Born in The Netherlands, Stefan graduated with a M.Sc. degree in Marine Biology at National University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He moved to Ireland to pursue a PhD on phylogenetics and aquaculture of edible seaweeds at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1998.
He became manager of the Irish Seaweed Industry Organisation in 1998 and finished his PhD in 2001. He established the Irish Seaweed Centre in 2001, a dedicated R&D centre for seaweed-based research and development. After managing the seaweed centre for 9 years, Dr Kraan resigned from University life in 2009 to pursue and develop some commercial ideas using seaweeds for a variety of purposes amongst them functional food ingredients for fish farming and novel algae cultivation systems for biofuel production.
Dr Kraan is currently Co-Founder and Scientific Director of Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd, a company that has produced Oceanfeed™, a seaweed based functional feed ingredient for the fish farming industry and other aquaculture industries. Furthermore he is involved in the development of large-scale seaweed biomass cultivation programs for the bio-ethanol industry.
Dr Kraan’s main fields of expertise are aquaculture of seaweeds, sustainable development of algal resources, industrial applications of seaweeds and usage of seaweeds in aquaculture, biotechnology and biomedicine.
In 2011 he published a review paper on Functional feed ingredients from seaweed and co-edited and contributed a chapter in the book “Algae Biofuels”.
Dr. Stefan Kraan, Scientific Director and co-founder
Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd.
Mass Production of Macroalgae, Bioethanol and Value Added Ingredients
Day 1 [Mon 16, May], at 11:05 AM