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Seagriculture 2019

8th International Seaweed Conference

"Seaweed Success Stories"

25-26 September 2019, Ostend, Belgium

Koen van Swam
General and Public Affairs Manager
 Noordzeeboerderij, NL

"Towards an impact driven seaweed industry: enabling technical and social innovation."




Koen van Swam together with the Noordzeeboerderij team successfully farmed the first seaweed in the Dutch North Sea. Koen is the seaweed-allrounder and connector, knows the in’s-and-out’s, but is far from a know-it-all. Koen is averse to dogmas and with youthful courage and an open mind, he has been working daily for Noordzeeboerderij for the last 5 years. Koen can be serious but can also make fun jokes. He has an extraordinary amount of knowledge of the matter, but believes he can learn a lot by just asking questions. He has a Wageningen University background in innovation, communication and ecology. Koen is also part of the Dutch Sustainable Young 100.


Innovating means learning. Mostly form each other. That is why we started the Seaweed Platform in 2014: an inclusive knowledge exchange community. We connect people from businesses, research institutes, policy and other organizations, to stimulate collaboration and strengthen the seaweed sector. Currently, over 90 organizations are adjoined. This community forms the core for all our activities and projects. Our aim is to help our members from our community to stay up to date with recent developments and to participate in new projects and programs easily. 

Koen will discuss strategy, implementation and learnings on facilitating and enabling the green industrial seaweed transition from a Dutch and European perspective.


Innovation, facilitation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, societal support

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