The organization of Seagriculture Asia-Pacific 2023, which will be held online on February 8 and 9 next year, has unveiled the program of its first edition in the eastern continent. According to the announcement, more than 20 speakers will speak during six sessions, including a round table on the status of algae in Asia-Pacific and a virtual tour of algae around the world.
The most prominent names are Simon Funge-Smith, Senior Fisheries Officer, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand; and Brian Von Herzen, Executive Director, Climate Foundation, Australia.
The speakers’ lectures will be distributed over six sessions, in addition to that of guest speaker Scott Lindell, research specialist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the United States (USA) and winner of the Seagriculture USA 2022 Gold Award for Innovation.
Six interesting working sessions
Seagriculture Asia-Pacific 2023 will gather top speakers, who will share their know-how within seaweed for feed, food, offshore cultivation, biorefinery of seaweed, and much more. The first of the sessions will be dedicated to “Smart Seaweed Farming”, featuring Shrikumar Suryanarayan, CEO of Sea6 Energy, India; Job Schipper, consultant and director of SEAWISER, the Netherlands; and Tran Dinh Luan, CEO of D-Fish, a company from Vietnam.
The second session will discuss “The business and investment aspects of seaweed”. It will feature Paul Dobbins, Senior Director of Impact Investments at the World Wildlife Foundation in the USA; Koji Yamamoto, Director General of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), based in Japan; and Karlotta Rieve, Director of Regenerative Aquaculture Projects at Hatch Blue, from Mexico.
Meanwhile, Session 3 will be the “Roundtable: Status of Seaweed in Asia-Pacific”, featuring Maya Puspita, seaweed specialist and marine biologist, Director of SELT Alga Indonesia, and R&D Director of the Indonesian Seaweed Association (ARLI); Jo Kelly, CEO of the Australian Seaweed Institute, Australia; and CRK Reddy, CEO of the Indian Centre for Climate and Social Impact Research.
Speakers from around the world
The second half of the program begins with Session 4, dedicated to “Seaweed farming and disease aspects”. Present will be Michael Y. Roleda, Professor, University of the Philippines; and Nita Rukminasari, Associate Professor, Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia.
Session 5 will be on “Applications of marine algae”, with the participation of Rob Kinley, Chief Scientist of FutureFeed, based in Australia; Jang K. Kim, Professor at Incheon National University, South Korea; and Pia Winberg, Managing Director of PhycoHealth, Venus Shell Systems, Australia.
Finally, Session six will be on “Virtual Journey through the World of Seaweed”. It will feature Mitchell Lench, CEO of Ocean’s Balance in the United States; Stephanie Debels of Belgium’s SEACROPS; Alejandro Buschmann, Scientist at the Universidad de los Lagos in Chile; Josh Castle of Aboitiz Reimagine in the Philippines; and Jorunn Skjermo, Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF in Norway.
An event created in 2012
Registration for the first edition of Seagriculture Asia-Pacific includes live streaming and access to all recordings after the end of the event. Interested parties can obtain more information at seagriculture-asiapacific.com. “Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network with colleagues from all over Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and beyond within the Seaweed industry,” said the organization.
It is important to note that the Seagriculture event has been held since 2012 on the European continent, where it has built a solid reputation as the leading conference for the seaweed industry sector. As explained from its organization, led by DLG Benelux, it is expected that holding a Seagriculture Conference in each of the major seaweed regions of the world will create synergies between the events and further contribute to the development of the sector.