Conference Program

Seagriculture Asia-Pacific

8 - 9 February 2023


Conference Program

Seagriculture Asia-Pacific 2023 Conference Program

Conference day 1: Wednesday 8 February 2023, 1.00 pm – 5.10 pm (ICT time zone)

1.00 pm – 1.05 pm Opening of the conference

Kuno Jacobs, Managing Director, DLG Benelux, Netherlands

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

This session discusses new trends in seaweed farming, mechanization, new technologies and smart farming aspects.

1.25 pm – 1.45 pm: Title to be confirmed 

Shrikumar Suryanarayan, Managing Director, Sea6 Energy, India

1.45 pm – 2.05 pm: Title to be confirmed

Job Schipper, Advisor, Director, SEAWISER, Netherlands

2.05 pm – 2.25 pm: Title to be confirmed

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 

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: Title to be confirmed 

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 and SeaEO, Kelpy, 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

CRK Reddy, CEO, Indian Centre for Climate and Societal Impact Research, India

4.45 pm – 5.00 pm Closure of the first conference day 

Conference day 2: Thursday 9 February 2023, 1.00 pm – 5.20 pm (ICT time zone)

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

Brian Von Herzen, Executive Director, Climate Foundation, Australia

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

Nita Rukminasari, Associate Professor, Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia

2.00 pm – 2.10 pm Break

2.10 pm – 3.10 pm Session 5: Seaweed applicationsDuring 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

Rob Kinley, Chief Scientist, FutureFeed, Australia

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

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

2.50 pm – 3.10 pm: Title to be confirmed 

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, Co-founder, SWD Connectors, Belgium

During this virtual seaweed tour around the world, we will visit 6 locations and meet local seaweed stakeholders. Don’t miss this exciting trip!

3.20 pm – 3.30 pm

Mitchell Lench, CEO, Ocean’s Balance, USA

3.30 pm – 3.40 pm

Stephanie Debels, SEACROPS, Belgium

3.40 pm – 3.50 pm

Alejandro Buschmann, Scientist, Universidad de los Lagos, 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 Closure of the conference

Bert Groenendaal, Co-founder, SWD Connectors, Belgium





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