Marine Challenges - Blue Solutions

Program

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Date: Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of November
Venue: RunAn, Chalmers campus Johanneberg
Chalmersplatsen 1, Gothenburg

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TUESDAY
​9:30 REGISTRATION

10.00 OPENING AND INTRODUCTION
Chalmers president Stefan Bengtsson, Seminar Committee and Areas of Advance leaders

10.30 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
“Marine research in a future perspective – how do we match Agenda 2030” Dr. Anna Jöborn, Director of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and engaged in the EU initiative JPI Oceans focuses on future national and (several) international research funding initiatives
“Do we need a ‘totum revolutum’ or can we achieve good marine status and blue growth at the same time?” Dr. Angel Borja, Principal Investigator, AZTI Marine and Costal Environment Management in Spain is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency and involved in successfully linking international marine research projects and marine management
“Maximizing the value of blue biomass – from local to global perspective” Dr. Ragnhild Whitaker, Research Director, Nofima in Norway, focuses on sustainable blue growth, primarily by developing value adding strategies for unused marine biomasses.  Ragnhild is also responsible for the marine testsite Biotep outside Tromsö

12.00 LUNCH

13.30 FOCUS ON AQUACULTURE
”Macroalgae; Green light for blue farming” Dr. Göran Nylund, Dept of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg.
”Microalgae; The blue cell factory” Dr. Eva Albers, Dept of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
”Fish cultivation out of the sea” Prof. Torsten Wik, Dept of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
”Aquaculture; more than Norwegian salmon” Dr. Elisabeth Jönsson, Dept of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg

14.30 COFFEE 

15.00 FOCUS ON MARINE FOODS
”Diets, a fishy way to get slim” Prof. Ann-Sofie Sandberg, Dept of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
”Allergy? Don’t blame the fish” Prof. Agnes Wold, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg
”Treating arthritis out of the blue” Dr. Helen Lindqvist, Dept of Internal Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg
”From red to blue – another road to the protein shift” Prof. Ingrid Undeland and Dr. Mehdi Abdollahi, Dept of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
”Fishing for sustainability” Senior scientist Dr. Friederike Ziegler, RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden

16.15 ENERGY BOOST AND POSTER EXHIBITION

16.45 FOCUS ON SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING
”Leaving the dust behind – new fuels for shipping” Dr. Selma Brynolf, Dept of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology
In 2050 there is a global target that the shipping fleet should reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with 50% compared to the level in 2008. This is a huge challenge for the shipping industry that will require new ways of transporting cargo and passengers on our oceans. New fuels, such as electrofuels, hydrogen and electricity, can be part of the solution.
”Catching the wave of sustainable energy” Prof. Jonas Ringsberg, Dept of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology
The talk gives an overview of the available wave energy in the oceans. One example of a wave energy converter that has been tested in full-scale is presented. A design methodology for the design of cost-efficient smaller wave farms that can deliver electricity to e.g. fish farms is outlined.
”Seafarers 4.0 – Shipping the 4th Industrial Revolution” Senior Lecturer Monica Lundh, Dept of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology
Fully autonomous vessels can be a reality in a few years’ time. Large research projects are ongoing, test bed areas are established in Finland, Norway and China, the necessary technology is here and constantly being refined. The human element is frequently mentioned as an important feature and within this lies the skill set. Resources and research need to be spent on trying to understand what future seafarers, “Seafarers 4.0” will look like. What skill set do they need, how are they organized and how should the be educated. 
”Rank a wreck” Assistant prof. Andreas Lindhe, Dept of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
The potential release of oil or other hazardous substances from shipwrecks is global problem that pose a substantial threat to the marine environment. To enable prioritization of shipwrecks and thus an efficient use of available resources for remedial actions, a risk assessment model (VRAKA) has been developed by an interdisciplinary team of researcher. It is a quantitative model that makes it possible to consider uncertainties and to integrate expert knowledge and site specific hard data to estimate the probability of release of hazardous substance. The results can be combined with different types of consequence assessment and by comparing the results from different wrecks, they can be prioritized based on the level of risk they pose.

17.45 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
”Risks and rising seas” Dr. Magnus Hieronymus, SMHI, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Sea level rise occurs as a consequence of the ongoing climate change and it is most often discussed in the context of globally averaged values. However, there are strong regional differences both in current and in expected future sea level rise. Here we will look at regional sea level rise along the Scandinavian Peninsula, what it is affected by and how it influences sea level extremes along the coast.

18.15 MINGLE

18.45 -> DINNER WITH POSTER AWARD


WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER

09.00 FOCUS ON MARINE HIGHTECH
”Microalgae – from solar energy to skin care” Sofie Allert, Co-Founder and CEO Swedish Algae Factory
Algae is today an underused resource with great potential for extraction of everything from Advanced materials and sustainable commodity products. Swedish Algae Factory are today extracting the nanoporous silica Shell from diatoms that can be utilized to create value in everything from cosmetics to solar panels. The material is also produced Whilst water is cleaned, nutrients recycled, carbon dioxide is absorbed and a valuable nutrient- and oilrich organic biomass also is produced.
”No heavy metal – clear water revival” Assistant Prof. Björn Wickman, Dept of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology
A new method to remove toxic heavy metals from aqueous streams have been developed at the department of Physics at Chalmers. The method relies on the formation of electrochemical alloys where the heavy metal atoms are absorbed into and bound hard in the formed alloy. The very high stability of the alloy enables the process to selectively remove targeted heavy metals in an efficient way. The process can clean water to well below ppb-levels of heavy metals and the electrode material can be completely regenerated and re-used multiple times.
”Can you limit the ship drag?” Dr. Irma Yeginbayeva, Dept of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology
The presentation will review different maintenance approaches and practices of a ship hull to prolong the antifouling efficacy of marine coating technologies.​
”Running on marine polymers” Dr. Anna Ström, Dept of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
Alginates will be the center of attention. During my talk, I will give a fast and general insight into gelation mechanism of alginates, than moving forward to scientific insights of why professional athletes around the globe suddenly is using alginate as part of their sport drink. 
”Parting the sea – the seafloor revealedOla Oskarsson, founder and vice president of MMT – Marin mätteknik, Sweden
The presentation covers the steps taken to increase efficency, resolution and accuracy by moving a suite of sonsors underwater in a bespoke ROV (underwater robot) and utilising neutral networks to combine large data from a quiver of sensors. Thus making the oceans transparent.
"Minimizing the release of microplastics from textiles into the ocean" 
Prof. Sebastien Rauch, Dept of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
Increasing concentrations of microplastics in the environment are raising concern over the potential implications of this contamination. The shedding of synthetic microfibers from textiles is a potentially important contributor to the overall microplastics emissions. Chalmers is involved in a project managed by Swerea IVF in collaboration with the Swedish fashion industry (H&M, Ellos, Fjällräven, Peak Performance…), IKEA and Electrolux to minimize the shedding of microplastics from textiles.

10.45 COFFEE

11.15 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 
”Peniche Ocean Watch: Impact through Entrepreneurial Leadership” Prof. Robin Teigland, Dept of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology
In this talk I will present our Peniche Ocean Watch Initiative, a coastal community development initiative focused on enabling an ocean-based circular economy through entrepreneurship and disruptive technologies. The talk will present an overview not only of the initiative’s activities but also of my learnings from co-leading it, which are framed in an entrepreneurial leadership model.​

11.45 PANEL DISCUSSION
”Blue dating – finding your regional partner” Moderator Axel Wenblad

12.30 LUNCH

14.00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER​ AND PRIZE AWARD
”What is the current state of the Baltic Sea?” Doc. Lena Bergström, Dept of Aquatic resources, SLU/ Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, HELCOM
The Dyrssen award for best thesis in the Marine field and lecture Swedish Society for Marine Sciences 
“Droning in the ocean” Dr. Torsten Linders, Dept of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg
We have seen it so many times, technology is driving science. Automation and robotics is today transforming how observations are made in the ocean. We can now go to places that are out of reach for humans. We can now make sustained monitoring at temporal and spatial scales that used to be unachievable. Even though the ocean still remains as unexplored as the moon, our knowledge and understanding of the marine domain is now expanding at an unprecedented pace.

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Published: Fri 01 Jun 2018. Modified: Mon 17 Sep 2018