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Aquaculture Europe 2015 in Rotterdam

20. - 23. Oktober, Rotterdam, Niederlande

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European aquaculture is an important economic activity in many coastal and continental areas and provides jobs in rural areas. Its full potential has not, however, been developed to date although European and national policy is looking to address this and provide the framework for sustainable growth across this diverse sector.

Aquaculture Europe 2015 will focus on the role and contribution of aquaculture to the management of natural resources and its importance in society through the provision of high quality, nutritious and healthy food. These are the main thematic areas that will be addressed during the plenary sessions. European and national research is providing highly innovative and integrated solutions to support development and the outputs of this research will be presented in the AE2015 parallel sessions that cover the full scope of European aquaculture and comprise submitted oral and poster presentations. AE2015 will also feature an international trade exhibition, farmers’ days (focusing on RAS and shellfish culture), student sessions and activities, satellite workshops of EU projects and initiatives and updates on EU research.

AE2015 Thematic Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions take place each morning of AE2015 with invited speakers who set the scene and ‘open the debate’ for the parallel sessions of contributed presentations in both oral and poster format.

  • New approaches to production: innovation is at the core of sustainable aquaculture development, but so is the contribution of aquaculture to maintain and enhance our natural capital. This plenary session will highlight the most recent developments in the way we produce our European seafood – balancing the ‘precision farming’ concept with the provision of eco-services and being a key element of conservation in local areas.

  • Demonstrating our sustainability credentials: Aquaculture producers have several tools available to them to demonstrate their economic, environmental and social responsibility. This plenary will focus on how aquaculture practices can provide that demonstration with an insight into the stakeholder process to develop standards and the environmental, animal welfare, social and ethical elements of these.

  • Adapting to consumer preferences: Consumers want healthy, tasty and sustainably produced seafood at a fair price. This plenary session will provide a retailer perspective on how (European) seafood is a source of superior value to consumers by exploring product image, consumer perception and sourcing strategies that are in line with customer expectations.

AE2015 will take place at the De Doelen Congress Centre in Rotterdam, located in the centre of the city and only 5 minutes walk from Rotterdam Central station and close to all of the selected conference hotels. The city of Rotterdam is easily accessible via the international airport of Schiphol (25 minutes by train) or the Rotterdam The Hague Airport (EU flights). For neighbouring countries, Rotterdam Central Station is linked by international high-speed trains (Thalys from Paris 2½hrs, Brussels 1¼hrs).

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