14th Call for Access NOW OPEN!

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

14th 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: 7 June 2019


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

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.

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

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/

Deadline extended: Apply for the Free AQUAEXCEL2020 Training Course on “Laboratory Animal Science for Aquatic Research Facilities”

Applications are still being accepted for the AQUAEXCEL2020 training course entitled “Laboratory Animal Science for Aquatic Research Facilities”. This is a free face-to-face training course provided by the Institute of Marine Research (Bergen, Norway) in collaboration with other AQUAEXCEL2020 partners. The course will take place at IMR, Bergen (Norway) between 17-21 June 2019.


The application deadline has been extended to 17 April 2019 – we would appreciate if all AQUAEXCEL2020partners further distribute through your own networks, thanks in advance!


AQUAEXCEL2020 aims to bring together, integrate, and open up highly diverse key national and regional aquaculture Research Infrastructures in Europe to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development. AQUAEXCEL2020 will organise nine pioneering technical training courses in total, focusing on different aspects of aquaculture experimentation. These courses present a valuable opportunity for researchers and technicians in this field to further their experience.


This course is designed for aquaculture researchers, students and aquaculture industry stakeholders working directly with animals and will include lectures, practical exercises and field visits to experimental facilities. There will also be an industry mini-seminar entitled “From Laboratory to Industry”, taking place at the IMR Matre research station.


To apply, please send the following documents to aquaexcel@aquatt.ie, with the subject line: AQUAEXCEL2020 /TrainingCourse_ Lab_IMR 

  • Completed Registration Form – HERE
  • CV / Résumé
  • A Letter of Motivation
  • Completed GDPR Consent From – HERE


For more information, see the promotional leaflet and the link to the relevant part of the AQUAEXCEL2020 website here.

Please note that applicants should not make travel arrangements unless you have received official confirmation of selection as there is only a limited number of places available.


EATiP AGM 2019

You are kindly invited to the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform Annual General Meeting, taking place at the Warwick Hotel in Brussels on 17 and 18 June 2019 !
The European Commission (DG RTD and DG MARE), the European Committee of the Regions, and aquaculture networks such as FABRE, Waterborne TP and SCAR-FISH will present their aquaculture policies and priorities for aquaculture research and innovation in the upcoming Horizon Europe. Recommendations from EATiP on industry-relevant R&I priorities will be presented and discussed – opening up for all members to provide comments, endorsements and additions.



You will find the draft programme here and/or below:

Looking forward to seeing you in Brussels!



AGM 2019