7 November 2017

Stefan Kraan

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

Dr Kraan is currently Co-Founder and Scientific Director of Oceana Organic Products Ltd and Aquaceuticals Ltd both companies producing seaweed based functional ingredient and extracts for human food product and consumption. Furthermore he is involved in the development of large-scale seaweed biomass cultivation programs for the bio-refineries and other nutraceutical applications. Dr Kraan has recently been elected president of the International Seaweed Association. His main fields of expertise are aquaculture of seaweeds, sustainable development of algal resources, industrial applications of seaweeds and usage of seaweeds in human consumption, biotechnology and biomedicine.

Piet Bogaert

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

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Alexandre Budan

Alexandre Budan
PhD R&D Engineer, Cargill Premix Nutrition

Dr Alexandre Budan is currently working as Research and Development engineer for Cargill Premix Nutrition, with a specialisation in micro nutrition applied to ruminants. After obtaining his master degree in food science at Sorbonne Universités (Paris) and his PhD degree combining phytochemistry and ruminant nutrition at Université d’Angers, Alexandre worked as technical engineer specialized in the use of plant extracts as feed additives for all animal species at Nor-Feed. By joining Cargill in 2014, Alexandre has extended his fields of expertise to minerals, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids, pro and prebiotics with a global approach : laboratory analysis, industrial process, research programs, positioning, animal health and production, technical and economic benefits for farmers. Evaluation of the potential of algae as immunomodulators in ruminants is part of his current areas of research and development. 

Marcel Hulst

Marcel Hulst

Projectleader animal genomics
Wageningen Livestock Research, Netherlands

Dr Marcel Hulst is a scientist in molecular biology and functional genomics of Wageningen Livestock Research. He has 15 years of experience as leader of projects in which “omics” technology are applied in the research fields of infectious diseases of farm animals, gut health, and feed/food safety and quality. He is an expert in translating experimental gained functional genomics data into biological processes using bioinformatics approaches. In collaboration with Wageningen Bioveterinary Research he is also involved in projects to discover and control (new) emerging viruses among farm animals using genomics techniques.

Henri Beekers

Henri Beekers
Plantcare R&D Manager, Melspring, the Netherlands


Sébastien Hameury

Sébastien Hameury,

Active Cosmetic Ingredient & In vitro/In vivo Evaluation Project Manager,

Thalgo Cosmetics Laboratories

Active Cosmetic Ingredient & Efficacy Project Manager for the French cosmetic brands Thalgo Cosmetic Laboratories and Ella Baché, both belonging to Thalgo Group. After two years of university level competitive studies in sciences leading to elite French schools, I obtained a Master’s degree in Biotechnology Engineering (Polytech Marseille, formerly known as ESIL, School of Advanced Studies in Engineering of Luminy, Marseille, France) and, in the same time thanks to a double curriculum, a Master’s degree in Science of Management (Kedge Business School, formerly known as Euromed Management, Top French Business School, Marseille, France), with majors in marketing, innovation, marketing strategy and management.

Ana Lopez-Contrera

Chairman:
Ana Lopez-Contrera,
Senior scientist, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Netherlands

Ana M. López Contreras is a senior scientist at Wageningen Food and Biobased Research, part of Wageningen University and Research (Wageningen, The Netherlands). She has wide experience on the production of fuels and chemicals by fermentation of second generation biomass. She has participated or directed several projects on bioalcohol production. Current examples are EU MACROFUELS (2016-2019), and the Dutch financed TKI- BBEG BioJetFuel. She has published >20 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 4 book chapters and many reports on biotechnology for fuel and chemical production, and has successfully directed 3 PhD thesis and currently supervises 2 PhD students.

Olavur Gregerson

Olavur Gregersen
Ocean Rainforest, Farao Islands

Olavur Gregersen has a M.in Sc. Business Administration, Economics and International Trade and has been an entrepreneur since 1988. Since 2011 he has been Managing Director and main shareholder of Ocean Rainforest. He has more than 20 years of experience working with business development, marine management and economics. In addition, he has been an executive and non-executive director in several innovative companies and projects.

Inga Maria Aasen

Inga Maria Aasen
Senior scientist
SINTEF Material and Chemistry, Norway

Inga Marie Aasen is a biochemical engineer with more than 30 years' experience in bioprocess development. Her main research field is microbial production processes, but also downstream processing and separation technology. The last 10 years she has managed an increasing number of projects on seaweed utilisation, but she was already in the late 1980'ies and 90'ies involved in scattered projects on seaweed. Previous and ongoing seaweed projects, with public or industrial funding, have involved fermentation to biogas and ethanol, processing for use as animal feed, biomass preservation, and fractionation and product extraction.

Jan Wilco Dijkstra

Jan Wilco Dijkstra

Project manager biorefinery technology
ECN, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands

Jan Wilco Dijkstra (MSc. PDEng) is a project manager and research scientist in the biorefinery group at ECN. He works on the development of processes for producing sustainable fuels, added value chemicals and materials from biomass in general, with a primary focus on seaweed. Currently he is involved in on the techno-economic evaluation of the value chain from seaweed to fractionation products as well as feed and food as part of the H2020 project MacroFuels and the BIC JU project Macro Cascade. Jan Wilco owns a degree in process engineering from the University of Twente and completed a post-master program in chemical design engineering from Delft University. He has over 20 years of experience in the conceptual design and evaluation of energy related technologies.

Jon Funderud

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

Jon Funderud is the CEO of the Norwegian seaweed production company Seaweed Energy Solutions AS. He has an MSc in Marine Coastal Development (Dept. of Biology, NTNU, Trondheim). During his thesis work he spent 8 months at the Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute in Qingdao, China working on Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) with field work in Sanggou Bay, one of the world's largest areas of seaweed cultivation. Jon joined Seaweed Energy Solutions in 2010 and has held several positions including Marine Biology Manager and Business Development Manager and has worked hands on with research, technology development, product development and sales.

Marc von Keitz

Marc von Keitz, Ph.D.
Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)

Dr. Marc von Keitz currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes biological energy conversion processes, sustainable biomass production and utilization, as well as energy-efficiency.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, von Keitz co-founded BioCee, Inc., an industrial biotechnology company, where he served as President, CTO, and Board Member. In these roles, von Keitz oversaw company management, technology leadership, fundraising, and strategy development.

Klaas Timmermans

Prof Dr Klaas R. Timmermans

Head of Department Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS), Professor Marine Plant Biomass, Netherlands

In his scientific work at NIOZ, the overarching goal of Klaas Timmermans is to arrive at insight in the effects of the biotic and abiotic environment, including changes therein (e.g. global warming, ocean acidification, sea level rise), on physiology, ecology and diversity of marine photo-autotrophes, such as seaweeds. He studied for example nutrient uptake in native North Sea seaweeds and their effects on growth, the possibilities to use seaweeds as producers of high value products (pigments, proteins, polysaccharides) and the optimalisation of biofilters using seaweeds. His work combines biology, ecology, physics and analytical chemistry. As of 2016, Klaas Timmermans is head of the Department of Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS, NIOZ-Yerseke). From 2014 Klaas Timmermans is appointed as honorary professor Marine Plant Biomass in the Department of Ocean Ecosystems, with in ESRIG, Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen at Groningen University (Faculty Science and Engineering). His main tasks are teaching in topics as Biological Oceanography and Marine Ecosystem Services.

Pi Nyvall Collen

Pi Nyvall Collen, R&D Manager, Olmix, France

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DAY 2 – Wednesday, November 8th

Job Schipper

Job Schipper
Managing Director at Hortimare , Netherlands


Ester Serrão

Ester Serrão
Ualg and CCMAR, Portugal

Ester Serrao is associate professor at the University of Algarve, Portugal, and leads a research team at the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) that aims to understand patterns and processes mediating marine genetic diversity, function and evolution, in the context of climate and environmental change.

Yacine Badis

Dr Yacine Badis

Post Doctoral Researcher

A molecular geneticist specializing on macroalgal pathology and molecular breeding. He use classic microscopy and molecular approaches to discover and characterize new algal diseases, and Bioinformatic/Omics strategies to decipher the molecular mechanisms of algal pathogen interactions. Read his publications.

John van Leeuwen

John van Leeuwen, CEO

Seaweed Harvest Holland, the Netherlands

John van leeuwen is the MD of Seaweed Harvest Holland and is co owner in several compagnies: Spennekot Zilte Oogst & Sea-Tea. And has been producing seaweedproducts for the last 8 years. Also involved in several projects to increase the seaweed production in Holland. Whit a history in general business management in the travel industrie (air and ferry’s) product development for several compagnies and as a red line always a focus on new development and business opportunities.

Benny Pycke

Dr. Benny Pycke, R&D Project manager,

Sioen, Belgium

Benny Pycke is Project Manager in the the R&D division of Sioen Industries (Ardooie, Belgium) and project leader of the SeaConomy project. At Sioen, he is responsible for managing projects relating to the advanced textile substrates for seaweed cultivation. In addition to leading the project SeaConomy, he is involved in the projects MacroFuels (Horizon 2020) and SeaRefinery (ERA-NET). Benny has obtained a Masters degree in Biology (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and a PhD in Bioscience Engineering (Ghent University) with expertise in environmental science, microbiology, and analytical chemistry. For five years, Benny was a researcher in the Biodesign Institute at the Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. He has 3 years of experience working on seaweed cultivation and extractive aquaculture.

Bela Buck

Prof. Dr. Bela Buck
Head of Wprkong Group “Marine Aquaculture”
AWI, Germany

Prof. Dr. Bela H. Buck studied marine biology at the University of Bremen, the Institute for Marine Research (Kiel) and at the Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) in Bremen. In July 2007 he was given a professorship for “Applied Marine Biology” from the University of Applied Sciences in Bremerhaven including the right to award doctorates at the University of Bremen. From 2012 to 2015 he was the President of the German Aquaculture Association and is since then nominated as honorary president. In addition he is a member of the steering committee of the German Agricultural Research Alliance (DAFA). Today, Bela H. Buck is involved in various projects concerning the cultivation of marine plants/animals, the development of technological design and the realisation of pilot projects to commercial enterprises. He is in cooperation with various national/international institutions. He is the founder for a new RAS plant (2.4 Mio €) for aquaculture research, which was inaugurated in March 2011.

Sander van den Burg

Sander van den Burg, Ph.D.
Wageningen University & Research

An environmental scientist by training, Sander has studied the socio-economics as well as environmental aspects of seaweed aquaculture, processing and use in multiple national and EU funded projects. After obtaining his PhD degree at Wageningen University and a short outing to sustainable building, Sander started work at Wageningen Economic Research, with projects dealing with sustainable use of green (land) and blue (sea) space. Since 2011, he is involved in research on the potential of seaweeds, including economic feasibility studies, LCA, studies into impact on ecosystem and consumer acceptance of seaweed food products. Various projects – including MERMAID, TripleP@sea and SOMOS - focused on the feasibility of multi-use of offshore wind farms. Where MERMAID sought to design multi-use of offshore wind farms, together with various stakeholders, the SOMOS project seeks to identify, assess and find ways to deal with the risk of multi-use

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