Better Off Blue #7 - GRASS Baltic Macroalgae Conference
Macroalgae are game-changing biomass resources for producing food, cosmetics and energy without competing for arable land, depleting fresh water and adding fertiliser. However, the sector is still in its infancy in the Baltic Sea Region and there is a lack of in-depth and wide-spread knowledge on the potential benefits of macroalgae. The GRASS project conference will gather experts, from the Baltic Sea and beyond, with knowledge, initiatives, stories and practices. The aim to place seaweed in the heart of the Baltic Sea Region, to raise awareness, also among public authorities, on the arising benefits and opportunities of macroalgae and pave the way for future innovation and product development. For this the conference will give voice to the triple helix of innovation - industry, academia and government. During the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to elaborate on a developing position paper, a draft of which will be pre-circulated by the GRASS project partners.
Themes of the conference:
- State of play and prospects of macroalgae production and use in the BSR
- Benefits, risks, opportunities and barriers in innovation, production and product development
- How to bridge supply and demand for marketing algae products? Understand the industry needs to upscale production
- The role of algae in contributing to EUs contribution to SDGs: nutrient recycling, GHG emission uptake, biodiversity
- Knowledge transfer to stimulate the Baltic algae sector
- Lessons learned from other European regions more advanced in large scale production
- How to best link up with the European wide ‘Algae’ initiatives
- Harvesting beach-cast: a problem or a resource?
- What comes AFTER GRASS – how to continue work as the SUBMARINER Algae working group