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The GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme operates across nine collaborating institutions in five countries.

SAMS is one of the UK’s leading marine scientific institutions. In 2013, SAMS became an Associate Institute of the United Nations University (UNU), firmly placing it as an international centre for marine research. Since 2000, SAMS has forged a major role in seaweed disease research and marine biosecurity through Oceans2025, EU COST and Marie Curie Training Fellowships and UK initiatives, such as the NERC International Overseas Fund.

The GlobalSeaweedSTAR team at SAMS is led by Professor Elizabeth Cottier-Cook (Principal Investigator and Research Area Leader, Biosecurity Practices & Policy) and Professor Claire Gachon (Research Area Leader, Algal Genetic Resources).

Cefas is based in the UK and is a world leader in marine science and technology. It collects, manages and interprets data on the aquatic environment, biodiversity and fisheries. Cefas is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and as such, will be part of this programme as a Sub-contractor.

The GlobalSeaweedSTAR team at CEFAS is led by Professor Grant Stentiford (Co-Investigator, Disease & Pest Detection) and Dr David Bass (Co-Investigator, Disease & Pest Detection).

NHM is an international leader in research of the natural world. It curates >80 million specimens, generates >5 million museum visits, >8 million web visits and hosts over 10,000 scientific visitor days per year. It collaborates with researchers in over 100 countries, has ~165 externally-funded projects delivering research/training outcomes, and 80+ full-time PhDs and PDRAs. It has first-class Molecular Laboratories, including next-generation sequencing equipment with dedicated bioinformatic support.

The GlobalSeaweedSTAR team at the NHM is led by Professor Juliet Brodie (Co-Investigator and Research Area Leader, Disease & Pest Detection).

ODI brings together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate. ODI works with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries. It has experience in developing practical tools, skills and competencies for policy influence and has worked extensively on monitoring and evaluation, communicating evidence based policy, gender and environment research in developing countries.

The GlobalSeaweedSTAR team at ODI is led by Louise Shaxson (Co-Investigator and Research Area Leader, Socio-economic Resilience).

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania, was established in 1978. It conducts research and offers undergraduate and postgraduate training and consultancy services in all aspects of marine sciences. UDSM has 22 academic/research members of staff and 25 administrative and technical staff. UDSM is working with famers and extension officers in different areas of aquaculture, including seaweed farming in Tanzania.

The GlobalSeaweedSTAR team at UDSM is co-led by Dr Flower Msuya (Co-Team Leader, Tanzania) and Dr Amelia Buriyo (Co-Team Leader, Tanzania).

The University of Malaya (UM) has its roots in Singapore with the establishment of King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1905. In 1949, the University of Malaya was formed with the amalgamation of the King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College in Singapore. The University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur was established in 1962. UM is a public research university located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the oldest university in Malaysia and is the highest ranking Malaysian institution of higher education according to several international ranking agencies. Today, UM has more than 2,300 faculty members and is divided into 12 faculties, two academies and three academic centres. In the 2020 QS World University Rankings, UM ranked at 70th in the world, 19th in Asia, 3rd in Southeast Asia and the highest ranked learning institution in Malaysia.

The GlobalSeaweedSTAR team at the University of Malaya is led by Professor Dr. Lim Phaik Eem (Team Leader, Malaysia).

The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) is a public research university and is a constituent university of the University of the Philippines System. It has campuses in Miagao, Iloilo; Iloilo City; and Tacloban City — with Miagao being the main campus where the central administration offices are located. UPV has four colleges and a school. These are the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the College of Management (CM), the School of Technology (SoTech), and the UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC). UPV aims to develop excellence and leadership in the field of fisheries and marine sciences, thus making it the center of fisheries education, research, and extension in the country. It also aims to contribute to the development of the region through relevant instruction, research, and extension programs. Faculty and research staff have implemented research projects in different disciplines with funding support from national and international agencies implemented by various colleges and units. It also packages training. Some of these are in aquaculture, fish processing technology, marine fisheries, aquatic biology, social sciences, arts and culture and coastal resource management.

The GlobalSeaweedSTAR team in the Philippines is co-led by Assistant Professor Victor Marco Emmanuel N. Ferriols (Co-Team Leader, Philippines) and Professor Anicia Hurtado (Co-Team Leader, Philippines).

SEAFDEC/AQD has almost 3 decades of experience in seaweed aquaculture, promoting sustainable practices and accelerated technology transfer though partnerships with fish farmers, investors, entrepreneurs, government agencies, academic and funding institutions.

The Institute of Water, Environment and Health – United Nations University, Canada acts as the “UN Think Tank on Water” and contributes to the resolution of the global water challenge through a unique programme of applied research and education. It conceives, develops, and manages water initiatives that help developing countries build their capacity for lasting improvements in human and ecosystem health, and overall reduction in poverty.

GlobalSeaweedSTAR is represented at UNU-INWEH by Dr. Nidhi Nagabhatla.