Jo Kelly

Bribie Island, Queensland

Environmental engineer, seaweed advocate

Jo founded the Australian Seaweed Institute to help develop a world-class seaweed industry in Australia. Seaweed has many benefits: it’s a nutritious food source that can also clean waterways, attract marine life and create plastic-replacement products. While our coastline has ideal growing conditions, as yet there are no commercial ocean-based seaweed farms in Australia. To change this, Jo has developed a framework to guide a national seaweed industry and unite government and researchers. She is using her grant to fund nanotechnology research to increase seaweed’s capacity to improve water quality.