Scott Landsburgh CEO of the SSPO 


Entries are invited for the Novartis Young Scientist Award to be held on  Wednesday 28th May 2014 Closing date extended to 25th May


Novartis Animal Health (NAH) is to recognize the best student presentation at this year’s conference, with a “Young Scientist Award” and an expenses paid trip to its Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, dedicated Aquaculture Research & Development site.  Whilst in Canada, the student will meet leading NAH scientists, and have the opportunity to learn about fish vaccines, novel pharmaceutical developments and revolutionary new technologies in fish health.  A visit to the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, where the Novartis Chair of Fish Health is based, is also on the itinerary.

 Applications are invited from those currently conducting, or having recently completed, research in aquaculture . For full details of how to apply and  the conditions of entry click here Please note that the closing date for entries has been extended to May 25th

 The winner of the 2012 competition was Rogielo Sierra-Flores from Stirling University. He was awarded an  expenses paid trip  to Prince Edward Island, Canada, to  visit one of Novartis Animal Health's state of the art  R & D facilities.  Read about his visit here

It promises to be an interesting day. Here is an indication of the quality of the presentations in the afternoon

    ~Using Nutrition as a Tool to Improve Performance in Triploid Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar) in Freshwater and Seawater Production.


Presenter: Marie Smedley, Institute of Aquaculture, School of Natural Sciences University of Stirling



 ~Biosecurity in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture: Susceptibility of blue mussels to amoebic gill disease


Presenter: Christine Rolin,


Dept of Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology. University of Aberdeen



  ~Isolation and characterisation of Francisella noatunensis orientalis in Europe and its elevation to the rank of species as F. orientalis comb.


Presenter : JG Ramírez-Paredes


Institute of Aquaculture, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling,



Day 2 of the conference  on Thursday 29th May 2014 has is its theme

Challenges and opportunities for Scottish aquaculture.


10.00      Challenges for Aquaculture over the medium and long term

                                 Richard Slaski, Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum

 10.30      The scheduled speaker had had to withdraw and will be replaced by

                   a speaker from Vaki on  challenges in Biomass control

 11.00       Integrating Aquaculture with Wave and Wind Energy -  taking H2Ocean as a case study

                                   Gino Bawn  Senior Marine Engineer, IT Power Ltd

 11.30     Invasive species; Biofouling and biosecurity challenges for Scottish Aquaculture

                                 Dr Adrian MacLeod  SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL)


 12.00     Lice: models of connectivity between farms and areas

                                 Professor Kenny Black- SAMS

 12.30     Rising to the Challenge-new technologies in fish breeding

                                 Dr. Alan Tinch, Genetics Director, Landcatch Natural Selection Ltd.

 13.00      Moorings of the future- the mooring challenges for fish farms as they move to  more   exposed sites.

                                 Brendan Farrel of TFI Marine





Aquaculture UK 2014 is organised by Ascomber Ltd, Ankerville Street, Tain, IV19 1BH, Scotland, UK | Tel: David Mack +44 (0)1862 892188