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  Professor John Beardall is Head of the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. He received his B.Sc. (Hons) in Microbiology from the University of London in 1973 and his Ph.D. from the same university in 1976. Professor Beardall is a recognized leader in the physiology and biochemistry of algae. He has a broad range of interests including photosynthesis, respiratory metabolism, nutrient transport and energetics. In recent years his interests have turned to the impacts of global change on algal performance, and he has published extensively on this topic. Professor Beardall serves as associate editor of the journal Phycologia and on the Editorial Board of Botanica Marina. He also co chairs the International Organizing Committee of the Group for Aquatic Primary Productivity. He is currently Chair of the International Organizing Committees for the 9th and 10th International Phycological Congresses, is on the International Advisory Committee for the Asia Pacific Phycological Forum, and is a member of the Asian Network for Using Algae as a CO2 Sink. He is the immediate past President of the Australasian Society for Phycology & Aquatic Botany.
  Hu Zhengyu, was born in October, 1957. He graduated from Hubei University in 1981 and obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Hydrobiology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1991. As a post-doctor he worked at Ben Gurion University, Israel for one and a half years. His main subjects are the physiology and biotechnology of algae. His current research includes the changes of the aquatic ecosystem dynamics and the environment of the Three Gorges Reservoir upper region before and after impoundment; the isolation, characterization and development of lipid bodies in Heamatococcus; physiological responses of unicellular green alga to elevated CO2 concentrations; the eco-physiology of Nostoc (blue-green alga), and the established mass cultivation system of N.sphaeroides. He has published over 90 papers and owns 4 patents. He is the deputy director of the Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS, and the former president of the Chinese Phycological Society.
  Professor Put O. Ang, Jr. has been with the Department of Biology, Marine Science Laboratory, The Chinese University of Hong Kong for 14 years. His areas of research include seaweed ecology, eco-physiology, phylogeography, systematics, coral biology, reef ecology and conservation biology. He is involved with the Group of Aquatic Productivity VIII, examining various aspects of algal photosynthesis and physiological adaptations. He is associated with various academic and scientific organizations, especially in the Asia Pacific region and is an active member of the Asian Network for Using Algae as a CO2 Sink.
  Dr. Dinabandhu Sahoo obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Delhi, Delhi, India and is presently serving on the faculty int the Department of Botany, University of Delhi. He was the first Indian student to visit Antarctica, doing so during the 1987-88, 7th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica. He undertook two trips to the Arctic in 1991 and 1992. He was a visiting fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., U.S.A., in 1992, an INSA-JSPS visiting fellow at Kochi University, Japan, 1999-2000, and a visiting fellow at Stamford, U.S.A., 2002-2003. He is a recipient of the Young Scientist Award and of the Zahoor Qasim Gold Medal. He is a member of several International and National bodies, holding positions in various societies, and is presently Secretary of the Indian Phycological Society. He has organized many national and international conferences, has participated in several international meetings, and has traveled widely in the world. His major research fields include seaweeds cultivation and utilization, biodesel production from algae and application of science & technology for societal development. He has been actively involved in various rural development programs at the grassroots level, and is associated with several NGOs. He also has published several papers and books.
  Dr. Hiroshi Kawai is a professor at the Research Center for Inland Seas and the Graduate School of Science, Kobe University. He received his D.Sc. in Botany from Hokkaido University in 1983, having focused on the systematic study of brown algae in cold water regions. His major research fields are the biodiversity and evolution of marine macroalgae, and the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems. He has served as the president of the Japanese Phycological Society, as Editor-in Chief of the journals Phyclogical Research (JPS) and Phycologia (Int. Phycol. Soc.). He has also served as a members of various national and local governmental committees on coastal environmental issues.
  Dr. Sung Min Boo is a professor at the Department of Biology, and is also the Dean of the School of Biosciences and Biotechnology, Chungnam National University, Korea. He received his B.Sc. in Biology from Gongju Teachers' College, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Botany from Seoul National University. His research fields are the biodiversity and the evolution of algae. His early interests were sparked by the phylogeny of Ceramiaceae (Rhodophyta) and extended to Phaeophyceae. Recently he has been working on the phylogeny of photosynthetic stramenopiles using multigene and ultrastructure data. He has published 107 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has worked at Tsukuba University and Hokkaido University, Japan, Bamfield Marine St. Canada, and National Natural History Museum, France. He has served on the editorial board of the Korean Journal of Botany and Phycological Research, and as a president of Korean Society of Phycology ('05-'07). He will serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Phycology from 2009. He is member of the International Phycological Society, the International Biogeography Society, as well as other scientific societies.
  Dr. Grevo S. Gerung is from Sam Ratulangi University, the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Manado, Indonesia. His teaching subject and research field is marine algae and marine conservation. He has been the head of Department of Marine Science. He received his M.Sc. from the Department of Marine Biology, the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan, in 1994, and has continued to conduct research in the U.S.A. and at the Marine Biological Institute, Kochi University, Japan. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. from the Department of Marine Biology and Aquaculture, the Graduate School of Fisheries, Hokkaido University, Japan. In his studies, he focused on the marine algae research field. He has been a member of the Asian Network for Using Algae as a CO2 Sink since 2006 and works on pulp and bio-ethanol from red algae as a solution to the problem of global warming.
  Dr. Ik Kyo Chung has been a professor at the Division of Earth Environmental System, Pusan National University, since August 1988. His specialty areas are seaweed ecophysiology and mariculture. He has been directing the project ‘Greenhouse gas emissions reduction using seaweeds’ of the Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs since 2006. As a member of the Korean Society of Phycology since 1987, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Algae from 1999 to 2005. He obtained his B.S. in 1976 and M.Sc. in 1978 from the Department of Botany, Seoul National University. He received his M.Sc. degree In Marine Environmental Science in 1985 and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1987.
  Dr. Jin Ae Lee is a professor at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, and is the Dean of the College of Natural Science, Inje University, Korea. She received her B.S. in Botany from Seoul National University in 1976 and her Ph.D. in oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1987. Her research fields are the ecological effects of eutrophication and the toxicology of harmful algal bloom. She served as a member of the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning, Korea, from 1999 to 2002, and also as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology, Korea from 2004 to 2005, working for environmental conservation and ESSD. She was awarded the order of service merit of Korea in 2006 for her outstanding contributions. Since 2005 she has been working as the secretary of the Asian Network for Using Algae as a CO2 Sink, a body of the Asian Pacific Phycological Association of 12 Asian countries, in order to raise international awareness of the importance of seaweeds in the era of global
  Dr. Wendy Nelson is a Principal Scientist at the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand. She leads the Marine Biodiversity Research Programme at NIWA. She has a B.Sc. from the University of Auckland, a B.Sc.(Hons.) from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Her research is primarily in the biosystematics of marine macroalagae, though she has also worked on seaweed ecology, commercial harvesting, aquaculture and life history studies. She was a member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority from 2000 until 2008, was awarded the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Lifetime Achievement award in 2007, and was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand in 2008. Wendy has been a member of the International Advisory Council of the Asian Pacific Phycological Association since 1996.
  Dr. Charles S. Vairappan is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia. He received his B.Sc. in Applied Science in Aquatic Chemistry and his M.S. in Seaweed Biochemistry from Universiti Science Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. He then, pursued his second Ph.D. in the field of Marine Natural Products Chemistry at the Graduate School of Environmental Earth Science, the University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan, graduating in 2001. He is now actively conducting research in the fields of drug discovery, ecological chemistry, chemotaxonomy and volatile hydrocarbon from seaweed/terrestrial plants. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Japanese Phycological Society. In 2006, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science awarded him a fellowship to conduct research in drug discovery from Borneo Marine Invertebrates for 18 months at the Graduate School of Aquatic Chemistry and Life Science, Faculty of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo. Now, he runs an active research laboratory fully equipped for natural product chemistry and ecological chemistry research in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
  Dr. Danilo B. Largo is presently the Director, Office of Research, at the University of San Carlos in The Philippines. He received his Ph.D. in Aquatic Environmental Science from the United Graduate School of Ehime, Kochi and Kagawa Universities, Japan, in 1998. His research is primarily in diseases in cultivated seaweeds, and his major research projects is the Panglao Marine Biodiversty Project 2004, Seaweed Bed Establishment, Biological & Physico- chemical Assessment of the Mactan Channel and Assessment of Water Quality Associated with Green Tide. His present membership in professional organizations include Chairman of the Committee on Research and Monitoring of the Mactan Channel Multi-Sectoral Management Council. He has served as the Vice-President of the Philippine Association of Japanese Monbusho Scholars (2001?2003) and as the President of the Philippine Society of Microbiology (2004?2005).
  Professor Dr. Phang Siew Moi pioneered Applied Phycological Research in Malaysia, which later became the foundation of Algal Biotechnology Research. She co-founded the Asia-Pacific Society of Applied Phycology (APSAP) in 1995 and served as President from 2000 to 2002. She is the current President of the Asian Pacific Phycological Association. She is an Executive Council Member of the International Phycological Society. She leads the Algal Research Group in research on algal & seaweed biotechnology which is recognized internationally. She is also the Director fo the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), the University of Malaya. The Algae Research Group contributes significantly to the taxonomy and phylogenetics of tropical algae. The group published the first paper on the transient transformation of a tropical seaweed. Professor Phang, as an active member of the Malaysian Antarctic Research Program, visited Ny Alesund, Svalbard, Arctic, in the summer of 2006 to collect Arctic algae, adding onto the University of Malaya's Algae Culture Collection. She has won several national and international awards for Research Achievements. She has published 91papers in international journals, 11 books and 33 chapters in books, and has supervised 8 Ph.D.s and 33 M.Sc. graduates. The Algae Research Group has received 6 Gold, 7 Silver, and 7 Bronze Medals at national and international scientific exhibitions. Professor Phang has received several awards including the University of Malaya Vice-Chancellor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Publications (2008). Professor Phang is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Phycology and the Malaysian Journal of Science.
  Dr.Yuwadee Peerapornpisal has been a professor at the Applied Algal Research Laboratory, the Department of Biology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand since 1986. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology from Chiang Mai University and Kastsart, and her Dr.rer.Nat. in Biology from Innsbruck University, Austria. Her research fields are biodiversity, ecology, cultivation of freshwater and extremophile algae; Biotechnology of freshwater and marine algae; Limnology and water quality by using algae as bioindicator; Toxic cyanobacteria. She has won several national and international awards for research achievements; the National Award of Excellence for outstanding lecturer in the Science and Technology discipline (2007); the Best Annual Researcher Award (1999), the Best Applied Research Award (2005), the Technology Transfer Award (2005), and the “Golden Elephant” Award of Excellence in the Science and Technology discipline (2007), all from Chiang Mai University.
  Dr. Dang Diem Hong is Principal Researcher and Head of the Algal Biotechnology Department, the Institute of Biotechnology, at the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam. She received her B.S.in Biophysics from Hanoi State University, Hanoi, Vietnam, in 1982, and her Ph.D. in Biophysics from Moscow State University of Russia in 1993. She is a biophysicist who teaches and does research in a broad range of issues relating to processes in the biophysics of micro- and macro-algae. Her research fields are Photosynthesis in the micro and macro?algae under stress conditions (moderately elevated temperature, dehydration, and high salinity); Tissue and cells culture of seaweed for improvement of genetic characters; Biodiversity of micro-algae and macro-algae at the molecular level (including fresh and marine algae, toxic and harmful algae) based on RAPD, AFLP techniques, 16SrDNA, 18SrDNA, ITS1-5.8S-ITS2, 28S rRNA gene sequences and Single Cell PCR; Using macro and micro-algae for wastewater treatment; Nutritional quality and bioactive natural products from macro-algae and micro algae; Using biomass of marine micro- and macro-algae for medicines, pharmaceutical and aquaculture feeds (rotifers, krill and also shrimp’s larvae) and biofuel. Her name appears on more than 90 scientific publications. She has served as a member of the Committee of Scientific Associations of Vietnam Biophysics from 2000. Since 2005, she has been a staff member of the IOC/WESTPAC TTR Project concerning with harmful algal bloom. Since 2006, she has served as a working group member of the Asian Network for Using Algae as a CO2 Sink of Asian Pacific Phycological Association.