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Harnessing Marine Bioresources for Innovations in the Food Industry

Harnessing Marine Bioresources for Innovations in the Food Industry
April 29
09:47 2015

NutraMara – the Marine Functional Foods Research Initiative – is a research programme for marine based functional food development which focuses on the mining of marine bioresources including seaweeds (macroalgae), microalgae and marine processing by-products as well as aquaculture, for functional food ingredients. On 29-30th June 2015 it will host an ambitious and exciting Conference and Expo that will showcase the latest international scientific findings in harnessing and exploiting marine bioresources. The Conference will discuss the creation of business opportunities and the development of a more sustainable, competitive Marine Bioresources Sector through research and innovation. It will include presentations by leading national and international thought leaders in the field, ranging from value creation from fish discards (as well as macro- and micro-algae); innovative business approaches to developing new products from marine bioresources; and the health-promoting properties of marine bioactives.

In conjunction with the conference, there will be an impressive exhibition of research and development capabilities across the Irish research landscape underpinning innovation in the Irish Marine Bioresources Sector. Ireland’s leading public research organisations (universities, research institutes and Institutes of Technology) will showcase their capabilities, expertise and current technologies. These exhibits will highlight business opportunities and emerging research findings from on-going research programmes. Lead scientists will interact with delegates on a one-to-one basis allowing fruitful networking and knowledge sharing.

Exhibits will include innovation supports and funding instruments from national marine/food sector agencies such as Enterprise Ireland, the Marine Institute and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. A selection of highly innovative and progressive biomarine based companies will demonstrate their offerings in this exciting field also. This unique gathering of science, business and public agencies will ensure a most stimulating experience for all delegates.

An outstanding Technology Portfolio detailing Ireland’s current technologies, capabilities, services and expertise relating to the marine bioresources sector will be available at the conference for all delegates.

Listed below are the main sessions and some of the leading experts who will be presenting at the conference.

Day 1: Monday 29th June 2015

Opening Address

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD

Growing Ireland’s Capability in Marine Functional Foods – The Nutramara Programme

Mr. Declan Troy, Director of NutraMara,, Teagasc

Innovation in the European marine bioresources sector

Dr. Torger Børresen, Technical University of Denmark

Marine ingredients and opportunities for processing underutilised fish species: An Irish industry perspective

Mr. Jason Whooley, Bio-Marine Ingredients Ireland Ltd

Marine Based Functional Food Ingredients
Applications of marine algae in food and health – recent developments and challenges

Dr. Dagmar Stengel, NUI Galway

Novel ingredients from Irish seaweeds: the CyberColloids approach

Dr. Sarah Hotchkiss, CyberColloids Ltd.

The novel role of seaweed in traditional food products

Dr. Helena Abreu, AlgaPlus, Portugal

Value Addition to Marine Processing By-Products
Development of an integrated bio-refinery for processing chitin rich biowaste into speciality chemicals

Prof. Dr. Volker Sieber, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany

Marine bioresources for use as techno-functional and health beneficial ingredients

Dr. Maria Hayes, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown

Biologically active peptides from marine protein sources

Prof. Dick FitzGerald, University of Limerick

Novel bioactive ingredients and products derived from marine algae

Ms. Rósa Jónsdóttir, Matís Ltd. – Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D

Day 2: Tuesday 30th June 2015

Novel Applications of Marine Derived Bioactives and Biomaterials
Marine bacteria as a source of novel bioactive agents for use in strategies against foodborne pathogens and in food processing applications

Prof. Alan Dobson, University College Cork

Commercial exploitation of marine derived bioactives for food and non-food applications

Dr. Trevor Francis, CTO Byotrol plc., UK

Marine polysaccharides – potential functional foods against obesity and inflammation

Prof. Torres Sweeney/Prof. John O’Doherty, University College Dublin

Seafood processing research: Trends and practical applications

Prof. Ioanis Boziaris, University of Thessaly, Greece

Health Promoting Properties of Marine Derived Ingredients
Marine bioresources – nutritional benefits and challenges

Dr. Emeir McSorley, Ulster University

Macroalgae extracts and their role as a source of functional ingredients

Prof. Yvonne Yuan, Ryerson University, Canada

Marine derived lipids for human health

Dr. Catherine Stanton, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark

Marine Bioresource – Security and Sustainability
The lifecycle efficiency and potential of marine aquaculture

Dr. John Forster, Forster Consulting Inc. Washington, USA

Extraction of seaweed biostimulants for agricultural and horticultural applications: an industry perspective

Dr. Franck Hennequart, Oilean Glas Teo, Ireland

Development of algae based products for high value markets

Dr. John C. Dodd, Algaecytes Ltd., Kent, UK

Conclusions and Panel Discussion


Registration for this conference is free but advance booking is essential. To register please visit http://www.nutramara.ie/nutramara-conference-2015/registration/

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