Line Up and Registration for the SSIA Conference 2018

The SSIA is holding its 2018 conference in Oban on Wednesday 14th November


Address: Corran Halls, Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5AB

Date and Times: Wed 14 November 2018, 09:30 – 17:00 GMT

ACCOMMODATION: We have negotiated a rate of £95 per room at the Perle Hotel, Oban. Please quote ‘SSIA Conference’ when enquiring. Telephone: 01631 700301

Registration forms for the 2018 Scottish Seaweed Industry Association Conference 



9.30 Registration Open COFFEE

WELCOME :  Walter Speirs, Scottish Seaweed Industry Association

SESSION 1 CHAIR: Walter Speirs

Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy

Kate Burns, Managing Director, Islander Kelp Ltd: The Realities of Farming and Marketing Kelp in Europe, a Private Sector Perspective.

Peter Elbourne, MD Supply and Operations, New Wave Foods: Sustainable Harvesting Practises, Biomass Surveys and Monitoring.



Rebekka Varne, Aquaculture Adviser, County Council Administration Møre og Romsdal: Aquaculture Act and Cultivation of Seaweed in Norway

Frode Hovland, County Council Administration, Sogn og Fjordane: Management Of Mechanical and Hand Harvesting of Seaweed in Norway.

Isla McCulloch, Soil Association: Opportunities for Organic Seaweed

13.00 – 14.30 LUNCH

SESSION 3 CHAIR: Dr Craig Rose

Dr Matt Wilcox, Newcastle University: The Effect of Encapsulation on Seaweed Bioactivity.

Dr Emilie Combet, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, University of Glasgow: The Importance of Iodine in our Diet.

Professor Jeff Pearson, Newcastle University: How could Models of Digestion Aid the Development of Seaweed Bioactives?


SESSION 4 CHAIR: Douglas MacInnes

Charlie Bavington/Karen Scofield Seal: Bioplastics from Seaweed.

Samantha Brown, Technical Manager, Biotechnica: Seaweed and Soil Health.

Alex Adrian, Crown Estate Scotland: Closing Summary

17.00 CLOSE: Walter Speirs, SSIA


Scottish Association For Marine Science (SAMS): Event To Be Held On Thursday 15th November 2018.

SAMS are offering the following event. IMPORTANT – If interested, please indicate that you wish to attend on the booking form. This is a FREE event.

9.30 for 10.00-11.30: The seaweed team at SAMS would like to invite you to a practical demonstration of the seaweed cultivation process. Here we will take a look at how seed can be collected and maintained for different cultivation areas, as well as its preparation for seeding using standard twine and direct seeding techniques.

11.30-12.00: As part of our ongoing work to understand and address the social barriers and opportunities that seaweed cultivation entails we would like you to share your ‘vision’ for what the industry should look like in the future. The information collected will be collated with other similar events and used to produce a handbook on ‘Social licence for seaweed cultivation’ which will be freely available to everyone and open for comments and feedback.

12.00: Lunch

13.00-15.00: If weather permits we would also like to invite you to visit the SAMS experimental seaweed farm and discuss the innovation and future challenges as we work towards a successful cultivation industry. Please note given the time of year and the exposed position of the farm, it is unlikely that weather will be suitable for a site visit.


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