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.

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Ward G (2019) A review of reported seaweed diseases and pests in aquaculture in Asia in Journal of the World Aquaculture Society

 
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?" 
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 Board of Trustees, The National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines (WINFISH)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR ECR JS (WP4, Philippines) is a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines (WINFISH; 2016-ongoing). WINFISH is a national network that aims to "recognize, utilize and enhance women's potentials and capabilities in the fisheries sector for sustainable and equitable development" (http://www.womeninfisheriesph.org/about-winfish/). In this role, JS has contributed to the organisation of training events and the national conference of the organisation, planning against impacts of COVID-19, the preparation of a training manual on gender mainstreaming, and an online platform for WINFISH activities and programs. This engagement has also provided opportunities for presenting GlobalSeaweedSTAR research (including frameworks for integrating gender in fisheries research), as well as to informally speak with researchers and practitioners from government agencies and universities who are conducting studies on seaweeds and other related topics.
URL http://www.womeninfisheriesph.org/
 
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.
 
Description Membership of Technical Working Group on the Progressive Management Pathway for Improving Aquaculture Biosecurity (FAO)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Membership of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.cbd.int/sbstta/
 
Description Module for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society Plus (EMJMD ACES+)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact A module on the "Biological Lifecycles of Micro and Macroalgae" was designed for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society Plus (EMJMD ACES+) and delivered at the University of the Highlands and Islands(UHI)/Scottish Association for Marine Science (UK) for the first time in 2019/20 to 16 students. This module was led by Professor C Gachon (Leader GlobalSeaweedSTAR WP3) and Professor E Cottier-Cook (GlobalSeaweedSTAR PI), with significant contributions from other members of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme and SAMS/UHI staff. An outline of topics covered in the module is provided here, with lecturers affiliated with GlobalSeaweedSTAR indicated in brackets: farm management (PDRA Campbell), Chile industries (PDRA Murua), algal biobanking (Gachon), lifecyle, domestication and genetics (Gachon), measuring and preserving genetic diversity (Gachon), breeding strategies (Gachon/PDRA Brakel), biosecurity policy (Campbell), biorefining (Senior Project Manager Montalescot), algal diseases (Murua), molecular disease diagnosis, Nagoya Protocol and breeders rights (Montalescot). This module is designed to provide students with key practical and theoretical skills and knowledge required for a successful career in seaweed aquaculture, with associated benefits for the sustainable development of the global seaweed industry.
URL https://www.emm-aces.org/
 
Description Modules for Ocean 246 (Applied Marine Botany) graduate course, Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, UPV (Philippines)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR ECR JP Mateo (Philippines) created Modules 4 and 5 for the graduate course Ocean 246 (Applied Marine Botany) at the Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas. Module 4: Production and Harvesting of Marine Plants (subjects: collection and harvesting; seaweed farming and management; microalgal culture; mangrove regeneration and management). Module 5: Issues, Concerns and Management (subjects: diseases and epiphytism; pollution, cultural eutrophication and global climate change; biosecurity and illegal harvesting; management in international and Philippine setting). These modules were delivered to three graduate students in 2020.
 
Title GlobalSeaweedSTAR Biosecurity Policy Database 
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 Too early to state impacts at present. 
URL https://www.globalseaweed.org/?page_id=1868
 
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/003 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Ocean Farmers
Country Madagascar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
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. A microbiome approach to understanding and mitigating disease outbreaks in tropical seaweed farming: Outbreaks of seaweed diseases have serious economic impacts on coastal communities and private sector operators engaged in seaweed farming in the tropics due to 1) crop losses; 2) decreased marketability of the seaweed and 3) decreased yields of carrageenan. The project aims to increase our understanding of the main factors responsible for disease outbreaks in seaweed aquaculture and to develop mitigation methods based on co-culture at seaweed production sites. High value sea cucumbers, often referred to as the "earthworms of the sea", will be farmed alongside the seaweed, to increase microbial diversity and supply nutrients for growth of the seaweed. It will be tested whether this increases the growth and disease resilience of the seaweed. In addition, growing sea cucumbers will provide a secondary high value product for the seaweed farmers. The project will work with industry partners in south-west Madagascar that are leading community-based aquaculture development, local academic partners and the core UK-based GlobalSeaweedSTAR (GlobalSeaweed*) team (SAMS-NHM) to combine cutting-edge science with climate-resilient farming practices. The project will help to safeguard the future sustainability of the seaweed farming industry in Madagascar that underpins the livelihoods of vulnerable coastal communities who are at increased risk from changing environmental conditions. SAMS will be responsible for the project coordination and liaison with other partners, data archiving and quality assurance on data collection. The SAMS PIs will be responsible for all procurement, logistical and travel arrangements for the three field missions to Madagascar and for the shipment samples and DNA to the UK. She will liaise jointly with the in-country partners and the UK-based team, via email and skype to co-ordinate the preparation of field research activities in Madagascar and processing of samples and data in the UK. Project progress against timelines and indicators will be tracked quarterly. SAMS PIs will supervise the metagenomic analyses and provide mentoring in the analysis of the 18S rRNA microbiome data.
Collaborator Contribution The CEO and co-Founder of the industry partner, Ocean Farmers, Mr Frederic Pascal will be responsible for day-to-day project coordination, logistics, purchasing of equipment for all field experiments, technical supervision of the experiment trials and field management of equipment and technicians. Dr Gildas Todinanahary, a Senior Lecturer at the IH.SM, will be responsible for scientific supervision of the field experiments, water quality monitoring, nutrient analyses and supervision of the Ocean Farmer technicians. Both partners will be responsible for the dissemination of project results and updates at the regional 'aquaculture durable' quarterly meetings.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and Ocean Farmers in 2019. Samples from wild and cultivated eucheumatoids have been collected in MAdagascar and are being processed in the UK to assess the genetic diversity and associated microbiome.
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 GS/RF/019 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Austral University of Chile
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution algaBLISTER: A coLlaborative network for traininG and cApacity Building in aLgal dIseases in LaTin AmERica: To date, impacts of seaweed aquaculture expansion have been poorly investigated and the spreading of disease is particularly relevant, as dramatic problems are repeatedly reported in commercial mariculture facilities. Few laboratories actively work on seaweed pathology, most of them in developed countries. In contrast, there is neither established capacity nor local expertise in Latin America to efficiently help the seaweed industry to solve disease issues, a situation that constitutes a weakness when most of the major producer countries in the continent are shifting from wild harvesting to aquaculture. To help tackling these problems, this project proposes to support capacity-building in Latin America by setting up a collaborative network along with phycologists from this region, in order to strengthen diseases diagnosis skills. For this purpose, representative members from the Latin DAC-list countries Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico will be trained in algal diseases characterization and pathosystem maintenance protocols, in order to identify existing and new records of algal diseases in Latin America that potentially threaten the seaweed industry and regulate algal populations and biodiversity. With this information, the project aims to build an up-to-date record list of diseases for the region, based on the efforts of this network. In parallel, this instance will be used to review the biosecurity framework governing seaweed related activities in the region, looking for gaps and potential improvements in the Latin American legislation. Ultimately, results from this project will synergistically complement the already running GlobalSeaweedSTAR projects "My seaweed looks weird" (MSLW), "Biosecurity database" and "Atlas of algal diseases", increasing their geographical reach to the Latin American region by reaching out to native Spanish and Portuguese speakers involved with algal affairs. SAMS Research Fellow Dr. Pedro Murua currently based at the Austral Universiy will be setting up the faiclities in Chile and providing the capacity building to colelagues from Latino America
Collaborator Contribution SAMS Research Fellow Dr. Pedro Murua currently based at the Austral Universiy will be providing the capacity building to colleagues from Latino America.
Impact Host Agreement of Dr. Murua at Austral University Chile - Dec 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description GS/RF/023 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Kasetsart University
Country Thailand 
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 Assessment and conservation of the genetic resources of Gracilaria in Thailand: Seaweed farming continues to rapidly expand globally for providing a wide variety of products. In Thailand, seaweed cultivation is still in its early stages, and mainly used for human consumption and aquatic animal feed. The red alga, Gracilaria fisheri, is commonly cultivated, mostly through vegetative propagation. This practice will lead, as it has done in other more established mariculture systems, to the reduction of genetic diversity in cultivated population, and could result in the loss of agar quality, disease susceptibility and loss of environmental adaptability. In order to preserve the diversity in farms as well as maintain the diversity found in wild populations of Gracilaria, this study will examine the diversity of cultivated Gracilaria and analyse the genetic status of both cultivated and wild populations of Gracilaria, with the goal to determine areas of high diversity, and to preserve this diversity in future crop planning. Our research project will provide a greater understanding of Gracilaria diversity and inform cultivation practices, and can lead to the development of novel approaches and management strategies to Gracilaria cultivation.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and Kasetsart University in Nov 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description GS/RF/025 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Malaysian University of Sabah
Department Biotechnology Research Institute
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.
Collaborator Contribution Development of hybrid strains of seaweed by protoplast fusion. Lead Biotechnology:Seaweed processing industry requires high-quality agar and carrageenan for various applications, but these raw materials are currently short in supply. To meet the ever-growing demand for these products, it is necessary to develop an improved strain of seaweeds with advantageous properties including high productivity and disease tolerance to provide such polysaccharides. The process of developing a hybrid using protoplast fusion would be a three-year project involving three different stages. This research is proposed to accomplish the first stage - protoplast isolation and purification.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and University of Malaysia Sabah Oct 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description GS/RF/029 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Ocean Farmers
Country Madagascar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
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 Seaweed farming communities of Madagascar have significantly reduced production in recent years due to a combination of strain fatigue of their seedstock, epiphyte infestations and rising ocean temperatures. These communities rely heavily on seaweed for their income and unless immediate action is taken the situation will worsen in the coming years. This proposal is a collaboration between three companies that are active participants in the seaweed industry - Ocean Farmers, Seadling and Cargill. We are very confident in the outcomes and real-world impact that we can generate. Identifying Superior Cultivars to Boost the Production and Livelihood of Madagascar Seaweed Farmers: In this project, Ocean farmers will re-create in Madagascar a sophisticated system that it has developed in Malaysia and the Philippines to identify cultivars of Kappaphycus sp. seaweed with superior growth performance, disease resistance and temperature resilience. Within the one-year project, superior cultivars will be identified and distributed to farmers to generate significant production gains. Seadling will also engage in capacity building of Ocean Farmers staff so that they can continue to identify superior cultivars independently and ensure continuous capacity building of current and future farmers. Concurrently Cargill will be monitoring the quality and properties of the carrageenan produced by the identified cultivars to confirm that they meet the needs of industry and ensure continued market demand. Ocean Farmers will set up this small pilot scale hatchery in Tulear, Madagascar to experiment growth and will follow guidelines defined by its partners (in Malyais and Philippines). Ocean Farmers will conduct in-situ test at sea and hatchery growth experiments to observe vulnerability to diseases and epiphytes. Finally The team will jointly work with GSSTAR on biosecurity concerns and define the set of rules to be applied for sharing strains. A workshop on biosecurity will be organized in Madagascar with the administration in charge of aquaculture, either with in-person participation if travel is possible or virtually if not.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and Ocean Farmers. Jan 2021
Start Year 2021
 
Description GS/RF/037 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Malaysian University of Sabah
Department Biotechnology Research Institute
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.
Collaborator Contribution Isolation and Characterisation of Endophytic Bacteria Possessing Biocontrol Potential and Plant Growth Promoting Activity from Kappaphycus alvarezii: According to FAO of the UN 2018 report, disease and low-quality seed problems are affecting the Malaysian seaweed production particularly Kappaphycus alvarezii in Sabah. Studies have shown that endophytic bacteria (bacteria inside plants and having no visibly harmful effects on the plants) promote plant growth and biocontrol activity against a broad spectrum of pathogens. Research on endophytic bacteria is one of the most promising aspects of microbiology studies but often overlooked. Yet until now, there is no research has been done on evaluating the effects of endophytic bacteria either single or multiple pools of bacterial isolates from K. alvarezii as probiotics for seaweed growth and biological control agent. For our study, we plan to isolate endophytic bacteria from farmed K. alvarezii harvested from different seasons. The isolated bacteria will be tested for their disease resistance capability. Analysis will be done to evaluate the effects of multiple pools of selected bacteria on K. alvarezii growth and resistance towards disease. The outcome of this study is creating a probiotic formulation of selected endophytic bacteria which symbiosis with K. alvarezii for sustainable growth of the seaweed industry.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and University of Malaysia - Oct 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description GS/RF/038 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. Claire Gachon and Janina Brakel (SAMS) will coordinate sampling efforts with other partners to extend the geographical range of sample and metadata collection, and organise the data management in the existing LIMS system.
Collaborator Contribution Phylogeography and population genetics of epiphytic filamentous red algae on eucheumatoids: Red algae of the genera Kappaphycus and Eucheuma, commonly known as eucheumatoids, are the most relevant resource globally for obtaining carrageenan, a polysaccharide widely used in the food industry. Eucheumatoids are extensively farmed in developing countries where they play an important role in the economy. Major farmed eucheumatoid species are native to the Indo-Pacific and were intentionally introduced in other countries for aquaculture. These red seaweeds are the substrate for a variety of small filamentous algal species (EFAs) that grow epiphytically on them and that seasonally develop blooms causing severe problems for farmers. Despite this, the identity of EFAs at the species level has been barely studied and basic questions, such as how many species are present or how wide or restricted is their distribution, are still unresolved. The first objective of this project is to obtain a better understanding of the diversity of EFAs at local and global scales using morphological and genetic tools. We will analyse samples collected from regions where farmed eucheumatoids are native (Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia) and introduced (Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Madagascar, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Kiribati; and, if ongoing management of agreements are successful, Sri Lanka, Panama and Brazil) and we will assess and characterize the species diversity. This objective will boost efforts in ongoing GSSTAR projects. A second stage of this project aims to analyse relationships among populations from different sites and countries to understand the origin and pathways for dispersal of EFAs using the most advanced molecular techniques (single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs obtained with Illumina). This project will serve to determine whether the distribution of epiphytic filamentous algae is related to natural or human-mediated dispersal processes and it will provide basic knowledge for developing biosecurity protocols to avoid their spread into new areas where they are non-native. Sample and metadata collection followed by morphology study and DNA barcoding will be undertaken by Sze-Wan Poong, Pui-Ling Tan and Phaik-Eem Lim (UM), in Malaysia; and Joseph Faisan (SEAFDEC) and Victor Noel Ferriols (UPV) in the Philippines
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and University of Malaya Sept 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description GS/RF/039 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Milele Zanzibar Foundation
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
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 Building Resilience of Seaweed Farmers in Zanzibar: This research project, entitled Building Resilience of Seaweed Farmers in Zanzibar, aims to address challenges facing seaweed farmers and to identify the best ways to build their resilience. Seaweed farmers in Zanzibar face challenges related to climate change which is impacting their capacity to farm sufficient quality seaweed to meet the global demands. One of the effects of climate change forces farmers to have to farm the seaweed in deeper waters. This challenge is especially hard on women who currently make up more than 80% of seaweed farmers and who are more vulnerable to drowning. Additionally, given the falling production and prices of seaweed over the past decade, seaweed farmers must find ways to become better organized and ultimately be more resilient, both financially and socially, against the rapid changes taking place in the seaweed sector locally and globally. The research project aims to assess and build evidence around how best to support/empower both individual seaweed farmers as well as seaweed associations. For individual seaweed farmers, the research will assess how building the capacity of women to swim and how enabling both women and men to utilize innovative production techniques to be able to farm greater quality seaweed in greater quantities, is able to improve the livelihoods of individual seaweed farmers. For seaweed associations, the research will assess how strengthening the associations' governance, leadership and savings and lending capacities will enable them to provide greater social and financial support and advocacy for the seaweed farming communities. Ultimately, the aim of the research project is to identify ways to support seaweed farmers, especially women, continue to practice seaweed farming as a viable source of income for themselves and their families within a supportive environment. Secondly, the research project aims to support efforts to increase farming and production of quality seaweed which can ultimately have positive ripple effects for the overall seaweed industry in Zanzibar. Thirdly, the research project will help to identify key intervention areas which can be scaled up to other seaweed communities by other stakeholders including government, seaweed companies and development partners.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and Milele Zanzibar Foundation - Sept 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description GS/RF/043 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
Country Bangladesh 
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 Spatial planning for seaweed farming in the maritime zone of Bangladesh: Seaweed industry in Bangladesh is in starting era and currently limited to small scale farming by locals. At present, here, information about the potential sites for seaweed farming is lacking. Thus, it is utmost important to identify suitable sites for seaweed farming based on scientific knowledge. Therefore, this study aims to identify the suitable areas for seaweed farming (i.e. spatial plan for seaweed farming) in the maritime area of Bangladesh based on physiological requirements of seaweeds.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology - Sept 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description GS/RF/047 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation University of the Philippines
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 Selection and distribution of new strains of Kappaphycus alvarezii developed from spores of local wild populations to restore seaweed farming productivity in the Philippines: This study will generate new seedstocks from the progeny of fertile wild Kappaphycus alvarezii. Tetraspores and carpospores, resulting from meiosis and sexual reproduction, respectively, will be released from reproductive plants to generate the next generation of new and unique individuals. New cultivars with superior quality will be screened from different pools of siblings, mass cultivated, and distributed to seaweed farmers for future cultivation. With the participation of one of the key players in the carrageenan industry, we will be able to identify cultivars that is of interest to both ends of the supply chain.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines - Sept 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description GS/RF/053 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Free University of Colombia
Country Colombia 
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. Guidance and co-writting of the proposal. SAMS staff will be providing lectures in spanish to the Colombian lecturers in a train- the trainer programme.
Collaborator Contribution Building scientific and technical capacities in phycology in Colombia: This project aims to build capacity at the Universidad Libre by training at least 6 colombian lecturers in the UK and by assisting them in the design of a course (theoretical and practical) on Applied Phycology which will be implemented in several undergraduate grades (Biology of microorganisms, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Industrial microbiology, Industrial processes and others). The training will be provide in Spanish. Furthermore, two online symposia will be organised. One symposium on Applied Phycology to engage with the international scientific community, and a Webinar on the Potential of the Seaweed cultivation in Colombia to engage with several key stakeholders and develop awareness in the topic.
Impact Grant Agreement Signed by SAMS and Universidad Libre Colombia.
Start Year 2021
 
Description GS/RF/055 Project funded by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Research Fund 
Organisation Celtic Sea Spice Company Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
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 Seaweed for Life: Using Seaweed to Respond to Madagascar Food Security & Stability Emergency: A six-month proof-of-concept project providing training and operational funding support to poor and vulnerable coastal communities in South West Madagascar to produce seaweed for food to address increased food insecurity due to the collateral impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and to build longer-term food stability in Madagascar. Madagascar's Food Security Challenge: The country faces a catastrophic set of threats from the Covid-19 pandemic and has a huge proportion of the population in the vulnerable category due to malnutrition with 50% of children malnourished & 25% severely malnourished. Madagascar is the 7th poorest country in the world with a population of 26 million people and is ranked as one of the worst countries for hunger in the world - 114 out of 117 qualifying countries in the world hunger index. The South West has some of the worst hunger issues. Solution: Seaweed can address this challenge by contributing to efforts to provide emergency food and essential nutrition and by building longer-term resilience and food security through promotion of seaweed as an abundant and sustainable food source for Madagascar's general public. Although Madagascar has a massive coastline of approximately 5,000km - the longest in Africa, and abundant seaweed, this macro-algae resource is not currently being utilized as a major food source for the Malagasy population. Instead, the country's seaweed is primarily harvested in volume to be used for industrial purposes as a binding agent in food and in cosmetics. Expertise: The expertise to develop seaweed-for-food capabilities in Madagascar will be provided by Mara Seaweed who have extensive expertise in coastal community stewardship, seaweed aquaculture and seaweed food innovation, with an award-winning range of products available in supermarket and foodservice throughout the UK and North America. The expertise in Madagascar will be provided by Feedback Madagascar, a charity with over 25 years of experience in rural development intervention in Madagascar, with a staff of over 100 with four regional hubs offices and field agents living within and engaged with the communities, and good working relations with central government, local authorities and NGOS including the Marine Sciences and Fisheries Institute in Madagascar.
Impact Grant Agreement signed by SAMS and Mara seaweeds and Feedback MAdagascar in Jan 2021
Start Year 2021
 
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-CRIS 
Organisation United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
Country Belgium 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution GlobalSeaweed STArResearch team is working on producng science based evidence around diffrent topics related to the Seaweed industry (WP1 = disease detection and identification, WP2: biosecurity and farm management practices, WP3= native genetic diversity and breeding, WP4 socio economical resilience of farmers). Scietific results will be used as science based evidence to develop national and international poilciy briefs.
Collaborator Contribution UNU-CRIS will work in close collaboration with SAMS as well as the other members of the consortium to: • To outline a guiding document for the compilation of policy aspects of the aquaculture and food production (water and food security) aspects, with a focus on the seaweed industry at a global, regional, and national scale. • To outline and publish a review paper on seaweed industry trends and patterns at the regional and national scale and SDG 14. • To analyze the socio-economic and socio-political comparative context of seaweed industry /production ASEAN and East African Community (EAC) region- focus on economic and export policies. • Assist and contribute to the production of 3 policy briefs ( aiming at the objectives of the work packages, particularly social equity and inclusion)- the scale of analysis -regional and national. • Engage youth scholars to build their capacity on this topic. • Provide inputs into project documents/publications and meetings. EXPECTED OUTPUTS: I. Policy and institutional analysis of the seaweed sector in the context of SDG agenda, food and water security frameworks, and conceptual underpinnings at the regional and national scale. II. Production of knowledge outputs such as a peer-reviewed paper/chapter or research report with members of the team/partner agencies. III. Production of 3 policy brief(s) from two regions-ASEAN and the East African Community (EAC) region IV. Production of 1 global policy brief
Impact Sub-contract signed on the 27th January 2021 Outputs are expected towards the end of the project (second half of 2021).
Start Year 2021
 
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. The Co-I moved to UNU-CRIS and as such this sub-contract has been terminated in Novemeber 2020. A new contract has been signed with UNU-CRIS, where the Co-I is now hosted. UNU-CRIS is now responsible for the deliverables allocated originally to UNU-INWEH. See entry for UNU-CRIS for more details on expected outputs.
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. The Co-I moved to UNU-CRIS and as such this sub-contract has been terminated in Novemeber 2020. A new contract has been signed with UNU-CRIS, where the Co-I is now hosted. UNU-CRIS is now responsible for the deliverables allocated originally to UNU-INWEH. See entry for UNU-CRIS for more details on expected outputs.
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 Research Collaboration: "Assessment of causative agents in Ice Ice disease in Kappaphycus Alvarezii and relevant molecules for proliferation of Algal Pathogens in Zanzibar Islands" (Tanzania). 
Organisation Aqua Farms Organization
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GlobalSeaweedSTAR WP Leaders Prof C Gachon (WP3) and Prof J Brodie (WP1) will collaborate with partners in Tanzania on this project by providing in-kind research support including: training for metabarcoding of bacterial communities in diseased seaweeds, and facilitating access to a metabolite library for screening bioactive compounds.
Collaborator Contribution Research project titled "Assessment of causative agents in Ice Ice disease in Kappaphycus alvarezii and relevant molecules for proliferation of Algal Pathogens in Zanzibar Islands" funded through Marine Research Grant (MARG I) Programme, Western Indian Ocean Marine Sciences Association (WIOMSA). Ice-Ice disease is a major cause of K. alvarezii crop loss globally, with currently no treatment to control its spread. This study aims to "i. purify, grow in laboratory culture and identify the bacterial causative agent(s) of ice ice disease in Kappaphycus alvarezii (Cotonii) seaweed in Zanzibar, and ii. screen bioactive molecules for their capacity to inhibit the growth of the ice-ice causative agents, and thererefore their potential to prevail the ice-ice disease in Kappaphycus alvarezii." Partners in Tanzania (leads) will perform all sampling and laboratory work.
Impact No outcomes to report as yet.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Research Collaboration: "Assessment of causative agents in Ice Ice disease in Kappaphycus Alvarezii and relevant molecules for proliferation of Algal Pathogens in Zanzibar Islands" (Tanzania). 
Organisation University of Dar es Salaam
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution GlobalSeaweedSTAR WP Leaders Prof C Gachon (WP3) and Prof J Brodie (WP1) will collaborate with partners in Tanzania on this project by providing in-kind research support including: training for metabarcoding of bacterial communities in diseased seaweeds, and facilitating access to a metabolite library for screening bioactive compounds.
Collaborator Contribution Research project titled "Assessment of causative agents in Ice Ice disease in Kappaphycus alvarezii and relevant molecules for proliferation of Algal Pathogens in Zanzibar Islands" funded through Marine Research Grant (MARG I) Programme, Western Indian Ocean Marine Sciences Association (WIOMSA). Ice-Ice disease is a major cause of K. alvarezii crop loss globally, with currently no treatment to control its spread. This study aims to "i. purify, grow in laboratory culture and identify the bacterial causative agent(s) of ice ice disease in Kappaphycus alvarezii (Cotonii) seaweed in Zanzibar, and ii. screen bioactive molecules for their capacity to inhibit the growth of the ice-ice causative agents, and thererefore their potential to prevail the ice-ice disease in Kappaphycus alvarezii." Partners in Tanzania (leads) will perform all sampling and laboratory work.
Impact No outcomes to report as yet.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Australian Seaweed Institute
Country Australia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Cape Breton University
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
Country Italy 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Good Food Institute (GFI)
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Kelp Blue
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Lloyd's Register Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS)
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Nestlé (Global)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Ningbo University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Nori Association D'Avocats
Country Belgium 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation RIKEN
Country Japan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation SINTEF
Country Norway 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation The Nature Conservancy
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Unilever
Department Unilever Research and Development Vlaardingen B.V.
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation University of Cape Town
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation University of Los Lagos
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Wageningen University & Research
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation World Bank Group
Department Global Environment Facility
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description Safe Seaweed Coalition 
Organisation World Wide Fund for Nature
Country Switzerland 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Assisted with development of proposal, Work Package Leader for the WP Skills & Capacity Building.
Collaborator Contribution Partners are either on the Steering Committee (CNRS (Coordinator/ WP Lead), SINTEF (WP Lead), FAO, UNGC, LRF (WP Lead), GEF, WWF, Asian Infintiy, Rikken Food, Nestle, Nori Association, Seaweed Hub, Australian Seaweed Institute) or on the Advisory Board (all the other partners listed).
Impact None as yet
Start Year 2021
 
Description The Seaweed Manifesto, UN Global Compact / Lloyd's Register Foundation 
Organisation Lloyd's Register Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GlobalSeaweedSTAR PI Prof. E Cottier-Cook is member of main editorial board for The Seaweed Manifesto.
Collaborator Contribution The Seaweed Manifesto is coordinated and funded by the United Nations Global Compact and Lloyd's Register Foundation.
Impact The Seaweed Manifesto has now been written and published (https://ungc-communications-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/docs/publications/The-Seaweed-Manifesto.pdf). An official website has also been established for the collaboration (http://www.seaweedmanifesto.com/). As stated on this website, The Seaweed Manifesto "is a visionary document outlining how seaweed can contribute to delivering on the sustainable development goals. It defines a vision for the industry, explores the opportunities and benefits, as well as outlining the challenges and barriers for responsible development of the industry. The focus is on the untapped potential, which might not be met without new thought-leadership and convening power to improve knowledge and expertise, develop new funding initiatives and influence policy makers, regulators and consumers." The Seaweed Manifesto was launched at an online meeting (Seaweed Manifesto: Towards Implementation) held on September 24, 2020 as a side-event to the 75th United Nations General Assembly. A recording of this meeting is hosted on the Youtube channel of the United Nations Global Compact and has been viewed more than 800 times (https://youtu.be/PNQWa8pcN1M). As a result of this collaboration, the Safe Seaweed Coalition was formed and funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation (£5 million).
Start Year 2020
 
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, 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 ("Cash boost for seaweed project collaborations", 17 May 2018) 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 new 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 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 Career Talk, Uganda Water and Environment Week (UWEWK, 2020) 
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 F Msuya (Tanzania) was invited to present a "Career Talk for Young Water and Environment Professionals" at Uganda Water and Environment Week (September 16, 2020). Dr Msuya spoke about her career journey, challenges encountered and how they were managed, and advice for young professionals at the start of their careers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.mwe.go.ug/sites/default/files/Uganda%20Water%20and%20Environment%20Week%202020%20Program...
 
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 Consultative & Collaborative Meeting on Sargassum Harvesting (Philippines, 2020) 
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 GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr AQ Hurtado (Philippines) contributed to a consultative and collaborative meeting on Sargassum harvesting, hosted by the Department of Biology, University of San Carlos (Cebu, Philippines) on February 17, 2020. The meeting was attended by academic experts in the seaweed industry, as well as local and national government representatives. Participants discussed the development of a Sargassum industry and its potential to contribute to the blue economy in the Philippines, with particular reference to new culturing technology developed by the University of San Carlos. A resolution was drafted by the participants to amend Fisheries Administrative Order 250-2, to allow the harvesting of Sargassum after the new culturing technology has been fully validated in the field (demo farm, pilot and finally at commercial scale).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Expert panellist, "Race to Zero Dialogues: Oceans Coastal Zones and Water" (World Economic Forum, 2020) 
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 DP Leader Dr F Msuya (Tanzania) represented GlobalSeaweedSTAR as an expert panellist at the online forum "Fighting Climate Change: Ocean as Part of the Solution - Nature-Based Solutions" (12 Nov 2020). This event was hosted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of the "Race to Zero Dialogues: Oceans, Coastal Zones and Water." The panel discussed the following question: "The ocean plays a critical role in the global climate system. While it has been a key driver of extreme weather events and climate disasters, it also holds solutions to tackle climate change. How can the ocean's potential be tapped to capture carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally and strengthen resilience while still promoting blue jobs and economic growth?" (WEF; https://youtu.be/0_nmRP6lf5M). Dr Msuya spoke about how seaweed farming and value addition technologies have helped the resilience of seaweed farmers in Tanzania.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.weforum.org/events/race-to-zero-dialogues-2020/sessions/fighting-climate-change-ocean-as...
 
Description Expert panellist, "Seaweed Manifesto: Towards Implementation" online meeting (United Nations Global Compact, 2020) 
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 DP Leader Dr F Msuya (Tanzania) represented GlobalSeaweedSTAR as an expert panellist at the online meeting "Seaweed Manifesto: Towards Implementation". The meeting was held to launch The Seaweed Manifesto (Lloyd's Register Foundation/UN Global Compact), to which GlobalSeaweedSTAR PI Prof. Cottier-Cook was a contributor. It was held on September 24, 2020 (a side-event to the 75th United Nations General Assembly) and, as described by the organisers, "brings together a select and diverse group of innovative seaweed businesses, projects and entrepreneurs with top decision-makers from the UN and other leading international institutions and organizations. It showcases the many ways the ambitions and initiatives of the Seaweed Manifesto are being driven forward across the world" (UN Global Compact; https://youtu.be/PNQWa8pcN1M). Dr Msuya discussed the socio-economic importance of seaweed cultivation in Tanzania, the need for connectivity between farmers, researchers, government and NGOs, and key issues for the industry going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/PNQWa8pcN1M
 
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 Workshops (2017, 2020) 
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 2017: 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.

2020: GCRF Grow and Hubs Cross-Cohort Workshops - focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for cohort projects, included break-out discussions on techniques for remote working, achieving capacity-building while travel is limited, and stakeholder engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2020
 
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 research outputs and calls for applications to the GlobalSeaweedSTAR Fund (Travel, Research & Innovation, Capacity Building). The page currently has 726 followers (March 2021).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020,2021
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 441 members (March 2021). The GlobalSeaweedSTAR LinkedIn Page (created more recently in August 2019) has 198 followers as of March 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020,2021
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. GlobalSeaweedSTAR newsletters provide a brief overview of recent programme news, highlights and opportunities for participation. They are published on the GlobalSeaweedSTAR website and LinkedIn, and are promoted via the programme's social media channels (Facebook, Twitter).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021
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 programme and outputs 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 currently has 835 followers (March 2021).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020,2021
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. The GlobalSeaweedSTAR website had 4137 unique users and 6471 total visits from March 2019-2020, and 4,554 unique users and 6,918 total visits from March 2020-2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020,2021
URL https://www.globalseaweed.org/
 
Description Guest Lecture, Institute of Aquaculture (University of the Philippines Visayas, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR ECR J Mateo (Philippines) was invited to deliver a lecture on algae to undergraduate students in the Fisheries 111 Phycology class at the Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas (26 November, 2020). This lecture focused on macroalgae such as kelp, Sargassum, Kappaphycus, Gracilaria and Caulerpa. Culture techniques ranging from land-based (micropropagation and sporulation) to sea-based were introduced. GlobalSeaweedSTAR was also discussed, including databases for disease identification and biosecurity hosted on the programme's website. The key outcome of this engagement was shared knowledge on the seaweed industry and increased awareness of work conducted by the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Guest Lecture, University Putra Malaysia (2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr A Nor (GlobalSeaweedSTAR Malaysia) was invited to deliver a guest lecture to undergraduate and graduate students in the AKU4243 Algae Culture course at University Putra Malaysia (January 20, 2021). The lecture was titled "Seaweed farming in Malaysia" and introduced the current status of seaweed farming and the use of various culture techniques, integration with other aquatic organisms (IMTA: Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture system) and its importance. The work of GlobalSeaweedSTAR to address issues facing the global seaweed industry was also touched on. The primary outcomes of this engagement were shared expertise and increased awareness of the programme's activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Guest Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2020) 
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 F Msuya (Tanzania) was invited to give an online guest lecture to graduate students in the Core 3 Studio at the Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr Msuya shared her expertise and insights about the seaweed industry in a lecture titled "Seaweed farming in Tanzania: success stories, challenges, mitigation options, and future outlook" (September 10, 2020).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Interview, Daily News Tanzania (2020) 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr F Msuya (Tanzania) provided an interview for a profile article in the Daily News, a national newspaper of Tanzania. The article was titled "Flower Msuya: fighting tirelessly to promote seaweed farming, products" and published April 2, 2020. It featured Dr Msuya's career journey and work to support the development of the seaweed industry in Tanzania. Dr Msuya's involvement in GlobalSeaweedSTAR and the programme's objectives were also discussed. The article was subsequently republished by the allAfrica news aggregator and outlet (https://allafrica.com/stories/202004030195.html).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://dailynews.co.tz/news/2020-04-025e85f03633b14.aspx
 
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 Speaker, 3rd India International Seaweed Expo & Summit (India, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The 3rd India International Seaweed Expo & Summit, Chennai, India (30-31 Jan 2020) is an annual summit organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce to bring together international speakers and local stakeholders in the seaweed industry to discuss issues such as cultivation, marketing and applications. GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr. AQ Hurtado (Philippines) was an invited speaker at this event and delivered a presentation titled "Seaweed extracts for enhanced cultivation of seaweeds (SEECS)", sharing expertise with both local and international attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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, Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DP Leader Dr F Msuya was invited to deliver a keynote presentation at the Planning Meeting on the Implementation of Integrated Aquaculture System of Seaweeds and Marine Fish Project, hosted by the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI). The meeting was held on August 5-6, 2020. Dr Msuya's presentation was titled: "Development of deep water seaweed farming technologies in Zanzibar, Tanzania."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 28 Masters and PhD students from the Southern African region, including DAC-list countries such as Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Professor Gachon presented lectures on sustainable seaweed aquaculture, and molecular biology and bioinformatics applied to marine biological models. The GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme was discussed, raising awareness of programme research. 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 Lecturer, Field Staff at National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (Philippines, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-DP Leader MR Luhan (Philippines) delivered a series of lectures (10, 11, 14 Dec 2020) to field staff at the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (Pangasinan, Philippines). The lectures focused on technical considerations for the sea-based production of Kappaphycus seedlings (a key commercial genus) and provided step-by-step advice from the initial laboratory and land-based nursery phases to transplanting to the sea-based nursery. The expertise shared in this series has the potential to impact the quality and quantity of Kappaphycus seedlings at the sea-based nursery phase available for distribution to farmers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr F Msuya (Tanzania) and PI Professor Cottier-Cook (UK) provided interviews to media outlet El Pais for an article (Spanish) on seaweed farmers in Zanzibar, with particular focus on important gender issues and trends in the industry. The resulting article was titled "Las algueras de Zanzíbar: feminismo e innovación a orillas del Índico" and published December 3, 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/03/planeta_futuro/1575380097_314060.html#comentarios
 
Description Media interview, Nature ("Cultivating a Sea Change"; 2020) 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme members Dr V Montalescot (SAMS, UK) and Dr G Stentiford (CEFAS, UK) were interviewed by Nature on the threat posed by disease outbreaks to the seaweed industry. These interviews were featured in an article titled "Cultivating a Sea Change" (publ. Dec 10, 2020) about the potential of aquaculture to become a sustainable global food source. The work of GlobalSeaweedSTAR was also introduced in the article, raising awareness of the programme internationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://media.nature.com/original/magazine-assets/d41586-020-03446-3/d41586-020-03446-3.pdf
 
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. Article "New project to aid seaweed R&D in developing nations" published 5 September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.scidev.net/sub-saharan-africa/news/project-aid-seaweed-developing-nations/
 
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, specifically how GlobalSeaweedSTAR could monitor and analyse holobiome community, ice-ice and epi-endophytes at the sentinel farm site in the context of certain environmental factors.
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 Online article, website of Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section (GAFS) of the Asian Fisheries Society (2021) 
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 ECR JG Suyo (Philippines) and GlobalSeaweedSTAR colleagues published an article titled "Bringing to light women's participation in the seaweed industry" on Genderaquafish.org (February 27, 2021). This website, supported by the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section (GAFS) of the Asian Fisheries Society, is focused on knowledge exchange and "welcomes contributions, links and comments, from researchers and other experts with professional interests in furthering gender research in aquaculture and fisheries development" (https://www.genderaquafish.org/). ECR Suyo and co-authors shared expertise and findings from research conducted as part of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme on the influence of gender on the roles and opportunities accessible to farmers in the Philippines seaweed industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.genderaquafish.org/2021/02/27/bringing-to-light-womens-participation-in-the-seaweed-indu...
 
Description Online lecture, Symposium on "The Development of China-ASEAN Tropical Seaweed Industry: Opportunities and Solutions" (2020) 
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 (Malaysia) Professor PE Lim was invited to speak at an online symposium on "The Development of China-ASEAN Tropical Seaweed Industry: Opportunities and Solutions", hosted by the Institute of Tropical Bioscience and Biotechnology of the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (22 June 2020).
This symposium served as a forum for discussion on current trends, challenges and opportunities for the cultivation of seaweeds in China and ASEAN member nations, as well as the potential for a more collaborative approach to future research. Prof. Lim presented a lecture on seaweed resources in Malaysia and their potential for commercialisation, sharing knowledge and perspective from the Malaysian context with international attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Outreach event, "No plan B, a universe, a planet, an ecosystem, researchers" (Atmospheres Festival, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor C Gachon (GlobalSeaweedSTAR WP3 Leader) was a speaker at the public outreach event "No plan B, a universe, a planet, an ecosystem, researchers" as part of the Atmospheres Festival, Paris (October 10, 2020). This event was filmed and broadcast on several online platforms, such as FUN MOOC and Facebook, receiving more 6,900 views on the latter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/uthBBEnE0q8
 
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, Seaweed Day of the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (Tanzania, 2019/2020) 
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 As Founder and Chairperson of the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (ZaSCI), GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr F Msuya (Tanzania) organises the annual ZaSCI Seaweed Day with fellow members of the Initiative. The 4th ZaSCI Seaweed Day was held on the island of Unguja, Zanzibar on July 23, 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 ZaSCI 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. The 5th ZaSCI Seaweed Day was held on Pemba Island, Zanzibar on July 23, 2020. The GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme was presented in a poster exhibit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Press release, "Researchers bring seaweed biosecurity issue to top table" (FAO Stakeholder Meeting, 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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release ("Researchers bring seaweed biosecurity issue to top table") disseminated by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Communications Manager Paterson on May 15, 2019. The subject was the contribution of GlobalSeaweedSTAR to the 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), and included quotes from PI Cottier-Cook and PDRA Campbell. This press release was published on the SAMS website and reported by several media outlets: Fish Focus (https://fishfocus.co.uk/seaweed-farming-biosecurity-issue/) and The Fish Site (https://thefishsite.com/articles/fao-to-focus-on-seaweed-farming-biosecurity).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sams.ac.uk/news/sams-news-globalseaweedstar-biosecurity-.html
 
Description Press release, "SAMS evidence prompts rethink on global seaweed policy" (FAO Sub-committee on Aquaculture, 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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release ("SAMS evidence prompts rethink on global seaweed policy") disseminated by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Communications Manager Paterson on August 28, 2019. The subject was 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, and included quotes from PI Cottier-Cook. This press release was published on the SAMS website and subsequently reported by several media outlets, including The Fish Site (https://thefishsite.com/articles/fao-backs-regulatory-overhaul-for-global-seaweed-growers), Fish Focus (https://fishfocus.co.uk/rethink-on-global-seaweed-policy/), Eco Magazine (https://www.ecomagazine.com/news/policy/research-evidence-prompts-rethink-on-global-seaweed-policy) and IPac Acuicultura.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sams.ac.uk/news/sams-news-sams-hosts-seaweed-event-at-un.html
 
Description Press release, "Successful seaweed industry can help tackle global poverty" (Seaweed Manifesto launch, 2020) 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release produced by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Communications Manager E Paterson ("Successful seaweed industry can help tackle global poverty"; 24 Sept 2020) regarding the programme's contribution to The Seaweed Manifesto (Lloyd's Register Foundation/UN Global Compact) and a presentation made by DP Leader Dr Msuya (Tanzania) at the online launch "Seaweed Manifesto: Towards Implementation", a side-event of the 75th UN General Assembly (24 September 2020). This press release received coverage from several media outlets, including The Fish Site (https://thefishsite.com/articles/how-seaweed-farming-can-help-tackle-global-poverty), Fish Farmer Magazine (https://issuu.com/fishfarmermagazine/docs/fish_farmer_oct_2020) and Eco Magazine (https://www.ecomagazine.com/news/fisheries-aquaculture/seaweed-success-can-help-tackle-global-poverty-says-expert), as well as being featured on SAMS website and in the University of the Highlands & Islands Annual Review (2020).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.sams.ac.uk/news/sams-news-seaweed-manifesto.html
 
Description Press release, GlobalSeaweedSTAR research on seaweed diseases (SEAFDEC/AQD, Philippines; 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release produced by Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD; Philippines) about the international collaborative research conducted by GlobalSeaweedSTAR on diseases and pests affecting the seaweed industry and key objectives of the programme. An interview with GlobalSeaweedSTAR ECR J Faisan was featured. This press release was published by regional news outlet Panay News (Western Visayas, Philippines). Primary impact of this engagement is increased regional awareness of the work conducted by GlobalSeaweedSTAR and upcoming Sharing Best Practice (SBP) events to disseminate programme findings to industry stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.panaynews.net/disease-afflicted-ph-seaweed-farms-see-hope-with-help-of-scientists/
 
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 research and theories on gender research. ECR Suyo presented 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.
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 Technical Advisor, Consultative Meetings with Seaweed Culture Laboratory (SCL) staff, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Philippines, 2020) 
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 Co-DP Leader MR Luhan (Philippines) served as a technical advisor to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR, Philippines) in a series of online consultative meetings with Seaweed Culture Laboratory (SCL) staff. Meetings were held with the following regions/offices: National Seaweed Technology and Development Center, Sorsogon (20 Oct 2020, 4 participants), Region II Cagayan (22 Oct 2020, 4 participants), Region VI Guimaras (3 Nov 2020, 3 participants), Region XIII Caraga (19 Nov 2020, 3 participants), Region VII Eastern Visayas (24 Nov 2020, 5 participants), and Region IX Zamboanga Peninsula (3 Dec 2020, 3 participants). The meetings focused on resolving challenges encountered in the micropropagation of Kappaphycus (a commercially important seaweed genus) in the laboratory, in order to improve the quality of seedlings produced for farming.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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, University of the Philippines Visayas (Philippines) / Kagoshima University (Japan) 
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 have presented training lectures to graduate students from University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV; Philippines) and Kagoshima University (Japan) under the International Linkage Program between the two institutions. Lectures were presented to four students in-person in 2019 and to one student, attending online from Kagoshima University, in 2020. Lectures presented: Diversity of Eucheumatoids in the Philippines (2019, 2020), Diseases and Pests in Eucheumatoid Farms in the Philippines (2019, 2020), Seaweed Farming in the Philippines (2019) and "Policies protecting the seaweed industry in the Philippines" (2020). 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 2019,2020
 
Description Video, "Successful seaweed farming with SAMS" (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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact An interview with GlobalSeaweedSTAR PDRA Brakel (WP3) was featured in SAMS YouTube video entitled "Successful Seaweed farming with SAMS", in which the work of the GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme is discussed with particular reference to biosecurity and identification of disease and pests. The video is hosted on the SAMS Youtube channel. The primary outcome of this video is increased awareness of the programme's activities, both in the UK and internationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/twGeE3PtVXo
 
Description Webinar Resource Speaker, Applications of Seaweeds in Cosmetics (Philippines, 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR DP Leader Dr AQ Hurtado (Philippines) was the resource speaker at the webinar "Applications of Seaweeds in Cosmetics" (13 June 2020). This event was hosted by My Natural Products Co. (Manila, Philippines) to share knowledge with stakeholders (buyers/sellers) about the natural resources of the Philippines. Dr Hurtado shared expertise on the diversity of seaweeds in the country and their many uses, including for food, bio-stimulants, bio-fertilisers, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar Resource Speaker, National Seaweed Technology and Development Center (Philippines, 2020) 
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 DP Leader Dr. AQ Hurtado (Philippines) was the resource speaker at a 1-day webinar hosted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - National Seaweed Technology and Development Center (BFAR-NSTDC), Philippines (13 October 2020). The webinar topic was the identification of healthy and diseased Gracilaria (an economically important genus) and its distribution, biology and eco-physiology. Dr. Hurtado shared her expertise on Gracilaria with fisheries and seaweed officers, with particular focus on the impact of disease on its use for human food.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar, Women in Scottish Aquaculture (2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GlobalSeaweedSTAR Senior Project Manager Dr V Montalescot presented a webinar titled "GlobalSeaweedSTAR - improving research capabilities and knowledge" on 27 August, 2020. This event was arranged by Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA) and hosted by the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre. Dr Montalescot discussed GlobalSeaweedSTAR's work to support the sustainable development of the seaweed industry, building capacity in DAC-list countries and providing solutions to key challenges faced. The primary outcome of this webinar was increased awareness of the programme at a national level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Working Group, Macroalgae Culture (requested by European Commission - DG MARE) 
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 is representing the programme in an expert working group requested by the European Commission - DG MARE to "understand the state of
knowledge regarding the potential of macro-algae culture in providing climate-related and other ecosystem services, and to identify specific knowledge gaps to be addressed
before harvesting this potential" (Eklipse, Call for Knowledge 2020). No impacts as yet, report of the working group is due by September 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
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. A presentation was also made by GlobalSeaweedSTAR PDRA Brakel and SAMS colleague Dr MM Perrineau on the "Seaweed industry in the UK and in a global context, research on (un)known pathogens or risks to consider." Copies of these presentations were subsequently shared with DEFRA for wider dissemination among their team. Key outcomes of the workshop were shared knowledge and 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