2022 Arctic Circle Assembly - Iceland

13.10.2022 - 16.10.2022
09:00 - 15:00
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Iceland
Arctic Circle Assembly Iceland reception hall full of people mingling

Join us at 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly.
Arctic Circle is Iceland's largest conference and the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. It is an open democratic platform with participation from governments, organisations, corporations, universities, think tanks, environmental associations, indigenous communities, concerned citizens, and others. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan.

Nordic Innovations session

Green Growth for prosperity in the Arctic Ocean Biomass

Thursday, October 13th at 09:05

In this session we will dive deep into the possibilities for better utilization of Ocean Based Biomass in the Arctic region. The main emphasis will be placed on business- and innovation opportunities and needs.

The Nordic countries aim to strengthen ocean-based industries by creating new opportunities for growth and innovation in the region while promoting cross-border cooperation. In the session, we will discuss the potential of environmentally responsible commercial farming of ocean-based biomass (e.g. seaweed and algae) to provide alternative, sustainable food sources as well as other products.

Without a better and more sustainable utilization of the oceans, there will be no green growth. To achieve this, we need to cooperate across sectors and across borders. Join us to discuss how we can best harness those potentials.

Session program

Introduction from Nordic Innovation
Mr. Thordur Reynisson - Head of Program - Ocean Economy
Nordic Innovation, Norway

”Challenges in scaling up commercial seaweed cultivation in the Arctic” - 10 min. presentation
Mr. Olavur Gregersen - Managing Director
Ocean Rainforest, Faroe Islands

“Advancing seaweed farming for climate and societal gains” - 10 min. presentation
Mr. Paul Dobbins - Senior Director of Impact Investing and Ecosystems Services, Aquaculture
WWF (World Wildlife Fund), USA

“Ocean innovation for a circular economy” - 10 min. presentation
Ms. Cathrine Barth - Managing partner Nordic Circular Hotspot, Head of Circular Economy Natural State
Nordic Circular Hotspot, Norway

Panel discussion - ca 25 min.
Moderator: Ms. Karen Kjartansdóttir - Senior Consultant
Athygli, Iceland

2022 Arctic Circle Assembly Program

Its a vast program with 600+ speakers in over 200 sessions and we are sure it will be possible to find interesting topics for everyone.

Take a look at the Draft Program


Emil Gejrot - Innovation Adviser

Emil Gejrot (paternity leave)

Innovation Adviser
Emil has extensive experience of innovation projects and policy analysis in the Nordic region and beyond. Before joining Nordic Innovation, he worked for a research consultancy where he focused on digital transformation, inclusion, and sustainability. He holds an MA in Transcultural Studies and has lived and worked in Sweden, Norway, the UK, and Germany.