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Our AQUA 2024 Plenary Speakers

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By Milthon Lujan

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This year’s AQUA 2024 conference brings together leading minds to explore the critical role aquaculture plays in securing a sustainable food future. Our esteemed plenary speakers will offer unique perspectives on the industry’s potential and the challenges we must overcome.

Tuesday, August 27th (09h00 to 09h40)
“Analysing the Future.” Dag Sletmo, Senior Vice President Seafood Division, DNB.

FAO says we need to increase sustainable aquaculture production by at least 75% by 2040 if we are going to limit global warming to 1.5C. 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 reduce the environmental footprint. That will require new technology, better farming practises, 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.

Dag Sletmo is a Senior Vice President in the seafood division in DNB. DNB is the leading bank in Norway and the largest bank globally in salmon farming with clients in Norway, 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. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and has studied economics and philosophy at NHH and UiB in Bergen.

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Friday, August 30th (11h30 to 12h15), followed by the AQUA 2024 Poster Awards, overseen by the Presidents of EAS (Bente Torstensen) and WAS.
“AI with Knowledge.” Signe Riemer-Sørensen Research Manager Analytics and AI, SINTEF.

Large language models have democratized AI. Co-pilots and chat-bots 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 on industrial AI and their potential in aquaculture.

Signe Riemer-Sørensen is Senior Researcher and Research Manager for Analytics and AI in 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.