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Conference Program

Seagriculture USA

7 - 8 September 2022

Portland, ME, USA


Seagriculture USA 2022 Conference Program

Conference day 1: Wednesday 7 September 2022
8.00 am - 8.30 am Breakfast 
8:00 am – 9.00 am Registration

9.00 am  - 9.10 am Opening of the conference

9.10 am - 9.30 am: Keynote Presentation: Seaweed aquaculture in the USA: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions

Charles Yarish, Professor Emeritus, The University of Connecticut, USA

9.30 am - 10.50 am Session 1: MARINER program

9.30 am - 09.50 am: Title to be confirmed 

Simon Freeman, Program Director, ARPA-E, USA

9.50 am - 10.10 am: MACROSYSTEMS – critical hurdles and regulations for offshore cultivation of Macrocystis pyrifera.

Eliza Harrison, Program Manager, Ocean Rainforest, CA

10.10 am - 10.30 am: Title to be confirmed 

Alyson Myers, President, Fearless Fund, USA

10.30 am - 10.50 am: Catenary Arrays to Unlock High-Density Seaweed Farming

Clifford Goudey, CEO, TendOcean, USA
10.50 am - 11.20 am Coffee Break / Poster presentation tour

11.20 am - 12.30 pm Session 2: Offshore cultivation and scaling up production

11.20 am - 11.50 am: Title to be confirmed 

James Morris, Director, Safety & Environmental Compliance U. S. Department of Commerce - NOAA

11.50 am - 12.10 pm: Title to be confirmed 

Phil Kerrison, Researcher in red seaweed cultivation, Hortimare, NL

12.10 pm - 12.30 pm: Alaska Mariculture Initiative

Julie Decker, Executive Director, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, USA
12.30 pm - 2.00 pm Lunch / Poster presentation tour

2.00 pm - 3.00 pm Session 3: The young seaweed generation (<30 years)

2.00 pm - 2.20 pm: Title to be confirmed

Nichole Price, Senior Research Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA

2.20 pm - 2.40 pm: Title to be confirmed 

Kristen Davis, University of California, USA

2.40 pm - 3.00 pm:  The Secret Life of Seaweed Farms--Observations from 5 years of modeling and measuring kelp cultivation structures in extreme environments

Tobias Dewhurst,  PhD, PE, Ocean Engineer, Kelson Marine, USA

3.0 pm - 3.45pm Session 4: Innovation Award

The Seagriculture Innovation Award is open to all USA companies, research institutes and other organizations involved in seaweed innovation. Take this opportunity to enhance the promotion of your brand and ensure its worldwide recognition.

A jury incorporating international seaweed experts from academia and industry will select 3 nominees which offer, according to the jury, the most innovative product, service or invention. In total 3 Innovation Awards will be presented by the jury: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Submit here.


3.45 pm - 4.30 pm Trade show / Poster presentation tour

Networking Coctail Reception

More information will follow soon. Additional charge applies. Limited seats.

Conference day 2: Thursday 8 September 2022

8.00 am - 8.30 am Breakfast 

9.00 am - 9.20 am: Keynote presentation

Scott Lindell, Principal Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

9.20 am - 10.40 am Session 5: Seaweeds and climate change/ecosystem services/social aspects

9.20 am - 9.40 am: Using seaweed to benefit the climate – an impact funders perspective 

Marc von Keitz, Director, The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, USA

9.40 am - 10.00 am: Title to be confirmed 

Bailey Moritz, Program Officer, World Wildlife Fund, USA

10.00 am - 10.20 am: Seaweed and climate impacts – a systems perspective and comparison with other foods

Jean-Baptiste Thomas, Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE

10.20 am - 10.40 am: What is a Right-Sized Seaweed Economy? Conservation, culture, and local agency in a growing seaweed sector

Severine v T Fleming, Co-Founder, Farmer, Activist-Organizer, Smithereen Farms, Seaweed Commons, USA

10.40 am - 11.20 am Coffee Break / Poster presentation tour

11.20 am - 12.10 pm Session 6: Onland seaweed cultivation

11.20 am - 11.50 am: Advancements in Canadian On-land Seaweed Cultivation

Jeff Hafting, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Acadian Seaplants Limited, CA

11.50 am - 12.10 pm: Title to be confirmed 

Bert Groenendaal, Co-founder, SEACROPS, BE
12.10 pm - 1.45 pm Lunch / Poster presentation tour

1.45 pm - 2.45 pm Session 7: Seaweed applications

1.45 pm - 2.05 pm: Kelp and Nanofibers; Maine Farmers and Industry Investing Together

Colin Hepburn, CEO, Everything Seaweed/ÍslandsÞari 

2.05 pm - 2.25 pm: The Potential of Seaweed Materials & Impact at Scale

Julia Marsh, Co-Founder, CEO, Sway the Future, USA

2.25 pm - 2.45 pm: Developing cultivation systems and best management practices for Caribbean seaweed farming in US waters 

Loretta Roberson, Associate Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory 

2.45 pm - 3.05 pm: Line-grown seaweed as an umami-packed superfood

Briana Warner, CEO, Atlantic Sea Farms, US
3.05 pm - 3.35 pm Coffee break / trade show / LIVE Cooking 

Conference dinnerMore information will follow soon. Additional charge applies. Limited seats.

The program is subject to change.


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