Aquaculture Europe 2023

September 18 - 21, 2023


Innovation Forum

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 10.30 - 17.30 Schubert 5

The AE2023 Innovation Forum is dedicated to new innovations on the theme of balancing diversity within aquaculture and the wider blue economy.  A series of short presentations and pitches from innovation actors, drawn from Clusters, Platforms, Academia and Industry, will introduce initiatives designed to bring together a broad range of stakeholders united in the common goal of knowledge transfer between aquaculture stakeholders.  This forum will consider the promotion of research and innovation within the vision for a Community of Practice within European aquaculture.

The Innovation Forum includes a series of specific pitching sessions, showcasing research driven innovations to support aquaculture growth and sustainability. Innovations on breeding and nutrition, generated by projects from the EU H2020 Call “Sustainable European aquaculture 4.0, from AQUAEXCEL3.0 transnational access experiments and from company-driven initiatives demonstrate how collaborative efforts may lead to innovation for the benefit of the entire sector.

10:30 Setting the scene – Planning for Innovation in Aquaculture

Chair: Marc Vandeputte, EAS

Welcome and opening remarks intention of the session.

Marc Vandeputte, EAS, David Bassett, EATiP

Working towards a Community of Practice for Aquaculture Research and Innovation – setting out the vision

Emilia Gargallo Gonzalez, EC DG MARE


Chair: Marc Vandeputte, EAS

The European Aquaculture Assistance Mechanism: supporting sustainable development of the European aquaculture industry. Examples of best practice from the guidance documents published. The Knowledge Base as an online resource

David Bassett

Aquaculture as a tool to reach the Mission Ocean and Waters objectives Examples of pledged actions in aquaculture.

Claudia Pecoraro, DG RTD (on-line)


11.45 Pitching Session: INNOVATIONS IN BREEDING

Chair: Antti Kause (LUKE)

Selective breeding and genomics - Driver for profitable and sustainable aquaculture production.

Morten Rye (Benchmark Genetics)

Success of breeding programmes in Mediterranean aquaculture species.

Pierrick Haffrey (SYSAAF)

Automatization and robotics in fish trait recording.

Roland Stump (DORSET)


Dialogue with speakers on innovations in Aquaculture Breeding

12.30 Lunch (on your own)



Chair: Coordinator Luis Conceicao


Solutions to improve health and performance in fish and shrimp culture.

Peter De Schryver (INVE Technologies)

Digital innovations in fish feeding, and waste control

Luis Conceicao (SPAROS) / AquaIMPACT


Novel raw materials for sustainable aquaculture and fish health

Ramon Fontanillas (Skretting AI) AquaIMPACT


Experimental assessment of the fish meal content requirements for Meagre feeds                  

Ramon Fontanillas (Skretting AI) / AQUAEXCEL3.0


The effect of krill meal inclusion on the growth of juvenile gilthead seabream

Kiranpreet Kaur (Aker Biomarine Antarctic AS / AQUAEXCEL3.0


Metal amino acid complexes as a cost-effective strategy to help reducing fish meal in European seabass diets

Claudia Silva (Zinpro / AQUAEXCEL3.0


Dialogue with speakers on innovations in Aquaculture Feed ingredients


15.30 Research – Industry communities for “innovation in action”

Chair: David Bassett, EATiP


Platform and Partnership approaches to the Blue Economy – uptake of research & innovation for application in the aquaculture sector (moderated panel dialogue)

Blue Invest - Catherine Frideres

EIT Food - Mercedes Groba

Towards decarbonization of aquaculture - Roberto Pastres (University of Venice)

Thematic Smart Specialisation Partnership – Mieke Eggermont (EATiP MiP WG)

FFEFAC - Alex Obach (Skretting)

FABRE TP - Ana Granados

Dialogue with audience

16.45 Wrap up & Closing

    Antti Kause (LUKE)

17:00 Cocktail Hour

Networking Opportunity