Summer Marine Innovation Lab
Sea lettuce is one of the less appreciated sights on our beaches in summer, however a new collaborative project between Priority One and the University of Waikato has used it to test ways of encouraging regional innovation. With scholarships provided by Priority One, the Summer Marine Innovation Lab involved university students working on projects that applied science, design thinking and business disciplines to investigate the value or benefit that can potentially be derived from sea lettuce.
The project was supervised by Dr Ralf Schlothauer, with support from Professor Chris Battershill, Chair in Coastal Science from the University of Waikato. The students were provided with unique career experiences and were able to enhance the engagement of businesses in science. A number of science and commercial opportunities have been identified from the Summer Marine Innovation Lab and the potential for their development is now being investigated. There may be opportunities to engage further students in this programme in the future.