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Publication Announcement: May 2015

Fourth AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements Booklet

The Fourth and final publication in a series of booklets outlining the accomplishments of the EC-funded AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research) project is now available to download from

The AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements booklet series outlines the significant activities and results of the project as it aimed to integrate key aquaculture Research Infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. AQUAEXCEL officially ended in February 2015. The project’s focus was on further improving the efficiency of aquaculture production and supporting European research activities in this area.

Key AQUAEXCEL outputs that are highlighted in the Key Achievements 2014-2015 booklet include: details of the development, implementation and evaluation of technical solutions for providing remote access to highly specialised aquaculture research facilities; an inventory of aquaculture Research Infrastructure gaps in Europe; a report on the effect of biofilter scale on Total Ammonia Nitrogen (TAN) removal rate in closed aquaculture systems; and research into how reproductive hormone concentrations in the blood can be used as prospective candidate markers of maturation in male trout and in sea bass.

Over the course of the project, AQUAEXCEL regularly invited proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilised the facilities of the participating aquaculture Research Infrastructures as part of its Transnational Access programme. This edition of the booklet features a special section which gives an overview of interesting statistics regarding the programme.

Results of research carried out under the Transnational Access programme are also highlighted in the booklet and include novel findings on: the effect of both male and female parental nutrition on the development of seahorse embryos; techniques for 3D monitoring of fish behaviour; and the effect of dietary arginine supplementation on the European sea bass immune response against vibriosis.

AQUAEXCEL Project Coordinator, Marc Vandeputte, said: “For us, AQUAEXCEL has been a successful experience, and we hope it will have a lasting impact on the EU aquaculture sector. Our team has developed an integrated approach to link and coordinate key Research Infrastructures in Europe in order to harmonise access, joint research, and networking. To build on this success, an enlarged AQUAEXCEL consortium has submitted a new project, AQUAEXCEL2020, to the EC. We look forward to continuing this aquaculture challenge towards 2020.”

All four booklets in the AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements series are available to download from

For press queries, please contact: Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager, AquaTT, Dublin, Ireland, email:, web:   


Press Release: March 2015

Fourth and final newsletter

The fourth and final newsletter of the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project is now available to download from AQUAEXCEL was an EC FP7-funded project working to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. The project’s focus was on further improving the efficiency of aquaculture production and supporting European research activities in this area. 

Marc Vandeputte, AQUAEXCEL Project Coordinator, said: “After four years of fruitful collaboration, AQUAEXCEL has fulfilled its strategic objectives through the integration of 17 key partners and 27 top class infrastructures, and has been rewarded by numerous applications from Europe and beyond to access our facilities, resulting in 97 innovative and highly original Transnational Access projects taking place. An enlarged AQUAEXCEL consortium has submitted a new project to the EC. The final decision on its funding should be known shortly and we look forward to hopefully continuing this aquaculture challenge towards 2020. ”

The final issue of AQUAEXCEL Project News includes: concluding remarks from Mark Vandeputte; a summary of the infrastructure mapping, strategic planning and sustainability activities carried out under AQUAEXCEL; details of a new report entitled “Model for sustained research infrastructure collaboration”, which explores future possibilities for sustained and coordinated collaboration of aquaculture research infrastructures in Europe; researchers who have accessed the AQUAEXCEL Transnational Access programme describe their work and experiences using the programme to further their research; and participants from the fourth AQUAEXCEL training course give their feedback. 


Publication Announcement: February 2015

The fourth and final annual meeting of AQUAEXCEL took place in Benicàssim, Spain, from 4-6 February 2015, and was hosted by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

On this occasion, the project’s results were shared and discussed with partners as well as with Transnational Access researchers, scientists from other projects, and invited guests. This meeting focussed on evaluating the achievements of the project, celebrating its successes and discussing future collaborative opportunities for European aquaculture Research Infrastructures. AQUAEXCEL’s impact on the individual, organisational and scientific level over the course of the past four years was also discussed.

AQUAEXCEL has contributed to both strengthening the integration of European aquaculture Research Infrastructures and the advancement of pioneering scientific research. Read more

Project Coordinator: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), FRANCE

Duration: March 2011 – February 2015 (48 Months)
Programme: FP7, Capacities; Research Infrastructures


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