Brian Rudolph
Senior Manager Process R&D
CP Kelco ApS, Lille Skensved, Denmark
Brian Rudolph, Senior Manager Process R&D, CP Kelco ApS, Marine Biologist from University of Copenhagen and now 26 years with CP Kelco ApS. Primary tasks are raw materials, product and process development of carrageenan and pectin and management of several significant projects in these areas. Co-author of several papers related to carrageenan and seaweed, latest “Current situation of the Chilean carrageenophytes” presented at the ISS, 2013, as well as a number of patent applications.
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Ole G. Mouritsen, Professor
University of Southern Denmark
Ole G. Mouritsen is a professor of molecular biophysics at the University of Southern Denmark and director of MEMPHYS-Center for Biomembrane Physics and the Danish national center for taste Taste for Life. His research concentrates on basic science and its practical applications to biotechnology, biomedicine, gastrophysics, and gastronomy. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and president of the Danish Gastronomical Academy. He has received a number of prestigious science and science communication prizes. In his spare time, he cooks and furthers his knowledge of all aspects of food, often in collaboration with chefs. His books include Life: As a Matter of Fat (2005, 2016); Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body, and the Soul (2009); Seaweeds: Edible, Available, and Sustainable (2013), Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste (2014) and Feel the Taste (2016).
Rocky de Nys
Professor of Aquaculture
James Cook University
Rocky de Nys is Professor of Aquaculture within the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. He has published across a broad range of research fields including algal biology, chemistry and aquaculture. Much of this research is applied contributing to the development of the biotechnology applications and products. Rocky leads a large multidisciplinary research team developing the integrated culture of marine and freshwater macroalgae in waste waters for bioremediation and bio-products.
Catriona Hurd
Associate Professor
University of Tasmania
Catriona Hurd is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia. Her research expertise is in seaweed physiological ecology - how seaweeds respond physiologically to changes in their environment – and has focussed on nitrogen and phosphorous acquisition, water motion, seaweed-invertebrate interactions and, most recently, ocean acidification. She has supervised to completion 45 postgraduate students, published 90 papers and is lead author of the text book Seaweed Ecology and Physiology 2nd Edition (Hurd CL, Harrison PJ, Bischof K, Lobban CS, 2014) which won the 2015 Phycological Society of America Gerald Prescott Award.
Hans Porse
InterColloids, Vanløse, Denmark
Hans Porse has been involved with the seaweed hydrocolloids industry for 45 years of which 25 years were spent mainly in S.E. Asia but also the Americas and Africa. He was formerly working with CP Kelco ApS as a regional and global director, president CP Kelco Philippines Inc. and senior management team member. He is still involved with the seaweed industry as a consultant. He pioneered the setting up of Eucheuma and Kappaphycus seaweed farming projects in Visayas, Philippines, Indonesia and Zanzibar, Tanzania and semi- and refined carrageenan processing lines in the Philippines. He furthermore started up a sales and marketing function based in Singapore and covering most of the Asia-Pacific region. He has authored several papers about the seaweed industry and delivered key note presentations at the International Seaweed Symposia in Cebu, Philippines, 1998 and Ensenada, Mexico, 2010.
Yimin Qin
State Key Laboratory of Bioactive Seaweed Substances, Qingdao Brightmoon Seaweed Group, China
Rene Redzepi
Chef and Co-Founder
Restaurant NOMA, Restaurant Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
Rene Redzepi, one of the world's most influential chefs, co-owner of the two Michelin star restaurant Noma in Copenhagen and proclaimed the world's best restaurant in 2010-11-12 and 14.
Ester Serrao
Assistant Professor
University of Algarve
Ester Serrao is Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve and leads a research team at the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), which studies how populations disperse, evolve and adapt as species ranges shift, in response to habitat and climatic changes. She coordinated national and EU-funded projects, international graduate study programs, supervised to completion 15 PhD and 37 MSc students, 12 invited presentations, and has over 160 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals, H=30. For more information see