AQUAEXCEL 3.0 – EATiP role : disseminating Knowledge Outputs

The second IRAP (Industry & Research Advisory Panel) meeting was successfully held on the 29th June 2021 where industry relevant projects’ outputs were further discussed by our experts.

AQUAEXCEL3.0 is a research infrastructure project funded under the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, grant agreement number 871108. AQUAEXCEL3.0 aims to further boost the European aquaculture sector by, among other methods, expanding the Transnational Access programme to support even more external research teams collaborating with its high-quality facilities, providing free training courses on the latest topics and engaging closely with industry to ensure that research is aligned with industry needs.

Similar to the previous AQUAEXCEL (FP7, 2011-2015) and AQUAEXCEL2020 (H2020, 2015-2020) projects, one of the key aspects of AQUAEXCEL3.0 is to provide subsidised access to its top-class aquaculture facilities as well as numerous highly pertinent services for researchers from academia and industry. AQUAEXCEL3.0 will also provide training for transnational access users, aquaculture researchers, technical staff and industry stakeholders.

EATiP is managing the AQUAEXCEL3.0 Industry & Research Advisory Panel (IRAP), an interactive advisory body that contributes both to upstream guidance (e.g. industry need recommendations) as well as to downstream impact/dissemination as it aims at maximizing the possibilities for new knowledge to be translated into innovation, and so substantially increases the possibilities for success.

The AQUAEXCEL3.0 IRAP acts as a pro-active interface for the project involving the research community and the aquaculture industry. This strengthens industry-research relations and develops research that meets industry needs for innovation.

The first Knowledge Outputs will be disseminated on the 29 September 2021. Save the date!

Read more about the project here.

Summing up 2020 and looking forward to 2021

Towards the end of this unusual year, where the economy has been hit hard and established certainties have been challenged, EATiP is preparing for a period of high activity. Continued joint efforts are needed to consolidate the role of aquaculture in society, as part of the Green Deal and in Horizon Europe. Through the support and commitment of EATiP members, it has been possible for us to continue and further develop the necessary activities.

So what have we achieved this past year? Check out the attached end of year report, and please remember to follow us on Twitter (@eatip_eu) for information on all upcoming actions and events!

We wish our members, partners and contacts a wonderful Christmas period, with hopes for a brighter 2021!

CALL FOR SEAWEED EXPERTS

DG MARE is setting up an expert working group to understand the potential and knowledge gaps of macro-algae culture in providing ecosystem services. This done through the Eklipse platform, that is helping governments, institutions, businesses and NGOs to make better-informed decisions when it comes to biodiversity in Europe.

For more information, see Calls – EKLIPSE,  CfE-_9_2020_macro-algae-1.pdf (eklipse.eu) and attached

Form to express interest: Eklipse CALL FOR EXPERTS on Macro-algae culture and ecosystem services (google.com)

AQUAFEED OF THE FUTURE – WEBINAR OCTOBER 30TH

The first virtual EATiP Forum in a series of webinars related to aquaculture topics of high importance for the sector was held on October 30. More than 150 participants from 100 entities throughout Europe joined the event. Short talks about innovations in the the production of insect, single-cell protein and algae based fish feed were combined with Q&A sessions and surveys on the expected impact of the different solutions.

Please find below the presentations:

Thank you for your interest and see you at our next event!

 

GENIALG Conference: Seaweed for the Future – Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the GENIALG Final Conference: Seaweed for the Future: Scaling up the European Sector, which will be held on 30 November 2020, in online format.

What to expect: An international, one-day, open-door, final conference organised by the GENIALG project. GENIALG has carried out extensive research on all aspects of seaweed to support the development of the seaweed sector, aiming for a sustainable utilisation and processing of seaweed into high value compounds. GENIALG will present the value chain of Ulva spp. and Saccharina latissima.

  • Scientific Talks
  • Showcase of Seaweed-Based Products
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Seaweed Cookery Demonstration

Register for free here! Please note registration will close on 29 November 2020.

SKRETTING JOINS THE EATIP MEMBERSHIP

About Skretting

Skretting is the global leader in providing innovative and sustainable nutritional solutions and services for the aquaculture industry. Skretting has production facilities in 19 countries on five continents, and manufactures and delivers high quality feeds from hatching to harvest for more than 60 species. The total annual production volume of feed is more than 2 million tonnes. The head office is located in Stavanger, Norway. Our mission is Feeding the Future.

www.skretting.com 

About Skretting ARC

Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre (ARC) is the global research organization for Skretting. The research centre is based in Stavanger, Norway, and has further research units in Italy, Spain, China and Japan. Skretting ARC employs an international team of highly skilled specialists, supported by a substantial annual investment in advanced R&D. It performs research for all feed companies within Skretting, which produce more than 2 million tonnes of fish and shrimp feed on a global scale. Skretting ARC’s goal is to develop innovative solutions to support fish and shrimp farmers around the world and help Skretting maintain its leadership position at the forefront of the rapidly developing aquaculture industry.

MARINE DATA TO SUPPORT AQUACULTURE IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC

A workshop by EATiP, Copernicus Marine and EMODnet

October 20th –21st, 2020

Virtual event (on invitation only)

The workshop will explore opportunities and applications for open source marine environmental data to support and innovate the aquaculture sector in the region. The goal is to investigate the feasibility and potential of setting up a collaborative platform with key stakeholders, to develop data products, tools and methodological approaches that can support the implementation of ecosystem based management of aquaculture, based on existing data.

Data centre representatives, Copernicus/EMODnet users, aquaculture producer, technology and service suppliers, coastal authorities, and modelers at regional level will gather at this 2-day regional-focused workshop. A parallel event in the Mediterranean area is planned to be held in 2021.

AQUAFEED OF THE FUTURE – WEBINAR OCTOBER 30TH

The Farm to Fork Strategy aims to reduce the environmental and climate impact of animal production, and to support the ongoing transition towards more sustainable livestock farming. Therefore, the European Commission will facilitate the placing on the market of sustainable and innovative feed additives. EATiP acknowledges the limitations on specific resource supplies for compound feeds. In addition to contributing to the sustainability of the sector, it is critical that alternative feed ingredients should not reduce the dietary and health attributes of the final product. The aim of this webinar is to show the potential of new ingredients for aquafeed, to highlight innovations in the use of algae, insects and single-cell proteins as promising feed ingredients and to stimulate discussions and potential project collaboration among attendants.

The forum is organised in collaboration with the EU funded project AQUAEXCEL2020.


Agenda

Welcome by the EATIP

Opening talk.

The potential of new ingredients for aquaculture – a review of the current situation. Alex Obach | FEFAC / Skretting ARC

Insects

  • Insects in Aquaculture market. Adriana Casillas | CEO in MEALFOOD Europe
  • Effect of black soldier fly meal inclusion on production of pikeperch  AQUAEXCEL2020. Laura Gasco | University of Turin

Single-cells

  • Microfood for macrochallenges. Allan LeBlanc | CALYSTA
  • LSAqua protein source for rainbow trout diets  AQUAEXCEL2020. Paula Sole-Jiminez | LSAQUA

Algae

  • Unlocking the magnificent potential of algae in functional aquafeeds. Jorge Dias | SPAROS LDA

Open discussion. Chair: Yolanda Molares, Cluster ACUIPLUS

Webinar conclusions

R&I Days “Role of bioeconomy in the EU post-COVID recovery”

EATiP was invited to this closed virtual webinar in order to outline the potential of the bioeconomy for the post-COVID rural, coastal and urban recovery. Jointly, we looked into ways, ideas and plans on how to most effectively deploy concrete bioeconomy actions and solutions for a speedy recovery across Europe. This session focused on EU Member States and their efforts to recover, repair and emerge stronger from the crisis, while accelerating the green transition. Future discussions and events on this topic will follow in the months to come.

As a reaction, EATiP submitted a note on the position of aquaculture in the recovery.