Wollongong Branch

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ATA Wollongong branch meeting - Seaweed & Algae: Food & Products from CO2
May 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm

When: Thursday 3 May 2018, 6:30pm for 7:00pm start

Where: UOW Innovation Campus (Squires Way, North Wollongong) - ITAMS Building, building 233, room G01. Click here for a Google Map and here for a campus map. Parking is free from 6:30 in P1 (near Science Centre) or P5 (south of Building 233)

Cost: Attendance is free. A $2 donation for refreshments at 6.30pm prior to the talk at 7pm would be appreciated.

Presentation: Dr Pia Winberg - Founder, CEO, Chief Scientist, Venus Shell Systems

Pia was born in Sweden and came to Australia in 2002. At the University of Wollongong she demonstrated the benefits of protection zones in NSW marine areas. She lectured on sustainable aquaculture systems and drove the development of commercial opportunities. Following research at the Jervis Bay Marine Park, Pia established UoW’s Shoalhaven Marine and Freshwater Centre in 2008. In 2014 she founded Venus Shell Systems to promote commercial development.
Her pilot plant for seaweed /algae biomass production was located adjacent to Manildra at Bomaderry and used their waste nutrient and CO2 streams (300t/d) as input. She developed extracts for use in food, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and possible biofuels. The worldwide potential for commercial production from this unrealised source dwarfs the current estimates for all other food resources from the marine environment.

  • Executive Officer of Seaweeds Australia
  • Coastal Chef:Culinary Art of Seaweed and Algae in the 21st century
  • Oyster-farming improvements
  • Aquaponics: dementia-friendly seafood gardens

Work acknowledged by;

  • Dr Tim Flannery "Can Seaweed save us from Climate Change?"
  • Dr Michael Moseley for "Biobelly - seaweed benefits on gut flora and metabolic health"


Members and visitors are welcome.

Greg Knight for Tom Hunt, Convenor


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