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.

Detailed programme: Seaweed 

14th of September, Aberdeen

Norway and UK, United by the North Sea 

Location: P&J LIVE, Aberdeen, map

Organiser: Norwegian Seaweed Association; Nofima; Scottish Association for Marine Science

Contact: Marit Gjerstad, email  and Dagbjørn Skipnes, 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 4: Seaweed   

Seaweed have been important to Norway for several decades in various ways. The Vikings ate red seaweed - dulce - to avoid scurvy, and from 1750 to 1930 Norway had a large industry that burned seaweed for the glass industry. At that time, the UK was an important market for Norwegian seaweed farmers. Today, Norway has a new growing seaweed industry. Companies along the Norwegian coast grow sugar kelp and winged kelp for food and feed. Norwegian companies are targeting market partners in the UK from the food industry, and partners developing new technology for the food industry. Join the seaweed seminar for knowledge sharing and discussions on how to develop a new and sustainable marine industry. 



11:15 – 11:30  Welcome  

  • Status of the Scottish seaweed industry 
  • Short info about the Norwegian Seaweed Cluster

11:30 - 12:30 Theme 1: Seaweed and food 

Moderator: Marit Gjerstad, Norwegian Seaweed Cluster

  • Why seaweed in food - Dagbjørn Skipenes, Nofima

  • Seaweed, from sea to market, “this is how we do it” - Malin Kleppe, Ocean Forest 

  •  - Peter Elbourne, Shøre Seaweed


12:30 – 13:30 Networking lunch 

13:30 – 14:00 Theme 2: Seaweed processing  

Moderator: Adam Hughes

  • Seaweed processing for the food industry, SUSKelpFood – Dagbjørn Skipenes, Nofima

  • Eco Cascade, a new approach for processing – Cait Murray-Green, Eco Cascade CIC

  • Result from various drying technology, result, pros and cons – Kyla Orr, KelpCrofting Ltd


14:00 – 14:30 Coffee/tea break  

14:30 – 14:55 Theme 3: Regenerative aquaculture and seaweed, ecosystem services 

Moderator: Caroline Griffin

  • Seaweed Aquaculture, how do we value the ecosystem services it provides? – Adam Hughes, Scottish Association of Marine Science

  • Panel: How can ecosystem services become an extra revenue for kelp farmers?


14:55 – 15:00 Closing thoughts


Contact Innovation Norway

Head of delegations, Anja Fallan Gustavsen, email (+47) 948 75 232

Press contact, Anders Vinnogg, email (+47) 936 69 204 

Registration queries, Hallvard Østveit Borgen, mail

Programme manager, Sigridur Thormodsdottir, email

UK office manager, Hilde Hukkelberg, email  


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