Workshop on the Future Potential of

Zooplankton and Mesopelagic Species

October 1st - 2nd 2018, Reykjavík, Iceland

Zooplankton and Mesopelagic Potential

The workshop is expected to bring Nordic scientists together and is the initiation of a Nordic Center of Excellence on the characteristics and utilization of Calanus finmarchicus and similar species for human consumption.

The topics discussed at the event will furthermore summarize and add knowledge in the following areas:

  • Detailed mapping of the genetic and physicochemical composition of Calanus, as found in North Atlantic waters as affected by fishing grounds and season
  • Optimized treatment during the collection and purification of Calanus
  • Increased knowledge on the enzymatic composition, characteristics and activity of Calanus
  • Increased understanding on the effect of Calanus on pelagic fish species and development of methods to prevent deterioration of pelagic fish products due to the effects of Calanus
  • Improved knowledge on extraction and purification methods to obtain high quality ingredients from Calanus of the above mentioned sources. These ingredients may then be used for further development of product for human consumption
  • Bringing together the knowledge on the ecology of Calanus, other zooplankton and mesopelagic fish
  • Detailed information on storage stability, safety and quality of the developed ingredients and products from Calanus and other mesopelagic species.

Early bird registration fee for the conference is 30.000 ISK for industry and academic delegates and 12.000 ISK for student delegates* (for currency converter please click here). Early bird tickets will be available until September 28th. After that the fee will be 45.000 ISK for industry and academic delegates and 19.000 ISK for students. Lunch and refreshments during the conference are included in the registration fee as well as the conference dinner on October 1st.


The Workshop on the Future Potential of Zooplankton and Mesopelagic Species will be held in the main building of the University of Iceland, Sæmundargötu 2, 101 Reykjavík (click picture for location).

The University of Iceland is the leading university in Iceland and plays an active role in society and in the international scientific community. It is the only university in Iceland offering undergraduate and graduate programmes in all major academic disciplines, including doctoral degrees in most fields of study.



For years, the renowned chef Sveinn Kjartansson has been showing viewers of Icelandic television how to make the most of the country’s natural food sources, especially its impressive range of seafood. Now, visitors to AALTO Bistro in the Nordic House can sample for themselves the work of this creative chef, in the form of delicious and delightful fresh lunch specials and during the day. Naturally, the fruits of the sea feature prominently, although meat and vegan options are also on offer. In true New Nordic style, the food at AALTO Bistro draws on fresh, local, healthy produce, ingredients which change with the seasons.


Nordic co-operation is one of the world’s most extensive forms of regional collaboration, involving Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. Nordic co-operation has firm traditions in politics, economics and culture and plays an important role in European and international forums. The Nordic community strives for a strong Nordic Region in a strong Europe. Nordic co-operation promotes regional interests and values in a global world. The values shared by the Nordic countries help make the region one of the most innovative and competitive in the world.


Main building
University of Iceland
Sæmundargötu 2
101 Reykjavík


Stefán Þór Eysteinsson


Ástþór Gíslason,  Marine and Freshwater research institute, Iceland
Sigurjón Arason, Matis ltd. Food and Biotech R&D institute, Iceland
Sigrún Jónasdóttir, DTU Aqua, Denmark
María Guðjónsdóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland


Ole Jørgen Marvik
Stefán Þór Eysteinsson
María Guðjónsdóttir
Sigurjón Arason
Ástþór Gíslason