This schedule has been updated on August 1st. Click the upper left hand symbol to download a copy:


The Blue2Green Marine Biotechnology Convention will present the latest science and industry updates relating to Marine Biotechnology and feature keynote and plenary presentations by International Speakers, across three themed days:

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Sunday 6th August, 2017

Arrivals Day

16.00 Experience Mauao – Base Track Walk
17.00 Arrivals Get Together

Monday 7th August, 2017

Field Trips & Icebreaker Day

08.00  Innovation Showcase Field Trips  – click here to view
18.00  Convention Welcome & Icebreaker Reception

Tuesday 8th August, 2017

International Opportunity; Microalgal biofuels, bioproducts; Aquaculture

  • Marine microbiology and biotechnology
  • Marine biotechnology in sustainable aquaculture

08.00  Powhiri welcome
09.00  Official Opening  (Rt Hon Simon Bridges)
10.00  Morning Tea
10.20  Marine Biotechnology International Perspectives & Plenary: Prof Ben Hankamer
11.30 Plenary - Aquaculture: Prof Eva Andersson
12.00  Lunch
13.00  Session: Blue Aquaculture
15.10  Afternoon Tea
15.30  Session: Algal biotechnology for commodity products and renewable energy
17.30 Student Quiz Night or Networking event

Wednesday 9th August, 2017

Macroalgal biotechnologies, Bioproducts, Environmental Remediation

  • Marine macroalgal biotechnology
  • Marine Biotechlogy for environmental remediation, environmental sensing, pest detection and removal, ‘molecular tools for conservation and the environment’

09.00  Briefing
09.15  Plenary - BioRemediation and New Bio products: Prof Rocky De Nys
10.00  Morning Tea
10.20  Session: Macroalgal biotechnologies
11.50  Lunch & Posters
12.30  Session: Marine bioactive compounds, marine pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, functional foods and feeds
14.30  Afternoon Tea
15.00  Plenary - Environmental Remediation: Prof Xiaoke Hu &  Session: Marine Biotechnologies for Enviromental Remediation
16.00  Plenary - Marine Biotechnology in China: China's expertise and New Zealands Opportunity: Prof Song Qin
18.00 Convention Gala Dinner at Eagle Ridge Estate

Thursday 10th August, 2017

Mātauranga Māori, IP, Industry, Policy and Law workshop

  • Indigenous knowledge & commercialisation
  • Marine biotechnology industry: market drivers, technology gaps & international partnership
  • Policy, investment, legal frameworks & trade opportunities in blue bio-economy
  • A workshop led by Prof Ralf Schlothauer (Innovation leader NZ Manuka, past leader science Comvita) in entrepreneurial endeavour and commercialisation



Both programmes will start at 8am. For full details please see the full programme at top of this page.

17.45  Blue2Green ‘Bay on a Platter’ Function

Friday 11th August, 2017

Field Trips & Farewell Day

08.00 Innovation Showcase Field Trips – click here to view
17.00  Blue2Green Farewell Function