NORTH SEA SEAWEED 2024

North Sea Seaweed is the annual seaweed event organized by the North Sea Farmers, with this year's theme: Regenerative Horizon.

During the two-day event in The Hague, leading speakers from the seaweed industry will talk about the latest insights and lead the discussion on the future of the seaweed sector.

Moreover, North Sea Seaweed inspires and encourages to connect with seaweed organizations, potential clients, investors and policy makers.

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5 & 6 JUNE 2024
IN THE HAGUE

North Sea Seaweed will be held at the Pier in The Hague. Right at the shoreline of the North Sea. This promises stunning views and easy access to the beach.

The Pier is transformed into a real Seaweed Pavilion where you can experience the latest seaweed innovations.

Expect inspiring presentations, thematic sessions, panel discussions and matchmaking. And, last but not least, two unforgettable days with good talks, good food & drinks, and great new business opportunities.

Connect with stakeholders

At North Sea Seaweed you are invited and encouraged to meet potential clients, policy makers, seaweed organizations or investors. The goal is to formalize next steps, set up valuable connections and plan next steps. 

For investors

Meet seaweed startups & scale-ups to identify sustainable, nature-based and future proof investment opportunities

Stakeholders & NSF members

Meet potential investors, clients and policy makers. Meet fellow members and new players in the seaweed industry

Clients

Explore the newest seaweed-based solutions for food, feed, biomaterials and biostimulants and find your sustainable suppliers of the future

Programme 

Wednesday 5 June

Plenary Inspiration Session

Why seaweed, why do we put so much effort in building a European seaweed industry. What is our ambition and what impact do we try to achieve?

How do we implement the EU ambitions for seaweed /algae sector on member state level, in this case NL? We discuss these questions with policymakers at EU and national level and in a panel discussion. 

Keysnotespeakers:

Mr. Jan van Zanen (Mayor City of The Hague)
Joost Wouters (SeaEO The Seaweed Company)
Maris Stulgis (Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries EU)
Donne Slangen (Director-General for Nature and Fisheries)
Meindert Stolk (Government deputy of Province Zuid-Holland)

Thematic sessions on the four main seaweed markets

In the afternoon, thematic sessions are held. The sessions are open for investors, potential clients, NSF members, policy makers and other stakeholders.

The sessions on the first day will focus on one of the main seaweed markets: food and production. On the second day, sessions will focus on feed, biomaterials and biostimulants. 

The sessions will include an expert presentation followed by an open discussion. There will also be an opportunity to present your innovation, product or service.

Session Production 

In this session, the main seaweed farmers from Europe will come together to discuss and align the goals and prioritize the technical challenges towards 2030 (such as production locations, species and technologies). Pitchers with the best solutions for seaweed production will be present.

Expert:

Haik van Exel (Managing director Hortimare)

Session Food 

Many potential clients will be present in this session (retail and food service). The seaweed industry will show the potential of food products and their plans for scale and quality improvements so that clients understand what and when to expect.

Experts:

Remco Hol (CEO Olijck Foods)
Foppe Wiersma (Chief Culinary Officer Seaweed Food Solutions)

Match-making & Networking

At North Sea Seaweed there are dedicated match making sessions. The goal is to meet new clients, investors or partners and introduce your seaweed solution to them. At the end of the conference, you will go home with follow-up actions, new valuable contacts and new ideas to help grow your business.

Seaweed market exhibition

At the Seaweed Market you will discover latest innovations around seaweed, in the diverse markets: biostimulants, food, feed, biomaterials and technical innovations around production. Smell, feel and taste the potential that seaweed offers as a raw material of the future.

The exhibition will be opened by our event partner Rabobank, Sander Vroom, Sustainable Business Developer

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7 PM: Dining & Networking

 On the end of the first day a conference diner is organized. Enjoy good food, conversations and views.

Tickets for the conference diner are sold separately and available for all attendees.

Programme Thursday 6 June

Plenary Inspiration Session

What are the general ambitions for the EU Seaweed Industry?  How much seaweed do we need? And what are the most promising seaweed markets at the moment? 

Opening on the main seaweed markets

Presentation on seaweed production 

Panel discussion: production and allocation of seaweed

Session Biostimulants

This is an opportunity to discover and meet other biostimulant producers and clients of biostimulant ingredients. The potential of European cultivated seaweed for addressing diverse sustainability challenges.

Expert:

Franck Hennequart (Director Research & Innovation at Algaia)

Session Feed

This is an opportunity to prioritize the feed market for (cultivated) European seaweed towards 2030. The potential of seaweed for addressing diverse sustainability challenges such as methane reduction, feed aditives, staple feed will be addressed.

Session Biomaterials

This is an opportunity to discover and meet producers of biomaterials made from seaweed. Setting realistic targets for scale of the different seaweed biomaterial markets. Rank the various biomaterials markets.

Match-making & Networking

At North Sea Seaweed there are dedicated match making sessions. The goal is to meet new clients, investors or partners and introduce your seaweed solution to them. At the end of the conference, you will go home with follow-up actions, new valuable contacts and new ideas to help grow your business.

Seaweed market exhibition

At the Seaweed Market you will discover latest innovations around seaweed, in the diverse markets: biostimulants, food, feed, biomaterials and technical innovations around production. Smell, feel and taste the e indelible potential that seaweed offers as a raw material of the future.

Our keynote Speakers & Experts

Mr. Jan van Zanen

Mayor of the Capitol The Hague & Opening speaker     Jan welcomes you to North Sea Seaweed 2024, where innovation meets sustainability in the Netherlands' governmental hub

Joost Wouters

CEO of The Seaweed Company & Inspirational Speaker  The CEO of the groundbreaking and pioneering company will tell you why we should make the seaweed industry a success

Maris Stulgis 

Policy Officer of the EU Commission (DG MARE) & Panel member Plenary Session  “A thriving EU algae industry could become a flagship and source of inspiration for other industries ...”

Donné Slangen

Director General Fisheries and Nature of the Ministry of Agriculture & Panel member Plenary Session     "Food should be an important pillar for our North Sea"

Franck Hennequart

CSO Algaia  & Expert Roadmap Session Bio stimulants    "There is a bright future in biostimulants for cultivated seaweeds if we take the right approach”

Haik van Exel

CEO Hortimare & Expert Roadmap Session Production    "We need focus and work jointly on our most urgent issues. Let’s make a solid plan and stick to it as an industry.”

Sander Vroom

Sustainable Business Developer of Rabobank, Sponsor & Match-maker    "The Rabobank wants to accelerate the food and protein transition based on its social commitment."

Foppe Wiersma

Chief Culinary Officer Seaweed Food Solutions & Expert Roadmap Session Food “We’re close to a breakthough of seaweed food solutions into mainstream food markets”

Remko Hol

CEO Olijck Food Solutions & Expert Roadmap Session Food

Meindert Stolk

Deputy Province Zuid-Holland –Government & Panel member Plenary Session

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