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Launching of the AQUAEXCEL2020 Project

AQUAEXCEL2020 is a research infrastructure project financed by the Euopean Horizon 2020 program, coordinated by INRA and launched on October 1 2015 with the goal of reinforcing the development of a European sustainable aquaculture. This project, which will last for five years, includes the main European research infrastructures in aquaculture. One of its key objectives is to provide access to state-of-the-art infrastructures and improved services for research organizations and the industry.

Context and Stakes

Aquaculture provides approximately half the fish consumed throughout the world. Even though production of fish via fishing is stable, there continues to be an increased demand for fish. Aquaculture seeks to meet the growing demand, but this sector has been stagnating recently in Europe. Scientific research of excellence that promotes innovation can favor the development of high quality and efficient European aquaculture while respecting the environment. 


Thirty-nine European aquaculture research infrastructures are implicated in AQUAEXCEL2020, covering the different scientific fields, fish species and production systems concerned. The project is made up of an online portal for accessing fundamental  and/or high quality and harmonious research services. It will provide the bases of an innovative system for European aquaculture. Nearly half the 9.7 M€ budget will be affected to the transnational access to research infrastructures and services both for public and private research, and notably for small or medium-sized enterprises. The objective is to provide to those interested through calls-for-projects, a free access to infrastructures that they do not have in their own countries. The projecs financed (170 total planned) will be selected by a panel of experts. AQUAEXCEL2020 will develop standardized guides and new aquaculture research tools including an e-infrastructure for real and virtual experimental resarch. In addition, there will be control methods on the effects of the life history of fish on experimental results, the development and characterization of isogenic bass, carp, trout and saumon lines - phenotypic, genetic and genomic data being compiled into a digital catalogue of lines - and finally the development of implanted microsensors allowing the remote and continuous monitoring of the experimental fish.


This project follows the AQUAEXCEL (2011-2015) project and will allow developing new experimental methods in aquaculture, the decompartmentalization of European aquaculture research and the establishment of partnerships while, through the 170 projects with transnational access,  resolving important questions raised by scientists and the European aquaculture industry. 


Through the partnership with the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP), a new concept of valorization is underway, helping to identify actions and projects with the best potential for development by the industry, and which provides additional support.


Vandeputte M., 2015. AQUAEXCEL2020: Research infrastructures for the benefit of European aquaculture research and industry. Aquaculture Europe 2015, Rotterdam, 21-24 October 2015 (oral)

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