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PROMAC becomes study case for High School Students – May, 2016

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PROMAC becomes study case for High School Students – May, 2016

Communicating research and project results beyond an academic community is important for scientists in PROMAC.

“The project is highly relevant for the development of new seaweed-related economies in Norway, and we owe the public who is funding us to know what our research is all about”, says project manager Annelise Chapman in Møreforsking.
“Especially young people will be important in carrying new discoveries towards technical innovation in the future. Therefore it is important to involve children and students and communicate well with them right from the start”.
Students from Spjelkavik High School in Ålesund have studied the PROMAC project during their course on ‘Research and Technology’. PROMAC as a prime example of a large international research project is helping them to understand how research in Norway works in practice – from getting the funding to implementing the results towards innovation. The fact that PROMAC connects interesting marine organisms – seaweeds – with exciting marine biotechnology in the student's ’immediate neighbourhood is a big plus.
In addition to studying the project in the classroom, the students joined PROMAC researchers Annelise Chapman and Pierrick Stévant in the field and lab, where they were introduced to kelps and other seaweeds in both fresh and dry condition.
The rainy weather did not compromise the student’s enthusiasm and curiosity! A second highlight awaited the group with a visit at Taford Kraftvarme’s waste incinerator. The company is a PROMAC partner because the excess heat produced during the summer months may be highly relevant for drying seaweeds at commercial scales.
“I had no idea that a waste burner could be so technically advanced!", was one of the comments from the amazed group.
In conclusion of their project, the students will now carry out interviews with some of the PROMAC scientists to be used in the project’s communication. In other words: A win-win for all!!
Students from Spjelkavik High School get to know the main seaweed species in the field at Tueneset and are introduced to the lab experiments of Møreforsking at Atlanterhavsparken, Ålesund, 29.04.2016
A guided tour of Tafjord Kraftvarme’s waste incinerator is always an exciting new experience. Knut Arve Tafjord explains the company’s strategy, societal responsibilities and why they are engaged in the PROMAC project. 
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Foto credits: Maria Gundersen Zahl/Annelise Chapman