Conference Program

Seagriculture Asia-Pacific


Seagriculture Asia-Pacific 2023 Conference Program

Conference day 1: Wednesday 8 February 2023, 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm (ICT time zone)

1.00 pm – 1.05 pm Opening of the conference

Kuno Jacobs, Managing Director, DLG Benelux, Netherlands

Chair: Dr. Pia Winberg, CEO, PhycoHealth, Venus Shell Systems, Australia

1.05 pm – 1.25 pm: Keynote presentation: Global and regional perspectives on seaweed mariculture: lessons for the Asian region

Simon Funge-Smith, Senior Fishery Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand 

1.25 pm – 2.25 pm Session 1: Smart seaweed farming

Chair: Dr. Pia Winberg, CEO, PhycoHealth, Venus Shell Systems, AustraliaThis session discusses new trends in seaweed farming, mechanization, new technologies and smart farming aspects.

1.25 pm – 1.45 pm: Farmed tropical seaweed - a scalable and sustainable 

future industrial feedstock

Shrikumar Suryanarayan, Chairman, Managing Director, Sea6 Energy, India

1.45 pm – 2.05 pm: Seaweed farming: the essentials of scaling the opportunity

Job Schipper, Partner, Advisor, SWD Connectors, The Netherlands

2.05 pm – 2.25 pm: Vietnam seaweed culture: current status and future development plan

Tran Dinh Luan, Director General, D-Fish, Vietnam

2.25 pm – 2.35 pm Break

2.35 pm – 3.35 pm Session 2: Seaweed business/investment aspects 

Chair: Dr. Pia Winberg, CEO, PhycoHealth, Venus Shell Systems, Australia

This session will inform you about the business aspects of seaweeds. What are the trends? What about obstacles and barriers? Who is investing? How is the seaweed industry evolving in Asia-Pacific? And what about the global perspective?

2.35 pm – 2.55 pm: WWF's US Office Perspective on Advancing Seaweed Farming in the North Atlantic and Eastern Pacific

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

2.55 pm – 3.15 pm: Market driven approach for responsible seaweed production

Koji Yamamoto, General Manager, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Japan

3.15 pm – 3.35 pm: Insights into existing supply chains and new markets for a productive and scalable seaweed industry

Karlotta Rieve, Project Manager, Hatch Blue, Norway

3.35 pm – 3.45 pm Break

3.45 pm – 4.45 pm Session 3: Panel discussion: seaweed state of play in Asia-Pacific

Chair: Fionnuala Quin, Founder CEO, Kelpy - Seaweed Biopackaging, AustraliaDuring this online panel discussion, 4 seaweed experts from across Asia-Pacific will discuss various topics related to seaweeds to describe the seaweed state of play in this area.

Themes: acquiring cultivation permits, post-corona situation, health aspects of seaweeds, etc.

Maya Puspita, Seaweed Specialist & Marine Biologist, Manager, SELT Alga Indonesia, Head of R&D, Indonesian Seaweed Association (ARLI)

Jo Kelly, CEO, Australian Seaweed Institute, Australia

Dr. CRK Reddy, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India

4.45 pm – 5.00 pm Closure of the first conference day: Dr. Pia Winberg, CEO, PhycoHealth, Venus Shell Systems, Australia

Conference day 2: Thursday 9 February 2023, 1.00 pm – 4.50 pm (ICT time zone)

Chair: Job Schipper, Advisor, Director, SEAWISER, The Netherlands

1.00 pm – 1.20 pm: Keynote presentation: Resilient offshore seaweed mariculture using marine permaculture deepwater irrigation to address climate disruptions

Dr.Brian Von Herzen, Executive Director, Climate Foundation, Australia

1.20 pm – 2.00 pm Session 4: Seaweed breeding and disease aspects

Chair: Job Schipper, Advisor, Director, SEAWISER, The NetherlandsExperts will share their knowledge on breeding and disease aspects related to seaweed cultivation.

1.20 pm – 1.40 pm: Establishing climate change resilient eucheumatoid cultivars: novel haplotypes, strain selection, breeding, and disease incidence and mitigation

Michael Y. Roleda, Professor, University of the Philippines, Philippines

1.40 pm – 2.00 pm: The Bioeconomic Seaweed Model (Besem) for Modeling Glacillaria Cultivation

Dr. Nita Rukminasari, Associate Professor, Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia

2.00 pm – 2.10 pm Break

2.10 pm – 3.10 pm Session 5: Seaweed applications

Chair: Job Schipper, Advisor, Director, SEAWISER, The NetherlandsDuring this session, various seaweed applications, ranging from nutraceuticals to feed and food, will be presented and discussed

2.10 pm – 2.30 pm: Seaweeds of the genus Asparagopsis for effective reduction of methane emissions from red meat and dairy production

Dr. Rob Kinley, Chief Scientist, FutureFeed, Australia

2.30 pm – 2.50 pm: Potential applications of seaweeds: aquaculture to ecosystem services to biomass applications 

Dr. Jang K. Kim, Professor, Incheon National University, South Korea

2.50 pm – 3.10 pm: Molecular level profiling of seaweeds and market gaps as a driver of product development

Dr. Pia Winberg, CEO, PhycoHealth, Venus Shell Systems, Australia 

3.10 pm – 3.20 pm Break

3.20 pm – 4.10 pm Session 6: Virtual seaweed tour around the world

Chair: Bert Groenendaal, Program Director, DLG Benelux, the Netherlands

During this virtual seaweed tour around the world, we will visit 5 locations and meet local seaweed stakeholders. Don’t miss this exciting trip!

3.20 pm – 3.30 pm

Mitchell Lench, CEO, Founder, Ocean’s Balance, USA

Stephanie Debels

3.30 pm – 3.40 pm

Stephanie Debels, SEACROPS, Belgium and Product and Marketing Manager, BGC, Belgium

3.40 pm – 3.50 pm

Prof. Alejandro Buschmann, Centro i-mar, CeBiB & Mash, Universidad de Los Lagos, Puerto Montt, Chile

3.50 pm – 4.00 pm

Josh Castle, Aboitiz Reimagine, Philippines

4.00 pm – 4.10 pm

Jorunn Skjermo, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF, Norway

Guest Speaker

4.10 pm - 4.30 pm: Four years of selectively breeding for high-yield and sporeless sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima)

Scott Lindell, Research Specialist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

Gold Winner of Seagriculture USA 2022 Innovation Award

4.30 pm - 4.40 pm: Invitation to Seagriculture USA 2023: Dana Eidsness, Director, Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO), USA

4.40 pm – 4.50 pm: Wrap up Prof. Catriona L. Hurd, University of Tasmania, Australia