VIS joins the EATiP membership

VIS or Vestlandets Innovasjonsselskap AS is an innovation network in Norway. They support scientists, entrepreneurs and students in the development of their ideas. In addition to providing advice and building networks, they carry out new establishments and innovation processes. VIS works with over 100 innovative ideas each year within a wide range of application fields, inc. aquaculture.

EATiP is looking forward to include VIS as an active member in its partnership!

A formal endorsement of its adherence as a member is to be done by the EATiP General Assembly.

On COVID-19 in aquaculture research and innovation

The aquaculture is faced by a number of challenges, due to stringent safety regulations and to a decrease in turnover and market prices.

EATiP has gathered information of relevance:

  • EC Question & Answers on COVID-19 and food safety, as well as a fact sheet and information note. For more info on the EC help to local aquaculture communities, read HERE
  • The COVID-19 Message Board is a website for sharing news about initiatives and actions being taken by FLAGs, National Networks and Managing Authorities to support small-scale aquaculture
  • A lot of H2020 call deadlines have been extended. The European Research Area corona platform shows all updated deadlines HERE
  • The European Commission has launched the 2020 EMFF pre-financing process in advance, allowing the member states to accelerate investements. The amended regulation can be read HERE
  • The EU Council proposed an amendment of the EMFF regulation, introducing a set of measures to financially support the aquaculture sector. Read the press release HERE
  • A market analysis is provided in the latest EUMOFA and COVID-19 monitoring bulletin HERE

Any other measures you know about? Take contact with secretariat@eatip.eu.

TECH TOUR OCEAN 2020 – NEW DATES

Due to the Corona virus disease (COVID-19), Tech Tour together with their partner KunnskapsParken Bodø have taken the decision to postpone the Tech Tour Ocean event to this autumn.

NEW DATE: 03-04 November 2020

PLACE: Bodø, Norway (see here how to get there)

Venue information:

Day 1 – November 3rd Day 2 – November 4th                        
Venture Academy Venture Forum
Salomon Center Bodø Radisson Blu Hotel Bodø

About the event:

Tech Tour together with KunnskapsParken Bodø is organizing the Tech Tour Ocean (TT Ocean) on the 03-04 November 2020 in the mesmerizing Bodø, Norway.

The Tech Tour Ocean (TT Ocean) is a Venture Forum which gives a unique opportunity for the most innovative entrepreneurs to meet and present themselves in front of active international investors and corporations seeking investment and partnerships.
The event is organized by Tech Tour and hosted by Kunnskapsparken Bodø (Bodø Science Park).
Participation is free of charge for presenting companies but based on selection. Register before 20 March 2020.

For more information see here.

Save the date for the EATiP Annual General Meeting: 17-18 June, Brussels

The Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategies set the agenda for the priorities in Horizon Europe. EATiP has delivered its position paper and recommendations, and has been consulted by different Commission bodies to represent the opinion of the aquaculture sector. Join us at the EATiP AGM to strengthen our consolidation role and to provide a common voice into the new framework programme.

 

Venue: to be confirmed

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

17th 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: 6 March 2020

 

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/

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Apply now for the Free AQUAEXCEL2020 distance learning course: “Training in the use of the fish & chips tool”

Course description

How do you improve analysis and functional interpretation of transcriptomic data? Training in the use of the FISH & CHIPS tool can help! FISH & CHIPS is a database containing public transcriptomic data related to fish species in various physiological conditions. The bioinformatic tool can be used to extract genes which would have similar expression patterns and thus could be characteristic of fish biological responses. By comparing data obtained in your experiment with data sets of microarrays or RNAseq obtained in various fish species, we can find a common transcriptional signature. Information given by samples of each experiment with a common signature is a powerful way to explore functional roles associated with these signatures. This training course presents the FISH & CHIPS tool and explains how to carry out such meta-analysis and interpret your set of genomic data.

Course content

This course will teach participants how to develop a meta-analysis of transcriptomic data and how to use the FISH & CHIPS tool to do so. The course also provides the opportunity to practice on a case study. Following this training, users should be able to develop analyses of their own data sets.

Target audience

This course is designed for people who want to improve analysis and functional interpretation of their transcriptomic data obtained in fish. This includes postgraduate students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and researchers with a basic knowledge on genomic and gene expression.

Location: Online.

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EATiP Looking For synergies With the European insect sector

‘The European insect sector supports the development of research projects in line with its regulatory calendar’

Brussels, 4th of December 2019

Press release from IPIFF (International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed) 

 

Gathered in the EU’s capital for the International Workshop entitled ‘Unleashing the Circularity Potential of the European Insect Sector through Research and Innovation’ and the IPIFF General Assembly, the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) – the Brussels-based umbrella organisation representing stakeholders active across the insect production value chains – reiterated the importance of synergetic research initiatives, developed in harmony with the regulatory calendar of the sector and markets’ needs.

 

Introducing the event, Cindy Schoumacher (European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation) presented an overview of the FOOD 2030 strategy, underlining the important role of the protein transition in the context of European, as well as global challenges. To this end, the keynote speaker of the Workshop highlighted that further research in the field of insect farming has the potential to offer reliable and practical solutions to the agri-food nexus. ‘The alternative proteins sector, including insects, will play a major role in contributing to sustainable, healthier, climate-resilient food systems, providing new business opportunities for actors in the food systems’, concluded Ms Schoumacher.

 

‘IPIFF’s role is to establish an efficient and engaging dialogue with actors from across the food and feed chains. Up-to-date science-based evidence will allow us to better communicate our messages to authorities, helping us to unlock certain regulatory opportunities’, added IPIFF’s President, Antoine Hubert. ‘We believe that new substrates authorised in insect farming, such as former foodstuffs with meat and fish will further upcycle nutrients from underutilised streams, reducing the pressure on natural resources and providing local solutions that can complement today’s feed ingredients’.

 

On the occasion of this International Conference, the IPIFF Executive Committee Member in charge of research Lars-Henrik Lau Heckmann – presented the latest IPIFF publication, ‘Building bridges between the insect production chains, research and policymakers’ – a brochure developed by the association as a Contribution Paper to the public consultation on the architecture of the Horizon European Research and Innovation programme.
‘The research priorities our sector had identified are meant to contribute with realistic solutions to reducing food waste, improving soil fertility, while also offering healthy food for both humans and animals. We need insects not only to boost the circularity of our food-producing systems, but also for their sustainability credentials’, concluded Dr Lau Heckmann.

 

Organised in a multistakeholder approach, the two sessions of the Workshop brought together experts from numerous fields – such as investment research, aquaculture, poultry and pig farming, food and feed industries and policymakers, as well as more than 130 actors active in the insect production value chains. ‘It is our role to make sure that future regulatory developments are backed by scientific evidence. Thus, we are confident that the future framework of the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme will be a catalyst for unleashing the circularity potential of the European insect sector’ concluded Henrich Katz, IPIFF’ Treasurer.

 

For more information, please contact     

IPIFF Secretariat     

Christophe Derrien

T: +32 (0)4 86 44 94 76

christophe.derrien@ipiff.org

 

Constantin Muraru

Tel: +32(0)2 743 29 97

info@ipiff.org

 

www.ipiff.org

 

The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) is a non-profit organisation which represents the interests of the insect production sector towards EU policy makers, European stakeholders and citizens. Composed of more than 50 members, most of which are European insect producing companies, IPIFF promotes the use of insects and insect-derived products as top tier source of nutrients for human consumption and animal feed.

Low Trophic Aquaculture Value Chain Report

Photo credit: Wald Fredriksen

Under the slogan “Our Future – Growing from water”, the Aquaculture Europe 2019 conference addressed innovative ways to support the aquaculture economy. This year, the European Commission DG RTD unit “Healthy Oceans & Seas” and the EATiP co-organised a full day programme called “Low impact – High output”. It addressed future opportunities of new value chains in aquaculture, specifically targeting low trophic species.

Through three consecutive sessions, major outcomes of European technology and innovation efforts contributing to ensuring food and nutrition security were presented, followed by industry-driven panel discussions where the audience had the chance to participate. The sessions provided a dissemination arena and high visibility of EU support to the sector. They also generated ideas for future research by linking Horizon 2020 project findings to opportunities for industrial applications and uptake. The AQUAEXCEL2020 session aimed to create a forum for engagement and exchange between researchers and potential industry beneficiaries, focusing on presenting innovative solutions generated by the project with potential high impact on the aquaculture industry.

Read the full report from the EU-EATiP Day here:

Report from the CMEMSQ4AQUA event

Recently, EATiP and Mercator Ocean International as implementer of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS or Copernicus Marine) organized a joint event in Athens on September 24-25 2019.

The objective of  this event was to explore the application possibilities of the available open-access satellite, model-based and in situ marine data for the aquaculture sector. This was done through the sharing of experiences and challenges representatives from the aquaculture sector are facing when managing aquaculture farms, followed by a demonstration of how the Copernicus Marine service might contribute to tackle these and possible future challenges.

The final report from the event is now available. You can read or download it here:

Also – don’t forget to save the date for the next workshops (deadline to register is 3/12):

December 9-10 2019 – for the Meditteranean sea

December 12-13 2019 – for the North-West Shelf seas