Workshop 2: The role of mussels and seaweed in a circular economy

Workshop, Aarhus University, Campus Foulum
Thursday September 15, 2016
Workshop leader:
Marianne Thomsen


Production of mussels and macroalgae - purpose and implication for production and processing technology. Use of mussels and macroalgae for other purposes than human consumption and perspectives in biorefinery technologies. Potential of production of mussels and macroalgae as an instrument for climate mitigation and water quality restoration.

Topic: Regulatory challenges

Collaboration subjects identified during the workshop

  • EFSA approach to biorefinery products regulation
  • How to change philosophy of regulation
  • Promotion of raw material production 
  • Preparing to face the future challenges of product food quality safety

Potential partners and/or competences/fundings

  •  BBI-CSA – review of existing known regulation and recommendation for future policy
  •  ERA-NET – stakeholders’ recommendations

Next step

  • BBI-CSA realization – Marianne Thomsen
  • ERA-NET – Susan Holdt


Marianne Thomsen
Senior Researcher
Department of Environmental Science - Emission modeling & enviromental geography
Aarhus University
bldg. K1.31
+45 22292627

Topic: Issue of scale

Collaboration subjects identified during the workshop

  • Seaweed: (Need for) pilot/demo scale
  • Focus:       Harvest methods, storage/stability
                      Pre-processing – decentral/central
  • Mussels:   Improve yields + quality (feed/food)
                      Improve infrastructure (in relations to large amounts)
  • Protein studies: Protein functionality - What happens during fermentation

Potential partners and/or competences 

  • Seaweed: GRASSA
  • Mussels: Universities
  • Network (international):  whole value chain, ERA-NET and GUDP

Next step

Funding for network (KAN) – regional, national and international


Kell Kleiner Andersen
Project leader
Innovation Network for Biomass
Agro Business Park

P +45 5190 2550