Increasing the efficiency of the sustainable seaweed value chain

Monday, November 6th

17.30 – 19.00 Registration at Bilderberg Europa Hotel Scheveningen

DAY 1 – Tuesday, November 7th

Opening and key notes

9.00 Official opening of the conference by governmental official, member of the advisory committee and Paulien Hoftijzer, DLG Benelux, NL

9.20 Introduction to the conference and the seaweed chain, Eef Brouwers, North Sea Farm Foundation (St. Noordzeeboerderij), NL

Session 1: Current seaweed research, cultivation projects and product launches

Chair: Eef Brouwers, North Sea Farm Foundation (St. Noordzeeboerderij), Netherlands

9.40 Keynote: Stefan Kraan, Director R&D of Oceana Organic Products and Aquaceuticals Ltd., Worldwide seaweed experiences

10.10 Keynote: Current seaweed research, overview European cultivation projects and product launches

10.50 Interaction with all attendees

11.00 Networking Break

Session 2: Products for current and future markets, commodities, high value products and developments to watch

Chair: Piet Bogaert, R&D Director, Cargill, Belgium

11.30 Alexandre Budan, PhD R&D Engineer, Cargill Premix Nutrition – Marcel Hulst, PhD, Livestock Research of Wageningen University and Research Centre and Marcel Hulst, Projectleader animal genomics, Wageningen Livestock Research, Netherlands

Potential of non-starch soluble polysaccharides from 3 algae to modulate the immune response and metabolic state in the intestine

12.00 Henri Beekers, plantcare R&D Manager, Melspring, Netherlands

Plant applications

12.30 Sébastien Hameury, Thalgo, France

From the sea to the jar: the use of algae-derived ingredients in cosmetics

13.00 – 14.30 Networking / Lunch break / poster sessions

Session 3: Practical approaches of efficient seaweed harvesting and processing

Chair: Ana Lopez Contreras, Wageningen UR, Netherlands

14.30 Olavur Gregersen, Ocean Rainforest, Farao Islands

Harvesting and processing, economical point of view

15.00 Inga Maria Aasen, SINTEF Material and Chemistry, Norway

Processes for protein utilisation and evaluation of product combinations in a seaweed biorefinery

15.30 Jan Wilco Dijkstra, Researcher Biorefinery Processes, ECN, Netherlands

Evaluation of large-scale production of fuels from seaweed

16.00 Networking Break

Session 4: Marine agronomy: Technologies to be transferred, from crop selection to rotation and the needs for advanced, structural engineering

Chair: Jon Funderud, CEO, Seaweed Energy Solutions AS, Norway 

16.30 Mark von Keitz, PhD, program director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), USA

Preview of the ARPA-E MARINER program

17.00 Klaas Timmermans, NIOZ, The Netherlands

The scientific advances and objectives of COST action network PHYCOMORPH

17.30 Israel Alvaro, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research Ltd., Ireland

Offshore seaweed cultivation in Israel: both economic and biological aspects

18.00 – 18.15 Wrap up day one - Pi Nyvall Collen, R&D Manager, Olmix, France

19.00 – 22.30 Dinner at Pier-Zuid Scheveningen
(upon registration for NZB members and students, included for all other attendees)

DAY 2 – Wednesday, November 8th

Session 5: Sustainable germ production, breeding and selection

9.00 Ester Serrão, Ualg and CCMAR, Portugal

Practical applications of seaweed population genetics

9.30 Job Schipper, Hortimare, Netherlands

Pre-planting stage, hatchery and breeding

10.00 Dr. Yacine Badis, SAMS, Scotland

Hidden diversity in the genus Olpidiopsis is a global threat to algal cultivation and conservation

10.30 Networking Break

Session 6: Seagriculture in the context of governance, planning, ecosystems and environmental sustainability

Chair: Yvonne Koorengevel, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, NL

11.00 John van Leeuwen, Seaweed Harvest Holland, the Netherlands

Innovative, efficient and sustainable seaweed cultivation in the Eastern Scheldt

11.30 Benny Pycke, R&D Project manager, Sioen, Belgium

SeaConomy - Resolving barriers to facilitate local cultivation, processing, and marketing of seaweed products in Flanders (Belgium)

12.00 Bela Buck, AWI, Germany

Integrating Seaweed Cultivation in Offshore Wind Farms

12.20 Sander van den Burg, Wageningen Economic Research

The Somos project, risk management and first results

12.30-12.45 Conference summary and words of thanks

13.00 Departure for excursions in the harbor and at sea, lunch on board

16.30 Return to harbor and end of the conference