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Plenary speakers announced for AQUA 2024

Dag Sletmo, senior vice president Seafood Division at DNB, and Signe Riemer-Sørensen, research manager analytics and AI at SINTEF, will be the plenary speakers at AQUA 2024 in Copenhagen.

AQUA 2024
Dag Sletmo, senior vice president Seafood Division at DNB (left), and Signe Riemer-Sørensen, research manager analytics and AI at SINTEF (right)
May 20, 2024

Co-organized by the European Aquaculture Society and the World Aquaculture Society, AQUA 2024 will take place from August 26-30, 2024, in Copenhagen. It will comprise a scientific conference, trade exhibition, industry forums, workshops, student events and receptions.

Dag Sletmo, senior vice president Seafood Division, DNB, will be the plenary speaker on August 27 with Analysing the Future. The FAO says we need to increase sustainable aquaculture production by at least 75% by 2040 if we are going to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Dag will share his top-down financial perspective on what it will take to grow aquaculture production significantly. The demand drivers are in place, the challenge is increasing supply and at the same time, reducing the environmental footprint. That will require new technology, better farming practices, and better regulations. As an industry depending very much on government regulations, it also needs a strong social license in order to achieve these goals. And where will the money to finance this come from? DNB Bank’s aquaculture activities is very focused on salmon, but Dag will also address aquaculture more generally.

DNB is the leading bank in Norway and the largest bank globally in salmon farming with clients in Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Scotland, Canada, Chile and Australia. Prior to joining DNB, Dag worked in Cermaq, the global salmon farmer, and ABG Sundal Collier, a Nordic investment bank.

On August 30, Signe Riemer-Sørensen, research manager analytics and AI, SINTEF, will present AI with Knowledge, followed by the AQUA 2024 Poster Awards, overseen by the Presidents of EAS (Bente Torstensen) and WAS. Large language models have democratized AI. Co-pilots and chatbots are changing most office jobs, but despite their impact, they will not revolutionize aquaculture. For that, we need completely different types of AI. Through examples from aquaculture and beyond, Signe will explain the challenges, provide intuitive insights into AI, and introduce the latest developments in industrial AI and their potential in aquaculture.

Signe Riemer-Sørensen is senior researcher and research manager for Analytics and AI at SINTEF. Her research evolves around overcoming challenges for implementing machine learning and artificial intelligence in a broad range of industrial settings where physics plays a role and data is often sparse and noisy. The solutions integrate domain knowledge into the AI, in so-called hybrid AI, fostering robust, explainable and trustworthy models.

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