New this year at Aquaculture Europe: the Innovation Forum

Aquaculture development requires upscaling production systems and developing new solutions for producing more to supply a growing market with healthy products. EAS wants to promote and support start-ups and emerging business models in the aquaculture sector, by matching ideas to those that can push the development of new companies and new products. With all the new knowledge presented at our events, we have a wealth of possibility for innovation and value creation to help develop the sector.

Information source: Aquaculture Europe 2019 press release

This is the EAS Aquaculture Europe Innovation Forum and its inaugural event will take place during our AE21019 event in Berlin on Wednesday, October 9th. In partnership with Hatch Blue and the German Startups Association, the day will be made up of introductory speakers and then pitches from 12 new companies that wish to seek further investment to develop. Speakers include Olaf Birkner on “raising awareness for your start-up”; “What an investor looks for in a start-up” from Viggo Halseth, Chief Innovation Officer, Nutreco and the “European Innovation Council: a one-stop-shop to high-potential innovators” from Sigi GRUBER, Head of the Healthy Oceans & Seas Unit, in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission. A teaser on ‘lessons learned’ will be provided by Rob van de Ven, Landing Aquaculture, The Netherlands and former EAS Student Group chair.

The pitches will be assessed by panelists covering a wealth of experience in aquaculture and also in financing. These include Lucille Bonnet, High-Tech Gründerfonds Management (HTGF), Germany, Dominik Ewald, Monitorfish and the German Startups Association, Germany, Angela Schultz-Zehden, sPro, Germany, Margriet Drouillon, University of Gent, Belgium, Robin Shields, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, UK, Viggo Halseth, Nutreco, Johan Verreth – EAS Past President and Harald Sveier – Lerøy Seafood Group, Norway.

The winner in each session will be selected by the panel and will likely benefit from their attention. They will also receive a free booth at AE2020 in Cork to showcase their innovation.

AE2019 proposes two technical tours for delegates that have registered for the event. The one on aquaponics has already reached its total capacity, but there are still a very few places left for the tour to a state-of-the-art, semi-commercial RAS research infrastructure for the reproduction and production of pikeperch (Sander lucioperca), operated by the Institute of Fisheries of LFA.

The European Aquaculture Society Aquaculture Europe 2019 will be held in the Estrel Hotel and Conference Center, Berlin from October 7 to 11. There has been a very strong interest in this event, with more than 880 abstracts received for presentation. A very varied programme is being finalised, with 55 sessions over the three conference days. 150 booths have been sold for the trade show and 8 special sessions link business and science.

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