Launch of Free E-Learning Course on Sustainable Seaweed Farming Practices


Press Release: 28 June 2021


The GENIALG project is delighted to launch its free online e-learning course: ‘Sustainable Seaweed Farming Practices’.

Exploring the environmental benefits and risks of seaweed farming, the course examines the latest research and best practices to ensure sustainable growth of the seaweed farming industry. The core topics cover key areas such as: monitoring and cultivation protocols, ecosystem services valuation, advanced methods for breeding seaweeds, as well as the relationship between seaweeds and society.

The course has been developed by the GENIALG project and is coordinated byCIIMARand AquaTTwith module contributions fromCIIMARCNRSC-Weed AquacultureGalway-Mayo Institute of TechnologyNUI GalwayandSeaweed Solutions.

Divided into four modules, the course consists of approximately 20 hours of learning. Participants can take the course any time, both online or offline, at their own pace. All resources are available for download from the GENIALG E-Learning Course webpage.

Whether you are interested in improving or expanding your own farming activities, thinking of getting into the seaweed business or simply have an interest in sustainable seaweed farming, this course is for you!

For more information on the course please visit the GENIALG E-Learning Course webpage.

Notes to Editors

For more information on the course, please contact course coordinators: CIIMAR (Rosa Melo and AquaTT (Avril Hanbidge

GENIALG (“GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative macro-ALGal biorefinery”) is an innovation action funded under the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, Grant No 727892. GENIALG is the first industry-driven project bringing together pioneering companies in large-scale integrated European biorefineries and experts in seaweed cultivation, genetics and metabolomics to boost the seaweed industry. The four-year project was launched in January 2017 and has a total budget of €12.2 million. Led byCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France. GENIALG brings together 19 partners from six European countries. AquaTT (Ireland) is the project communication and dissemination partner.

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