GlobalSeaweedSTAR will provide training in technical and professional skills to our overseas partners and our UK researchers to strengthen their research and innovation capacity. In the first year of the Programme, 12 early career researchers (4 from each developing country partner) will take part in an intensive training period (6 months) based in the UK. Each of the UK Partners has world-class facilities and key skills training will include the latest microscopy and molecular techniques; biobanking and curation of reference collections, including fixation and cryo-preservation of reference material; risk assessment and biosecurity/ legislative protocol development; and RAPID outcome mapping approach to develop policy influencing plans.

Technical and professional skills training will also be provided to academic, government, industry and NGOs engaged in seaweed cultivation including; technicians, technologists, social, political and institutional analysts, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and early to mid-career researchers at three ‘Sharing Best Practice’ events hosted by each of our Developing Partner Countries. These events will build upon similar existing events in each of the DPs and be led by UNU-INWEH. These events will present the latest results from the WPs, provide hands-on training in specific skills and provide forums to identify specific areas of cooperation, innovation and new partnerships.