Strong dedication to Seaweed

The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Seaweed which started up in September attracted many engaged representatives from both industry and research environments.

Two working groups are now driving the work forward. The common goal is to generate a stronger science-base, and increased value of the seaweed-based and related industries in Norway.

“Influencing” and “knowledge transfer” are the two areas which will be given high priority in the common future work within the SIG Seaweed. This was decided by the participants at the lively startup workshop held in Værnes/Trondheim, September 19th, 2015.

Promotes action
One of many clear messages was given by Karl Almås, Managing director at SINTEF Fisheries & Aquaculture who addressed Norwegian politicians and urged them to invest in Aquaculture industry with the same force as they once did when starting up the oil industry.

Nearly 40 people from 27 organisations discussed; Technology for cost-effective cultivation of Microalgae, Processing Methods in biorefining of macroalgae and Markets for products from cultured macroalgae. The result will be used as basis for the action plans of two working groups.

Influence and knowledge transfer
The working group “Påvirkning (influence)” will coordinate influencing and communication related to framework, research and funding. The other working group “Knowledge transfer (Kunnskapsoverføring)” will look into different ways to increase the flow of knowledge and experience between the different actors and sectors.

The startup workshop for SIG Seaweed was organized by the Industrial Biotech Network Norway (IBNN) together with Sintef Fisheries & Aquaculture.


Interesting in joining the SIG Seaweed? Welcome to contact Ernst Kloosterman, IBNN, ernst[at]indbiotech[dot]no or tel. +47 957 43 945.  


Further information (in Norwegian):

- Presentations from the workshop, SIG Seaweed, 19.09.2014.

- Report: SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2014-06-03 “A new Norwegian bioeconomy based on cultivation and processing of seaweeds: Opportunities and R&D needs”


Related articles: 

"Tare kan ta over for oljeeventyret", Kyst.no, 24.09.2014.

"Tare på tanken", Dagens Næringsliv, 26.09.2014.

Pictures: IBNN, Susanne Werner and Sintef, Roar Solbakken