The main objectives of twinning program carried out with partner institutions (IFREMER, France; NOFIMA, Norway and Wageningen University, the Netherlands) were the exchange of know-how and experience, the development of strategic partnerships and the integration of HAKI into mainstream aquaculture research.
In the frame of the project, 17 visits were realized to and from the partner institutions, with the involvement of a total of 48 researchers in the following research topics/fields: Fish welfare; Ecotoxicology; Food and fish meat quality; Integrated aquaculture technologies; Environmental impact assessment and ecosystem services; Waste management and water treatment; Fish nutrition; Novel aquaculture technologies; Indoor experimental system upgrading, RAS technologies; Genetics and selective breeding; Technology transfer of the scientific results; Project management, know-how transfer. (see more information on twinning visits)
The visits mainly served for strengthening strategic cooperation with the partners, getting acquainted with each others’ technological advances and complementary research areas serving as a basis for the development of joint project proposals. (see more about the joint projects)
Apart from the two-way visits seven training courses were held at HAKI or the partner institutions for a total of cc. 100 participants in the following topics: biosecurity in aquaculture (2013, Szarvas); RAS technologies and integrated outdoor fish culture systems (2014, Szarvas); fish nutrition (2014, Szarvas); novel aquaculture technologies (2014, Wageningen); recent advances in fish nutrition (2014, Wageningen); publication skills (2015, Szarvas); experimental design and statistical analysis (2015, Szarvas); H2020 basic training (2015, Szarvas) The training courses created excellent opportunities to improve the participants’ scientific knowledge and provide them a network to meet with experienced lecturers and young scientists of other agricultural research institutes. (See more information on training courses)