During the opening keynote lecture on international cyanobacterial symposium Cyano2022 that was initiated by the Association for General and Applied Microbiology and hosted by the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, we introduced to the audience the concept of the optimALga project. The benefits of using the digital platform were exemplified by advanced analysis of complex datasets generated for validation of theoretical study on potential use of evultionary algorithms for smart optimization of cyanobaterial production.

The three days event with special focuse on eary career researchers who were joined by their senior mentors, with interest in cyanobacteria biotechnology, including mechanisms of photosynthetic production and biosystems engineering, was full of great presentations, fruitful scientific discussions, networking, and an insightful career workshop with perspectives from inside and outside of academia.