Conference Program

Seagriculture EU
29 - 30 June 2022
Bremerhaven, Germany


Seagriculture EU 2022 Conference Program

Conference day 1: Wednesday 29 June 2022

Opening of the conference

Kuno Jacobs, Managing Director, DLG Benelux, NLSilvia Bender, Staatssekretärin BMEL, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, DEAnnette Schimmel, BIS - Bremerhaven Economic Development Company, DE

Keynote presentation: Applied macroalgal research at AWI: From land to sea and back

Prof. Dr. Bela H. Buck, Marine Biologist - Head of Unit Marine Aquaculture, AWI, DE

 Session 1: Scaling up production
Chair: Jaap van Hal, Innovation manager biorefinery, TNO, NL

Seaweed cultivation in Europe is growing strong. Scaling up production can only be accomplished with the right cultivation technologies and the corresponding mechanization tools. During this session, various aspects of scaling up production will be presented by experts in the field.

Seaweed cultivation: from napkin sketch to global industrialization

Gediminas Tamosaitis, CEO, Metal Production & Rocket cluster, LT

Seeding farms big and small: Creating a reliable, cost-effective, and scalable direct seeding solution 

Adrian Macleod, Macroalgal Cultivation Researcher, SAMS, UK

Open ocean cultivation of Saccharina latissima and the feasibility of co-use with wind parks in the North Sea

Urd Grandorf Bak, Research and Innovation Manager, Ocean Rainforest, FO

From small scale to large scale kelp farming

Alexander Ebbing, Research specialist, Hortimare, NL

 Session 2: Seaweed business aspectsChair: Jaap van Hal, Innovation manager biorefinery, TNO, NL

During this session various seaweed business aspects will be discussed. What is the size of the European seaweed industry? Where can buyers and sellers meet? What about certification aspects? These and many more questions will be answered by experts in the field.


Increasing the flow of information to break down silos and increase investment

Steven Hermans, Founder, Phyconomy, BE

ASC-MSC Seaweed Certification: challenges and opportunities

Patricia Bianchi, Seaweed Account Manager, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, NL, Marine Stewardship Council, UK

The seaweed marketplace. Place des algues

Jean-Baptiste Wallaert, President and founder, Place des algues, FR

Keynote presentation: Seaweed Farming as a Nature-Based Solution — Opportunities and Challenges from WWF’s Perspective

Paul Dobbins, Senior Director Impact Investing, World Wildlife Fund, USA

Session 3: Seaweeds and climate change/ecosystem services/social aspectsChair: David Mackie, Director, Marine Biopolymers Ltd, UK

Seaweeds are more than just a product. They also provide environmental benefits, jobs and much more. During this session speakers will focus on these 'soft' aspects of seaweeds.

Socially just and environmentally responsible seaweed cultivation 

Joost Wouters, SeaEO, The Seaweed Company, NL

Land-based cultivation of Atlantic Nori species in Portugal

Madalena Mendes, PhD student, Lab and Hatchery Technician, GreenCoLAB & ALGAplus, PT


Aquafarming the open ocean by combining floating seaweed and artificial upwelling

Mar Fernandez-Mendez, Chief Scientific Officer, Marine Researcher, Seafields, UK, Junior Professor, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, DE

Kelp Blue – Rewilding the oceans together with local communities

Ferdi Knoester, Marine Engineer, Kelp Blue, NL /  NA

Kelp Blue – Rewilding the oceans together with local communities

Okke Meijer, Processing Plant Lead, Kelp Blue, NL

 Session 4: On land seaweed cultivationChair: David Mackie, Director, Marine Biopolymers Ltd, UK

During our 2021 online conference, this topic was introduced for the first time. As many onland cultivation activities are taking place in Europe we put this topic on the agenda again.

Water and energy nexus: a demonstration of seaweed cultivation using cold seawater discharge from LNG receiving terminal

Yu-Hsiang Weng, Green Technology Research Institute, CPC Corporation, TWN, (Winner SEAGRICULTURE Innovation Award 2021)

food4future - New approaches in urban macroalgal cultivation

Dr Anna Fricke, Scientist, Food4Future (F4F), c/o Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), DE

Sustainable packaging solutions from land-based seaweed cultivation

Dr. Laurie C. Hofmann, Scientist, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, DE

Seaweed Happy Hour

Conference dinner

Conference day 2: Thursday 30 June 2022

Session 5: Seaweeds: state of play in EuropeChair: Paul Dobbins, Senior Director Impact Investing, World Wildlife Fund, USA

During this session several European and national R&D projects related to seaweeds will present their latest results.

EU4Algae: European algae stakeholders forum, bringing more algae species to the EU market

Jean-Paul Cadoret, PhD, CSO, Algama, President of  EABA, FR


The Algae Demo project: hectare scale seaweed cultivation and monitoring

Jaap van Hal, Innovation manager biorefinery, TNO, NL

The Norwegian Seaweed Biorefinery Platform – Challenges and Opportunities

Finn Aachmann, Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norwegian seaweed biorefinery platform, NO

Substrate matters: improved kelp growth with novel substrates

David Aldridge, Seedling Production Manager, Seaweed Solutions, NO

Session 6: Seaweed applicationsChair: Paul Dobbins, Senior Director Impact Investing, World Wildlife Fund, USA

The Seagriculture conference is not complete without this session. Several stakeholders will present their work on (novel) seaweed applications.

Poor Seaweed – such Great Expectations

David Mackie, Director, Marine Biopolymers Ltd, UK

ValgOrize project - Seaweed and microalgae with a better taste!

Johan Robbens, Head of Cell Blue Biotech/Food Integrity, ILVO - Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, BE

Muki Shpigel

ULVA: Tomorrow's “Wheat of the Sea”. A model for an innovative mariculture

Muki Shpigel, Professor, University of Haifa, IS

Session 7: Innovation AwardChair: Eef Brouwer, Manager Farming & Technology, North Sea Farmers, NL

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Final notes

Maris Stulgis, Policy Officer, Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture, and Maritime Spatial Planning, European Commission, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, BE

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