Space East collaborates on a UK Space Agency funded project -Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Seaweed production: Challenges and Opportunities

Posted on February 7, 2024

Space East are very pleased to be working with the Northern Ireland Space Office who are leading a UK Space Agency-funded collaboration along with Space Wales. The project will provide knowledge exchange activities between public sector organisations, academia and SMEs in the areas of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Seaweed farming and production.

The project outputs will be used to inform policy making, improve public sector delivery and for real-time monitoring and response to future threat scenarios while defining new market opportunities for SMEs to engage in the development of solutions to identified challenges and promoting collaboration across the cluster networks.

The project will host three workshops, one in each nation:

  • Workshop 1 (March 19th 2024, Northern Ireland) aims to bring together public sector representatives, academics and industry participants to focus on mapping and analysing existing methods for HABs detection and response plans while defining monitoring parameters to promote seaweed production and commercialisation.
  • Workshop 2 (May 29th 2024, Wales) will build on the themes of workshop 1 focussing on new research from both academic and industry partners and capability mapping in the subject areas. It is envisaged that this workshop will initiate the development of collaborative solutions for projects to bring forward to Proof of Concept stage.
  • Workshop 3 (October 9th 2024, East Anglia) will focus on commercialisation of the opportunities arising from the preceding workshops, with funding representatives from each cluster area outlining relevant, available mechanisms to bring new solution opportunities to the Proof-of-Concept (PoC) stage / Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4.

The project will cover travel and accommodation costs for each participant to attend all three workshops. As such, participant numbers are limited, therefore early expression of interest is strongly recommended.

To discuss this opportunity to shape the future of these important areas please contact your local space cluster manager:

Northern Ireland          Robert Hill                      Robert@nispaceoffice.co.uk

Wales                                Rosie Cane                    Rosie@spacewales.co.uk

East Anglia                     Stuart Catchpole         Stuart@spaceeast.co.uk

Closing date for expression of interest: February 23rd, 2024 the application form is within the link below

CCCN Project summary and application form

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