Project title: MINERVA

Partners: National University of Ireland Galway (Coordinator), University College Cork, CyberColloids, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden Chemistry and Materials, UNA skincare.

Research Fund: ERA-NET Cofund Blue Bioeconomy

Initial year: 2020

Service Category:



Rósa Jónsdóttir

Research Group Leader


In Europe, large algae are often underused biomass that can be used sustainably for value creation. The MINERVA project aims to increase the utilization of large-scale algae produced in a sustainable way, improve their utilization and develop new valuable products.

Emphasis is placed on two types of brown algae, i.e. seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) and gillnets (Saccharina latissima) but in addition more species will be studied such as marine nuclei (Alaria esculenta) and salt (Palmaria palmata). 

The aim is to develop new and environmentally friendly algae ingredients for use in food, cosmetics, biotechnology and aquaculture. These goals will be achieved

  1. Development of new extraction methods to isolate and purify bioactive substances from large algae and
  2. Research on marine microorganisms using "omics" methods to develop new enzymes for the processing of marine biomass.

MINERVA is funded by ERA-NET Cofund Blue Bioeconomy and is a collaborative project of companies, universities and research companies in Ireland, Iceland and Sweden.

Further information can be found on the project's website: MINERVA