Apply Now for the Free AQUAEXCEL2020 Training Course on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS)


Applications are now being accepted for the second training course organised by the Horizon 2020-funded AQUAEXCEL2020 project (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research towards 2020). The Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) course will be hosted by l’Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (Ifremer), in Sète, France from 24 - 28 October 2016.

AQUAEXCEL2020 aims to bring together, integrate, and open up highly diverse key national and regional aquaculture Research Infrastructures in Europe to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development. AQUAEXCEL2020 will organise nine pioneering technical training courses focusing on different aspects of aquaculture experimentation. These courses present a valuable opportunity for researchers and technicians in this field to further their experience.

RAS allow a constant and adjustable quality of the rearing water to be maintained, therefore contributing to more intensive and reliable production and substantial energy savings. They have become increasingly used for the on-growing of a wide variety of fish (including marine species) and shellfish, as well as to grow out freshwater species and produce marine fingerlings.

The objectives of this course are to review the basics of RAS and examine the different systems, designs, operations and applications. A half day will be dedicated to a RAS industry mini seminar for which industry stakeholders are invited to join.

The full course is designed for aquaculture professionals with a university degree (e.g. engineers, researchers, etc.) interested in the potential applications of RAS (i.e. controlled intensive fish farming, water reuse, use of environmentally friendly technologies, etc.). Interested industry stakeholders who are not involved in the full course are welcome to take part in the industry mini seminar.

Course attendance is free, thanks to EC H2020 funding. Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, subsistence and accommodation. Participants taking part in the full training course are requested to submit their CV and a brief letter of motivation. Places will be confirmed, at the latest, one month before the start of the training course. To submit your registration request, please send your completed official registration form ( to, with the following subject line: AQUAEXCEL2020 / training course #2 (Ifremer)

Industry participants attending the industry mini seminar only (Friday 28 October 2016, 08.30 – 13.00) are requested to register by submitting their affiliation and contact details via e-mail to Please indicate the following in the subject line: AQUAEXCEL2020 / training course #2 (Ifremer) – industry

The application deadline is Friday 9 September 2016.

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