The event was opened by representatives of the Dutch national and provincial governments, Wageningen and the European Commission. John Bell, Director of Bioeconomy at DG Research and Innovation gave a rousing welcome to participants, noting the importance of aquaculture to rural economies and the wide range of research tools that the EU can offer for its continued development.
In the 30 technical sessions that made up the AE2015 programme, 357 oral and 205 posters gave an update of the latest research in almost all aquaculture domains. Dr. Carlos Espinal presented the poster “Development of an Aptamer-Based Detection System for Pathogens in Marine Aquaculture” (click here to see) and dealt with the latest work of ttz on the development of the microfluidic chip that they are developing to test viral particles.
The unique of this event that beside of the scientific conference there is also a trade show organised providing excellent meeting platform for aquaculture scientists and industry representatives. ENVIGUARD project was introduced directly for both type of visitors by presenting a poster with the same content as for the EAFP meeting, while the general project poster generated discussions at the company booth in the trade show part of the building.
The AE20105 trade event was also well attended, with 66 exhibitors showing their latest products and services. Discussion forums and panels organised by the EAS/EATiP on “Fish welfare and losses during the production cycle” and by IUCN on “Aquaculture and Marine Protected Areas” were also part of the programme. Many other meetings, workshops, panels and other events were organised in and around AE2015, confirming its status as THE European aquaculture event.
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