Time：October 15-16, 2003
Introduction：DICP Symposium is a special series of international conference named after the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP).The theme of this Symposium will be “Molecular marine biotechnology for sustainable exploitation” which will be discussing two specific topics: (1) marine sponge biotechnology; and (2) biohydrogen from microalgae. The aim is to examine the current advances, problems and future opportunities on marine sponge biotechnology and R&D on biohydrogen from microalgae for sustainable exploitation in both the academic and industrial sectors. In recognising the importance of molecular tools in the post-genomic era, emphasis will be placed on the molecular aspects which are an emerging and fast-growing field. Selected participants from academia, industry, governments and funding bodies will be invited to present and discuss the topical issues and their major research activities in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The further aim is to establish a R&D network that will facilitate the collaboration among China and other nations in the field of discovery, analysis and commercialization of bioproducts derived from marine organisms, in particularly marine sponges and their associated micro-organisms as well as microalgae. It is expected that this Network of Excellence will benefit the sustainable exploitation of the sea by the preservation of marine environment at a global scale.