venture
2. Healthcare
3. Renewable Energy

Pocket Talk
A platform designed for government agencies, corporates, NGOs, and non-profitable organizations to share their initiatives, ideas, experiences, roles/functions, and insights in concise and impactful talks.
Format – 5 Minutes of sharing

The poster session will showcase the latest technologies and research outcomes, serving as a catalyst for discussions among attendees and fostering meaningful communication.

  • Size: A1 (portrait)
  • Type: Printed poster
  • Material: Standard (nonspecific)
  • Poster stand: provided
  • Adhesive material (velcro/ pins/etc.): provided
  • Poster number & position: Will be shared in the abstract e-book – please check your email a few days before the event
  • Recommended time to hang posters: immediately after registering (registration 9:30-10:00 am) – Please check your email 24 hours before the event for the QR code (for fast registration at the front desk)

Exhibition Booth
The exhibition booths will showcase prototypes, cutting-edge technologies, and research outcomes, fostering discussions among attendees and facilitating interactions and communication. Three types of booths are available:
1. Partner/corporate booth
2. University/government booth
3. SME/Startups booth

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Renowned Academician Emeritus Professor Dr. Phang Siew Moi FASc, FMBA (UK)


Emeritus Prof. Dr. Siew-Moi Phang pioneered Applied Phycological Research in Malaysia. She co-founded the Asia-Pacific Society of Applied Phycology (APSAP) and served as its President, as well as President of the Asian-Pacific Phycological Association, Member of the International Phycological Society Board of Directors, and Overseas Vice-President of the British Phycological Society. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM); a Fellow of the Marine Biological Association, UK; and an Executive Committee Member, of the International Association for Biological Oceanography. She served as the Founding Director, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya, from 2003 – 2018 and joined the UCSI University in 2019 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Postgraduate). Prof. Phang leads the Algal Research Group, which focuses on the applications of algae in food, biofuel, biomaterials, and their role in environmental and climate management, which has active collaborations with international partners. She established the University of Malaya Algae Culture Collection (UMACC) and the University of Malaya Seaweeds and Seagrasses Herbarium (UMSSH). She has received several awards, including the International Foundation for Science/King Baudouin Award; the University of Malaya Vice-Chancellor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Publications; Newton Prize 2017, British High Commission; and the ASM “Top Research Scientist Malaysia, 2012” Award. She has produced 281 papers in indexed journals, 17 books, and 58 book chapters; awarded 10 patents with 7 filed; produced 32 PhDs and 73 Masters graduates. She is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Phycology; Maritime Technology & Research Journal; Geoscience Letters; Resource Person, of Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS), and Chair, of the ASM Committee on Blue Economy.


Meeting the Challenges of Establishing an Algal Industry

Countries like Malaysia, being situated in the Tropics and endowed with abundant sunshine, are well suited to the mass production of the algae. The microalgae market is predicted to reach USD 25.4 billion in 2033 while the global Algae Biofuel market will reach USD 14.65 million in 2029. The seaweed market will reach USD 16.43 billion in 2029. Why then is the market dominated by the United States, Europe, and China, with not a single Southeast Asian country appearing on the list? The big players like ExxonMobil who invested heavily in algal biofuel are said to be retreating from this sector. Others are turning to more promising products like functional and vegan foods, feed, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, and body care products. What have been the challenges thus far, and how does geographical location influence the challenges to establishing a successful algal industry? Challenges to overcome include productivity and scalability of the production systems; economic viability; product diversification and market demand; sustainable funding; compliance with regulations especially on food safety; and consumer acceptance of the products. The Algae Biofuel Industry faces cost challenges from fossil fuel, reliable and consistent productivity as well as scale-up issues. Integration with wastewater treatment is a positive step toward circular bioeconomy and climate mitigation. Implementation of AI and digitization will enhance operational efficiency and productivity. Solutions to the challenges will be discussed, to bring us to recognize the potential of the Algae Industry as an emerging sector of the Blue Economy that meets the Sustainable Development Goals. Taking Malaysia as an example, we have the National Energy Policy, National Biomass Strategy, and a soon-to-be-launched National Energy Transition Roadmap. It is time to produce an Algae Technology Roadmap which will contribute to the success of the Algae Industry.

Panel Discussion 1

Title: Essentials in Building a Thriving Algae Ecosystem
Theme: Algae Venture & Ecosystem
Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Koji Iwamoto (MJIIT, UTM)

In an effort to delve into the dynamic realm of algae ventures and ecosystems, the Global Algae Summit (GAS) 2023 presents a captivating panel discussion entitled “Essentials in Building a Thriving Algae Ecosystem.” This thought-provoking session aims to explore the pivotal components that contribute to the establishment and flourishing of a sustainable and prosperous algae ecosystem.

Distinguished Panelists:

  1. Dato’ Paduka Syed Isa Syed Alwi
    Eureka Farms Sdn. Bhd.
  2. Assoc Prof Dr. Mohd Razif bin Harun
    Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  3. ChM. Dr. Kuan Shiong Khoo MRSC
    Algal Biotechnology Consortium (ABC)

This panel discussion will unravel the intricacies of establishing a thriving algae ecosystem by exploring themes such as technological innovation, research collaboration, sustainable business models, and the interplay between academia and industry. The “Essentials in Building a Thriving Algae Ecosystem” panel discussion promises to be a highlight of the Global Algae Summit (GAS) 2023, offering attendees a chance to gain a holistic understanding of the multifaceted aspects that contribute to the success of algae ventures and ecosystems.

Panel Discussion 2

Title: Exploring the Potential of Algae-based Healthcare Solutions: A Global Perspective
Theme: Healthcare
Moderator: Natasha Nabila Ibrahim (Euglena Malaysia Sdn Bhd)

Under the theme of Healthcare, this panel discussion promises to shed light on the cutting-edge advancements in algae-based innovations that have the potential to transform healthcare landscapes. This discussion will bring together esteemed experts to share insights, research, and perspectives on the promising intersection of algae and healthcare.

Distinguished Panelists:

  1. Daniel Ho Yu Kun
    Senior Principal Assistant Director at National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA)
  2. Professor Dr. Suzana Makpol
    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, UKM
  3. Marcus Fei Xiao Song
    Director of Algae Living Sdn. Bhd.

In this thought-provoking dialogue, we will explore the challenges, opportunities, and transformative possibilities that algae hold in shaping the future of healthcare. Join us for an enlightening conversation that transcends borders and encompasses the global impact of algae-based healthcare solutions.

Panel Discussion 3

Title: Advancing Algae-Based Biofuel for Green Energy Alternatives
Theme: Renewable Energy
Moderator: Hadi Akhbar bin Dahlan (Leave a Nest Malaysia Sdn Bhd)

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion where industry experts, researchers, and thought leaders will converge to explore cutting-edge advancements in algae-based biofuels as a sustainable solution for green energy alternatives. This session, under the overarching theme of Renewable Energy, will delve into the pivotal role that algae play in revolutionizing the landscape of renewable energy sources.

Distinguished Panelists:

  1. Dr. Rezal Khairi Bin Ahmad
    CEO of NanoMalaysia Berhad
  2. Dr. Liew Kan Ern
    CEO of Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC)
  3. Mr. Yu Inaba
    Head of Tropical Biomass Technology Research Institute Euglena Co., Ltd

The discussion is envisioned to provide valuable insights into the transformative potential of algae as a renewable energy source. As we navigate the ever-evolving energy landscape, this session will serve as a platform for exchanging ideas, fostering collaborations, and charting a sustainable path toward a greener future.

Pocket Talk

The Pocket Talk session aims to foster knowledge exchange, inspire new perspectives, and ignite collaboration among the participants. With the theme of “Pioneering a Sustainable Algae Revolution”, we hope it will serve as a catalyst for innovative thinking and invites attendees to explore emerging trends, cutting-edge technologies, and sustainable practices within the realm of algae-based industries.

Please scan this QR code to register:

Alternatively, please click: participant registration

We look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur!