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GENIALG conference

GENIALG conference

What is GENIALG?

Seaweed, or “macroalgae”, has long been recognised as a valuable source of diverse bioactive compounds and has great potential to be used in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and functional foods. However, until now, seaweed has been underexploited in Europe due to the challenges of expanding seaweed biomass production: costs need to be reduced, scales of production need to be increased, quality improved, and seaweed biomass needs to be successfully refined into multiple useful products. If these issues can be addressed, seaweed biomass production could become more economically and environmentally sustainable.

The Horizon 2020 Blue Growth project GENIALG is the first industry-driven project bringing together pioneering companies in large-scale integrated European biorefineries and experts in seaweed cultivation, genetics and metabolomics to boost the seaweed industry.

GENIALG will boost the Blue Biotechnology Economy in Europe by designing high yielding seaweed cultivation systems. GENIALG will increase the production and sustainable exploitation of two high-yielding species of European seaweed biomass: the brown alga Saccharina latissima (also known as Sugar Kelp) and the green alga Ulva spp. (often called Sea Lettuce).

30/11/2020 00:00 Add to calendar
30/11/2020 00:00

The GENIALG project will organise the 30th November 2020, an online, one-day, conference (free registration).

GENIALG has carried out extensive research on all aspects of seaweed to support the development of the seaweed sector, aiming for a sustainable utilisation and processing of seaweed into high value compounds.

Anyone with an interest in seaweed research is invited to join us to hear about:
Diversifying and expanding the exploitation of seaweed into high value compounds for human and animal food, plant care, biomaterials, cosmetics and green chemistry
High-yielding seaweed cultivation systems
Production and sustainable exploitation of brown alga Saccharina latissima (sugar kelp) and green alga Ulva spp. (sea lettuce)
Economic feasibility and environmental sustainability of cultivating and refining seaweed biomass
Impact of seaweed exploitation on the environment, economy and society.

To learn more about the project please visit the GENIALG website (

A full conference programme will be published soon.


Senior Research Scientist
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