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The SeaStock team attends the 24th International Seaweed Symposium in Hobart

Our team, alongside our research partners from the marine science unit at Flinders University, joined presenters, delegates and industry representatives from countries across the globe – including the United States, the UK, South Korea, NZ, Brazil, the Caribbean, Japan, Canada Scotland, Malaysia, Denmark and France – for the 24th International Seaweed Symposium in Hobart recently.

The theme for the 2023 symposium was ‘Seaweeds in a changing world’, which focused on ongoing changes in seaweed aquaculture practices, industrial processing, future products and markets, local and global environmental change, and scientific advances that will change our understanding of how seaweeds function.

The Hobart symposium marked the first time it has been held in Australia in its 24-year history and offered those attending the opportunity to hear from presenters and speakers spanning small business, large corporations, academia and government on a diverse range of seaweed related topics.

The sheer range of topics discussed and presented included the role of seaweed in reducing global warming, creating a scalable, sustainable global industry, how the local seaweed industry is aligning with the Federal Government’s agenda for aquaculture development and emissions reduction.

The team also visited the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the CSRIO and the beautiful city of Hobart.

Dr Thanh Hoang Hai who was part of the SeaStock team attending the symposium said: “it was a great time to hear from the other Australian and international companies at the forefront of the seaweed industry including CH4, Seaforest, Symposia and Green Grazer,”.

She said the team also spent valuable time with fellow academics from Sunshine Coast University who are progressing their research into Asparagopsis and who have achieved great progress in terms of research and commercial applications.

SeaStock CTO, Tom Chaney, echoed Dr Hai’s comments about the calibre of speakers and presenters at the symposium and said it also offered an opportunity to meet with other Future Feed licensees in an informal environment and to discuss milestones and targets.

“We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Future Feed and the other licensees after many years of Zoom meetings due to lock downs, so it was a great opportunity for everyone to meet in person and talk about the industry in general, our research and recent developments,” he said.

He said the sheer breadth of seaweed related topics that the conference covered was inspiring and educative and presented a unique opportunity to meet with industry and academia to discuss the latest research and activities.

“It was a great opportunity to hear first-hand what is happening in the industry on a domestic and global level and to have the opportunity to speak directly with some of those at the forefront of various aspects of research and development.

“The level of focus and activity occurring at a global level is fantastic for the industry as a whole and also for us as a WA-based company focused on achieving our commercialisation and research goals,” he said.


Research Scientist

Dr Sanjana Senthilkumar is a Ph.D. graduate of Philosophy in Biosciences and Bioengineering, from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, and holds a Bachelor of Technology in biochemistry from Sathyabama University, in India. During this time Sanjana gained vast research knowledge on plant secondary metabolites and their physiochemical properties. Her nearly decade-long experience spans across plant tissue culture, natural product chemistry, photo-physics, and various analytical techniques. She possesses skill in experimental design, research review, execution, data analysis, and scientific writing. She has led and executed a research entrepreneurship project, which involved design, development, and patenting of an innovative apparatus for use in chemistry laboratories. Additionally, she has undertaken several roles as a trainer, teaching assistant, supervisor, instrument operator, and laboratory demonstrator. Sanjana has been appointed to the position of Research Scientist to support the next phase of the Company’s commercial growth. Tasked specifically with helping establish a scientific approach to developing sustainable and commercially viable biomass growth of macro algae.


Production Technician

In 2023 Zoe completed a Bachelors in Coastal and Marine Science at Curtin University. During her study Zoe also gained work experience as an aquaculture volunteer, including roles with PhD students and Department Primary Industry Resource Development (DPIRD).  In addition Zoe worked at the Geraldton TAFE commercial hatchery, which introduced her knowledge to cultivate Asparagopsis seaweed and aquaculture operations.
Within completing Zoe's degree, she also completed field work studies on fish behaviours and interacted with multiple marine based professionals.  Zoe had access to innovative technology that made her learning & experiences much more immersive and accessible, enabling her to gain experience in technologies, equipment and platforms used within the aquaculture research industry.  Zoe is thrilled to be a part of the Seastock science team, which has further ignited her passion for the ocean and participating in work which will benefit the state of our climate. Working towards a more positive future for all.