Steffen Lüsse, Ministry of Economic Affairs Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)
Joanna Przedrzymirska, Maritime Institute in Gdańsk (Poland)
Fredrik Gröndahl, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Gudrun Mernitz, BioCon Valley Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V. (Germany)
Carsten Beyer, s.Pro – sustainable projects
Linda Lingsten, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
Kiel Marine Science (KMS) - the Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science at Kiel University is one of four priority research areas. KMS encompasses research in marine science and geosciences, including expertise from climate research, coastal research, physical chemistry, botany, microbiology, mathematics and computer science, as well as economics, law, social and political sciences. In crosscutting research topics, such as e.g. blue bioeconomy, KMS integrates its expertise to contribute to a better understanding of processes in the ocean and to strategies for the sustainable use and conservation of its resources. Most recently, KMS has established the Center for Ocean and Society to advance its interdisciplinary research to a more transdisciplinary approach with and for societal stakeholders.
phone: +49 174 600 4455
University of Southern Denmark is the third largest university in Denmark. The university has widespread cooperation with business and industry in the region and considerable activities within continuing education. The Center for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark hosts the disciplines of International Relations and International Law. It will reach out to area studies, history, and any discipline which can bring insight into its domain. One of the focuses of the Center is maritime law.
phone: +45 65 50 32 26
The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism Schleswig-Holstein organises the initiative “Sea Our Future” that brings together all maritime issues of the Land’s government. The Ministry promotes the sustainable development of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea and acts as flagship leader of the SUBMARINER Network in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).
phone: +49431 988-4828
Gdynia Maritime University is the largest state school of higher maritime education in Poland established in1920. The University four Faculties offer degree in Navigation, Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship and Quality Science. At present Gdynia Maritime University provides studies for 5000 students. Gdynia Maritime University actively co-operates in the conduct of joint research projects, and raise the quality of scientific-research activity. Within the University operates the Maritime Institute which conducts research work and implementation projects in the field of: ecology, maritime electronics and hydrotechnics, maritime low and economics, operational oceanography, maritime spatial planning and many others.
phone: +48 58 301 16 41
BioCon Valley® is the initiative for life science and health economy of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. BioCon Valley® supports the commercial use of modern life sciences and bio- and medical technologies in the region. BioCon Valley´s tasks are networking, managing life science start-up centers (bioincubators), project management and coordination, and life science specific public relation. BioCon Valley collaborates in strategic partnership with life science initiatives in the Baltic Sea Region, Japan and Vietnam.
phone: +49 3834 8719896
The Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI) is a non-profit public research institute founded to carry out R&D activities in order to foster the implementation of maritime policy and development of the maritime economy. The institute has a special focus on marine energy and port development systems, environmental impact and planning of maritime activities.
phone: +370.46.398 838
The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is both a research institute, and a centre for environmental expertise. SYKE Marine Research Centre aims at producing information and new solutions that help decision-makers to promote the protection and sustainable use of the Baltic Sea. SYKE Marine Research Centre leads the Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure FINMARI and is nationally in charge of monitoring and research of the Baltic Sea.
GEOMAR is one of the leading institutions of marine science worldwide. The institute investigates the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. Its Centre for Marine Biotechnology (GEOMAR-Biotech) is a unique, state-of-the-art centre dedicated to outstanding research in marine biotechnology and biodiscovery and the transfer of research results to application. GEOMAR-Biotech is the successor of the Kiel Centre for Marine Natural Products (also known as Kieler Wirkstoff-Zentrum, KiWiZ), which was founded in 2006 through financial support of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology Schleswig-Holstein.
phone: +49. 431 600 4430
phone: +49. 431 6004439
The Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) in Stockholm is the largest, oldest and most international technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden's technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all the branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. Industrial Ecology at KTH has played a key role in the SUBMARINER project and is also a founding member of the Network. Associate professor Fredrik Gröndahl was responsible for the work with cultivation and harvest of macroalgae biomass in the Baltic.
phone: +46.8.790 61 58
s.Pro – sustainable projects is a consulting company based on more than fifteen years of experience in the management of international projects. s.Pro initiates, prepares, manages and follows–up on transnational projects. We do not only cover the whole project cycle but also address specific areas of expertise related to sustainable development: maritime policy and blue growth, resource efficiency and regional development. Our work philosophy is based on the desire to develop projects which not only cover sustainable development but are also sustainable in themselves.
In SUSTAINABILITYNOW, we support leaders and employees in the development of sustainable processes in public and private companies. This is done through inspiring mentoring and creative Business Development. The sustainable future depends on us daring to take new paths and think thoughts that are not yet mainstream.
Jens Christian Aagenæs CEO
phone: (+45) 4020 6072
Baltic Nylon is a multinational startup based in Germany, established in October 2020 to create biopolymers form fish waste to address the range of environmental problems caused by synthetic nylon. They are a team of 5 members with experience in bioeconomy, economics, sociology and agribusiness.
Their mission is to provide a sustainable alternative to fossil-fuel based nylon for the fishing, automotive and textile industries with a product that is locally sourced, made of waste raw materials and biodegradable.Their technology extracts collagen from fish skin and scales, processed into gelatin through denaturation (heating), which is then broken down further into collagen peptides through enzymatic hydrolysis. These collagen peptides are then repolymerised into 100% bio-based bio-nylon, all at a lower cost than fossil-based nylon.
The vision of Origin by Ocean is to create the Baltic Sea an algae-based business ecosystem in Finland that would help the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea commercially viable. The company has secured the seed phase funding of 3M EUR funding for the development of algae processing technology. Finland's first algae processing plant is planned to be operational with full production capacity in 2027.
Origin by Ocean processes harvested and farmed sea and ocean grown biomass such as algae, bladder wrack and kelp, to produce natural and biologically sustainable ingredients for use in the food, beverage, cosmetics and pharma industries.
phone: +35 840 540 9880
PurOceans Technology is a Latvian startup within the clean tech industry, established in 2019. They are team of 5 members with 35 years of combined experience in oil contaminated sediments, microbiology science, 15 year of combined entrepreneurial experience and 15 year of combined international experience in sales.
Their mission is to clean up waters and seabeds from oil products and micro-plastic around the World. PurOceans aims to rehabilitate deep waters and restore/recover deadzones (over 500 deadlines around the world), as well as restore historically polluted areas from oil products and micro-plastic.
The pioneering, eco-friendly technology performs sophisticated water benthic cleaning in the most cost and time efficient way, providing a positive impact to the environment. PurOceans is able to clean up waterbody’s floor from oil, microplastic and chemical sediments without using any bio/chemical substances, without any mechanical intervention or lifting of soil, without using electric impulses, or other modern methods, that one way or another, harm flora and fauna.
Innovatum is a Science Park for the development of knowledge, entrepreneurship and innovation. It is a nonprofit, independent player with commitment to the development of others by: testing ideas, allow them to grow and become reality, aiming to benefit small and medium-sized businesses, focusing on innovation, growth, sustainability and social benefits, collaborating with important players - companies, academia, institutes etc. Innovatum runs an incubator program with about 30 companies on an ongoing basis and helped more than 100 startups to develop, find investments, scale up and internationalize. The focus areas are sustainable transports, renewable energy, maritime industries, sustainable production.
phone: +46 520 289 323
Vetik is an Estonian start-up founded in 2017 for developing new ways to valorize local red seaweed. The company has access to a unique source of wild red seaweed (Furcellaria lumbricalis) located in the sea area of the West Estonian Archipelago, between two of the biggest islands of Estonia - Saaremaa and Hiiumaa. The resource of this algae wild stock is estimated at 150,000 tons and Furcellaria has been harvested in Estonia since 1960 without any detectable effect on the raw stock. Two of the cofounders have been harvesting and selling dried seaweed since 2009. Now that Vetik has two scientists in the core team, their aim is to use the full potential of this seaweed in a sustainable way. Main focus has been in bringing a new red colorant to the cosmetic market and using side streams as biostimulant formulation.
phone: +372 5183980
The Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) investigates the intrinsic biological processes of animals in their specific environmental context to understand and to use the functional biodiversity for sustainable livestock farming. The keeping of livestock is indispensable not only for the human supply of high-quality food, but also as an essential component of agricultural cycles. At the FBN, more than 300 employees in six institutes (Genetics and Biometry, Genome Biology, Reproductive Biology, Behavioural Biology, Muscle Biology and Growth, Nutritional Physiology) investigate the biological aspects of sustainable livestock husbandry. Two research units study the biology of farmed fish (e.g. pikeperch, salmonides, perch). The FBN has state-of-the-art equipment and methods at its disposal, as well as (partly) unique scientific infrastructures, which are used in cooperation with partners from science and industry.
phone: +49 38208/68-625
OCEAN INDUSTRY FORUM OSLOFJORD (OIFO), est. 2012, is an ocean industry association which also is the Maritime Forum Oslofjord, i.e. one of 8 regions in Norway. Geographically, the; association covers Oslo, Viken, and Vestfold and Telemark counties and so surrounds the Oslo Fjord.
OIFO aims to be a cooperation arena for innovation and restructuring in the ocean industries. The forum includes local and global enterprises from the region that are related to the ocean industries, as well as expert and R&D environments at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) and BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo (BI).
Tom O. Kleppestø
phone: +47 48 14 40 00
The “Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum Fachhochschule Kiel GmbH", briefly called FuE-Zentrum FH Kiel GmbH, is a private corporation being engaged in the transfer of technology between research institutions and commercial enterprises. Purpose of the FuE-GmbH is marketing of the know-how of the University of Applied Science Kiel and other universities in Schleswig-Holstein and transfer of technology between universities and commercial enterprises. Also, the practice relation of teaching shall increase and the graduate students shall be fully integrated into joint projects, and hence, shall be bring into close contact to companies. The FuE-GmbH is specialized in three domains, which allow effectively support of the clients and to match their specific requirements: Services in testing and measuring, transfer projects and services in raising third-party funding. The competence combined with the extensive technical equipment of the University of Applied Science Kiel and the excellence of more than 150 professors is available to the clients. When needed, the FuE-GmbH utilize their large network to other universities and research institutions to fulfil the demands of the clients.
phone: +49 431 218-4444
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is an independent research organisation working in close cooperation with industry and government agencies on applied environment and sustainability research. Their projects cover a broad range of topics with the environment and climate in focus with relevance for e.g. sustainable industrial production, water and resource efficiency as well as air and water pollution. The marine research includes projects on aquaculture, sources, impacts and solutions to marine pollution, impacts of shipping on the marine environment and sustainable use of marine resources
phone: +46 10 788 6806
Metal Production helps to develop non-standard conceptual projects in aqua culture, sub-sea, offshore and other industry. For large engineering and production companies Metal Production helps to improve their position in the market by reducing costs and increasing capacity in engineering and manufacturing. Metal Production is coordinator of Rocket Cluster which gathers different competences engineering companies to empower knowledge and capacity.
The services consist of:
- Engineering, purchasing and fund rising consulting
- Engineers for hire
- R&D, Quality auditing, Quality control, Purchase order and project management services.
phone: +370 676 34424
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research and expert organization with expertise in renewable natural resources and sustainable food production. Luke provides innovative solutions for new business opportunities based on natural resources. LUKE's strengths are in sustainable production and use of natural resources and thorough knowledge of bio-based raw materials. Among the offered servies within blue bioeconomy are: genomics and breeding, blue production, sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems and value-added food and aquabiomass products.
phone: +358 29 532 6378
Kalmarsundskommissionen(Eng. The Kalmar Sound Commission) consists of 7 coastal municipalities and representatives from the Region, Linneaus University, Farmers association and Water users partnerships of the Kalmar Sound area. The aim is to raise political awareness about the environmental situation in the coastal Baltic Sea. The members operate a broad spectra of actions, including farm-land measures to reduce nutrient leakage, mussel farming, low-flow dredging and restauration of important habitats. Kalmarsundskommissionen is interested in ideas and cooperation that could eventually turn the problem with eutrophication in the Baltic Sea into possibilities for new technology, services and job opportunities.
phone: +46 480 450172
The University of Gothenburg (UGOT) meets societal challenges with diverse knowledge. 37 000 students and 6 000 employees from all around the world make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. UGOT is environmentally certified and works actively for sustainable development. The research at UGOT is characterised by multidisciplinary cooperation. The Department of Marine Sciences at UGOT is Sweden’s most complete, interdisciplinary environment for marine research and marine education, and is one of only a few such organisations in Europe. With broad and cutting-edge expertise and access to unique marine infrastructure such as research vessels and field stations, the department enjoys excellent conditions for marine research and education.
phone: +46.31.786 96 85
Klaipeda University is represented by the subdivision Marine Research Institute (MRI). Marine Research Institute is unique centre of fundamental and applied marine research in Lithuania. Being equipped with modern research infrastructure MRI is providing high level scientific and technological research services for maritime business and national environmental authorities. Established fleet and modern laboratories allows carrying out the oceanographic research and complex analytical investigations of marine environment.
Zita Rasuole Gasiunaite
phone: +370 69 830 087
The oceanBASIS GmbH was founded in 2001 by marine biologists. The company is specialized in developing marine products such as algae extracts. The vision of oceanBASIS is making the valuable marine ingredients available for the health of many people, and at the same time protect the marine ecosystem. oceanBASIS is the world's leading "treasure lifter" of active ingredients from the sea. Based on the scientific experience oceanBASIS has developed a natural cosmetics line based on sustainably produced marine ingredients.
phone: +49 431-3645-887
Blue Center Gotland (BCG) is a common project among the Uppsala University, the provincial authority in Gotland district and the region Gotland. The initial point for BCG’s activity is water, which is the most important resource for people. BCG is working with development concerns about water: on land, on the coast and on the sea. The BCG deals with three activity areas:
- Regional specialized center (collection and dissemination of information about water)
- Project factory (running of development projects either themselves or in collaboration)
- Incubator (guidance and support of project ideas).
phone: +46 498108250
The Association of Local Authorities of Ida-Viru County is a umbrella organization for 8 local municipalities (4 cities and 4 rural municipalities). Since 2018, the association’s responsibility is to coordinate the development at the county level and implement development projects. Ida-Viru county is part of North-Estonia and Gulf of Finland economic region. The key players of the region in the blue economy sector are the port of Sillamäe – the biggest private owned port in the Baltic sea - and the coastal tourism sector with SPA-facilities and small marinas.
Guldborgsund Municipality (GBS) is dedicated to supporting the transition to a green circular bio economy as a growth driver. GBS has implemented a cross-sectoral taskforce for developing both blue and green biomass based bio-economy and since 2017 has had strengthened focus on bio-economy as a business driver with the establishment of “Bio-Economy Hotspot Guldborgsund”.
Bio-Economy Hotspot participates in projects and programs that capture new knowledge, ready to implement into green cascade production and business symbioses. Biomass from land and sea provide food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, materials, cleaning agents and green energy. In cascade production, high value compounds are extracted from e.g. agricultural residuals and residue from one business therefore becomes a resource for another. Finally, biogas production can add to the list of bio-value chain products, and the nutrients from digested biomass are returned to the soil for new plant production, thus completing the circular bio-economy process.
GBS would like to see bio-based production in rural areas providing everyday necessities, empowering our citizens with a modern life style to make sustainable choices - from food to household cleaning agents and personal care products - all non-fossil and with low CO2 footprint.
Baltic Probiotics Ltd. was established in 2013 and located in Rucava, Latvia. The initial core business was the sale of probiotic-based products, but at the moment company develops production sphere. These products are an all-natural and produced through a natural fermentation process using a beneficial microorganisms and yeasts. These products contain powerful blend of beneficial microorganisms (up to 11 in one product), enzymes and antioxidants, cane molasses, sea salt and plant extracts. Usage - veterinary, agriculture, animal husbandry, crop production, food processing, environmental protection, biogas production and other industries. Technology of development and application of products is based on scientific research in environmental microbiology. Usage of probiotics contributes to a healthy and viable environment (ecosystem) formation.
Rimas Pranas Budrys
phone: +370 61133500
Klaipeda Science and Technology Park (KSTP) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy and Klaipeda University, providing strategic, technical and administrative assistance to companies/projects related to the development of new technologies and innovations. The mission of the KSTP is to promote the development of modern scientifically susceptible technologies, to provide infrastructural and consulting services for innovative enterprises and business ideas in the western Lithuania and in the whole country.
phone: +370. 46 310461
The Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE) is a state research institute under supervision of the Minister of Environment and regional development. Originally dedicated to basic and applied research of ecology and environmental problems in the Baltic Sea, LIAE has become the leading institution in the environmental expertise for marine and freshwater issues in Latvia. In the Latvian part of the Gulf of Riga and Baltic Proper LIAE is responsible for marine environmental monitoring.
phone: +371 676 01995
The National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (NMFRI) in Gdynia is Poland’s oldest marine science centre. It is a research and development unit supervised by the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Originally dedicated to marine ecology, fisheries and fish food processing, NMFRI has become a place for interdisciplinary research on the Baltic environment and fisheries sector economy. The Institute investigates the natural and human impact on the Baltic Sea and its interactions with the economy and society. NMFRI performs and promotes research on processing technology, food safety, water quality, and utilization of marine ecosystems.
phone: +48. 587 356 236
‘Pomorskie in the European Union‘ Association has been established by the Pomorskie Region authorities. It gathers local self-governments, regional development agencies, universities, NGOs, chambers of commerce and cultural institutions. Its main tasks are: foster a positive image of Pomorskie on the European scene, act as channel of information between the Pomorskie stakeholders and EU actors, lobby for European and Pomorskie interests and help Pomorskie be a full-fledged partner within the EU. The association has developed extensive cooperation links with European organisations and institutions on issues like: Baltic cooperation, cohesion policy, financial instruments, education, transport, R&D or innovation.
phone: +48 58 32 68 702
Region Skåne in the south of Sweden is responsible for healthcare and public transport, business development, culture, infrastructure, social planning and environmental and climate-related issues in the context of regional development in Skåne. With 32,000 employees, Region Skåne is one of Sweden’s biggest employers. The overarching vision for Region Skåne is “World Class Quality of Life”. Collaboration and sharing across boundaries are a prerequisite for the creation of a successful, sustainable region. By tackling environmental and societal challenges by mobilizing the R&D as well as the business sector many new important jobs can be created.
phone: +46 44 309 32 81
The region Östergötland carries out the regional development policy, municipal coordination and government assignments as well as international coordination. The region is responsible for regional issues like health and nursing, culture and creativity, entrepreneurship and employability as well as spatial development planning in East Sweden region. The department involved in the SUBMARINER Network is involved in projects within business development, international projects and environmental challenges.
phone: +46 10-103 69 46
The administration of Riga Planning Region (RPR) is a state institution supervised by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development. RPR Development Council representing 30 municipalities of Riga regions is its decision making authority. The task of the regional administration is to ensure regional development planning, coordination, collaboration between local governments and other national governmental institutions. The mission of the region is to coordinate and to promote sustainable and balanced development of Riga region.
phone: +371 6755 9823
Tartu Biotechnology Park provides excellent physical infrastructure as well as business development and consultancy services to companies and R&D institutions in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and veterinary medicine. It supports companies in finding cooperation partners and is active in the establishment process of new companies. From the 2005 we are running BioMed business incubator with a mission to create favorable environment for start-up enterprises. TBP collaborates closely with biotechnology parks and IRCs in Europe and USA. We are a member and Estonian contact point of ScanBalt fmba.
phone: +372. 7 383 053
The University of Gdańsk (UG) is the largest institution of higher education in the Pomeranian region and the leading Polish university with regards to maritime research and education in the fields of natural and social sciences as well as the economics and law of the sea. The Institute of Oceanography at University of Gdańsk (IOUG) educates students in oceanography, geology, offers doctoral programme in oceanography and conducts interdisciplinary research into all aspects of marine science in the open sea and coastal zone of the shelf seas. IOUG is actively involved in implementation of the ecosystem approach into the development and management of marine areas.
phone: +48 58 523 68 83
phone: +48. 58 523 68 69
The University of Tartu is the biggest and most prestigious classical university in Estonia. It was established by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1632, thus being one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. The Estonian Marine Institute of the university is providing scientific support on ecosystem based management of human activities related to sustainable use of the marine space and resources. Research is focusing on the marine biology and biodiversity, sustainable use of marine ecosystem services including the fishery resources, environmental safety of maritime transport, maritime spatial planning as a tool for practical implementation of the ecosystem based approach.
Roskilde University (RUC) is an international university of Denmark with 900 employees, 8.400 students. Internationalisation is a driving force for quality development of learning, teaching and research. Systematic efforts to establish partnerships with other universities, businesses and organisations in Europe and beyond for the benefit of students and staff form an important part of RUC’s international profile.The main SUBMARINER contact point with RUC is Søren Laurentius Nielsen, an associate professor in plant and algal physiology and –biology at the Department of Science and Environment. His academic focus is on the utilization of microalgal biomass as part of circular economy and sustainability, and seagrass ecology. Søren is an active mentor of the Blue Growth Accelerator (Alliance+ Interreg BSR) since January 2020.
phone: +372. 671 8942
Per Dolmer is a long collaborator of the SUBMARINER Network, having participated in the Baltic Blue Growth project (Interreg BSR) and now mentoring in the Blue Growth Accelerator (Alliance+, Interreg BSR), also as a member of the Mussels Working Group. Recently he went from WSP Orbicon to opening his own consultancy. His new consulting company Blue Research Aps offers development and advice in the field of blue bioeconomy. Development and advice include the cultivation and fishing of mussels, oysters and seaweed, and the cultivation of fish. Blue Research advises on production methods, management and business development. Blue Research offers solutions based on collaboration with experts across the company's network.
Søren Laurentius Nielsen
phone: +45 46 74 27 22
phone: +45 21347781