Oban hosts seaweed summit

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The seaweed sector in Scotland has great growth potential, but how can it scale responsibly?

What are the key considerations when developing and growing the industry, and how do we ensure we have a responsible and sustainable sector?

These are among the questions that will be addressed next week at the 2023 Scottish Seaweed Industry Association Conference in Oban, taking place on 14, 15 & 16 November.

It will bring together industry leaders, researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders to explore sustainable practices and innovative strategies for scaling the seaweed industry. With a focus on responsible growth, attendees can expect in-depth discussions, engaging presentations, and valuable networking opportunities.

Highlights of the event include:

Conference Sessions: A series of expert-led sessions will delve into key topics such as animal interactions with seaweed farms, offshore wind co-location potential, market applications, and regulatory frameworks. Specialists will share their insights and experiences, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of best practices. Speakers include Gillian Martin, Minister for Energy and the Environment with the Scottish Government, and representatives from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Exeter University, NatureScot, the Pacific Seaweed Industry Association and many more. Olavur Gregersen, CEO of Faroes-based Ocean Rainforest, will be also giving a keynote speech.

Networking Reception: The conference will feature a networking reception at the historic Oban Distillery, sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC). This evening event promises to be an excellent opportunity for attendees to connect, share ideas, and establish valuable partnerships.

“We are excited to host the SSIA Annual Conference in Oban, a town known for its stunning coastal beauty and rich maritime heritage,” said Owen Stevens, Chairman of the Scottish Seaweed Industry Association. “Our theme, ‘How to Scale Responsibly,’ reflects our commitment to promoting sustainable growth of the seaweed industry. With the support of our sponsors and the expertise of our speakers, we aim to drive meaningful discussions and inspire positive change.”

Participants will also be visiting the renowned SAMS seaweed nursery and academy (this tour is now fully booked).

The SSIA Annual Conference is expected to draw attendees from across the seaweed sector, including seaweed farmers, scientists, government officials, investors, and environmental advocates. It presents a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to come together and contribute to the industry’s sustainable future.

For registration and additional information about the conference, please visit ssia.scot/conference

 

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