Perth secures global Phycology Congress for 2027

Hutt Lagoon's pink glow is caused by the presence of carotenoid-producing algae.

Perth will host the International Congress on Applied Phycology (ISAP) in 2027 marking the first time Western Australia has hosted the conference.

Last held in Australia in Sydney in 2014, ISAP convenes every three years, focusing on the practical applications of phycology, which is the study of algae, encompassing both microalgae and macroalgae.

Scheduled for mid-June 2027, the congress is expected to attract 700 industry professionals.

The well-known Hutt Lagoon in WA’s Coral Coast region attracts thousands of visitors annually to witness its pink glow caused by the presence of carotenoid-producing algae. The lake also contains the world’s largest microalgae production plant, a series of artificial ponds used to farm Dunaliella salina.

“This conference will bring together some of the brightest minds and passionate professionals from around the globe to Perth’s shores,” said Treena Burgess, executive director of the Harry Butler Institute at Murdoch University.

Gareth Martin, CEO of Business Events Perth, said the bid win exemplifies its commitment to fostering growth and innovation across key priority sectors.

“The influx of delegates and associated expenditure will not only stimulate our local economy but also showcase Western Australia’s expertise and capabilities on the global stage,” he said.