The meeting point for Southern, Eastern European and Mediterranean basin markets is scheduled for 15th and 16th February 2018 in Pordenone (Venice Area) - Italy.
The European Environment Agency recent report on 'Food in a green light' (https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/food-in-a-green-light) states it unmistakenly: the European Union must transform its food system to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring sustainable food production systems by 2030 and the European Union's long term sustainability goal of 'living well, within the limits of the planet' by 2050. Concerning aquaculture production, the challenge for all players is to harmonize the European Union goal to rise inside 2030 the aquaculture production in Europe by 41% for freshwater species and 112% for Mediterranean seawater species, compared to 2010 levels.
Italy is one of the primary aquaculture producers of the continent and is actively working on both public and company-funded research to increase product quantity and quality while reducing environmental impacts of aquaculture. Further, Italian companies and trade associations are actively partnering with emerging European and Mediterranean countries’ farmers and industries.
Aquafarm the 2018 edition of conference and trade show, organized by Pordenone Fiere, is scheduled for 15-16 February 2018. The first edition, last January, exceeded expectations with more than one thousand professional operator attending from 25 countries, 82 brands exhibiting, 4 active partnerships with trade associations, both national and international, 15 international conferences with 113 speakers, 12 media partners. More than 80% of the first edition exhibitors had already rebooked on site or within three months after the event.
With these numbers, and the goal of improving on them, AquaFarm is rapidly fulfilling its aim to become a meeting point for researchers, industry leaders, public institutions, policy makers and investors, operating in sustainable aquaculture and related fields of algaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics and aeroponics.
Aquafarm primary sponsors and supporters are industry associations, large and medium fish farmers companies with innovative and sustainable products and processes, and suppliers of fish feed, equipments, drugs and vaccines. The conference agenda will be structured on eighteen thematic sessions, covering all aspects of aquaculture and related fields. Examples include low-and-no-oceanic resources use feeds using new protein and oil sources (this year insects and genetically enhanced Camelina are all the rage); genetics and genomics techniques, including CRISPR; integrated fish culture and vegetables in close-loop controlled environments (aquaponics); the oft overlooked but all-important processing and distribution stages of aquaculture products and many others.
CONFERENCES & NETWORKING: Conference sessions will include the usual balance of speeches and presentations by researchers, fish farmers, suppliers and user communities, such as food industry, packagers, logistics operators, retailers and consumers. The 2018 edition will include a new stream of sessions built in quasi-realtime from the explicit information requests by the attending operators. A supervising scientific committee, including both researchers and farming industry participants will assure the quality of content of the individual speeches as last year. The poster area dedicated to junior researchers and very early stage projects will be enlarged.
ENGAGING WITH THE INDUSTRY: Aquafarm 2018 will feature an international trade exhibition, where Italian and international companies will show case their rates products, services and technologies related to the sectors: fish farmers, suppliers, associations, public institutions, universities and investors. A number of sponsorship and exhibition packages are available tailored to the needs of every kind of participants, from fully-fledged corporate booths to contact desks and poster-like presence. Collective booths for country delegations are also available at special conditions.
Aquafarm 2018 will host international speakers and case histories from Europe and Mediterranean regions in different vertical sessions.