Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is a Project of the Algae Foundation

  • Researchers processing algae cultures in light/growth room

  • A chlorella strain of algae growing in a tent reactor developed at NREL

  • Test tubes with a selection of lipids, extracted from several algal strains

  • NSE,inc. photobioreactor

  • Apogee Spirulina Microfarm, owned by Nic Petrovic, one of our original SFCC Biofuels students

  • Harvesting seaweed

About ATEC: The Algae Technology Educational Consortium


The Algae Foundation launched the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) project, recognizing algal production will provide a sustainable source of biomass for bio-based products, feed, fuel and foods creating high quality jobs for an educated workforce.



A partnership between academic institutions, national research laboratories, and industry leaders, the consortium’s goal is to develop novel educational programs to strengthen industry workforce capabilities, by focusing on the skills needed to support the commercialization of algal products. Through algal education, students learn practical applications of farming and biotechnology developing the skills for the next generation of algal-based jobs.



Education Initiatives


Algae Academy

Algae Foundation STEM educational program for K-12 students

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Algal Cultivation Curriculum

Educational partnership with online and on-site courses

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Algal Biotechnology Curriculum

Educational partnership with online and on-site courses

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Online Opportunities

Online algal technology education and training opportunities

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ATEC Online Courses

  • Algae Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES): Part 1 | Macroalgae

    The Algal Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES) is the extension/outreach component of the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC). ACES Part 1 covers Macroalgae and is designed for those already in the aquaculture/shellfish industry seeking to learn the basic skills to grow seaweeds from USA and around the world.

    ACES is an on-line curriculum that covers both the U.S. perspective as well as inclusion of seaweed culture around the world. This course includes 53 online videos and 17 publications. Improve your skill set and techniques required for this industry.

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  • Algae Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES): Part 2 | Microalgae

    The Algal Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES) is the extension/outreach component of the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC). ACES Part 2 covers Microalgae and is designed for those already in the aquaculture/shellfish industry seeking to learn about algae cultivation and harvesting technologies, algae biofuel, wastewater treament and food products.

    ACES is an on-line curriculum that covers both the U.S. perspective as well as inclusion of seaweed culture around the world. This course includes 69 online videos and reference material. Improve your skill set and techniques required for this industry.

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  • Introduction to Algae Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    ATEC is excited to announce the Introduction to Algae Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The Massive Open Online Course offered through Coursera was produced by the University of California, San Diego and the Algae Technology Educational Consortium and taught by Drs. Steve Mayfield of UCSD and Ira “Ike” Levine, University of Southern Maine. This course brings together some of foremost algae experts from industry and academia to share their experience and understandings of the fundamentals of algae. We invite you to sign up for this wonderful opportunity to learn the “Power of Algae” and share this course with your colleagues in the science community, educators, and your social networks.

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  • Introduction to Microalgae Biotechnology (MOOC)

    Join us as we learn how we can use technology to harness algae’s power to create a wide range of commercial products. Brought to you by the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) and the University of California, San Diego by Dr. Steve Mayfield and Dr. Ira Levine. This FREE self-paced online course takes a look at how synthetic biology, genetic engineering, and metabolic engineering is used in algae biotechnology, and also examines the current state of algae biotechnology research and tools. See how algae companies are using algae biotechnology to create products used in our everyday life.

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ATEC Career Information


ATEC Jobs Survey

A recent job assessment survey conducted by ATEC indicates a significant need for trained algal-based workforce in both the algal farming and biomanufacturing sectors of over 11,500 by 2021.

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Bioenergy Career Exploration Wheel

Discover career opportunities in the bioenergy industry with an interactive tool that explores the growing network of bioenergy occupations, career pathways, and necessary education and training.

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