GCRF GlobalSeaweed* - Safeguarding the future of seaweed aquaculture in developing countries

Lead Research Organisation: Scottish Association For Marine Science
Department Name: Scottish Association For Marine Science

Abstract

The seaweed cultivation industry is the fastest-growing of all aquaculture sectors, with an annual growth rate of 10% and a value in excess of $5bn. 95% of this cultivation is undertaken by developing countries. Worldwide, seaweed farming provides income to 'millions of families' in rural coastal communities and has enabled women to become economically active for the first time, in areas where few opportunities exist. Yet outbreaks of seaweed disease and pests are threatening this industry, leading to dramatic (>15%) declines in yield, notably in three major seaweed-producing developing countries - the Philippines, Tanzania and Indonesia and is having catastrophic socio-economic impacts on the communities reliant on seaweed production. In the Philippines alone, losses over US$ 100 million a year were attributed to disease, representing 15% of their farmed seaweed production and similar reductions have been seen in Tanzania and Indonesia.

OUR VISION for the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) GlobalSeaweed* programme, therefore, is to grow the research and innovation capability of developing countries engaged in seaweed farming. The GCRF GlobalSeaweed* team will consist of international experts in algal biology, aquatic pathology, disease and pest identification, biosecurity and policy development. It will be a 4-year programme, primarily collaborating with senior seaweed specialists in the Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania, but we envisage working with many other seaweed producing developing countries through the establishment of a GCRF GlobalSeaweed* Fund, enabling rapid action to emerging crises in the seaweed industry & fostering further international cooperation.

GCRF GlobalSeaweed* aims to address three key 'Development Challenges' directly linked to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals and these include:

Challenge #1: Secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable aquaculture - develop innovative new detection methods for key yield-limiting seaweed diseases and pests on cultivation sites and in the wider environment and legislation/ biosecurity measures to prevent their introduction and spread: We will focus on identification of emergent diseases and pests and the development of early warning, risk-based detection protocols and robust national and international policies to ensure the security and resilience of this industry in developing countries.

Challenge #2: Resilience and action on short term environmental shock and long term environmental change - mitigate the sensitivity of seaweeds to fluctuating environmental conditions and climate change: We will empower our overseas partners to develop and test new commercial strains for increased resistance to the key yield-limiting diseases and pests under conditions of environmental change and embed the knowledge gained into practical farm management protocols to ensure maximum yield at the farm sites.

Challenge #3: Sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations, infrastructure and gender equality for sustainable economic growth and innovation - understand the socio-, political and institutional landscapes in our overseas partners regarding biosecurity, gender equality and risk management: We will work closely with local communities and national governments to develop a robust approach to policy development to promote sustainable economic growth of the seaweed industry in these countries.

Through addressing these challenges, GCRF GlobalSeaweed* will not only produce excellent scientific research, but train 24+ early career researchers, develop open access training materials and an unprecedented digital Atlas of Seaweed Disease and Pests, protocols, international technical and policy papers in collaboration with the FAO and United Nations University and organise special sessions at international conferences and sharing best practice events in collaboration with our overseas partners.

Planned Impact

GCRF Global Seaweed* will work towards four types of impact: 'conceptual': contributing to understanding and influencing knowledge held by researchers, seaweed farmers and policy-makers; 'instrumental': impacts on policies and practices at community, national and international levels; 'capacity building': strengthening seaweed farmers' capacity to implement sustainable, gender equitable and resilient farming practices; and our research partners' ability to conduct high quality research and influence policy-making and practice; and 'connectivity': strengthening national and international community-research-policy-practice networks.

...on different groups of stakeholders.

a) Researchers specialising in seaweed production, wider aquaculture, and biosecurity for diseases and pests including; (i) early career researchers from our overseas partners in the Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania, who will benefit immensely from a 6 month intensive training period in the UK and working alongside established seaweed specialists; (ii) the disease and invasive species research community who will benefit from the project's taxonomic, eDNA and biosecurity data which will be integrated into prominent international efforts through the South Pacific Communities Programme, Intercoast Network Tanzania, the Latin American Seaweed Network and the existing GlobalSeaweed network. Via existing links with international societies, we will also establish special sessions at their international conferences to bring together science and other stakeholders in seaweed aquaculture. Data on disease and pests generated during GCRF Global Seaweed* will also be made available to the wider academic community, through inclusion in the global digital Atlas, Molecular Collections Facility and herbarium collections at the Natural History Museum and DAC-list partner country (DP) repositories.

b) National policymakers and practitioners in our three partner countries.
Our science will contribute to regional assessments and policy formation in the Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania, through existing links with the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC), and the Institute of Marine Science, University of Dar es Salaam (IMS-UDS) and new links with the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science in Sam Ratulangi University (FoFaMS). We will enhance our partners' existing policy engagement strategies by helping them develop detailed policy influence plans and we will develop national policy briefs 'from the ground up'; discussing our research findings with local communities and aquaculture extension officers to develop locally-informed recommendations at Sharing Best Practice (SBP) events, organised by each overseas partner. We will publish accessible working papers and collections of short policy-relevant essays on aspects of seaweed production and farming to engage national stakeholders.

c) International policymakers
To ensure impact on a wide range of developing countries, we will disseminate our findings via the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and UNU-INWEH. We will also strengthen relationships with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to ensure that its policies are informed by the new science

d) Seaweed farming communities
Our partners already work closely with local seaweed farming communities (>2M farmers in DPs alone). Combining our research findings with local knowledge will help develop appropriate recommendations for policy and practice, building a good shared understanding of how to develop farming practices that are resilient in the face of climate change, price shocks and other risks.

e) The wider public
We will use GCRF Global Seaweed* platform to engage and inform government officials (>250 in DPs) and the general public in our partner countries, the UK and internationally, through out website, Twitter, short documentaries and open forums, such as the SBP events.

Publications

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Title GCRF GSSTAR Flyer 
Description GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR Promotional Flyer 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The flyer informs the recipient about the GSSTAR Programme and the Travel and Research Fund, including a contact address for the GSSTAR Fund Manager. All 500 flyers produced were distributed during a recent trip to Tanzania and considerable interest in the Funds have been shown by researchers in this country. 
 
Title GSSTAR Poster for GCRF Cohort Workshop 2017 
Description A1 Poster entitled 'Safeguarding the future of the seaweed industry in developing countries' produced for GCRF GROW Cohort Workshop 2017 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Increased engagement with other GCRF GROW Cohort members. 
 
Title Introductory video, "What is GlobalSeaweedSTAR?" (2019) 
Description Short informative video introducing the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme. Video was produced by the Communications Office of the Scottish Association for Marine Science and is titled "What is GlobalSeaweedSTAR?" The video is hosted on SAMS YouTube and is also screened on-site at SAMS (in reception area), at conferences and other events. It contains interviews with senior programme leaders (PI, DP Leaders, WP Leaders) and footage of activities related to the seaweed industry globally, including DAC-list countries. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Key outcome is increased awareness of the programme structure and objectives among the general public and other viewers. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc6k-t9R_LE
 
Title Short Documentary produced by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Early Career Researcher - Team 2 
Description Short documentary about the UK training period for our Early Career Researchers and how they are enjoying life in the UK. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Notable impacts include increased English language skills, team bonding and self-confidence amongst the ECRs 
URL http://www.globalseaweedstar.org
 
Title Short documentary film created by four Early Career Researchers on GlobalSeaweedSTAR 
Description Short documentary filmed by four of our Early Career Researchers (ECRs) on GlobalSeaweedSTAR about their experiences of the training component of the Programme and about living in the UK 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Main impact is the notable increase in language skills and self-confidence of the ECRs. 
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1me4RnoxuKXKbALRs7TwaCWNK3pxNqNC9/view
 
Description Contribution to the PHYCOMORPH European Guidelines for Sustainable aquaculture OF SEAWEEDS "PEGASUS"
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL http://www.phycomorph.org/news/preparation-of-european-seaweed-aquaculture-guidelines-pegasus
 
Description DEFRA Importing algae from outside the EU - clarifying UK legal requirements for the algal biotechnology industry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Membership of FAO working group
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The technical document that will be produced by this FAO working group will hopefully produce quantitative benefits in the livelihoods of aqauculture producers worldwide, including seaweed farmers.
 
Title Global Seaweed Legislation 
Description Online, open-access searchable database detailing legislation relating to biosecurity and/or seaweed aquaculture. The Database currently covers Indonesia, the Philippines and Tanzania and will shortly also include Malaysia. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To early to state impacts at present. 
 
Title GlobalSeaweedSTAR Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) 
Description A GlobalSeaweedSTAR 'LabCollector' Laboratory Information Management System has been created by the GlobalSeaweedSTAR Data Manager, in consultation with programme researchers, and is fully operational. The LIMS is an online tool for storing and managing detailed records and data (e.g. sample ID and description, sample and sub-sample processing, and all associated data). Access to the LIMS is shared across the GlobalSeaweedSTAR research team and training in its use has been provided by the Data Manager. 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact A key outcome of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR LIMS is more efficient and equitable sharing of data and opportunity for between GlobalSeaweedSTAR partners and work packages. 
 
Title My Seaweed Looks Weird 
Description Our aim is to accelerate the description of algal diseases worldwide, by screening samples submitted by scientists, seaweed professionals or members of the public. We will use the data to identify and map diseases, as well as describe novel or emerging issues. With time, we will make the results of this work available for free, through Open Access publications and a (yet-to-be-built) online disease atlas. This portal, and the underpinning database will be populated through several geographically-focused grants (GCRF GlobalSEaweed* for developing countries, H2020 GENIALG for European waters). We also welcome any sample submission from seaweed professionals, or members of the public anywhere in the world who wish to support our effort. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We hope that this portal will substantially accelerate the description and discovery of novel algal diseases. 
URL https://www.globalseaweed.org/?page_id=889
 
Description GS/RF/001 - Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Cayetano Heredia University
Country Peru 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Financial contribution through the GGSTAR Research fund for 1 year research project contributing to the sustainability of the seaweed industry in a DAC listed country.
Collaborator Contribution Title of the awarded project: Towards sustainable management and cultivation of Macrocystis pyrifera in Peru. Summary:Aim of the project: Seaweed aquaculture can make possible to sustain the increase of biomass demand, as a source for alternative food and food ingredients, for special bioactive compounds of pharmaceutical and nutritional uses, and for the polysaccharide industry. The seaweed biomass can also be transformed into sustainable biofuels. However, seaweed aquaculture faces still several challenges that require further understanding. Some of these constraints include a limited installed knowledge in countries without a well-developed seaweed-based industry, and other hand risks such as emerging seaweed diseases and undesirable consequences of seaweed aquaculture such as loss of the genetic diversity. Diseases and genetic diversity loses will compromise the sustainability of any seaweed aquaculture activities in the near future. This proposal intends to improve these three aspects in Peru, by developing a partnership between Peruvian and Chilean researchers.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and UPCH in March 2020.
Start Year 2020
 
Description GS/RF/002 - Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation University of Malaya
Country Malaysia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Financial contribution through the GGSTAR Research fund for 1 year research project contributing to the sustainability of the seaweed industry in a DAC listed country. Contribution of SAMS-NHM GSSTAR team at the proposal writting stage and contribution as follows: SAMS: - Provision of data management e-infrastructure developed within the GlobalSeaweed* consortium for sampling and analysis, and an online platform to make results available to a broad audience - Access to results obtained within the GlobalSeaweed* consortium (a non-disclosure agreement will be put in place) - in-kind processing of samples for histology, pathogen identification and molecular disease diagnostic (e.g. with in-house qPCR protocols) NHM: - in-kind processing of metabarcoding of diseased and healthy seaweed for pathobiome analysis - expertise in red algal taxonomy and data interpretation. - access to collections in the NHM algal herbarium
Collaborator Contribution IOES, UM: - Sampling of wild and cultivated healthy and diseased specimens from the field - Analysis of molecular phylogeny and genetic diversity - On site processing of specimens for metabarcoding and histology analysis University of Malaya has set up a memorandum of agreement with Universitas Mataram - Indonesia to extend the area of sampling and initate students exchanges between both insitutions.
Impact Grant Agreement between SAMS and University of Malaya. Also University of Malaya has set up a memorandum of agreement with Universitas Mataram - Indonesia to extend the area of sampling and initate students exchanges between both insitutions. Indonesian students have been trained at University of Malaya for one week in seaweed herbaria preparation, DNA barcoding and phylogenetics analysis.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GS/RF/015 - Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation University of the Philippines Diliman
Country Philippines 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Financial contribution through the GGSTAR Research fund for 1 year research project contributing to the sustainability of the seaweed industry in a DAC listed country.
Collaborator Contribution Title of awarded project: Diversity of wild and farmed eucheumatoids in the Philippines at the intra- and inter-specific scale: population genetics of K. alvarezii and molecular taxonomy of eucheumatoids. Summary: The primary goal of this project is to pioneer the development of microsatellite markers towards the characterisation of the genetic diversity of farmed and wild K. alvarezii in the Philippines. Additionally, we will complement the work performed by the GlobalSeaweed* consortium, and contribute to conduct a worldwide assessment of the genetic diversity of wild and farmed eucheumatoids, their history of introduction into other countries, and a baseline assessment of diseases in wild and farmed eucheumatoid populations. The results of this study will provide an unprecedented framework for strain improvement and policy-making on resource conservation, thus promoting sustainable crop management.
Impact Grant Agreement signed in Aug 2019. Research ongoing.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation DuPont
Department DuPont (UK) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
Country Italy 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation Kongju National University
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation Nelson Mandela University
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR Sub-Contractor Seafdec 
Organisation Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center
Country Thailand 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Expertise in algal diseases physiology, disease genomic, disease-resistance, marine invasive species and biosecurity. Training of Early Career Researchers, Access to data, facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program,
Impact It is a multidisciplinary collaboration : Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation ; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party NHM 
Organisation Natural History Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Algal diseases physiology, disease genomics, disease-resistance, bioinformatics. Marine invasive species and biosecurity
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program!; International expertise in seaweeds, including genomic approaches to macroalgae and microbiomes, taxonomy and phylogenetics
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration: Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party ODI 
Organisation Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Algal diseases physiology, disease genomics, disease-resistance, bioinformatics. Marine invasive species and biosecurity
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. High quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party SRU 
Organisation Sam Ratulangi University
Country Indonesia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise in algae diseases physiologie, genomics , disease resistance, marine invasives species, biosecurity. ECRs training, access to data, facilities and equipment
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party UDSM 
Organisation University of Dar es Salaam
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise in algae diseases physiologie, genomics , disease resistance, marine invasives species, biosecurity. ECRs training, access to data, facilities and equipment
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party UPVFI 
Organisation University of the Philippines
Country Philippines 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise in algae diseases physiologie, genomics , disease resistance, marine invasives species, biosecurity. ECRs training, access to data, facilities and equipment
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program; International expertise in seaweeds, including genomic approaches to systematics and phylogenetic of algae and bioinfornatics
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration: Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 1 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2019, Oban.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating sub-contractor CEFAS 
Organisation Centre For Environment, Fisheries And Aquaculture Science
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Algal diseases physiology, disease genomics, disease-resistance, bioinformatics. Marine invasive species and biosecurity
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Aquatic species pathology , histopathology, transmission electron microscopy and molecular (PCR, QPCR, NGS) systematics for the classification of novel and emerging diseases.
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating sub-contractor UNU-INWEH 
Organisation United Nations University
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Algal diseases physiology, disease genomics, disease-resistance, bioinformatics. Marine invasive species and biosecurity
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program.
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mini-Symposium - International Seaweed Symposium, Korea 2019 
Organisation Austral University of Chile
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI Cottier-Cook lead author in the preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and joint author of the mini-symposium proposal submission in collaboration with Prof Juliet Brodie from the Natural History Museum, London, in which Prof Chad Hewitt (UWA), Prof Phaik Eem Lim (Uni Malaya), Prof Gwang Kim Hoon (Kongju National Uni) and Dr Marie-Laure Guillemin (Austal Uni) were named as a keynote speakers, external to the core GSSTAR Programme Team.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution by Partners listed to preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and acceptance of guest speakers listed to give invited oral presentations for the GlobalSeaweedSTAR mini-symposium, which has been accepted by the International Seaweed Symposium conference organisers for 28 April to 3 May 2019.
Impact Output will be a mini-symposium entitled "Innovative approaches to tackling pests and diseases in seaweed aquaculture" at the ISS conference in Korea 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Mini-Symposium - International Seaweed Symposium, Korea 2019 
Organisation Kongju National University
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI Cottier-Cook lead author in the preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and joint author of the mini-symposium proposal submission in collaboration with Prof Juliet Brodie from the Natural History Museum, London, in which Prof Chad Hewitt (UWA), Prof Phaik Eem Lim (Uni Malaya), Prof Gwang Kim Hoon (Kongju National Uni) and Dr Marie-Laure Guillemin (Austal Uni) were named as a keynote speakers, external to the core GSSTAR Programme Team.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution by Partners listed to preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and acceptance of guest speakers listed to give invited oral presentations for the GlobalSeaweedSTAR mini-symposium, which has been accepted by the International Seaweed Symposium conference organisers for 28 April to 3 May 2019.
Impact Output will be a mini-symposium entitled "Innovative approaches to tackling pests and diseases in seaweed aquaculture" at the ISS conference in Korea 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Mini-Symposium - International Seaweed Symposium, Korea 2019 
Organisation University of Malaya
Country Malaysia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI Cottier-Cook lead author in the preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and joint author of the mini-symposium proposal submission in collaboration with Prof Juliet Brodie from the Natural History Museum, London, in which Prof Chad Hewitt (UWA), Prof Phaik Eem Lim (Uni Malaya), Prof Gwang Kim Hoon (Kongju National Uni) and Dr Marie-Laure Guillemin (Austal Uni) were named as a keynote speakers, external to the core GSSTAR Programme Team.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution by Partners listed to preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and acceptance of guest speakers listed to give invited oral presentations for the GlobalSeaweedSTAR mini-symposium, which has been accepted by the International Seaweed Symposium conference organisers for 28 April to 3 May 2019.
Impact Output will be a mini-symposium entitled "Innovative approaches to tackling pests and diseases in seaweed aquaculture" at the ISS conference in Korea 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Mini-Symposium - International Seaweed Symposium, Korea 2019 
Organisation University of Western Australia
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI Cottier-Cook lead author in the preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and joint author of the mini-symposium proposal submission in collaboration with Prof Juliet Brodie from the Natural History Museum, London, in which Prof Chad Hewitt (UWA), Prof Phaik Eem Lim (Uni Malaya), Prof Gwang Kim Hoon (Kongju National Uni) and Dr Marie-Laure Guillemin (Austal Uni) were named as a keynote speakers, external to the core GSSTAR Programme Team.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution by Partners listed to preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and acceptance of guest speakers listed to give invited oral presentations for the GlobalSeaweedSTAR mini-symposium, which has been accepted by the International Seaweed Symposium conference organisers for 28 April to 3 May 2019.
Impact Output will be a mini-symposium entitled "Innovative approaches to tackling pests and diseases in seaweed aquaculture" at the ISS conference in Korea 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description "Microbe Talk" Podcast (The Microbiology Society, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR was featured on 'Microbe Talk', a podcast produced by the Microbiology Society. Professor Juliet Brodie (Leader, GlobalSeaweedSTAR Work Package 1) was interviewed for the podcast and discussed the objective of the programme to grow the research and innovation capabilities of DAC-list countries engaged in seaweed farming, threats facing the seaweed industry and GlobalSeaweedSTAR research. The key outcome of this podcast will be increased awareness of the programme among the general public and the research community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://soundcloud.com/microbiosoc/globalseaweedstar-microbiologys-role-in-the-seaweed-industry
 
Description "Training the Trainers" workshop, Ecological Seaweed Farming Project (The Philippines, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact DP Leader Dr Hurtado (The Philippines) represented GlobalSeaweedSTAR as an invited trainer/speaker at a "Training the Trainers" workshop for the Ecological Seaweed Farming Project, Zoological Society of London (Iloilo, the Philippines). The workshop was held 29-30 July 2019 and attended by 29 leaders of local seaweed farmer community associations. The purpose of the workshop was to share knowledge of best practice and innovations related to seaweed farming with these leaders, who will then share it among members of their association. Attendee understanding of fundamental seaweed eco-physiology was also expanded - key to improving farm productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Article, Eco Magazine, GlobalSeaweedSTAR contribution to FAO Sub-Committee on Aquaculture (Norway, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media article published by Eco magazine on GlobalSeaweedSTAR representation at the FAO Sub-committee on Aquaculture in Norway, 2019, which led to the formal recommendation that seaweed be included in the progressive management pathway (PMP) for aquaculture biosecurity. The story, including quotes from PI Cottier-Cook, was provided to outlet by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Communications Manager Paterson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ecomagazine.com/news/regulation/research-evidence-prompts-rethink-on-global-seaweed-poli...
 
Description Article, Fish Focus, GlobalSeaweedSTAR contribution to FAO Sub-committee on Aquaculture (Norway 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Media article published by aquaculture-focused news outlet 'Fish Focus' on GlobalSeaweedSTAR representation at the FAO Sub-committee on Aquaculture in Norway, 2019, which led to the formal recommendation that seaweed be included in the progressive management pathway (PMP) for aquaculture biosecurity. The story, including quotes from PI Cottier-Cook, was provided to outlet by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Communications Manager Paterson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://fishfocus.co.uk/rethink-on-global-seaweed-policy/
 
Description Article, Fish Focus, GlobalSeaweedSTAR contribution to FAO stakeholder meeting (Paris, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in aquaculture-focused news outlet, Fish Focus, on GlobalSeaweedSTAR contribution to FAO stakeholder meeting in Paris (2019), leading to organisation of a seaweed aquaculture biosecurity side event at the FAO-COFI Sub-committee on Aquaculture (Norway, 2019). Story, including quotes from PI Cottier-Cook and PDRA Campbell, provided by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Communications Manager Paterson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://fishfocus.co.uk/seaweed-farming-biosecurity-issue/
 
Description Article, SAMS website, Launch of GlobalSeaweedSTAR Travel Fund (2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact News article written by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Communications Manager Paterson published on the website of the Scottish Association for Marine Science to promote awareness of the launch of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR Travel Fund.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.sams.ac.uk/news/sams-news-gs-star-travel-fund-launched.html
 
Description Article, The Fish Site, GlobalSeaweedSTAR contribution to FAO Sub-committee on Aquaculture (Norway, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Media article published by aquaculture-focused news outlet 'The Fish Site' on GlobalSeaweedSTAR representation at the FAO Sub-committee on Aquaculture in Norway, 2019, which led to the formal recommendation that seaweed be included in the progressive management pathway (PMP) for aquaculture biosecurity. The story, including quotes from PI Cottier-Cook, was provided to outlet by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Communications Manager Paterson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://thefishsite.com/articles/fao-backs-regulatory-overhaul-for-global-seaweed-growers
 
Description Article, The Fish Site, GlobalSeaweedSTAR contribution to FAO stakeholder meeting (Paris, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Article in aquaculture-focused news outlet, Fish Focus, on GlobalSeaweedSTAR contribution to FAO stakeholder meeting in Paris (2019), leading to organisation of a seaweed aquaculture biosecurity side event at the FAO-COFI Sub-committee on Aquaculture (Norway, 2019). Story, including quotes from PI Cottier-Cook and PDRA Campbell, provided by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Communications Manager Paterson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://thefishsite.com/articles/fao-to-focus-on-seaweed-farming-biosecurity
 
Description Board Meeting of the African Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (South Africa, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Msuya (Tanzania) attended the first Board Meeting of the African Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society at Stellenbosch University, South Africa (9-10 September 2019). Board members (approximately 18 in number) come from a range of sectors, including government, industry and academia. Dr Msuya was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for her role as Treasurer of the interim leadership of the Chapter for 2018-2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CommonWealth Marine Science - Southampton 9 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GSSTAR was promoted at the Commonwealth Event. The purpose of the event was to deliver a marine focused showcase event as one of the side events taking place around the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting London 2018. The format of the Commonwealth UK Marine Showcase was developed at the request of Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. To raise the profile of the breadth of work undertaken by the UK across the Commonwealth and to highlight the collaboration undertaken between Commonwealth members and the UK.
A booth was set up to promote the project (pop-up / video display / flyers).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.google.com/search?q=Commonwealth+Marine+Science+Event&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b
 
Description Display at University of Dar es Salaam 5th Research Week (Tanzania, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leaders Dr Msuya and Dr Buriyo (Tanzania) were invited to present GlobalSeaweedSTAR at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) 5th Research Week, held 6-7 June 2019 at the UDSM Mwalimu Nyerere Main Campus. Dr Msuya and Dr Buriyo hosted an interactive booth on "The GlobalSeaweedSTAR Project in Tanzania," with the key outcome of increasing awareness of programme objectives and research among attendees (primarily students and staff at the University).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description European Researchers' Night, Natural History Museum (London, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR post-doctoral researchers presented an interactive display about the project at European Researchers' Night at the Natural History Museum (London, UK), increasing awareness and knowledge of project objectives and research, and the seaweed industry more generally. This event provided an opportunity for the general public to directly engage with project researchers, through questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Expert panellist at FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability (Rome, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Flower Msuya (Tanzania) was invited to serve as an expert panellist at the FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability, held in Rome, Italy (18-21 November 2019). The purpose of the symposium was to identify ways of strengthening the interplay of science and policy in fisheries production, management and trade, based on solid sustainability principles for improved global outcomes on the ground. Attendees include academic researchers, government and UN representatives (including from DAC-list countries), industry and third sector representatives. Dr Msuya was an expert panellist in Session 6, which discussed fisheries management in the face of a changing climate, with particular reference to interventions to minimize impacts and maximize opportunities. Dr Msuya shared knowledge on the potential impact of climate change on seaweed aquaculture. A summary of key outputs from the Session 6 panel is in preparation as a pathway for future collaboration and panellists have also formed an ongoing discussion group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/sustainable-fisheries-symposium/en/
 
Description FAO Aquaculture Biosecurity Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 80 policymakers, the World Bank and senior international country representatives attended an FAO workshop on developing a Progressive Management Pathway for Aquaculture Biosecurity (PMP-AB) in Paris (29-31 Jan 2019). PI Cottier-Cook gave a presentation entitled "Seaweed Aquaculture - Biosecurity Policy and Practice". PDRA Campbell was also in attendance.

Key outcomes from this workshop included:

- Seaweed aquaculture will now be considered in the PMP-AB (this was not the case prior to this meeting)
- FAO COFI-Aquaculture Committee will be informed of the importance of biosecurity in seaweed aquaculture
- Seaweed aquaculture side-event will be held at the FAO COFI-AQ meeting in Trondheim in Aug 2019, with the intention of gaining member support for a technical report that will be submitted to the next FAO COFI-AQ meeting in 2021.
-PI Cottier-Cook will attend the FAO COFI-AQ meeting in 2019 as an observer.
-PI Cottier-Cook invited to join working group to write the next draft of the FAO PMP-AB technical document
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.fao.org/fishery/static/news/MultistakeholderConsultation/Item1.pdf
 
Description FAO Meeting on Emergency Planning for Disease Outbreaks in Aquaculture (Rome, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR PDRA Campbell was invited to contribute to the FAO Meeting on Emergency Planning for Disease Outbreaks in Aquaculture (Rome, 2019). This meeting was attended by government officers and policy-makers, FAO staff, industry, NGOs and academics. It was a forum for specific discussions on how to approach disease emergencies in aquaculture in the progressive management pathway (PMP). PDRA Campbell presented GlobalSeaweedSTAR research and was the only attendee present from the seaweed industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FAO stakeholder meeting on the Progressive Management Pathway for Aquaculture (Paris, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact PI Cottier-Cook and PDRA Campbell represented GlobalSeaweedSTAR at an FAO-led stakeholder meeting to discuss the development of a management framework for aquaculture biosecurity (progressive management pathway or PMP) in Paris, January 2019. EC presented the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme and research to attendees. Key outcomes included the agreed inclusion of seaweed in the PMP plan and a seaweed aquaculture side meeting (coordinated by PI Cottier-Cook and PDRA Campbell) at the next meeting of the FAO-COFI Sub-committee on Aquaculture (Sept 2019).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FAWE training in seaweed value addition (Tanzania, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Flower Msuya (Tanzania) delivered expert training in seaweed value addition to approximately 30 seaweed farmers under the auspices of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). Training sessions were held in Zanzibar from 11-12 November 2019. The key outcome of training was improved knowledge of best practices for handling seaweed to be used in food products (e.g. mayonnaise, jam, jellies).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Fisherfolks Forum, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Promotion of the seaweed farming / opportunities and impacts for fishermen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GCRF GROW Cohort Workshop 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GCRF Cohort Workshop for Programme Coordinators - intended purpose to promote networking opportunities between projects working in similar regions and on similar themes. Included round table discussions on sharing experience of Project Management organisation and monitoring and evaluation procedures amongst cohort members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description GlobalSeaweedSTAR Facebook 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Facebook page for the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme, to engage the general public and professionals in seaweed-related fields and share programme news, highlights and other related information. Key outcomes have been increased awareness and participation in the programme, in particular applications to the GlobalSeaweedSTAR Fund (Travel, Research & Innovation). The page currently has 624 followers (March 2020).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/GlobalSeaweedSTAR/
 
Description GlobalSeaweedSTAR LinkedIn (Page and Group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR uses LinkedIn as a platform for sharing programme highlights and opportunities for collaboration with other professionals working in seaweed industry-related fields and research. The GlobalSeaweedSTAR LinkedIn Group currently has 417 members (as of March 2020). The GlobalSeaweedSTAR LinkedIn Page, created more recently in August 2019, has 91 followers as of March 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020
URL https://www.linkedin.com/company/globalseaweedstar/
 
Description GlobalSeaweedSTAR Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The inaugural GlobalSeaweedSTAR quarterly newsletter was published in October 2019. Newsletters are hosted on the GlobalSeaweedSTAR website and LInkedIn, and are promoted via social media (Facebook, Twitter). The newsletters provide a brief overview of recent programme news, highlights and opportunities for participation. They have been viewed over 200 times to date (March 2020).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://www.globalseaweed.org/?page_id=2521
 
Description GlobalSeaweedSTAR Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Twitter account for GlobalSeaweedSTAR to raise awareness of the programme with general public, researchers and others involved in the global seaweed industry. Tweets are made regularly to share news, highlights, opportunities and other seaweed industry-related information. The GlobalSeaweedSTAR account is currently has 669 followers (March 2020).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020
URL https://twitter.com/GlobSeaweedSTAR
 
Description GlobalSeaweedSTAR Workshop on Algal Taxonomy (Tanzania, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Brodie (WP1 Leader) and PDRA Brakel led the delivery of a GlobalSeaweedSTAR Workshop on Algal Taxonomy to approximately 18 attendees, including senior leaders and ECRs from DP partners Tanzania and Philippines, and students and staff at the University of Dar es Salaam. This workshop was designed in response to a request by the Tanzanian DP and constitutes a significant capacity-building activity in a DAC-list country. Attendees acquired a range of practical and theoretical skills necessary for algal research including sorting and identifying seaweeds, preparing herbarium samples, and molecular techniques.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description GlobalSeaweedSTAR website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The GlobalSeaweedSTAR website serves as the primary platform for sharing information about the programme with the general public, professionals involved in the seaweed industry, academics, policy-makers, media and others. Information shared on the website includes the background and key objectives of the programme, as well as an overview of the partners, governance and funding. The website also includes opportunities for participation in the programme, through online databases on seaweed disease ('My Seaweed Looks Weird') and biosecurity policy, and the GlobalSeaweedSTAR Fund. Information regarding the Travel Fund and Research & Innovation Fund is also featured, including eligibility and the application process.

In the last year (March 2019-2020), the GlobalSeaweedSTAR website has had 4137 unique users and 6471 total visits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020
URL https://www.globalseaweed.org/
 
Description Guest Scholar - University of Nantes, France 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 50 Masters students attended a series of guest lectures provided by PI Cottier-Cook at the University of Nantes in December 2018 on the work of GCRF Global SeaweedSTAR. This led to a number of questions and discussion and this has led to an increase in enquiries by students wanting to do their research dissertation on a seaweed-related topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.emm-aces.org
 
Description ICES Workshop on Introductions and Transmission of Marine Organisms (ICES WGITMO) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ~60 ICES country representatives attended the ICES WGITMO workshop in CEFAS, Weymouth (4-7 March 2019). Presentations were given followed by discussions over the Working Group Terms of Reference (ToR). The addition of a new ToR regarding the introduction and transfer of non-native species via aquaculture was approved by the working group and PI Cottier-Cook will be contributing to this ToR over the next 12 months.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/cefasgovuk?lang=en
 
Description Introductory video, "What is GlobalSeaweedSTAR?" (2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Short informative video about the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme produced by the Communications Office of the Scottish Association for Marine Science titled "What is GlobalSeaweedSTAR?" The video is hosted on SAMS YouTube and is also screened on-site at SAMS (in reception area), at conferences and other events. Key outcome is increased awareness of the programme structure and objectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc6k-t9R_LE
 
Description Invited Lecturer - University of the Highlands and Islands - Marine Science Degree 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 25 undergraduate students attended a lecture at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (University of the Highlands and Islands) given by PI Cottier-Cook on how to write a successful GCRF proposal. This sparked many questions and discussion, and the University has reported increased interest in hosting this talk again next year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sams.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/marine-science-bsc/
 
Description Invited Resource Person at International Atomic Energy Agency Seaweed Consultative Meeting (Vienna, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DP Leader Dr Hurtado (The Philippines) represented GlobalSeaweedSTAR as an 'Invited Resource Person' at the Seaweed Consultative Meeting held by the International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna, 11-13 June 2019). This was a consultative meeting to assess the importance of seaweed as a source of dietary radiation exposure. Attendees included radionuclide and seaweed experts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited expert at Aquaculture Stakeholder Workshop (Tanzania, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact DP Leader Dr Flower Msuya (Tanzania) represented GlobalSeaweedSTAR as an invited expert at an Aquaculture Stakeholder Workshop co-run by The Nature Conservancy and the Ministry of Agriculture, Zanzibar. The event was held in Zanzibar from July 15-19 2019. The workshop was attended by approximately 30 representatives of key stakeholders, including seaweed farmers and exporters, government officers, academic researchers, NGOs and the FAO. The key outcome of the workshop was to develop a collaborative roadmap for increasing the sustainability of Tanzanian seaweed aquaculture for livelihood and environmental benefits, and identify areas in which the TNC can intervene most beneficially. Dr Msuya delivered a presentation titled "The seaweed farming industry in Tanzania: challenges, opportunities and way forward."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited lecture and related meetings, Universidad Libre (Colombia, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR Senior Project Manager Dr Valeria Montalescot was invited to present a lecture on algal biotechnology to students and staff at the Universidad Libre, Colombia (DAC-list country) in October 2019. Awareness of GlobalSeaweedSTAR research and objectives was expanded through inclusion in the lecture, and in discussions with university academics (side meetings) during which potential future collaborations were also considered.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited seminar at Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT-BT) (Mumbai, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Hurtado (UPV, the Philippines) was invited to present a guest seminar at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai (25 January 2019). Dr Hurtado presented GlobalSeaweedSTAR research in a talk titled "Eucheumatoid farming in the Philippines: sweet successes and curious challenges." The audience was composed of graduate students and staff of the Algal Biotechnology Laboratory (approximately 20 total). The key outcome of this activity was expanding knowledge of GlobalSeaweedSTAR, and the seaweed industry more generally, in a DAC-list country (India).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited talks at 2nd Palawan Seaweed Industry Summit (The Philippines, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Hurtado and Co-DP Leader MRJ Luhan (The Philippines) were invited to present talks at the 2nd Palawan Seaweed Industry Summit (May 9-10 2019). The summit is a key forum for the different seaweed farmer associations of Palawan. Topics covered included financing, insurance, city and provincial status of seaweed industry and academic research. The summit had approximately 250 attendees, including seaweed farmers, industry, academics and other stakeholders.

DP Leader Hurtado presented a talk titled "Mitigating ice-ice and epi-endophytes to increase Kappaphycus production." Co-DP Leader Luhan presented a talk titled "Research updates at SEAFDEC AQD." The key outcome of GlobalSeaweedSTAR participation was to raise industry and stakeholder awareness of the potential to generate new cultivars from science-based activities such as micropropagation and more importantly, the hope that ice-ice and epi-endophytes can be mitigated by making the host Kappaphycus more tolerant of abiotic stresses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Keynote speaker at the Regional Workshop on the Development Context of Innovation in Eastern Africa (Tanzania, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Msuya (Tanzania) was invited to present a keynote speech at the Regional Workshop on the Development Context of Innovation in Eastern Africa, run by icipe/BioInnovate Africa and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). The workshop was held 27-29 December 2019 in Zanzibar, Tanzania and attended by approximately 35 academics and professional practitioners focused on innovation. Dr Msuya presented a talk titled "The triple helix model for innovation: experience from the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Inititative."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Launch of GSSTAR Research Fund at Seaweed Cluster Day in Tanzania 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In Tanzania, each year, the Seaweed Cluster Initiative in Zanzibar (ZaSCI) organise the Seaweed Day in July. This National Day for seaweeds gather key stakeholders on seaweeds with the attendance of farmers, policymakers and politicians. In 2018, the Seaweed Day took place in Pemba (Tanzania). 5 GSSTAR team members from UK institutions including the PI were there with GSSTAR Tanzania team to promote the project and launch the first call for GSSTAR Research Fund. The Ministers for Agriculture and Trade were both there, plus the Director for the Environment and regional and district governors. All were extremely interested in our project and wanted to know more about the Research Fund.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lecturer at the Daniel Jouvance-SU International School in Marine Biology (Namibia, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Gachon (Leader of GlobalSeaweedSTAR Work Package 3) was invited to be a lecturer at the Daniel Jouvance-SU International School in Marine Biology (Namibia, Jan 26-31 2020). The school was attended by Masters and PhD students from the Southern African region, including DAC-list countries such as Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Professor Gachon presented GlobalSeaweedSTAR, raising awareness of programme research and topics related to the seaweed industry more generally. The GlobalSeaweedSTAR Travel Fund also supported the attendance of eight students from DAC-list countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.danieljouvance-fondation.org/en/international-schools-of-marine-biology-namibie-2020.htm
 
Description Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team (MS-LOT) and Scottish Natural Heritage - meeting about seaweed farm licencing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion about Seaweed Farm Licencing.
1. Environmental impacts
2. Segwaying into site selection
3. Nutrient enrichment
4. Seedstock library/ breeding
5. Biosecurity (GSSTAR team member Iona Campbell)
6. Best practices internationally (GSSTAR team member Iona Campbell)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Media interview, El Pais, Women seaweed farmers in Zanzibar (2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact DP Leader Dr F Msuya (Tanzania) and PI Professor Cottier-Cook (UK) gave media interviews to El Pais for an article (Spanish) on seaweed farmers in Zanzibar, with particular focus on important gender issues and trends in the industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/03/planeta_futuro/1575380097_314060.html#comentarios
 
Description Media interview, Science and Development Network, Launch of GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme (2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR PI Professor Cottier-Cook provided an interview to the Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net) on the launch of GlobalSeaweedSTAR, discussing key programme objectives and research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/r-d/news/project-aid-seaweed-developing-nations.html?__cf_...
 
Description Meeting with the Municipal Agriculturalist of San Dionision, Iloilo (The Philippines, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting between GlobalSeaweedSTAR Philippines Team, led by DP Leader Dr Hurtado, and the Municipal Agriculturalist of San Dionision, Iloilo (May 31 2019). Attendees were government officers and seaweed farmers, including the GlobalSeaweedSTAR collaborator for the programme's sentinel farm. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss farming practices and share information about the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme, particularly how GlobalSeaweedSTAR will monitor and conduct activities relevant to holobiome community, ice-ice, epi-endophytes, in relation to some environmental factors on the sentinel farm site.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact - The Silent Workers: Gender and power relations in the Seaweed Industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Plenary speaker at Workshop on Industrial Development and International Cooperation on Marine Science and Technology (China, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Hurtado (The Philippines) was the plenary speaker at the Workshop on Industrial Development and International Cooperation on Marine Science and Technology, hosted by the Hainan Association for Science and Technology (HAST) and Institute of Tropical Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (ITBB-CATAS), November 18-21 2019 (Haikou, China). Dr Hurtado presented a talk titled "Sustainability of Eucheumatoid cultivation using deep-sea farming techniques." The workshop was attended by approximately 250 international representatives of the government, private and academic sectors. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together major global experts to discuss and present work on marine scientific research, promote international cooperation and accelerate technological innovations and industrial development of marine science and technology. A key outcome of the workshop was relationships developed with scientists of the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences - Institute of Tropical Biosciences and Biotechnology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at 4th Seaweed Day of the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (Tanzania, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Msuya (Tanzania) and fellow members of the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (ZaSCl) organised and held the 4th ZaSCl Seaweed Day in Unguja, Zanzibar (23rd July 2019). The event was attended by a diverse audience, including researchers/academics, farmers, small-scale processors, seaweed exporters, government officers, ministers, principal secretaries of ministries, UN bodies (FAO, UNIDO, UN-Women, UN Regional Coordinator, NGOs, and the general public. Attendance is estimated to have exceeded 800 people. Key objectives of the ZaSCl Seaweed Day are to share knowledge on best practice in seaweed farming and processing, display seaweed products, and raise awareness in the community of the potential of the industry. Dr Msuya presented GlobalSeaweedSTAR through distribution of programme brochures and in a speech delivered at the event, raising awareness of GlobalSeaweedSTAR objectives and research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description RCUK - GCRF Engagement Event Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To share the experience of applying for a RCUK GCRF grant with other senior researchers from Universities throughout Scotland. The event was hosted by St Andrews University and the talk generated intense discussion, particularly from members of the audience who were planning to apply for GCRF funding in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Regional Workshop on Underutilised Fish and Marine Genetic Resources and their Amelioration (Sri Lanka, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact DP Leader Dr Hurtado (The Philippines) represented GlobalSeaweedSTAR as an invited speaker at the Regional Workshop on Underutilised Fish and Marine Genetic Resources and their Amelioration, organised by the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI). It was held in Sri Lanka, July 10-12 2019. Attendees were from government, private and academic sectors (international, including DAC-list countries in the region). This workshop assessed the current status of underutilised FGMR at regional level and the R&D status of priority species to be promoted for use in food and agriculture, discussed knowledge gaps and future plans for defining regional priorities regarding the role and value of underutilised FGMRs for potential diversification of the food basket and improving the livelihoods of rural and coastal populations, formulated strategies for strengthening the institutional framework for FGMR management, and the legal and policy framework to promote conservation and sustainable use of underutilised FGMR at regional level. Dr Hurtado presented a talk titled "Asia-Pacific Seaweed: farming and its sustainable use" (co-author AT Critchley). The key outcome of this workshop was strengthened collaboration between Asia-Pacific countries to bolster the promotion of aquaculture in the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Resource Speaker at National Gender Fisheries Research Training Workshop (the Philippines, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR Early Career Researcher (ECR) Suyo was an Resource Speaker/Facilitator at the National Gender Fisheries Research training workshop. The workshop is run by the National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines (WINFISH), an organisation composed of professionals, practitioners and gender and development (GAD) advocates from academic institutions, government agencies and non-government organisations in the Philippines. WINFISH is a not-for-profit that recognises and builds the capacity of women in the fisheries sector through research and extension work. The workshop focused on increasing skills in formulating research projects through a gender lens, via lectures and workshops on basic reserach and theories on gender research. ECR Suyo presented a lecture on the research process, with particular focus on quantitative and qualitative research tools for collecting data in the field. A key outcome was shared knowledge on best practice for conducting gender-based research on the seaweed industry. ECR Suyo's ongoing involvement with WINFISH also provides opportunities to raise awareness of GSSTAR activities and funding opportunities, as well as to liaise with researchers and practitioners from government agencies and universities who are studying seaweeds and other related topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Scottish Seaweed Industry Association - Invited Speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited oral presentation on biosecurity issues to members of the Scottish Seaweed Industry Association attended by over 100 delegates, followed by questions from industry participants by PI Cottier-Cook
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seaweed aquaculture side event at 10th session of FAO-COFI Sub-committee on Aquaculture (Trondheim, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR PI Cottier-Cook and PDRA Campbell coordinated a side event on seaweed aquaculture at the 10th Session of the FAO-COFI Sub-committee on Aquaculture (Trondheim, 26 August 2019). This is a formal meeting organised by the FAO every two years for the Commission on Fisheries (COFI) Sub-committee on Aquaculture to discuss issues and concerns about the Global Programme on Sustainable Aquaculture of the FAO Blue Growth Initiative. It is attended by all member states of the UN, including DAC-list countries, as well as representatives from industry, NGOs, academia and the FAO.

For the side event on seaweed aquaculture, guest speakers were invited from Tanzania (GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Msuya), the Philippines (GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr Hurtado), Costa Rica, St Lucia and the FAO. PI Cottier-Cook presented a talk titled "Development and key challenges for the seaweed industry globally, with Europe as a case study" (co-authored by PDRA Campbell). DP Leader Msuya (UDSM, Tanzania) presented a talk titled "Opportunities for future development of the seaweed industry in Africa - a case study from Tanzania." DP Leader Hurtado (UPV, the Philippines) presented a talk titled "Development status, key challenges and potential areas of growth for the seaweed industry in south-east Asia" (co-authored by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Malaysia DP Leader Lim and ECR Kambey).

The key outcomes of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR-led side event on seaweed aquaculture, and representation of the programme at the sub-committee meeting, was recognition of seaweed as a global commodity in aquaculture and support from UN member states to develop a programme of seaweed-specific work. A request for more work on the management of seaweed biosecurity (through inclusion in the progressive management pathway, or PMP-AB, of the FAO) and follow up work on the development and potential of the industry was formally included in the adopted report of the 10th Session of the FAO-COFI Sub-committee on Aquaculture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar: Role of UKRI_GCRF-GlobalSeaweedSTAR in meeting the challenges of the Phillipine Seaweed Industry - Mumbai India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on the Role of UKRI_GCRF-GlobalSeaweedSTAR in meeting the challenges of the Phillipine Seaweed Industry at the Institute of Chemical Trechnology DBT-ICT Centre for Energy BioSciences Mumbai, India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training course - Kappaphycus micropropagation and Nursery Operations - SEAFDEC Iloilo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Training in Kappaphycus micropropagation and Nursery Operations, Lectures in Global Seaweed hydrocolloid Industry, economic analysis of seaweed nursery, land-based / sea-based nursery management , review in Kappaphycus and Euchema taxonomy and diversity, gender empowerment in fisheries in aquaculture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training lectures at University of the Philippines Visayas (The Philippines, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Early Career Researchers (ECRs) of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR team in The Philippines presented a series of training lectures to four graduate students from University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) and Kagoshima University, Japan (under the International Linkage Program of UPV and Kagoshima University). ECR Sibonga presented a lecture titled "Diversity of Eucheumatoids in the Philippines." ECR Faisan presented a lecture titled "Diseases and pests in Eucheumatoid farms in the Philippines." ECR Mateo presented a lecture titled "Seaweed farming in the Philippines." The key outcome of this lecture series was shared expertise on seaweed farming in the Philippines with local and international graduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop on "Evidence-based Policymaking in the 21st Century", IPP Conference (Kuala Lumpur, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR Work Package 4 Leader Louise Shaxson facilitated a workshop on "Evidence-based Policymaking in the 21st Century" at the International Conference on Emerging Issues in Public Policy: Global Trends and Projections (IPP) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (August 5-6 2019). Attendees were from NGOs, academia, industry, research & development and practitioners internationally (including DAC-list countries such as Malaysia and Tanzania). The workshop was a forum for discussion on issues such as the importance of information/data in policy-making and the pros/cons of using and analysing large data sets for decision-making. Discussion was not solely focused on seaweed farming but issues raised by the participants and facilitators concerning data reliability provided insights into the value of information technology in the seaweed industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop on UK Seaweed Biosecurity Policy (SAMS, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR, led by PI Cottier-Cook and PDRA Campbell, organised and hosted a workshop on UK seaweed biosecurity policy at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in February 2019. This workshop was attended by representatives of key competent authorities and institutions, including DEFRA, Scottish Government, European Plant Protection Agency UK representative, the Crown Estate, CEFAS, and the James Hutton Institute. PI Cottier-Cook and PDRA Campbell presented GlobalSeaweedSTAR work in relation to national biosecurity challenges and discussions on future policy. Key outcome of the workshop was ongoing dialogue with competent authorities to undertake tasks regarding national seaweed biosecurity policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Yes-O Science Camp (The Philippines, 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR Early Career Researcher Sibonga contributed to the Yes-O Science Camp for high school students in the municipality of Oton, Iloilo (The Philippines) on 30 August 2019. The camp was attended by approximately 220 students. ECR Sibonga spoke to students about her involvement in the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme, raising awareness of the work being done locally and internationally, as well as more general topics such as marine biodiversity and conservation strategies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019