School on Adding Value to Food Side Streams


Eva Margrét Jónudóttir


Matís, The University of Iceland and Institute of animal reproduction and food research (Polish academy of sciences) in Olsztyn are planning a 10-day course coached by professional tutors on adding value to food side streams. The Course will take place in Iceland, October 7-17, 2021.

The School on Adding Value to Food Side Streams will recruit talented students and young researchers to improve their entrepreneurial and managerial skills to solve complex challenges and enhance innovation.

  • Increase awareness: On social and environmental responsibility of food producers. And on ideas and opportunities on improving food side streams utilization
  • Building ideas: Team up with students and young professionals with diverse backgrounds and face the opportunities and challenges associated with valorisation of side streams in the food industry.
  • Concepts and Products Development: Apply venture creation methodology to develop new food concepts, products and start-up businesses.
  • Networking: Experience the melting pot of ideas with students and young entrepreneurs Soft skills and entrepreneurship training: Improve your entrepreneurial and managerial skills to solve complex multidisciplinary challenges and enhance innovation.

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The Innovation, business creation and valorization of side streams of food production and food processing Bilateral Initiative benefits from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants. The aim of the project is to establish cooperation between institutions as well as improve the entrepreneurial culture, confidence and skills of graduate students and young scientists in Poland with a focus on the valorization of side streams in food production and food processing.

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.

For the period 2014-2021, the EEA and Norway Grants amount to €2.8 billion.

The EEA and Norway Grants scheme consists of two financial mechanisms. The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP. Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway.


The Nordic Salmon Workshop


Gunnar Þórðarson

Regional Manager

A workshop on salmon farming will be held on October 27 at Ölvus Cluster, Hafnarberg 1, 815 Þorlákshöfn. The meeting starts at 08:30 and ends at 17:00 the same day.

The workshop subjects:

The workshop subjects:

  1. Salmon feed: new sources and optimal composition for different environments
  2. New development in sea- and salmon louse
  3. Production of large smolts in hatcheries
  1. Salmon feed will be a very dynamic area of research and development in the future. With feed requirements of salmon growing in extreme environmental conditions, such as low temperature, are not fully understood. Furthermore, technical solution to minimize movements of fish in sea cage during the coldest periods in winter could improve conditions of fish during the coldest months
  2. Several options already exist for chemically treating salmon lice in sea cages. However, there are two main problems associated with treating lice in such a way. Firstly, there are negative environmental impacts and secondly, lice can and have developed resistance to many of the available chemicals currently being used
  3. There has been a growing interest in land-based salmon farming under more controlled environment. Large smolt farming is a land-based farming, with longer growing time ashore and shorter in ONP, reducing risk in farming with higher cost. Reducing lead time in sea also enables producers to reduce the spread in biomass throughout the year. This may be one of the most sustainable ways of maximizing utilization of licenses.

The meeting is open for anybody interested in salmon farming. Included are refreshment at the meeting and reception at Lax-inn in Reykjavík after the meeting. The cost is ISL 3.000.

The meeting will be in English, and registrations will be open on the home page soon.

The board

  • Gunnar Thordarson, Matís, Isafjordur, Iceland
  • Björgolfur Hávardsson, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster AS Norway
  • Gunnvør á Norði and Jóhanna Lava Kötlum, Fiskaaling, Faroe Islands
  • Kurt Buchmann, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Niels Henrik Henriksen, The Danish Aquaculture Organisation, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Mari Virtanen, Finnish Fish Farmers’ Association, Helsinki, Finland.

Instituions participating

  • Matís ohf. – Gunnar Thordarson (Iceland)
  • Björgolfur Hávardsson, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster AS Norway
  • Fiskaaling – Gunnvør á Norði and Jóhanna Lava Kötlum – (Faroe Islands)
  • University of Copenhagen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Frederiksberg – Kurt Buchmann (Denmark)
  • The Danish Aquaculture Organisation, Aarhus – Henrik Henriksen (Denmark)
  • Finnish Fish Farmers’ Association, Helsinki – Mari Virtanen (Finland
  • Ölfus Cluster – Páll Marvin Jónsson


A conference focusing on the external dimension of the common fisheries policy was held within the framework of the FarFish project in beginning of June 2021. The aim of the conference was to review the implementation of the External Dimension of the CFP and to provide recommendations ahead of the next revision of the CFP.

The conference was attended by high-level experts and key stakeholders from the fishing industry and NGO sectors, together with relevant policy makers, scientists and academics, which contributed to discussions on the importance, advantages and challenges of the EU role in international fisheries management and ocean governance.

The conference spanned over two days, with the first day consisting of presentations and panel discussions from high-level experts; and the second day was more in the form of a workshop where different experts and stakeholders “dug deep” into how to improve management under fisheries agreements.

Recordings from the conference are now available on the FarFish website, along with a summary leaflet and main conclusions from day 1 and day 2.


A BlueBio and ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 networking event

Are you interested in the  future of Algae?

Save the date for a joint BlueBio and ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 event:

Market pathways for sustainable algae

The event will take place online on the 23rd of September 10 AM to 1 PM CEST. 

More information on the agenda and registration will be published closer to the date.


Video Presentation of the Final Results of the SYLFEED Project

A new video presenting the final results of the 4 year SYLFEED project is now available here below. The video reviews the whole project, goals and results. Please watch and enjoy.


France TV with Matís at the Fagradalsfjall eruption exploring microorganisms


Pauline Vannier

Project Manager

A TV crew from France TV went on a trip with a few scientists from Matís to explore the volcanic eruption at Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. The trip was a part of the research project AirMicrome which explores the fate of depositing airborne microorganisms into pioneer terrestrial communities.

The French TV crew captured spectacular footage of the eruption and spoke to Pauline Vannier, a project manager at Matís, who guided the team around the area and explained the research on microorganisms in this newly formed environment.

The video clip can be found here below. The part on AirMicrome starts at min. 7:30.


Inspire Webinar – An Introduction to the Inspire Summer Schools 2021

On the 15th of July a special webinar will take place to introduce the Inspire Summer Schools.

The agenda will be as follows:

  1. Welcome by EIT Food
  2. Inspire Summer Schools Introduction
    • Digit4Circularity
    • Protein for Future
    • Sustainable Aquaculture
    • REPAK
    • Targeted Nutrition
  3. Entrepreneurship Spine
  4. Q&A

This an hour long webinar and will starf at 4pm CEST on the 15th of July.

Registration and further information can be found here.

EIT Food News

Protein for Future – Summer School 2021

Do you what to develop new ideas on the future proteins in our diet to counteract some of the causes of climate change through entrepreneurial capacity training in a 3 week summer school starting August 16th and ending September 3rd.

You will be taught how new and alternative proteins, like plant, cell and insect based proteins, can be integrated in our food systems. You will work and be coached in teams. You will end up in new business ideas that will be pitched in front of professional jury. Critical questions on how to develop a sustainable future food system will be addressed. How can new and alternative food proteins be integrated in our food systems? What are the technological obstacles, and what are the regulatory and consumer/market related  barriers?  How do we design and develop alternative proteins and how can we develop and formulate alternative protein based food products.

More information:


BlueBio Cofund Second Additional Call Announcement

The second additional call is targeted on Advancing Resource Management, Market and Socioeconomic aspects in the Blue Bioeconomy Value Chains

The scope of the call is to fund projects that aim to facilitate research and innovation to underpin sustainable and circular management and use of natural resources and to also address the market and socioeconomic aspect of the value chain.

Call text document for additional information

Participation in the second additional Call

9 funding organisations from 8 countries have contributed a budget of approx. 8 million EUR to the additional call. The following partner countries will provide funds: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta and Norway. All projects are open to partners from all countries, as far as they bring their own funds and provide a letter of commitment stating this as part of the full proposal submission. 

Each project must include at least three partners from three countries and at least one industry partner.

There is an option to find partners on European level.

Submission Tool:

Call Timeline:

8th Jun 2021: Call opened for pre-proposals.

15th Jun 2021: Online Brokerage Event part 1: (presentation of the call, submission tool and b2match)

21st Jun 2021: Matchmaking Sessions (1:1 meetings between potential applicants on b2match)

20th Sep 2021 13:00 (CEST): Deadline for pre-proposal submissions

Brokerage Event

The brokerage event will be organized with b2match. There are presentations and meetings scheduled on June 15th and 21st, 2021.

For further information:


SYLFEED Final Webinar Series Announced

Three webinars are scheduled in June and August, to cover results demonstrated in the project on product performance, process performance, and environmental performance.

During 4 years, the consortium of partners lead by Arbiom focused on 3 main activites:

  • The demonstration of the scale-up of Arbiom process, to ensure a technical validation of our process
  • The validation of the performance of SylPro, Arbiom‘s protein rich ingredient, in aquaculture.
  • The comparison of the environmental performance of SylPro against other protein sources to confirm its sustainability value.

In this final webinar series, members of the consortium will share the key achievements of the project.

For further information: