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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Line Up and registration for the SSIA Conference 2017


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CORRAN HALLS, OBAN, WEDNESDAY 15th November 2017 _________________________________________________________________________________
10.20 INTRODUCTION – Walter Speirs, Chair of SSIA
Sustainable Harvesting – Jim Keogh, Acadian Seaplants
EMFF project on harvesting Hyperborea – SRSL
Coffee Break

Processing, Drying and Packing – Rory MacPhee, Mara Seaweed
Cultivation in Scottish Waters – Adrian MacLeod, SAMS

Opportunities and key considerations for seaweed ingredients in cosmetic products – Lynn MacNeish
The value of seaweed and seaweed extracts to the horticulture industry – Sam Brown, Biotechnica
Intellectual Asset Protection – Donald Lawrie, Lawrie IP
Coffee Break

The Arsenic Content of Seaweed – Liam Morrison, NUI Galway
Seaweed for Food and Nutrition, Craig Rose, Seaweed & Co
High Value Fucoidans – Charlie Bavington, Glycomar
Crown Estate Scotland’s Role in Developing the Industry – Closing Summary – Alex Adrian

SSIA to hold its second conference on the 15th November 2017

The SSIA is holding its 2017 conference in Oban on Wednesday 15th November
To build on the success of the inaugural meeting in 2016, the directors of the SSIA have started to plan this year’s event, which will take place in November. The intention is to hold the AGM and have a dinner on Tuesday 14th, with the main conference programme running all day on Wednesday 15th.
The SSIA is a forum for all industry voices, and people with any interest in this emerging sector are welcome to register and participate – please save the date, and look out for further information about the programme and how to register, which will be circulated as soon as it becomes available.


SSIA to hold its first conference

The SSIA Conference takes place in Oban on 16.11.16 We are pleased to announce two additional speakers: Mike Bland, from the Marine Scotland – Licensing Operations Team, will cover Marine Licensing in the the context of harvesting and cultivating seaweed Shona Hutchison, Global Buyer – Seaweed & Seaweed Extracts, DuPont Nutrition & Health, will be discussing seaweed harvesting around the world If you are intending to attend, but have not already registered, please do so over the next few days to help confirm arrangements.

For details of how to sign-up, simply follow this link:

The SSIA is a forum for all industry voices, and people with any interest in this emerging sector are welcome to register and participate. The day’s programme is shown below –




Olavur Gregersen, Managing Director,  Ocean Rainforest, Where is there value in cultivating, harvesting and selling seaweed as a food?

Fiona Richmond, Scotland Food and Drink  Growing markets for seaweed, as a pure product and ingredient

Fiona Houston, Mara Seaweed  Building the market opportunity for seaweed 

Prof Vyacheslav Sova – Russian Academy of Science  Transforming seaweed into products for human and animal consumption, or into food ingredients

Shona Hutchison, Global Buyer – Seaweed & Seaweed Extracts, DuPont Nutrition& Health Seaweed harvesting around the world

Federica Colombo, Friend of the Sea, Quality standards and accreditation 

LUNCH  1 – 2.30  


Ian Archer, IBioIC How can seaweed be used in biotech processes to solve industry problems.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise  Relevant funding opportunities and support available to business

Mike Bland, Marine Scotland – Licensing Operations Team Marine Licensing: harvesting and cultivating seaweed 

Georgina Finch, Food Standards Scotland Labelling requirements for selling seaweed – for home and export markets. Statutory requirements for declarations on product (for example, regarding RDAs) 

Andy MacLeod, Argyll & Bute Council Environmental Health considerations in setting up an operation handling, packaging or processing seaweed


Closing Comments Alex Adrian, Crown Estate Scotland Portfolio

CLOSE AND COFFEE                                                         5.00 P.M

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  • Accommodation Deal – we have negotiated a discounted room rate of £50 B&B with the Columba Hotel in Oban for visiting delegates. To take advantage of this offer, simply contact the hotel in advance, and mention that you are a delegate at the conference.

Kindly sponsored by Crown Estate Scotland Portfolio