NordAqua combines research and industrial partners from Nordic countries to achieve competitive blue economy solutions. NordAqua is a consortium of 10 Nordic universities and research institutes along with several industrial partners and societal stakeholders.

With the strong cooperation of its partners, the NordAqua consortium has the potential to accelerate the transition to the bioeconomy by promoting sustainability as an attractive investment for industry.

Academic partners

The research expertise of our academic partners is wide ranging and covers topics including: basic photosynthetic mechanisms; industrial biology/biotechnology; wastewater treatment; medical sciences; and the development of commercial concepts and entrepreneurship education. There are around 80 scientists at different career stages in the multidisciplinary fields of this blue bioeconomy consortium.

The NordAqua  team and work package leaders:  

University of Turku (UTU)


Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva        Prof. Eva-Mari Aro                       Prof. Jarna Heinonen


University of Helsinki (UH)


Prof. Kaarina Sivonen

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)


 Prof. Merja Penttilä

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

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 Sari Mäkinen, Ph.D            

Uppsala University (UU)


Prof. Peter Linblad

Umeå University (UMU)

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Prof. Christiane Funk

Norwegian Institude of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

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Hanne Skomedal, Ph.D                      

Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Prof. Bert van Bavel



 Jorun Skjermo, Ph.D                Matilde Skogen Chauton, Ph.D                    

University of Bergen (UiB)


Prof. Lars Herfindal


In order to ensure a successful transfer of scientific research to industrial applications, NordAqua utilises experienced facilitators who have worked in both academy and industry as part of the Smart Chemistry Park and Finland's Biotechnology Industry Association Finnish Bioindustries”.



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Industry partners

NordAqua industry partners provide crucial expertise in scaling up, production development, commercialization.

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Societal partners and end users

Societal partners and end users form an integral part of the NordAqua consortium. In order to enhance cooperation between aqua- and aqricultural sectors and to create interactive links with end users, NordAqua has invited many organizations to participate in the consortium. These include: The Norwegian Farmers' UnionThe Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK, Finland);  The Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland; as well as the Finnish Greenhouse Growers’ Association and the Finnish Glasshouse Growers' Association. Additionally, SINTEF has a crucial role in coordinating SIG Microalgae and SIG Seaweed, which aim to promote industry projects related to the production, processing and application of seaweed and microalgae. The Oslo Cancer Cluster, which comprises research institutes and industry members, as well as participants from university hospitals, provide NordAqua with contacts to cancer researchers, the medical industry and cancer patients (end-users) and will play an important role in increasing the awareness and the interest in the bio-based products as well as recycling.



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