Alongside the exhibition Aquaculture UK hosts a series of presentations to provide visitors with professional updates from the industry. The Conference tent will be next to the main marquee. Use the schedule below and the exhibition app to plan your visit.

Conference Tent
Conference Tent
Conference Tent
Conference Tent
10:00 - 17:00
Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

AQUAVATION – The Ripple Sessions
Wednesday 23 May 10am – 5pm

Core Script:
· Join us, the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, to hear about how we’ve brought together industry and research to drive innovative solutions to industry – defined problems within Scottish aquaculture.

· The morning sessions will showcase some of the projects SAIC has funded, demonstrating what can be achieved when academia and industry join together with a shared aim. Audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each case study.

· The afternoon session – Innovation and commercialisation – will kick off with advice from the organisations offering funding on how to navigate and access grants and support. Followed by a session on how to protect your intellectual property in the market and a panel discussion with the expert voices – you’ll leave tooled up to take projects to the next level.

· Finally, we’ve supported the ARCH UK academia-led network to give them a platform to share some of their aquaculture research projects with conference audiences.

10.20 – Welcome – Heather Jones, CEO of SAIC Overview of the Ripple Effect that the sector has in the economy and SAIC’s role in this.

10.30 – Hear from Dr Tom Ashton, Operations Director and Co-founder of Xelect Ltd discuss the findings from SAIC co-funded project, along with UHI and Xelect, to optimise molecular tools for shellfish selective breeding.

10.50 Prof Quinn Professor Brian Quinn shares insights from the collaborative project with Kames Fish Farm working towards a cheaper, faster method of monitoring and informing fish health practitioners on the health and welfare of their fish.

11.10 Join Dr Bruce McAdam present the collaborative project with the Fish Vet Group innovating for Health and Welfare of Lumpfish in Hatcheries and Salmon Cages.

11.30 Ronnie Soutar, now head of veterinary services at Scottish Sea Farms discusses a project he worked on in his previous role at Aqualife where, working with Professor Jimmy Turnbull at University of Stirling they collaborated to improve cleaner fish vaccination methodology and technology.

11.45 Q&A for AquaLife presentation and Open a short panel session with the morning speakers

12.00 PHD announcements of SAIC funding and photo opportunity

2pm Innovation and Commercialisation – Don Fowler to introduce the afternoon session which covers how to navigate and access grants and support.

2.05 Elaine Jamieson, Head of Food and Drink at Highland and Islands Enterprise, will talk about how HIE is accelerating aquaculture innovation and how to access funding support.

2.30 – Brad Rodgers RTAqua – The Return – 2 years on. Brad gives an overview of the projects progress since AUK 2016. How he accessed support.

2.50 – Alastair Ferguson, Group Managing Director at Ferguson Transport and Logistics will discuss how his team are Moving on Aquaculture Innovation.

3.10 -HGF partners Protecting your intellectual property in the market Craig Thomson, Partner – HGF.

3.25 Panel Discussion

4.00 SAIC in association with ARCH UK – The ARCH UK Ripple sessions will cover six topics:

  • Health robustness in sterile triploid Atlantic salmon (Dr Lynn Chalmers, U of Stirling)
  • Social licence for aquaculture in Scotland (Dr Suzannah-Lynn, SAMS)
  • Screening for genetic resistant viral disease in Atlantic salmon (Dr Remi Gratacap, Roslin Institute)
  • Cleaner fish (Dr Adam Brooker, University of Stirling)
  • Showcasing lipidomics for mussel hatchery production (Alessandro Laudicella, PhD student)
  • The future of seaweed farming in the UK (Dr Karen Mooney, Queen’s University)
08:30 - 10:00
The Fish Site Women in Aquaculture Breakfast

08.30 – 09.00 Buffet breakfast and open networking

08.50 – 08.55 ‘Welcome and Introduction’ – Ellen Hardy, Managing Editor, The Fish Site

08.55 – 09.05 ‘This is a man’s world – isn’t it?’ – Sheila Voas, Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health and Welfare, Scottish Government

09.05 – 09.15 ‘Increase in diversity in UK salmon sector’ – Ben Hadfield, Managing Director of Marine Harvest

09.15 – 09.25 ‘Complex problems, diverse solutions’ – Ruth Clements, Head of Veterinary Programmes, Benchmark Animal Health

09.25 – 09.35 ‘Closing the gap’ – Julie Hesketh-Laird, Chief Executive, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation

09.35 – 09.55 ‘Q&A Panel’ – Fascilitated by Heather Jones, Chief Executive, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

09.55 – 10.00 ‘Closing Remarks’ – Ellen Hardy, Managing Editor, The Fish Site

10:15 - 11:15
Benchmark Animal Health

10.15-10.45 – ‘Rapid diagnostics tools in aquaculture’
Simon Mason, Head of BioSystems, Fish Vet Group

FVG presents their new range of rapid and portable diagnostics tools to help monitor disease outbreaks and bio-security in an on-farm environment.

10.45-11.15 – ‘CleanTreat – innovative, effective and eco-friendly sea-lice treatment’,
Matt Haslam, Head of CleanTreat, Benchmark

The discharge of medicines into the sea post-treatment represents one of the biggest challenges to the global salmon aquaculture industry. CleanTreat by Benchmark solves this challenge by purifying treatment water prior to discharge. CleanTreat allows the continued use of high welfare medicines and therefore enables the development of new, more efficacious medicines whilst still safeguarding the environment.

12:30 - 14:00
Aquaculture UK – Session 1 – Cleaner Fish

12.30 Introduction to the session by Chair Jim Treasurer
12.40 Question and answer session with panel members:

  • Carolina Gutierrez Rabadan, Marine Harvest Scotland
  • Sonia Rey Planellas, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
  • Chris Hempleman, Scottish Sea Farms
  • Richard Prickett, Dorset Cleaner Fish Ltd
  • Andrew Davie, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
  • Allan MacMaster, FAI Aquaculture, Aultbea Hatchery

The question and answer session will be structured into four parts, as follows:

  • Cleaner fish hatchery operations
  • Best practice in cleaner fish deployment
  • Health, vaccination and welfare
  • Technical and research, including nutrition, genetics, etc

An opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book Edited by Jim Treasurer: Cleaner Fish Biology and Aquaculture Applications (2018) Published by 5m

14:00 - 14:30
Aquaculture UK – Session 2 – New Training Courses for the Aquaculture Industry

Benchmark Knowledge Services will showcase our exciting new training courses for the aquaculture industry.

There will be a demonstration of modules from our course: Health and Welfare of Atlantic Salmon and advance information on our course Cleaner Fish.
Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their companies’ training requirements and to pre-register for places on either the online or face-to-face versions of these courses.

14:30 - 16:00
Aquaculture UK – Academic Speakers

Chair Nigel Balmforth

14:40 - 15:00
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Stoeck

Faculty of Biology, Ecology Department, University of Kaiserslautern
Environmental DNA metabarcoding is a rapid, accurate and inexpensive tool to monitor the benthic footprint of salmon farms.

15:00 - 15:20
Lars Rohold

Scanship AS
Will dried sludge from Fish Farming become a Contributor or Competitor to the utilization of municipal sludge?

15:20 - 15:40
Joanna Gosling

ARCH-UK Coordinator, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
ARCH-UK: Opportunities for UK-wide collaboration, networking and ECR training in the field of aquaculture.

15:40 - 16:00
Ana Rita Sancho Silva

Elanco Animal Health
CLYNAV, the fresh hope in the fight against PD.

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