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Towards the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda: achieving the vision

The EATiP Vision document describes the position that European Aquaculture should occupy by 2030 and provides the basis for the following steps of consultation that lead to the definition of its Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda and its associated Implementation Plan.

Eight Thematic Areas of interest have been identified within EATIP, each covering important sectoral areas of strategic importance for the future inclusive, smart and sustainable growth of the entire aquaculture value chain and contributing the goals set out by the Europe 2020 proposals for economic reform.

The Thematic Areas are the driving force of EATIP and are composed of senior representatives of the industry and the RTDI sector who have the appropriate experience and interest to achieve the development of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda by reference to EATiP's Vision Document.

It is the specific task of each Thematic Area to:

  • Develop outlines and proposals concerning the Thematic Area for integration into the EATiP’s Vision Document, Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and Implementation Plan.
  • Provide the interface on national and European policies and legislation for the issues specific to the interests and activities of the thematic area.
  • Seek added-value and enhanced impact through interactions with other Thematic Areas and Working Groups of the EATiP and other European Technology Platforms
  • Publicise and promote their activities within the structure of the EATiP.
  • Initiate and, where appropriate, manage projects that reflect the interests and activities of the Thematic Area.

Thematic Areas are led by a Chair (from the industry sector) and a Facilitator (from the RTDI sector) which coordinate the efforts of several Working Groups so as to cover specialised topics that are contained within the overall scope of the Thematic Area in question.

As an example, the biological lifecycle includes marine and freshwater fish, shellfish, hatchery, juvenile and ongrowing phases and thus requires multiple specialist inputs.

Between April 2010 to March 2011, eachThematic Area of EATIP worked on the development of the following individual draft documents:

  • Vision document for the Thematic Area
  • Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, identifying key goals
  • Plan of Action, identifying how the goals can be met

These individual draft documents have to relate to the medium to long term Vision that the stakeholders agree on with respect to aquaculture as a European activity – in other words, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas of each Thematic Area must have their own view on how to contribute to the Vision set out for European aquaculture in the future, through successful and innovative RTDI on the acknowledged challenges.

The Chairpersons and Facilitators of each TA form the Operating Council which is charged with integrating  the outlines, plans and proposals identified through the individual TAs’ outputs into the overall EATiP Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the accompanying Action Plan.

The activities of the EATiP Thematic Areas are assisted by the "Aquainnova" project: “Supporting governance and multi-stakeholder participation in aquaculture research and innovation” (a FP7 Support Action)

"Aquainnova" is establishing an operational framework for dialogue – based on best governance practises - that focuses on exploiting the potential for innovation in the European aquaculture value chain.

"Aquainnova" actively promotes the dissemination,exploitation and communication of Community aquaculture RTD research actions and results.