Brewing a greener future

In National Science Week, get behind the scenes in a real live brewery and learn how scientists are introducing algae into craft beer with surprising results! All welcome to a UTS Science in Focus online event: Beer & Algae: Brewing A Greener Future, presented by the University of Technology Sydney’s Deep Green Biotech Hub and Young Henrys.

Independent brewery Young Henrys were on a mission to tackle its carbon emissions, when they came across the Climate Change Cluster (C3) research institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Together they have been on a two year journey to help reduce this impact through a world-first solution using algae as a natural and efficient converter of turning carbon dioxide into oxygen. As they discovered, algae and beer is a match made in heaven!

Enter the heart of the brewery with Oscar McMahon, co-founder and director of Young Henrys and Dr Janice McCaughly, research associate at UTS. Learn how the fusion of brewing science and climate change innovation led to an Australian-first, and hear how the humble organism – algae – is changing the future of our planet.

The virtual tour will be a springboard into a live interactive panel discussion around the broader world of practical applications of sustainable initiatives for other everyday businesses.

The event provides a unique opportunity for audiences to discover and learn about science innovation, sustainability in practice, and to understand how industry and science can work together to research and innovate. Further to the event being a unique insight into these components, it also provides an opportunity for industries to discover the value of these kinds of collaborations.

Event details

YH and DGBH. Tackling climate change, one brew at a time panel members include:

Prof. Peter Ralph: Peter is a Professor of Marine Biology at UTS, Executive Director of the Climate Change Cluster (C3) in the Faculty of Science, and Founder of the Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH).  Passionate about the bioeconomy, his research includes algae-based bio-products, including the production of food, energy, green chemistry and bio-products using microalgae.

Jesse Searls: Jesse is the Head Brewer at Young Henrys. His role is managing the full lifecycle of beer production, including all the biochemistry that process entails, as well as being responsible for the day-to-day operation of the algal bioreactors at Young Henrys.

Emma Bowen: Emma is a founding board member, president, and former general manager of Pocket City Farm, an inner city ecological farm in Camperdown. She has a background across small business, small-scale farming, urban sustainability, permaculture and education in slow living skills.

When: 5.30pm 20 August 2020
Bookings: free with registration via this link

This event is proudly supported by Inspiring NSW as part of National Science Week.