SEAGRICULTURE 2021 switched to an online format 
10th International Seaweed Conference

15-16 September 2021

Preliminary Conference Program Seagriculture ONLINE 2021
Day 1: Wednesday 15 September 2021
09:00 - 09:10 Opening of the conference by Prof. Klaas Timmermans
09:10 - 09:50 Session 1: Investing in sustainable, large scale seaweed cultivation

Chair: Klaas Timmerman

09:10 - 09:30 "Financial pathways for a scalable seaweed business"

Olavur Gregersen

Ocean Rainforest, Faroe Islands

Co-founder, major shareholder and CEO of Ocean Rainforest, which is one of the few companies in the world with a proven and scalable offshore cultivation system and spans the whole value chain from seeding to processing. Olavur has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and has been in leading positions in several international research and development projects within seaweed cultivation – both in Europe and USA. Olavur is frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences on seaweed cultivation and growth in the blue bioeconomy. He is a member of the Arctic and West Nordic Bioeconomy Panel; a Board Member in California Aquaculture Association and a member of an EU expert working group on ecosystem standards in relation to macroalgae cultivation.  

09:30 - 09:50 "Seaweed for Europe: official launch of the “Seaweed Farmers licensing toolkit”
Adrien Vincent
SYSTEMIQ, United Kingdom

Adrien joined SYSTEMIQ in 2017. He is leading the ocean work of SYSTEMIQ. He worked with the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy for the past 2 years, being one of the lead authors of the report “Ocean Solutions that Benefit People, Nature and the Economy”, published in December 2020. Adrien is also the Programme Director of Seaweed for Europe, a coalition launched in June 2020 to advance a sustainable seaweed industry in Europe.

Prior, he served in the French navy for 2 years and worked at McKinsey & Company during 6 years.

09:50 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:20 Session 2: The young seaweed generation (< 30y)

Chair: Margarita Novoa-Garrido (NOR)

10:00 - 10:25 "Effects of post-harvest treatments on chemical composition and digestibility of seaweeds in ruminants"

Ying Yen & Deepak Pandey
Nord University, Norway

Deepak Pandey is a PhD student at Animal Science, Production and Welfare division under the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture in Nord University, Norway. He has been working in a project that aim for the identification and development of seaweeds as potential animal diets. Earlier, he was a student of animal nutrition and have evaluated the effects of maternal malnutrition and early postnatal overnutrition in the obesity and insulin resistance during early adulthood. One of his further research and career interests is using seaweeds as alternative and environment friendly feed resources.

Ying Yen is a PhD student at the Faculty of Aquaculture and Biology in Nord University. In the past two years, she has been studying the silage quality of Saccharina latissima and Alaria esculenta using different additives and its potential in animal feed. Before that, she worked as technical support in feed additives company aiming to promote gut health and growth efficiency in farm animals. She has a background in animal science and nutrition. Additional information, she grew up in Taiwan and ate lots of seaweeds for snacks and meals. 

10:25 - 10:45 - "Developing seeding techniques: Optimizing substrates"

Josh Masel
Hortimare, The Netherlands

Two and a half years ago Josh moved to the Netherlands from Australia where he designed land based cultivation systems for different macro algal species. Josh found Hortimare and began to get their new facility operational, as well as develop and optimize twine seeding. Once under control he moved into the direct seeding world by understanding the importance of substrate manipulation, seeding application and binder compositions. Josh continues to work with private industry partners and a variety of farms, improving direct seeding practices with the vision to give direct seeding the control and predictability it needs to be globally adopted.

10:45 - 11:05 "Seaweed  - future of food!   ….We know why, lets talk how"

Angelita Eriksen
Lofoten Seaweed, Norway

Angelita, a daughter of a fisherman, grew up cutting cod tongues, and baiting long lines for her father in the fishing village Napp. Living off the ocean was a lifestyle for her coastal fishing family and became the foundation of her commitment to the ocean and curiosity for seaweed as the food of the future.

Best friend and co-founder, Tamara, grew up in New Zealand where her Japanese mother served seaweed for almost every meal. She has brought her love of an algae-based diet and Japanese food traditions with her to Norway. She is a foodie, loves cooking and tasting great flavours! This knowledge and experience is the foundation for Lofoten Seaweed´s quality assurance and product development. From each of their islands, with very different upbringings, it was common interests for health and exercise that brought Tamara and Angelita together during their master’s studies in Physical Therapy in Australia in 2006. Today, the friendship has expanded to business partners and entrepreneurs.  

11:05 - 11:25 "Cultivating an ocean rainforest in the Faroe Islands"

Floor Marsman
Ocean Rainforest, Faroe Islands

Floor Marsman (1994) started her seaweed journey in the summer of 2019 when she did an internship at seaweed cultivation company Ocean Rainforest in the Faroe Islands. After completing her master Biology (specialization conservation and systems ecology) at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) she started working at Ocean Rainforest as the Production and Quality manager. She has been all-round in the company, with a focus on production planning and processes.
11:25 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:25 Seagriculture quiz
12:25 - 13:30 BREAK with live cooking session by the Belgian seaweed chef Donald Deschagt
13:30 - 14:30 Session 3: Seaweed applications

Chair: Harald Sveier

13:30 - 13:50 "Prospects and Trends of Marine-derived active ingredients
for Cosmetic Industry"

EunKyung Park
Athena Co. Ltd., South Korea

EunKyung Park has studied marine biotechnology over 20 years and established Athena Co., Ltd which is specialized with biotechnology in active ingredients and valuable substances from medicinal plants, seaweeds and marine organisms for safe and healthy beauty.  

Athena Co., Ltd. has researched and developed actives such as UV protect boosting agents and specific sizes of polysaccharides from various red-seaweeds for hydration, anti-aging and anti-inflammation effects in cosmetic industry and has planed to launch as functional ingredients for cosmeceuticals and nutri-cosmetics. 

Also, we are very interested in sustainable cultivation system for constant biomass production and ecosystem protection.

13:50 - 14:10 "Blue Farming and Blue Health and the role of seaweed"

Stefan Kraan
The Seaweed Company, Ireland

Seaweed is an incredible “plant” and still virtually an untapped resource. It provide many health benefits and when it is grown at large scale in the oceans it becomes a natural solution for reducing carbon in the atmosphere and the sea. Its bioactive ingredients can be used in many valuable applications to create sustainable livelihoods. With seaweeds we can use the “blue” power of the sea to make our agricultural lands & farms more sustainable. Combine Sustainable farming with Ocean regeneration and we have the Blue farming concept. This will help and facilitate a climate positive impact whilst improving resilience of crop, creating a circular nutrient cycle, improving health & wellbeing of animals, soils & plants.  It creates a sustainable & traceable value chain. In a similar way Blue Health also follows this concept to improve health & wellbeing for humans and shift food consumption to sustainable diets whilst regeneration oceans & coastal communities and contributing positively to climate change. Farming of seaweed will create employment through locally operated seaweed farms and hence provide Jobs, income, and security often in local rural coastal areas where there are no alternatives.

14:10 - 14:30 - "Trendy, disruptive and sustainable food applications for Norwegian Seaweed"

Leonore Olsen
Sjy Seaweed, Norway

MSc Leonore Olsens background is from applied research, mainly focusing on fisheries technology for the Barents Sea fishing fleet. Leonore is the CEO and founder of SJY Seaweed Ltd. and has the main responsibility of developing the concept of Sjy Seaweed, securing a realization of our purpose: a sustainable future through vegan seafood.
14:30 - 14:40 Break
14:40 - 16:00 Session 4: Seaweed's ecosystem services

Chair: Annette Bruhn

14:40 - 15:00 "Seaweed ecosystem services"
Megan Reilly Cayten
OCEANS 2050, USA

Megan Reilly Cayten has developed, financed and managed projects to deliver positive impacts for people and the planet on four continents. She has a background in energy and infrastructure development, finance and asset management, and in scaling up nature-based climate solutions. Megan leads Oceans 2050’s blue carbon work, including the Seaweed Carbon Farming project which aims to quantify carbon removal by seaweed aquaculture and create a new voluntary carbon market for it. Her passion is climate restoration, with the goal of leaving our children a habitable planet.

15:00 - 15:20 "Ecosystem services from seaweed aquaculture"
Isabel Sousa Pinto
CIIMAR, Portugal

PhD in Marine Biology (phycology) on ecophysiology and cultivation of seaweeds, at the UC Santa Barbara USA. Professor at University of Porto and Director of Coastal Biodiversity Laboratory at Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMAR). Her main research has been on biodiversity and ecology of rocky shore and reefs and particularly on the seaweed flora as well as on algal ecophysiology, cultivation and use. She is also ver involved in global biodiversity observation programs being co-chair of the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON/MBON) and also working on the science - policy - society interfaces and on promoting ocean literacy. She is founder and vice-chair of the Portuguese Society for Applied Algology (APAA).  

15:20 - 15:40 "IMTA In the North of Norway"
Torben Marstrand
Fola Alger AS, Norway

48 years old from Odense in Denmark, living in Norway for 12 years, most of the time I worked in the Aquaculture industry in different positions.


Folla Alger AS is a private hold company. The business idea Is to develop industrial seaweed farming and produce ingredients for fish feed from the seaweed biomass. They also develop an installation for full integrated production of seaweed and Salmon (IMTA) in industrial scale.  

15:40 - 16:00 - "Seaweed I - First General Recommendation"

Ola Öberg
The Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC), Sweden

Fish farmer, Chair Producer Organisation RECIRKFISK, Swedish Aquaculture. 

Representative in the AAC.

16:00 - 16:20 "Ten success factors driving development of extensive seaweed farming
in the Coral Triangle"

Iain Neish
Bali, Indonesia

Iain Charles Neish is a Canadian phyconomist, marine biologist and businessman who has worked with seaweeds in aquaculture systems since 1965. He followed the lead of his father, Arthur C. Neish, who played a role in development of seaweed cultivation in Nova Scotia, Canada. Since 1977 most of Iain’s career involved seaweed farm development and factory installations in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He has also worked in the Americas, Africa, and India. More than 25 years of this work was conducted while Iain was working as consultant (then employee) of Marine Colloids (later FMC Corporation; then DuPont, now IFF) until 1996. During that time, he was project manager for seaweed farm development and for construction of the world’s first factory that made semi-refined carrageenan (SRC) in Cebu City, Philippines. From 1996-2015 Iain undertook projects with various international organizations including IFC, GTZ, USAID, AusAID FAO, ILO and UNIDO and he also undertook seaweed-related projects with several private companies. He is currently engaged with innovative seaweed business ventures in Indonesia in his role as a director of PT Sea Six Energy Indonesia and as an advisor to PT Sumber Tanaman Samudra (STS) and PT Jaringan Sumber Daya (JaSuDa.net). He is active in developing adaptive marine phyconomy for red seaweeds in tropical ecoscape villages. He lives with his Indonesian family in Bali and his field work is mainly on, under, and around the Bali Sea.

16:00 - 20:00 Break

20:00 - 21:20 Session 5 (night session): Seaweed activities in the USA/Americas
Chair: Alan Critchley

20:00 - 20:20 "Advancing Seaweed Farming for Climate and Societal Gains"
Paul Dobbins
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), USA

Paul Dobbins joined WWF in Washington, D.C. as a Director of Impact Investing, and Lead Seaweed and Bi-valve Specialist. Before joining WWF he spent a decade leading the development of the US’s first commercial kelp farms.  Prior to returning to the ocean, Paul was a Managing Director at IDEXX Laboratories, focused on the development of animal health products and service businesses for both the companion and production animal sectors.

Paul served on the advisory boards of Maine SeaGrant, the Aquaculture Research Institute at the 

University of Maine, Maine Aquaculture Association, The Maine Technology Institute, The Conservation Law Foundation, and ICES.  

20:20 - 20:40 "Offshore seaweed cultivation: Barriers to scale up"
Javier Infante
SWD Connectors, USA

Javier Infante has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture engineering. He has more than 15 years of experience supporting, organizing, and managing seaweed cultivation projects for the biofuels and phycocolloids industries, as well as community-oriented technology transfer initiatives. In 2015, Javier launched Patagonia Seaweeds, a consultancy firm in Chile to support the development of the industry. Among a host of other skillsets, he specializes in engineering design, cultivation infrastructure installation, experimental set up and environmental and biomass monitoring.

20:40 - 21:00 - "Making Seaweed a Catalyst for Economic Transformation"
Briana Warner
Atlantic Sea Farms, USA

Briana has dedicated her life to doing well by doing good. Since taking over as CEO at Atlantic Sea Farms in 2018, she and her team have expanded the company to work with 24 partner farmers from throughout the coast of Maine. Bri has followed a winding path that brought her to kelp - including serving several tours as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, starting and selling a wholesale bakery in Portland focused on pies with an international flair and employing recent refugees resettled to the area, and creating the first Economic Development programming suite at the Maine-based Island Institute. In 2020, Bri was named an Eating Well Magazine Food Hero, awarded the Specialty Foods Association's Business Leadership Award, and had the honor of sitting on several state, national, and global aquaculture and business policy boards. Atlantic Sea Farms is the leader in line-grown seaweed food products in the U.S. and the company's award-winning products are distributed throughout the U.S. in leading retailers, restaurants, and fast-casual chains. 

21:00 - 21:20 "Engineering Macroalgae Cultivation Structures for the Open Ocean"
Toby Dewhurst
Kelson Marine, USA

Tobias (Toby) Dewhurst is the CEO of the ocean engineering firm Kelson Marine Co. He is an experimental and numerical hydrodynamicist who specializes in the interaction of floating structures with waves and currents. He earned his PhD at the University of New Hampshire characterizing the dynamics of aquaculture structures. He has managed industry and research projects in ocean renewable energy and offshore aquaculture and is active in both research and development of tools, methods, and solutions for challenging ocean engineering applications. His mission is to make high-quality ocean engineering accessible to low-margin blue economy industries.
End of day 1
Day 2: Thursday 16 September 2021

09:00 - 10:00 Session 6: Onland seaweed farming
Chair: Michele Stanley

09:00 - 09:20 “Challenges and advances in land-based cultivation of Palmaria palmata”
Jessica Koop
UGent/SeaCrops, Belgium

Jessica joined the Phycology Research Group at Gent University, Belgium, as a postdoctoral researcher in 2020 after successfully acquiring her PhD at Swansea University, UK. Her expertise lies in developing and refining cultivation protocols for seaweeds of commercial interest and ranges from hatchery and nursery techniques towards large-scale open sea-based cultivation. Furthermore, her research focuses on the bioremediation potential of seaweeds integrated in Multi-Trophic Aquaculture settings. 

09:20 - 09:40 "Land-based Ulva cultivation in the Netherlands"
Michel Trommelen
Seaweed Tech, The Netherlands

Michel has been involved in marine ecological work for over 10 years, ranging from oil spill remediation in Saudi Arabia to shellfish research in the Netherlands. In recent years he built up experience with seaweed cultivation and decided to dive into the deep by starting a land-based seaweed production company with his business partner Alwin Kool. Many hurdles to overcome, but Michel is determined to make SeaweedTech successful and contribute to the Dutch and European seaweed industry. In his talk he will shed light on how SWT wants to achieve this.

09:40 - 10:00"On Land Seaweed Farming, Capital, Value, and Optimizing Throughput"
Chuck Toombs
DulsEnergy, USA

Chuck is a pioneer in on-land seaweed farming. He began when he joined the faculty of Oregon State University in 2015 and used an OSU patented strain of dulse as “the new kale” in his marketing class. He founded DulsEnergy and currently operates two dulse farms, one in Bandon Oregon, and the newest and largest farm in Garibaldi Oregon. Chuck’s background is in Marketing, he has a long career in marketing & sales with various manufacturing companies in the United States.  Chuck has an MBA with a specialization in Marketing from the University of Chicago.   
10:00 - 10:10 BREAK
10:10 - 11:00 Session 7: Seagriculture 2021 innovation awards

Chair: European Commission

10:10 - 10:40
5 min presentation by 3 nominees and Q&A

10:40 - 11:00
Award Ceremony and nomination Audience Award

11:05 - 12:25 Session 8: Seaweeds across the world - Virtual tour around the globe

Chair: Bert Groenendaal

12:25 - 12:30 Closure of the conference
12:30 End of the conference
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