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SIG Seaweed Workshop II: Market

SIG Seaweed Workshop II: Market

What does the market look like for Seaweed and Seaweed-derived products, and how to succeed nationally and globally?

Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim
Brattørkaia 1 se i kart
09.12.2015 10:00

During this second workshop in a series organized by SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, in collaboration with IBNN, Innovation Norway and SES, we want to focus on the market for seaweed and kelp based products, both in Norway and internationally. 

Fee/person: 1000 NOK (VAT not included) includes attending, lunch and coffee breaks.

Program and Topic

In particular, the workshop will focus on the following topics:
• Which are the global market trends and what does the market want?
• How did other bio-based industries / biotech industries succeed in the market?
• Which specific seaweed products are in demand?
• Which product areas/marked segments will be of most interest for Norway-based businesses to invest in - early stage/longer term?

Goal of this workshop

The goal is to offer participants the opportunity to listen to leading experts in the field with extensive experience, and to discuss related issues with both speakers and other participants. In addition to the Norwegian speakers, we have invited experts from companies and R&D-institutions in Denmark, France and Great Britain, where the processing and sales of a higher diversity of macroalgae products have existed longer than in Norway.


An optional visit in the laboratory at the Norwegian Seaweed Technology Centre is scheduled follows and workshop. NSTC is a knowledge platform for technology development within industrial cultivation, harvesting, processing and application of seaweed in Norway, by SINTEF & NTNU. The laboratory is less than a 5 min walk from Clarion hotel, and the visit will take about 30-40 min. Please mark this option when you register (free).

Optional visit to SES Laboratories and Hatchery, Tuesday December 8th

Depending on interest, attendees are offered the opportunity to visit the hatchery and laboratory at Seaweed Energy Solutions AS, one day prior to the workshop, Tuesday December 8th at 15:00. SES is developing technology for industrial seaweed cultivation and has one of the largest seaweed farms in Europe. SES is a project developer and service supplier to the industry. If you wish to attend, please mark this option when you register (free).


09:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 Welcome and introduction to SIG Seaweed (Jorunn Skjermo, SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture)
10:15 Seaweed markets in a global perspective (Ronan Pierre, CEVA, France)
10:35 Nutritious human food seaweed by the Seaweed Health Foundation (Simon Ranger, Seaweed Health Foundation, UK)
10:55 The Scottish seaweed industry - companies and products (Phil Kerrison, SAMS, UK)
11:15 Coffee break
11:35 How to succeed in the market with bio-based products. Example from Norway: Nutrimar (Tore Remman, Nutrimar)
11:55 Business presentation: The seaweed company Hortimare Norway (Job Schipper, Hortimare)
12:15 Products from seaweed biorefinery - technological and economical assessment of product combinations (Inga Marie Aasen, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry)
12:35 How to succeed in the market with seaweed products. Example from Denmark: nordisk tang (Heine Max Olesen and Ulrik Trieb, nordisk tang by Endelave Seaweed, Denmark)
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Funding opportunities for international collaboration in biorefining, an Innovation Norway perspective (Ole Jørgen Marvik, Innovation Norway)
14:20 Food safety legislation for seaweed products (Solbjørg Hogstad, Norwegian Food Safety Authority)
14:40 Short coffee break, and shift to Norwegian session
14:55 Finansiering av bedriftsnettverk i Innovasjon Norge (in Norwegian) (Tom-Ivar Bern, Innovasjon Norge)
15:15 SIG Seaweed diskusjon: 1) Ønsker fra bedriftene, 2) Tema og format på neste workshop (in Norwegian) (ordstyrer: Jorunn Skjermo, SINTEF Fiskeri og havbruk)
15:45 End of workshop - wine & snacks
16:30 Optional - Visit to Norwegian Seaweed Technology Center (4 min walk from hotel)
17:15 Return to hotel

Read more on our research in Norwegian Seaweed Technology Center