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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

Speaker to be confirmed

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

Chair: Margarita Novoa-Garrido (NOR)

10:00 - 10:20 "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. 

10:20 - 10:40 - "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.

10:40 - 11:00 "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.  

11:00 - 11:20 "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.
11:20 - 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

Stefan Kraan
The Seaweed Company, Ireland

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
Isabel Sousa Pinto
CIIMAR, Portugal

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 - 20:00 Break

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

20:00 - 20:20
Paul Dobbins
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), USA

20:20 - 20:40
Javier Infante
SWD Connectors, USA

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
Toby Dewhurst
Kelson Marine, USA

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
Jessica Koop
UGent/SeaCrops, Belgium

09:20 - 09:40
Michel Trommelen
Seaweed Tech, The Netherlands

09:40 - 10:00
Mélanie Cueff
WealSea, France

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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