Ocean Floor Restoration – Border Sessions

Ocean Floor Restoration

It is no mystery that oceans around the world are under great pressure. This is the case, to a large extent, due to our technologies, leading for instance to increased pollution with plastics and industrialized fishing. During this session, three innovators will present how they apply new technologies to actually restore ocean floors and revitalize ecosystems instead of adding more pressure to them. These innovators, who are on the forefront of very practical restoration programs, will tell you more about how technologies such as nanotechnology and 3D printing could have a positive effect. The will also discuss the potential future of man-made structures in our oceans, their role in active nature restoration projects as well as the challenges they see ahead.


Enrico Dini is the founder of D-shape and the designer of the famous D-Shape 3D printer. During Border Session’s Ocean Floor Engineering Lab he will go into depth about the design of D-Shape 3D printer and explain how the printer can be used in many projects that aim to make the world a more sustainable place.

Emilie Reuchlin-Hugenholtz is a political scientist and marine biologist working as a senior marine advisor at WWF Netherlands. She has been working on the design and implementation of networks of marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries since 2007, both nationally and internationally. More recently she has been working on active restoration of species and habitats in the North Sea. Emilie just built the first flat oysterbank in the deeper waters of the North Sea and was the first to place 3-D printed sandstone reefstructures in the North Sea, both for the purpose of increasing North Sea marine biodiversity. Emilie loves to be at sea and is not shy of a challenge, such as making miles for North Sea ecosystem recovery.

Guyon Brenna is the designer of Reef Life Restoration’s oceanic structures. These structures, among others, include safe anchor mooring stations that simultaneously promote coral growth, oyster farms, and a protective fence that filters out heavy metals and other toxins from runoff to remediate the site and protect corals and fishes. During Border Sessions’ Ocean Floor Engineering Lab, Guyon will talk about his designs, as well as the innovative nanotechnology of the coral growth reef matrix that Reef Life Restoration developed and how this can be used to restore coral reefs around the world.



Thursday 14 June


13:45 - 14:30

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Filmhuis Den Haag – Another Galaxy