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Training a New generation of Researchers in Offshore Seaweed Aquaculture to Produce High-value Chemicals

The overarching aim of the SeaChem DN project is to provide high-level training in the offshore cultivation and valorization of seaweed to a new generation of 10 high-achieving doctoral candidates (DC) and equipping them with the transferable and scientific skills necessary for thriving careers in the burgeoning area of non-land-based biomass cultivation and use. This international training program, encompassing 6 intersectoral partners (5 academic, 2 non-academic) in 4 countries, focuses on innovative technological developments across a range of interdisciplinary fields such as construction engineering, materials science, (micro-)biology, (bio-)chemical engineering, environmental biotechnology and machine learning. The success of SeaChem will be achieved by a unique combination of state-of-the-art doctoral research projects, intersectoral secondments, international mobility and unique interdisciplinary courses.

SeaChem opens innovative opportunities in offshore seaweed production for the growing need for a cost-effective, renewable and sustainable production of high-end, high-value chemicals for the food, health, personal care and chemical industry. The environmental impact generated using fossil fuels for commodity chemicals production is a major societal and environmental concern, leading to a large (and ever increasing) interest in renewable and sustainable novel alternatives, utilizing biomass resources. However, the vast supply of resources that is needed to meet the demand at a large market share, remains an unsolved challenge.

Find out more about SeaChem here.

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