UNITED representation at Aquaculture Europe 2022

Earlier this summer the representatives of the UNITED pilots joined at the Aquaculture Europe conference. They share their impressions with us.

It is still a warm summer week and Rimini, Italy, is expecting hundreds of researchers, exhibitors, students and delegates for the Aquaculture Europe 2022 at the Palacongressi di Rimini. Under the motto “Innovative Solutions in a Changing World” the many challenges Europe faces, such as social-economical threats, climate change, depletion of natural resources, pollution, food security, animal welfare and safety as well as human migrations were discussed. 

As an in person meeting after almost two years of webinars and online conference calls, the atmosphere was full of motivation. With great excitement did the attendees inform themselves about the most recent developments in aquaculture innovation during the trade show, discussed research findings in conference sessions and followed-up long overdue personal networking during lunch and coffee breaks. Naturally, this conference was not to be missed for the partners of the H2020 European marine multi-use project. Annelies Declercq, Brecht Stechele, Nancy Nevejan, (Ghent University, Belgium), Eva Strothotte, and Tim Staufenberger (R&D Centre University of Applied Sciences Kiel gmbH, Germany) presented their findings of the UNITED project during the “open ocean aquaculture” session. “It was with great pleasure that I realized how well the audience responded to the topic of multi-use and engaged in fruitful discussions,” says the project lead of the German multi-use Pilot Eva Strothotte. “It was a great opportunity to connect with other European colleagues facing similar challenges within offshore projects and to learn from the different fields of expertise represented at the conference” adds Annelies Declercq, co-coordinator of the Belgian pilot.

On the picture - left to right: Vincent Vermeylen, Tom Baelemans, Nancy Nevejan, Eva Strothotte, Annelies Declercq, Tim Staufenberger, Brecht Stechele.