UHI Outer Hebrides hosts International Seaweed Conference 6 September 2022.

Outer Hebrides UHI has been the Lead Partner in the NPA (Norther Peripheral & Arctic) SW-GROW project that aims to improve the seaweed industry in the region.

This final conference demonstrates the outcomes of the last 3 years – all are invited to the free event. For more information and to book your place please visit - Events Archives - SW-GROW

The objective of the project was to increase economic opportunities in the seaweed industry by developing innovative working practices that can be widely adopted by SMEs involved in the industry and to develop quality seaweed products of consistent standard that are identifiable and can be clearly branded.

The key areas presented by Partners will be:

Drying, demonstration of web-based App for energy Assessment for SMEs

Outer Hebrides UHI

Characterisation, Carbon and nitrogen, ash and calorimetric content.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Comparison of Drying Methods and characteristics of seaweed based on seasons.

Arktisk Teknologi Center, Greenland

Cultivation quality and growing guidance for the NPA region.  Renewable energy using hydro power.

Tari - Faroes

Use of shared infrastructure / resource opportunities

Údarás na Gaeltachta 

DNA data base of seaweed species, characterisation of genetic markers , an NPA seaweed genetic database and testing kit for NPA seaweed provenance.

NUI Galway

Waste to fuel and Biofuel production

University of Iceland

Launch of SW-GROW brand / Marketing and cultural story of seaweed.

An Lanntair

Traditional culinary uses of seaweed in the Western Isles.

Alasdair MacLeod


The cool, clear and clean waters of the North Atlantic allows seaweed to grow, flourish and thrive. Our pristine shoreline supports an ideal and sustainable environment which yields seaweed packed with minerals, antioxidants and a vast range of nutrients.

It will give academics, local seaweed businesses and the public the opportunity to hear more about the project, view demonstrations of new digital apps and seaweed drying process and discuss the development of a new seaweed genetic database.

The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries. The NPA 2014-2020 is part of Interreg, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries. Despite geographical differences, the large programme area shares a number of joint challenges and opportunities that can best be overcome and realised by transnational cooperation.

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