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The European Aquaculture Society (EAS) is working with AZTI-Tecnalia, a technological centre specialised in marine and food Research, to organise the Aquaculture Europe 2014 event.
AE2014 will be held from October 14-17, 2014 in the beautiful city of Donostia–San Sebastián in Spain. The cultural and gastronomic heritage of Donostia–San Sebastián fits well with the theme of Aquaculture Europe 2014 – Adding Value. In aquaculture, we can add value to our products, through processing, transformation and packaging. We can also add value during the production cycle, by management of its various components, so as to increase overall productivity. We can add value to research, by producing ‘knowledge products’ that can be used by others – for incremental knowledge advancement and for developing innovation or for supporting policy. We can add overall value in research management by harmonisation in programming; by better use of infrastructure and by nurturing our human resources.
Finally, we can add value to societal, environmental and natural resources, by generating new ‘economic activity products’ based on environmental services, or diversifying existing ones. So the focus of the AE2014 theme is on ‘products’ rather than ‘production’, and the three thematic plenary presentations will focus on this.
Parallel sessions will allow delegates to present initiatives that add value to aquaculture, with a strong scientific programme with more than 20 parallel sessions proposed for abstract submission and covering basic and applied science behind all aspects of aquaculture, technical aspects of production, harvest, processing and commercialisation of aquaculture products.
AE2014 will also feature an international trade exhibition, organised by the European Aquaculture Society, where Spanish and international companies will present the latest products and services for aquaculture. As with all Aquaculture Europe events, there will be the EU Forum addressing research funded by the European Community and chaired by members of the European Commission; the EAS Student Group workshop to enable networking and exchange of ideas and finally the AE2014 Industry Forums, where latest scientific findings related to a particular issue for aquaculture producers in the trout, shellfish and marine fish sectors will be presented and discussed.
The partners in the Aquaculture Europe 2014 Steering Committee represent the importance and diversity of the Spanish aquaculture industry, with members from the Basque and national government, EATIP, the Spanish Aquaculture Society, producers’ organisations and main research institutions, as well as AZTI-Tecnalia and EAS.
The city is in the north of the Basque Country and on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay. Its beautiful coastline and town beaches make it one of Spain’s top beach resorts. It is also renowned for its Basque cuisine and gastronomy, with a high concentration of restaurants boasting Michelin stars and many bars in the old town with tasty snacks similar to tapas and called pintxos.
More on AE2014 at www.easonline.org