Marine Challenges - Blue Solutions


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

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Seminar Committee and Areas of Advance leaders

“Marine research in a future perspective – how do we match Agenda 2030” Mats Svensson, Director of Department for Marine and Water Management at 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

In this presentation the possibilities and challenges faced when increasing the value of marine biomass will be discussed. The methods for valorization and the impact both locally and globally will be discussed, thus evaluating how we can better utilize all resources in the oceans.

12.00 LUNCH

”Macroalgae; Green light for blue farming” Dr. Göran Nylund, Dept of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg
This presentation summarises the recent research on seaweed cultivation in Sweden and discuss the potential for making seaweed farming a new sustainable industry on the Swedish west coast.​
”Microalgae; The blue cell factory” Dr. Eva Albers, Dept of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
Microalgae provide options for sustainable production of high-value compounds, for example pigments and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The use of residual streams to provide nutrients add the benefit of microalgae cultivation as a “nutrient recycling” process.
”Fish cultivation out of the sea” Prof. Torsten Wik, Dept of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
The world capture of wild fish has stagnated and is not expected to rise. As a consequence aquaculture is increasing rapidly to meet the increasing demand for fish, not seldom with serious consequences for the aquatic environment. This presentation will discuss how we can do this on land instead.
”Aquaculture; more than Norwegian salmon” Dr. Elisabeth Jönsson, Dept of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing sector in the world today. In Sweden, however, the aquaculture industry is very small and comprises a few species only. This presentation will give an overview of a research initiative exploring the potential and addresses challenges of farming new species such as wolffish and lobster in a sustainable way.

14.30 COFFEE 

”Diets, a fishy way to get slim” Prof. Ann-Sofie Sandberg, Dept of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology

Seafood is nutritious and a valuable source of protein, minerals, vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. Does seafood also contribute to weight reduction and metabolic health? Does it matter if we consume fatty fish, lean fish or fish oil? What are the evidence?
”Allergy? Don’t blame the fish” Prof. Agnes Wold, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg
Allergy is the most common chronic disease in the young in western societies. Early introduction of fish is associated with decreased risk of allergy development. Which components in fish that contribute to protection from allergy development are unknown.
”Treating arthritis out of the blue” Dr. Helen Lindqvist, Dept of Internal Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg
Blue mussels compared to other seafood. MIRA - Mussels In Rheumatoid Arthritis, an intervention study. Blue mussels - part of an anti-inflammatory diet?
”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
We are in the middle of a protein shift where many consumers try to reduce their intake of "red" proteins (i.e. meat) for environmental and health reasons. So far, the primary focus has been a shift over to vegetarian "green" protein sources. In this presentation, sustainable marine "blue" protein sources will be highlighted as a contribution to the protein shift.
”Fishing for sustainability” Senior scientist Dr. Friederike Ziegler, RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden
Accounting for and improving the sustainability of seafood products has become an important priority for the seafood sector. How can we account for sustainability and best implement the knowledge gained for a more sustainable seafood future?​


”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.

”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



”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

”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.​

”Blue dating – finding your regional partner” Moderator Axel Wenblad

12.30 LUNCH

”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 master and bachelor thesis in the Marine field and presentation of the work by the winners Swedish Society for Marine Sciences ​
Discarding the Landing Obligation? Swedish Fishers’ Commitment to the EU Discard Ban. Vera Telemo, winner of the Dyrssen award for best master thesis, presents her work
Integrated multi-trophic aqualculture - The Potential of Using Saccharina latissima and Mytilus edulis as Bioremediative Species in Sea-Based Aquaculture Systems. Kristoffer Stedt, honorary mention for his master thesis, presents his work
“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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