A workshop is being organised by the European funded research project EnAlgae with the aim of discussing the conditions needed for large scale seaweed production in Europe.
The International EnAlgae Stakeholder Workshop on Benefits and Risks from Biomass Production with Seaweeds will take place on Tuesday 28th October from 09:30 to 16:30 at Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport (Bath Road). It's being organised by project partners from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
The workshop will be discussing the following questions:
*Could ecosystem services provided by the cultivation of seaweeds compensate the unfavourable energy balance?
*Which is better, wild harvest or cultivation of seaweeds?
*Is seaweed cultivation in competition to other users of the marine ecosystem?
*Employment in rural areas but low income jobs only?
What are the perceptions of the use of non-native seaweeds?
"The aim of EnAlgae is to develop sustainable technologies for algae biomass production taking into account the views of different stakeholders," said project researcher Johannes Skarka. "That's why we would like to invite interested parties to attend the workshop.
"The workshop will not only provide new information on the sustainability of seaweed production but it will also be a unique possibility to meet stakeholders from different countries and give insights into the views of the attendees on controversial issues.
"We hope to get a wide cross section of opinions and we welcome attendees from public institutions, policy makers, NGOs, and those employed in business and industry."
Anyone who is interested in attending the workshop can do so online, simply register here.
Participation is free of charge, lunch and refreshments will be provided. The number of participants is limited, ensuring optimum interaction and discussion.
EnAlgae, which is a four-year Strategic Initiative of the INTERREG IVB North West Europe programme, aims to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources in NWE, by accelerating the development of sustainable technologies for algal biomass production. You can find out more on our website www.enalgae.eu