More than 150 representatives of research institutions, private companies and public institutions in the field of Blue Biotechnology participated in our SUBMARINER Blue Biotechnology Cooperation Event in Kiel, Germany on 9 and 10 May 2012. The event offered them a platform for networking and cooperation. It was hosted by the Centre for Marine Natural Products (KiWiZ) at GEOMAR and Norgenta North German Life Science Agency GmbH.
The commercial use of marine organisms holds enormous potential in a wide range of applications. This was shown by the presentations which did not only give country overviews from the Baltic Sea Region countries, but also highlighted specific research projects and commercial applications in the fields of genetics, food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. To further strengthen the Baltic Sea Region’s position in the field of Blue Biotechnology, the region should focus on aligning its strategies and formulating clear ambitions. This was one of the results of the concluding panel discussion.
Pictures and presentations from the Blue Biotechnology Cooperation Event can now be found here. As a follow-up, SUBMARINER will also produce a Blue Biotechnology Magazine with summaries of the event and articles by the conference speakers.
A public consultation on the topic "Blue Growth: sustainable growth from the oceans, seas and coasts" has been opened by DG Mare. All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.
The Blue Growth initiative builds on earlier policy initiatives to recognise the potential of marine resources and thus aids in realising the Europe 2020 strategy towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
This consultation aims at gathering the opinion of individuals and stakeholders that have an interest in and would like to shape the EU actions in the marine and maritime sectors.
The responses from the consultation shall also feed into discussions on the European Maritime Day in Gothenburg, Sweden in May 2013.
More details can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/partners/consultations/blue_growth/index_en.htm
SUBMARINER is hosting a workshop entitled "SUBMARINER and Green Growth" at the occasion of the international conference "Microbial Interactions in Marine Systems". The workshop will be held on July 7th in Greifswald, from 17:00 - 18:00.
The scope of the workshop is to discuss with experts and stakeholders from basic and applied science and industry the positive environmental and economic impact of marine biotechnologies on the Baltic Sea as one possible tool for Green Growth in the Baltic Sea Region. It is planned to identify and document the current status which should be implemented in the strategic action plans in the Baltic Sea Region development.
For more information about the event click here.
Present and Potential Uses of Algae - A Cooperation Event
Climate change, increases in the price of fossil fuels and the search for renewable energy have made the potential uses of algae a hot topic within the ﬁeld of sustainable development. Whether it is micro or macro, marine or limnic algae; whether it is for bioenergy production, water pollution remediation, CO2 capture, landfill management, or feed production, we have only just started to explore its potential. Our challenge is now to bring the research a step further and into practical use connecting basic research, commercial initiatives and ecological applications.
On the 28th and 29th of September the Municipality of Trelleborg and the Baltic Sea Region SUBMARINER project welcome you to an algae conference on the potential and future use of algae to be held in Trelleborg, Sweden.
The Municipality of Trelleborg and SUBMARINER hosted an Algae Cooperation Event on the present and potential future uses of algae. The event was held in Trelleborg, Sweden on September 28th and 29th, 2011 and was a great success!
Over 150 participants from the Baltic Sea Region as well as visitors from as far away as China, Scotland or Italy joined in for two days of exciting presentations ranging from macro- to micro-algae, from harvest to cultivation, and from algae muffins to biogas and biofuel! A poster and exhibits session was also held, along with a lively panel discussion with representatives from public authorities and private companies and a study tour of Trelleborg's algae highlights.
You can read more about the event in the following media coverage:
Sverigesradio: Alginvasion of Trelleborg (English)
Click here to view the event presentations, agenda, participants and a photo gallery.