Aquaexcel2020 newsletter issue 7: Biomonitoring of fish performance, training courses and events

AQUAEXCEL2020 is a €9.7 million European Union-funded Horizon 2020 research infrastructure project that aims to support the sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector in Europe. It does so by integrating the European aquaculture community, and providing it with crucial tools, facilities, and novel services to conduct advanced fish research.

In Aquaexcel’s newest newsletter you can – among other things, read all about biosensor-technology for monitoring overall performance of fish, and the technical courses which Aquaexcel2020’s has done, and plan to do.

Biosensor monitoring of fish performance

Dr. Jaume Pérez-Sánchez from the Institute of Aquaculture Torre de la Sal (IATS-CSIC) in Spain is one of the team behind AE-FishBIT – implanted biosensors for remote monitoring of the overall performance of fish. AE-FishBIT has had some exciting developments over the past 2 and a half years. Read on to find out more!

Aquaexcel training courses

“By 2020, AQUAEXCEL2020 will have organised nine pioneering technical training courses in total, focusing on different aspects of aquaculture experimentation”, Aquaexcel2020’s newest press release reveals.

Also, two Aquaexcel2020 training courses recently has been completed: ‘Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) Technology‘ (in Wagening University, Netherlands) and ‘Laboratory Animal Science for Aquatic Research Facilities‘ (in Institute of Marine Research, Bergen).

Read about this and more in the full Aquaexcel Newsletter, below:

Agenda for the Aquaxcel2020 Brokerage event 2019

 

Make sure not to miss the second Aquaexcel2020 brokerage event. It is taking place as part of the EU EATiP Day October 9, at Aquaculture Europe 2019 in Berlin.

Find out more about the agenda, topics, panel and presenters below: 

 

EATiP interaction with the European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC)

 

EATiP was invited to the 30th EIFAAC session as observer and was represented by Mr. Laszlo Varadi (HUNATiP) who introduced the function and relevant activities of EATiP to the delegates.

A mission to promote improvement of inland fisheries and aquaculture

EIFAAC is part of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and has a mission to promote long-term sustainable development, utilization, conservation, restoration and responsible management of European inland fisheries and aquaculture.

The organization has 34 members, both EU and non-EU European countries, including the European Commission.

Main goals

One of EIFAAC’s main goals from 2020 till 2021 is to be a leading Pan-European Organisation providing policy advice in inland fisheries and aquaculture, consistent with the objectives and principles of the FAO and other relevant international instruments.

Their second goal is to deliver technical and managerial advice, information and coordination on matters related to inland fisheries and aquaculture to its members and serves as an international network of organisation, stakeholders, communities and intergovernmental organisations.

EIFAAC’s third goal is to implements efficient delivery of its organisations and Members’ objectives in accordance with FAO principles and best international practices, via EFAAC’s structures, processes and procedures.

Aims to strengthen collaboration with EIFAAC

EATiP encourages the initiative from EIFAAC to improve mutual interactions on the definition of specific topics of common concern and potential collaboration on a regional level.

The Mirror Platform HUNATiP will proceed with strengthening this collaboration.

 

Focus of EU EATiP Day at AE19: PROMOTING FOOD SECURITY AND NEW VALUE CHAINS IN AQUACULTURE

This year’s Aquaculture Europe 19′ event will be held in Berlin, Germany, 7-10 October 2019.  ‘Our Future: Growing from Water’ is the theme of the annual event, which will be held in Berlin, Germany this year 7-10 October 2019.

For more information about the AE2019 event, please visit this link.

On the EU EATiP Day, the focus will be on aquaculture with a low impact and high output – a sector that can promote food security and develop new value chains. The session on October 9 will gather existing expertise in this field and discuss the critical knowledge gaps that remain to be filled.

Speakers from DG RTD will set the need for aquaculture research and innovation in a Horizon Europe perspective, whereas DG MARE will introduce the process for reviewing the current aquaculture strategic guidelines.

Growing need for aquatic products – EU funded projects will pitch results

The potential of low-trophic species as human food and aquaculture feed will be reflected upon by feed companies, aquaculture producers, service suppliers and market analysts.

EU funded projects AQUAVITAE, AQUAOLIVE, MACRO CASCADE, SEAFOODtomorrow, GAIN and VIVALDI will pitch their latest results and how they can serve a growing need for new aquatic products.

Important questions to be answered

What measures need to be taken to support a competitive aquaculture with a low carbon footprint? Which technologies are considered to be essential? How to select new appropriate species? And how far can/should we go to feed carnivorous fish with plant material? Answers to this and more will be provided by project leaders and industry representatives during two consequent panel debates.

The EC and EATiP wish to use this feedback to stimulate future collaborative actions, and hence support the ambition of European aquaculture to contribute to the global Zero Hunger vision.

Join us in Berlin for the EU EATiP Day, and visit our Booth #149!

 

EAStalk with EATiP General Secretary: ‘Co-creating aquaculture awareness on a European level’.

General secratary of EATiP, Alexandra Neyts will be giving a talk at EAS’ (European Aquaculture Society) upcoming webinar.

The topic of this talk is Co-creating aquaculture awareness on a European level.

Save the time and date: October 1st, 14:00 (GMT+2).

To sign up for the event, follow this link:

Practical guidelines on how to participate will be provided here:

EATiP at Aquaculture Europe 2019 in Berlin

Save the date – 9th October 2019 – to attend our EU-EATiP Day !

Visit our Booth #149 to know more about EATiP and its Mirror Platforms

Learn more about EURASTiP and AQUAEXCEL2020

 

 

 

15TH CALL FOR ACCESS NOW OPEN!

Apply for fully EC-funded access to top class research infrastructures with AQUAEXCEL2020

15th Call for Access NOW OPEN!

On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL2020 project invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Transnational Access involves a research group in one country collaborating with one or more AQUAEXCEL2020 Infrastructures that are located in a different country to the applicant, and which offer facilities and expertise not available in their own country.

Deadline: 13 September 2019

More details and to apply: see attached flyer, and https://aquaexcel2020.eu/transnational-access/call-access

Further details about the scheme and full instructions for preparing and submitting proposals are available on the website. For further queries regarding the Call for Access please contact John Bostock: j.c.bostock@stir.ac.uk.

Interested people with a project idea who need a little help finding the right facility can contact our orientation committee at aquaexcel-OC@inra.fr.

We also have a number of “success stories” from previous TNA users – https://aquaexcel2020.eu/transnational-access/tna-projects which can be used as inspiration. Here TNA users have described how they utilised this opportunity and how the TNA has benefited their research and careers.

AQUAEXCEL2020 is a research infrastructure project funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). The project aims to further support the sustainable growth of the European aquaculture sector. For more details see the project website: https://aquaexcel2020.eu/

AGM 2019