Seagriculture EU 2023 Makes a Big Splash in Norway

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(L to R) Kuno Jacobs, managing director of DLG Benelux; Bjørnar Skjæran, minister of fisheries and ocean policy for Norway; Vegar Johansen, CEO of SINTEF Ocean; and Silje Forbord, research manager at SINTEF Ocean.

Seagriculture EU 2023, the leading conference for the seaweed industry, took place from June 21-22, 2023 in Trondheim, Norway, attracting a record attendance of 221 delegates from 26 countries. Organizers deemed it a resounding success, bringing together an impressive gathering of industry professionals, researchers, policymakers, and entrepreneurs from around the world. The conference showcased the immense potential of seaweed as a sustainable resource and explored innovative solutions to address climate challenges.

More than 130 companies and institutions from various sectors actively engaged in discussions, networking, and knowledge sharing, highlighting the global interest in seaweed farming and its wide-ranging applications.

The conference featured an impressive lineup of keynote presentations, with five renowned experts offering valuable insights into the latest developments and emerging trends in the industry. Additionally, 30 panelists delivered seven informative sessions on topics ranging from cultivation techniques and product innovation to market trends and investment aspects.

Seagriculture EU 2023 also organized site visits for attendees to explore the world of seaweed. The visits included an immersive experience at Korsvika Beach, studying and tasting local seaweed species; an educational tour of SINTEF, an event sponsor and one of Europe’s largest independent research organizations; and a tour of NTNU’s cutting-edge research laboratories at the Gløshaugen campus.

Another highlight of Seagriculture EU 2023 was the vibrant trade show, featuring leading companies and organizations in the field of seaweed farming. The exhibits provided a platform for showcasing cutting-edge technologies, sustainable practices, and groundbreaking products that are contributing to the growth and advancement of the industry.

The event also featured an area with poster presentations, where 27 researchers had the opportunity to present their findings and engage in insightful discussions with fellow participants.

“We are thrilled with the overwhelming response and success of Seagriculture EU 2023,” said Kuno Jacobs, Managing Director of the organizer DLG Benelux. “The enthusiastic participation of industry professionals, researchers, and policymakers underscores the growing recognition of seaweed as a vital component of a sustainable future. This conference has played a pivotal role in advancing knowledge, fostering partnerships, and propelling the seaweed industry towards a regenerative economy.”

The Seagriculture EU 2023 organizers have positioned the conference as a catalyst for innovation, collaboration, and knowledge exchange, paving the way for transformative advancements in the seaweed industry. By bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders, the conference has accelerated the adoption of sustainable practices, facilitated market growth, and positioned seaweed as a tool to address global climate challenges.

The next Seagriculture conference will be Seagriculture USA 2023, which takes place September 6-7, 2023 in Portland, Maine. The next Seagriculture EU will be held June 18-20, 2024, in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.

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