This event will bring together Europe’s leading seaweed research and development projects in a unique meeting to share lessons learnt, develop best practice, and to map the road ahead for the European Seaweed Industry. This two-day workshop will take place in Oban at SAMS, on 13th and 14th May, alongside a Seaweed Cultivation and Breeding course, run by the GlobalSeaweed network on 11th, 12th May.
This meeting is a must for anyone involved in the production or marketing of seaweed or seaweed products or involved in seaweed research. The workshop will present the activities of five different European projects, AT~SEA, EnAlgae, IDREEM, SeaBioPlas and Atlantic Blue Tech, and will be organized in conjunction with the GlobalSeaweed network and the Biomarine International Clusters Association (BICA). It will be a combination of invited talks and open panel discussion, including a social event and a visit to a local seaweed farm.
The event promises an interesting and challenging discussion of best practices in seaweed cultivation, harvesting, analysis and product extraction. It will aim to:
- Establish the transnational value of the European seaweed resource, towards the marketability of its products, considering the conservation and genetics of the resource basis, the regulatory framework and social acceptability issues.
- Create a reference framework for the industry basis as well as for regulators and research and development service providers.
Representatives from industry, research and policy are all warmly invited to attend and bring their experiences and their attention to this special forum.
Morning Session: Project presentations followed by panel discussions
- Session 1 – Towards best practices in biomass production and product preparations
- Session 2 – Social Acceptability: Tackling the challenges of integrating seaweed cultivation in North Western Europe
Afternoon Session: Project presentations followed by panel discussions
- Session 3 – Economics: From research data to commercial reality
- Session 4 – Conservation of the natural resource
Morning Session:Moderated panel discussions
- Session 5 – Licensing and Regulation
Industry Panel: Impact of regulations on seaweed marketability
Workshop Wrap up
Visit to a local seaweed farm