In additional to those listed below keynotes also include:

Prof Jianhai Xiang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr Simon Muncaster, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Dr Serean Adams is Aquaculture Group Manager at the Cawthron Institute. Her passionate team is focussed on applied and innovative research that supports and grows NZ's aquaculture industry. The group have been instrumental in establishing hatchery production of shellfish spat in NZ to reduce the industry's reliance on unpredictable wild caught spat, as well as establishing selective breeding programmes to provide spat that have superior genetics. They work with species that are currently farmed (Greenshell TM mussels, Pacific oysters, and king salmon) as well as emerginghigh value species (geoduck, scampi, and flat oysters). Their research is multi-disciplinary, spanning from reproduction and developmental biology, to post-harvest and bioactives research. This is all with the aim of improving the value, security, and sustainability of NZ's aquaculture industry.

Dr Ralf Schlothauer gained his PhD from the Technical University of Hamburg in Bioprocess Engineering then became a lecturer with Massey University before accepting a role as a research engineer.  Following a return to Germany to work in the area of functional foods and probiotic bacteria with Danisco, Ralf joined Comvita in January 2006 as Chief Technology Officer with overall strategic and functional responsibility for research and development. Ralf led Comvita’s innovation team (CIL) at the Institute for Innovation and Biotechnology (IIB) at The University of Auckland, During that time he lectured at undergrad level on fermentation, probiotic cultures and functional foods as well as holding seminars and coaching postgrad students in design thinking, turning academic knowledge into business and consumer focussed innovation.

Ralf’s special interest lies in evolving systems research, namely not only looking at isolated factors, but developing a holistic approach for a broader picture. The skill at looking for synergies and broader context was essential for the development of the open educational innovation model CIL. Currently Ralf is working as a consultant for food industry under his own consulting company “Whio-Innovations”, based in Tauranga. 


Dr Choul-Gyun Lee is currently an Inha Fellow Professor in Department of Biological Engineering, Inha University, Korea. His field of expertise is on culture of microalgae in various types of photobioreactors and on molecular/biotechnological studies of the microalgae based on whole cell genome-scale in silico modeling. On top of his research work, he has held a number of administrative positions in the University, in the Korean Government and in academic societies. He is the leader (Director) of National Marine Bioenergy R&D Consortium funded by Korean Government and is the Head of Institute of Industrial Biotechnology as well as Lipidomics Research Center. He served as the President of the Korean Society of Marine Biotechnology and will serve as the President of The Asia-Pacific Society for Applied Phycology. He got his Ph.D. in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA in 1994 and he worked for NASA, Kennedy Space Center in Advance Life Support Team before joining Inha University.

Assoc Prof Michèle Prinsep is an Associate Professor of Chemistry within the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato.  She received her BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Canterbury, where she studied the isolation and structural elucidation of biologically active secondary metabolites from sponges and bryozoans under the supervision of Professors Blunt and Munro.  She undertook postdoctoral research on cyanobacteria with Richard Moore at the University of Hawaii.  Michèle is a Fellow and Past President of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC).  She is on the editorial board of Marine Drugs and is one of the New Zealand team that writes the highly cited annual reviews on marine natural products for Natural Product Reports.  She is involved in many international and national collaborative projects which are predominantly interdisciplinary in nature and is also heavily involved in school and community outreach activities. 

Michèle's research interests are in the area of natural products chemistry, particularly the isolation, structural elucidation and applications of natural products from marine and freshwater/terrestrial environments, especially those from microorganisms and marine invertebrates.  She also focuses on chemical ecology; biologically active compounds and structure-activity relationships and the application of spectral methods, especially NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to structural determination.  Since natural products are implicated in most interactions between organisms, a better understanding of their structure and function can be used in both an explanatory and exploratory way; to aid in understanding of the natural world and to investigate how they can be utilised for benefits to human health, agriculture and horticulture. 

Dr Mike Packer is involved in fundamental and applied research projects using the latest biochemical and molecular cell biological techniques, drawing heavily on engineering, physics, chemistry, electrochemistry, and polymer science, to product formation from algae. These include high value products such as bioactives and functional foods. Mike’s interests include:
• Algal biology, high value & commodity products from algae
• Algal and cyanobacterial production and harvesting systems
• Redox biochemistry and bioenergetics
• Algal production systems and photobioreactor technology
• Biological hydrogen production, biomass to bioenergy
• Photosynthetic microbial fuel cells
• Renewable energy, integrated value chain design