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The European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) aims to promote a strong link between science, technology and business in the algae biomass sector. Seaweed sustainable harvesting and cultivation for multiple purposes is very relevant for the algae biomass sector. It is very relevant to bring together the main stakeholders for knowledge exchange and collaboration.

The Atlantic Sargassum Belt has very relevant ecological and economic impact and at the same time represents a great opportunity to understand the global ecosystem changes and potential mitigation and exploitation. A large problem can also be a large opportunity. However international collaboration is needed both to understand and to find possible routes of action.

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This EABA Technical Webinar aims to increase the European interest and motivations to develop science, technology and business projects and activities related with the ‘Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt’.

This is an intensive technical webinar where participants have the chance to present a short pitch and where interaction is promoted.
From previous webinars it was possible to understand that this model of intensive work from 9.30 to 17.30 with coffee and lunch breaks provides at the same time a training and a learning & sharing opportunity.

November 3

15.30 Dry run with speakers

16.00 Dry run and introduction of all participants

November 4

09:30  Welcome and EABA Presentation: Why this technical webinar?
Jean Paul Cadoret (France)

09:40 Opening presentation: All about the Atlantic Sargassum Belt. 
Isabel Sousa Pinto (Portugal)

10:10 Pitch presentations “Who are you?” (2 min.) from each participant. The objective is that all the participants know who are the others and what they do.

11:00 Time to grab a coffee or tea

11:20 Pitch presentations “Who are you?” PART II (2 min.) from each participant.

12:30 Sustainable solutions for Sargassum inundations in Turks & Caicos –
Debbie Bartlett (University of Greenwich, UK)

Lunch break – Opportunity for networking – time for a walk and some food

13:45 Learning and understanding the situation

  • The Sargood Project – – Marie-Ange Arsene (Univ. Antilles, Guadeloupe) 
  • The PhycoMExUK Project – – Amy Pilsbury (University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) 
  • Sargassum: Demonstrating an island blueprint for a sustainable self-supporting community – Stefan Kraan – The Seaweed Company
  • The Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt as observed from satellites – Chuanmin Hu (University of South Florida, USA)

Time to grab a coffee or tea

15:15 What can we do? (potential applications)

  • Technologies for the harvesting of seaweed – Bernardete Castro (Royal IHC, The Netherlands)
  • Sustainable solutions for Sargassum inundations in Turks & Caicos – John Milledge (Greenwich University, UK)
  • Potential transformation of Sargassum for biofertilizers – Gabriel Acien (Almeria University, Spain)
  • Barrages Anti-Algues Group AlgaeNova – Sargasses – Patrick Raub (Algaenova, Dominican Republic)
  • Sodium Alginate production potential from Sargassum – Jacques Mazoyer (Cargill, France)

16:15 What are we doing? (the current projects)

  • Sargassum biofertilizer formulations – Johanan Dujon (Algas Organics, St Lucia)
  • Sargassum as Animal Feed, Daveian Morrison (Awganic Inputs, Jamaica)
  • Antiviral potentials of Sargassum fluitans seaweed. Experimental evidences – Liena de Regla Ponce Rey (Cuba) 
  • “Floating gold or toxic waste?” – Anne Desrochers (Univ. West Indies / FAO-CC4FISH, Barbados)

Workshop conclusions – Isabel Sousa Pinto and Jean-Paul Cadoret

17:30 Workshop closure 

Please note: times are displayed in Central European Time (CET), UTC+1.13:004:00Overview of sargassum uses based on Caribbean case studiesr

  • ABO
  • Agro Innovation International
  • Algaenova
  • Algas Organics
  • Almeria University
  • ARPA-E
  • Ben-Gurion University of Negev
  • Cargill
  • C-Combinator
  • CIIMAR / Porto University
  • EABA
  • Enereco Spa
  • European Commission
  • European Commission – DG GROW
  • European Commission DG AGRI.D4
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Marine Research Kiel
  • Greenwich University
  • Havana University
  • IncBio
  • Integrated Services for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Marine Drugs
  • Metal Production & Rocket cluster
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Neste
  • NWP – Netherlands Water Partnership
  • Plymouth University
  • Royal IHC
  • SAMS
  • The Seaweed Company
  • Tirenda de Monte
  • TNO Energy Transition
  • Univ. of the West Indies
  • University of Antilles, Guadeloupe
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of South Florida
  • Verschuren Centre for Sustainability
  • Wageningen University and Research
Isabel Sousa Pinto


Wish list definition of research needs
Regulatory needs statement formulation
Wish list for EABA actions related activities
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This workshop model was successfully used in 6 EABA Workshops in 2019. It is not a conference, but rather a unique opportunity for learning and sharing knowing the key players.


Workshop Chair:

Prof. Isabel Sousa Pinto, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto. Group Lead of the Coastal Biodiversity Lab at Ciimar Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Research.


Workshop coordination:

Jean-Paul Cadoret – President of EABA, CSO ALGAMA Food, France
Vítor Verdelho – General Manager of EABA; Council Member of the Executive Committee of ISAP – International Society for Applied Phycology; Member of the Board A4F – Algae for Future, sa, Portugal


Workshop organization and logistics:

Christie de Vrij – Building on Events –

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