News from the Danish Bioeconomy Conference in Sakskøbing

Photo: Guldborgsund Municipality

Guldborgsund Municipality organised a Blue Bioeconomy session under the Blue Platform project.

On the 25th September 2019, the Danish Bioeconomy Conference took place for the 4th year in a row on the island of Lolland in Southern Denmark. The event was organised by the Bioeconomy Hotspot Guldborgsund, together with nationwide partners and SUBMARINER Network was there to present the Blue Platform project.

The event attracted more than 130 delegates from universities, research institutes, companies, but also regions, and business support organisations, covering all corners of Denmark and bioeconomy value chains. 

The morning session opened with welcome speeches from Agro Business Park/INBIOM, Guldborgsund Municipality and Centre of Circular Bioeconomy (CBIO) of Aarhus University. The common programme continued with presentations from different aspects of Danish bioeconomy, such as sustainable protein production from alternative resources in Denmark, in line with the UN SDG goals, as well as unlocking the potential of biomaterials and polymers production. The last inspiring talk of the morning session presented the COOP Crowdfunding platform, which offers financing solutions to Danish SMEs developing innovative food products that want to reach the market.

In the afternoon, the conference divided into four parallel tracks: 1) Biomaterials, 2) Innovative products and concepts, 3) Blue bioeconomy and 4) From idea to shelf – sustainable food products.

The 3rd track was supported by INTERREG BSR via the Blue Platform project, and was chaired by the Head of Innovation from Danish Technological Institute (DTI). Blue bioeconomy was featured for the third time as a separate track. Presentations captured the major hot topics and blue bioeconomy projects that Denmark is focusing on. 

The first presentation was made by the Institute for Bioscience at Aarhus University and elaborated on how to secure sustainability in future food production within a circular economy and the role of LCA in food production. 

The following two presentations presented the new national collaboration around the recently launched ”Agri-Aqua Innovation Denmark” - a joint public-private partnership between Guldborgsund Municipality - Bioeconomy Hotspot, Danish Technological Institute (DTI), Aarhus University, Danish Aquaculture Association, Danish Agriculture Southern Denmark, Business Lolland-Falster and Orbicon. The new consortium will explore a number of innovation activities of agriculture and aquaculture symbioses and initiatives that are also relevant for the Baltic Sea region as a whole. Agri-Aqua Innovation Denmark is based at the Bioeconomy Hotspot Guldborgsund, in South-East Denmark. The new consortium is looking for funding to pursue its initial projects, within mussel farming, macro algae production, land-based RAS aquaculture, as well as a project to communicate aquaculture using Virtual Reality.

The latter half of the session covered presentations of experiences and progress regarding initiatives such as “Fish in the Stable” – considerations regarding start-up production of land-based fish in a traditional farming environment, presented by a local young farmer. FishLab and Aarhus University presented “Cultivation of dwarf earthworms as a source of omega-3 for fish-feed” and thereafter “Blue Adventure” – new forms of active tourism as a lever for boosting marine food production in Denmark, was presented and discussed with nature consultant “NaturLykke” and Gate 21.

Finally, Efthalia Arvaniti, programme manager of the SUBMARINER Network, presented the Blue Platform project, which aims at increasing the visibility of achievements from regular projects about Blue Bioeconomy in the BSR and developing a number of communication activities to promote the achievements and bring attract the attention of the primary end-users. Efthalia presented the overall concept of the Blue Platform and upcoming activities including the next thematic workshops and the newly launched SUBMARINER website that hosts the Blue Platform project.

Download the PPT presentation of Efthalia Arvaniti, Blue Platform HERE.

Download all PPT presentations HERE.

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