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

Piet Bogaert, R&D Director, Cargill, Belgium

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

Henri Beekers has a MSc degree in Horticultural Science (Wageningen University) and has over 20 years of experience in product development for several companies in Horticultural business. In September 2016 he joined Melspring International BV (Olmix Group) as R&D Manager Plant Care with main focus on development of seaweed based fertilisers and biostimulants for Turf, Agricultural and Horticultural cropping systems. He is also participating in CEN/TC 454 ‘Algae’ and MIP program Seaweed for Food and Feed.

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

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 Marie Aasen

Inga Marie 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

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.

Alvaro Israel

Alvaro Israel
Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research Ltd, Israel

Dr. Israel performed his MSc and PhD studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Dr. Israel was a post-doc fellow at University of California, LA, USA, for three years, and joined the Department of Marine Biology & Biotechnology at IOLR as a senior scientist from 1998. He served as Department Head from 20010-2015. Dr. Israel has engaged in studying photosynthesis, carbon fixation and ecology of marine macroalgae. He has a vast experience in seaweed aquaculture and strain selection. Much of his last goals relate to the utilization of seaweeds as a source of bioenergy within the concept of biorefinary and off-shore cultivation. Subjects such as taxonomy using molecular tools, invasions and general issues related to global change are under current investigation in his lab. Dr. Israel has published over 60 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and books.

Pi Nyvall Collen

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

Pi Nyvall Collén realized a master in Biology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, followed by a thesis in Plant Physiology at Stockholm University, Sweden on starch metabolism in red algae. Seaweed have since been her organisms of choice. After a Post-doctorate period at the University of São Paulo, Brazil she arrived at the Roscoff Biological Station in 2001 where she studied different aspects of cell wall polysaccharides from brown, red and green algae as well as different algal or bacterial enzymes involved in their degradation or modification. Her experience in algae ranges from genomics, biochemistry, enzymology and physiology. Since 2012 she is research director of the Olmix group on their overall development of seaweed extracts for applications in plant, animal and human care as well as collaborative research programs and Intellectual property protection.

DAY 2 – Wednesday, November 8th

Jorunn Skjermo

Jorunn Skjermo
Senior scientist, SINTEF Ocean

Jorunn Skjermo is Senior scientist at SINTEF Ocean, a multidisciplinary research institute based in Trondheim. Jorunn has a PhD in aquaculture from NTNU and in her early research career she used to work with microbial control in marine hatcheries, which also included use of algal polysaccharides as immunostimulants. In 2008 she got involved in the development of seaweed aquaculture and has since then worked closely with the growing seaweed industry in Norway to develop the seaweed cultivation technology. Recent projects are within land-based seedlings production methods of brown and red macroalgae and sea-based biomass production in coastal waters, with industrial and public, included EU, funding. Jorunn coordinates SIG Seaweed, the special interest group for the Norwegian seaweed industry with more than 100 members. 

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.

Job Schipper

Job Schipper
Managing Director at Hortimare , Netherlands

Founder of Hortimare in 2008; background in seed industry (Syngenta Seed; De Groot en Slot; Naktuinbouw). Inspired by the enourmous potential of sustainable sea farming integrating seaweed and fish. Background in Horticulture, plant physiology and plant pathology; business management and marketing.

Yacine Badis

Dr Yacine Badis

Post Doctoral Researcher, United Kingdoom

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.

Yvonne Koorengevel

Yvonne Koorengevel
Senior Policy Advisor Plant Supply Chain and Food Quality 
Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality, the Netherlands

As a policy maker she is focused on 'how are we providing enough sustainable-derived protein for 9 billion people by 2050.

Aquaculture, such as seaweed has the potential to contribute substantially to the protein challenge, and to make a major contribution to nutritious, balanced diets.

Her challenge is to take full advantage of the potential of the sea in a sustainable and responsible way, together with the parties involved, and thereby contribute to tackling our societal challenges.

The Dutch Food Agenda provides space for scaling up the seaweed sector into an economically viable sector and thereby contribute to a responsible world food supply and reducing environmental problems.

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, the Netherlands

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