@Vitenparken in Ås
Fredrik A. Dahls vei 8
1430 Ås, Norway

30 SEPT - 2 OCT 2019

This is a unique opportunity for researchers, designers, architects, engineers and artists to connect, cross-pollinate and explore the potential of collaboration. 

We are building the final programme to make every day an opportunity to share expertise, perspectives, challenges and visions across disciplines. 

We aim at catalysing the creation of projects in partnership between research institutions and fields of applications such as design, architecture and industry. 



9:30 - 9:45 Kick-off and introduction

9:45 - 11:00 The growing demand for sustainable material solutions: 10x10
Material challenges from designers, architects, other users & the industry:
by Grønt Punkt | Algavida | Alliance architecture studio | Designit | Gruten | Snøhetta 
Series of 5 minute presentations with 5 minutes question time.

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 11:45 From Algae ...
Algae from a marine biology perspective: ecosystem, species and habitat. Presentation by Pia Ve Dahlen, marine biologist, Passion for Ocean Algae cultivation and harvest: best practices. Presentation by Jon Funderud, CEO of Seaweed Energy Solutions

11:45 - 12:45    Lunch

12:45 - 13.45 … to Bioplastic
Bioplastic 101: polymer chemistry, physics & manufacturing basics. Presentation by Manuel Schweikle of SINTEF
The biorefinery: processing of seaweed into material ingredients. Presentation by Øystein Arlov of SINTEF Industry
Presentation by Kloce Dongfang Li from FineCell (SE).

13.45 - 14 :00 Principles of circular economy and algae-derived materials
Presentation by BiomimicryNorway

14 :00 - 15 :00 From Algae to Bioplastic: panel discussion and questions from the audience
Themes: scale-up and manufacturing, challenges and opportunities
Material life cycle and environmental impact
Collaboration across sectors

15 :00 - 15:15 Break

15:15 - 16:30 Working groups: synergies between material - processes - users - producers. Participants will be grouped by 5 and guided through a working process, addressing questions about using algae-based materials, what is missing to be able to use them, and how materials as such can help closing the loop.

16.30 - 17 :00 Wrap-up with groups sharing their insights and findings


Design workshops

10:00 - 11 :00 Case studies:
Modular and sustainable structures by Alliance architecture studio
DYPP master thesis by Frida van der Drift Breivik & Frøya Thue
Urban development of Oslo’s waterfront: the potential role of algae. In dialogue with Elin T. Sørensen 

11 :00 - 11:30 Case studies: discussion and questions by the audience

11.30 - 12.30 Lunch

12.30 - 14:00 Biomimicry workshop
Material excellence in nature and what we can learn from it to develop new solutions
By Biomimicry Norway with Pernille Letherborg, biomimicry specialist (DK)

14 :00 - 14.10 Break

14.10 - 15:00 The significance of material:
Material design at the intersection between craft, science and technology

(Un)natural connections in our built environment
Existing bioplastic developments
Presentations by Nina Havermans and Zoë Powell, material researcher at Materiom
15.00 - 16 :00 Continuation: synergies between material - processes - users - producers.
Groups will be guided and supported in formulating ideas and synergies into potential projects.

16 :00 - 16.30 Wrap-up with groups sharing their insights and findings


 Hands-on bioplastic sessions

10:00 - 12:30 Workshop: Preparing and working with algae-derived plastics
Co-facilitated with Zoë Powell, material researcher at Materiom

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:15 Material driven design and creation
Explorative design session: tangible product and application ideas 
With a project presentation by Anne Cecilie Lie

15.15 - 15.30 Break

15.30 - 16.00 Reflection and event wrap up
Shifting Matters!
Thank you and next steps