Norway - United Kingdom Business Conference


Aberdeen and London

14 - 16  September 2022


Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the official visit to the United Kingdom by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit planned for 14 - 16 September will not take place.

In consultation with the Royal House of Norway and the Norwegian Government, Innovation Norway has cancelled the accompanying business delegation from Norway to the United Kingdom.


14 September, Aberdeen: Norway and UK, United by the North Sea 

Location: P&J LIVE, Aberdeen, map

Organiser: NCE Aquatech; Salmon Scotland

Contact: Ellie Johansen, email

08:30 - 09:45 Registration, coffee/tea and mingling

10:00 - 11:00 Plenary opening: Exploring Energy and Ocean Industries Together more info

11:15 – 15:00 Parallel session 3: Unlocking the growth opportunities in the aquaculture sector   

How to unlock growth opportunities for the aquaculture sector is the million-dollar question in Scotland and Norway, with stagnation in recent years due to planning permissions, health/environmental issues, and more. This is the theme we wish to discuss with key people in the sector: What has worked, what can be improved, and how can we learn from each other to unlock the future potential? We want to learn from one another and use innovation as a tool to become better than we were yesterday. 



11:15 – 11:25 Introduction and welcome – Mr. Kristian Henriksen, Cluster leader, NCE Aquatech Cluster

11:25 – 11:45 The aquaculture vision – Ms. Mairi Gougeon, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands

11:45 – 11:55 Sector wide involvement: Collaboration for sustainable sector – Mr. Tavish Scott, Chief executive, Salmon Scotland 

11:55 – 12:05 How is Norwegian aquaculture becoming more sustainable in a market perspective? – Mr. Arild Rød, The Norwegian Seafood Federation

12:05 – 12:15 Where does the sector need to be in 5 years? – Mr. Ian Laister, Managing director, Bakkafrost Scotland (tbc)


12:15 – 13:15 Networking lunch   


13:15 – 13:35 What is sustainable aquaculture? – Ms. Heather Jones - CEO, SAIC

13:35 – 13:45 How to address the sustainability challenges? – Mr. Martin Søreide, Technical director, Scale AQ 

13:45 – 13:55 What gets measured gets done: Sustainability metrics in aquaculture – Mr. Erik Olav Gracey, Global sustainability manager BioMar 

13:55 – 14:10 Seeds for vitality – Mr. Matias Medina, Director RnD, Aquagen

14:10 – 14:25 Sustainable solutions for plastic pens – Mr. Donald Fowler, Commercial manager, AKVAgroup  

14:25 – 14:40 The future is electric: hybrid vessels – Mr. Torfinn Hansvik, Technical director, Moen Marine 

14:40 – 14:50 Coffee/tea break        

14:50 – 15:50 Panel discussion: How can we achieve an acceptable growth in the sector?  

  • Mr. Chris Webb, Environmental compliance manager, Cooke Aquaculture

  • Mr. Alex McInnes, MD, Organic Sea Harvest  

  • Ms. Malin Kleppe, Product developer, Lerøy Ocean Harvest

  • Ms. Tonje Foss, MD, Frøy 

15:50 – 16:00 Summary of the panel discussion, with NCE Aquatech and Salmon Scotland

16:00 – 16:15 Closing remarks – NCE Aquatech, Salmon Scotland, and SAIC 


Contact Innovation Norway 

Head of delegations, Anja Fallan Gustavsen, email

Press contact, Anders Vinnogg, email 

Registration queries, Hallvard Østtveit Barbogen, email

Programme manager, Sigridur Thormodsdottir, email

Director, Innovation Norway UK & Ireland, Hilde Hukkelberg, email  


The conference is now fully booked and the registration has now closed!   

UK business organisations and trade associations attend free of charge. 

Norwegian businesses, organisations, and research institutions pay a fee, based on size of organisation: large NOK 10 000; medium NOK 7 500; small NOK 5 000 more information here (Norwegian only). The fee will be invoiced ahead of participation and is per person and the same regardless of the number of events attended.