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Monday, November 21, 2016

21/11/2016: Aquaculture Europe 2016 provides plenty of ‘Food for Thought’

by Andrew Wilkinson, International Aquafeed Magazine

The great and the good of the Aquaculture world descended on the Scottish capital from 20th - 23rd September as the European Aquaculture Society celebrated its 40th birthday.

Attended by 1700 participants from 65 countries, all with a vested interest in the aquaculture industry, the biggest Aquaculture Europe to date was held this year at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Scotland.
 

The mantra of this year’s conference, “Food for thought” was designed to give those in attendance, “something to think about, something to be seriously considered and something that provides mental stimulation and nourishment.”

It goes without saying that very few in attendance would disagree that the organisers had far exceeded this objective.

Aquaculture Europe 2016, was organised by the European Aquaculture Society with the cooperation and support of Marine Scotland, part of the Scottish Government, and The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland.

Brought to the Aquaculture world with the very able assistance of ‘Gold Sponsor” Biomar, Aquaculture Europe 2016 presented the latest science to support further development; with industry panels also discussing key opportunities and areas where further sustainable growth in aquaculture should be encouraged.

In recent years, aquacultural production in Europe has plateaued, resulting in overall output remaining more or less constant in volume since 2000.

So with this in mind, it is now more important than ever for our industry to get together and share one of the most crucial collective tool that they have at their disposal - their collective pool of knowledge. And share they did.

Set in some of the EICC’s purpose built conference rooms and split into 60 sessions, almost six hundred academics and industry professionals delivered a proud total of 674 papers in what was an incredibly well orchestrated and elaborate network of conferences that covered almost every aspect of aquaculture.

Meanwhile, down in the main conference room an impressive assortment of 75 companies and organisations plied their trade, forming new friendships and business relationships in the process.

As well as the exhibitions and conferences, each day began with a plenary session; with each presenting a very unique insight into the aquaculture industry. Following the conclusion of the plenary sessions, a short coffee break was then swiftly followed by the commencement of an impressive array of “Parallel Sessions.”

One very minor issue was that the scheduling of the parallel sessions often saw a clash of two fantastic lectures; which presented one with a dilemma as to which talk to attend! However, such was the quality and the fact that the show was limited to three days, I’m sure that the organisers can be forgiven for this.


Read the full article HERE.

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