Ms Pyć is the owner of the PUSTELNIA Fish Farm located in South-Eastern Poland, producing carp and rainbow trout. She is also the Vice- President of the Polish Trout Breeders Association working as an aquaculture expert in numerous consultations, both on national and international level.
She was involved in implementation of EU funds in Poland. From 2006 she was working as Marketing Manager in Aller Aqua – fish feed producer, developed international conferences for professionals in aquaculture: International Sturgeon Conference and International Carp Conference. From 2011 running family owned fish farm.
Mr. Lirski holds PhD in Natural Sciences, currently works as a scientist in Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn (Poland). He has extensive experience in practical aspects of aquaculture while working as head of fish producer association, chief ichthyologist at the Experimental Station of Inland Fisheries Institute. Currently deals with the analysis of economic and social aspects of aquaculture production in Poland and carp welfare. He participated in numerous conferences and several national and EU projects dealing with different aspects of freshwater aquaculture.
Anna Kristina Sonesson
Ms. Anna is a senior scientist at NOFIMA, Norway (The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research). The NOFIMA is one of the largest institutes for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food research in Europe. Anna’s scientific work is focused mainly on the optimisation of breeding schemes, including inbreeding control and genomic selection strategies, and mapping of genes in aquaculture species and other farm animals. She has been co-ordinator of numerous research projects, presently she coordinates EU project FISHBOOST. She participated as WP leader at two other EU-projects. Ms. Anna is Associate Editor of Animal Genetic and is member of the board of the Aquaculture program at the Norwegian Research Council. She is author (co-author) of 40 publications, 25 of them are listed at Web of Science, SCI: 459, h-index: 12.
Cătălin Eugen Platon
Mr. Platon is chemical engineer with 28 years of experience in fisheries, from research to administration and from trade to processing. Since 2008. he is the Executive Director of Romanian Fish Farmers Association ROMFISH. Since 2012. Mr. Platon is performing duties as President of the Romanian Fisheries Advisory Committee.
Prof. Urbanyi has been involved in aquaculture research for 22 years. His main research areas are fish reproduction biology, fish propagation, genetic and genom manipulation in fish, fish toxicology. His research activity also includes the development of sustainable aquaculture technologies. He obtained his PhD in 1999 and he became Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2014. Mr. Urbanyi is the Head of the Auaculture Department of St. Stephan University in Gödöllő, vice president of the Hungarian Aquaculture and Fisheries Inter-branch Organisation (MA-HAL), and leader of the Hungarian Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (HUNATiP). He actively participates in numerous research, innovation and education programs in Hungary and abroad.
Ekaterina Tribilustova is a Market Specialist in Eurofish International Organisation since 2007, before that she was involved in projects in the FAO and the Norwegian Seafood Council. Ekaterina has been carrying out various economic and marketing studies in catching, post-harvest and aquaculture sectors in different countries for the FAO, European Commission, General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, Norwegian Seafood Council, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain, ARPA Asociados, Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia, Swiss Import Promotion Programme, and other organisations. One of her major focus areas includes analysis of markets, consumers, promotions and evaluation of selected fish and seafood species. She is a frequent speaker at the conferences in Norway, Italy, Spain, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia and other countries.
Emil Gjurčević is Associate Professor in the Department for Biology and Pathology of Fish and Bees, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in fish disease and aquaculture. His main research interests are fish pathology and parasitology. He has coordinated the cooperation between the Department and fish farms since 2013. Mr. Gjurčević is co-author of 21 publications listed at Web of Science.
Mr. Feneis Bernhard works at the Bavarian fish health service for 28 years. Looks as a Fish Vet after about 1500 t of trout production in up to 100 different farms, and about 2500 t of carp production in about 150 farms. He studied on TUM, Technical University Munich animal production, degree Dipl. Ing. Agr. Main subject: breeding systems in animal genetics. As second study on LMU, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Veterinary. Since about 8 years he is President of the German fisheries and aquaculture federation VDBA, Vice president of European Federation for Aquaculture Producers FEAP and Vice Chair of Copa-Cogeca sect. Aquaculture.
Mr. Levai is the owner and General Director of “Aranyponty’ fish farm that is operating on an area of about 1000 ha. The activities of the multifunctional fish farm include fish production in ponds and combined intensive-extensive (CIE) system, touristic and ecosystem services. He is one of the most innovative farmers in Hungary and pioneer in the development of multifunctional pond fish farming. He has made a lot of efforts to increase social acceptance of fish farming and to contribute to the increase of fish consumption through TV programs, fish festivals, exhibitions. He has been active in aquaculture governance in Hungary as vice president of the Hungarian Aquaculture and Fisheries Inter-branch Organisation (MA-HAL).
Mr. Gabriel Popescu is a fish farming engineer and has more than 20 years of experience in carp farming at different levels from fish farmer to top management. He also had a project manager position for a 4.5 mil. EUR project regarding a turbot RAS farm near Constanţa. Now he is working for Romanian National Agency for Fishing and Aquaculture as fisheries inspector.
Mr. Gyalog is an aquaculture economist (MA in economics) at the Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (HAKI) of the National Agriculture Research and Innovation Center (NARIC) in Hungary. He is specialized in the bio-economic optimisation of pond farming and recirculation aquaculture technologies. Mr. Gyalog participated in several EU research projects dealing with responding to market, legislative and environmental challenges in Central European fish farming. Recently his work at HAKI has focused on challenges brought about by climate change in pond farming and development of adaptation strategies.
Ms. Isabelle Metaxa first worked as a technological manager of a fish farm within a Romanian complex enterprise of exploiting aquatic resources. Currently, she’s working at Dunarea de Jos University of Galati and is responsible for some academic and research in fisheries, aquaculture and environmental protection. Ms. Metaxa has a wide experience of Romanian cyprinid farming. Nowadays she is doing research work on the development of new sustainable aquaculture techniques focusing on fish on-growing units in open system including effluents treatment. Current interest in the bioaccumulation and bioconcentration of potentially toxic substances.
Ms. Iulia Grecu has professional experience in aquaculture and fisheries field, for over 19 years, with emphasis on technological management of the intensive production systems, particularly recirculating systems, materialized in over 30 scientific articles and 2 professional books. Since 2009 is titular of the discipline «Fish Diseases» and works in evaluation of the health control of fish biomass focusing on bacterial diseases of farmed fish. In the last years, she has been involved in 20 national and 3 international scientific projects with the responsibility for objectives related to water quality management and fish welfare.
Mr. Krzysztof Rakus is working on fish immune response against viruses. He defended his PhD at the Wageningen University (The Netherlands) in 2008. He spent 5 years as a postdoc in prof. Alain Vanderplasschen’s group at the University of Liege (Belgium). His research concentrated on study the mechanisms of behavioral fever in fish using common carp- cyprinid herpesvirus 3 model. Currently he is working at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland) and his main aim is to study the innate immunity of common carp and zebrafish against viral infections.
Mr. Váradi has been involved in inland aquaculture development programs in Hungary and abroad for almost 40 years. His main field of competence is the development of resource efficient inland aquaculture systems. He was the director of the Hungarian Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation (HAKI) between 1991 and 2012. He was the President of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) between 2006 and 2008. After his retirement from public service he works as vice president of the Hungarian Aquaculture and Fisheries Inter-branch Organisation (MA-HAL) and president of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central and Eastern Europe (NACEE). He has been actively involved in various European aquaculture initiatives (e.g. European Aquaculture and Innovation Platform, EATiP) and numerous EU projects.
Mr Kocour is part of academic staff, vice-dean for study affairs and deputy dean of the faculty at University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, South Bohemian Research Center of Aquaculture and Biodiversity of Hydrocenoses, Vodnany, Czech Republic. His main research focus concerns breeding and quantitative genetics of fish, especially common carp and tench. He was leader of several national research projects and WP leader in a EU project focused on culture of tench. In FISHBOOST Mr. Kocour is responsible for experimental activities done on common carp. Besides He is involved in educational activities and projects concerning education in Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters and also involved in quality control at University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. Mr. Koncour is author or co-author of about 50 publications listed at Web of Science, SCI: 590, h-index: 15.
Mr. Kratochvíl is the executive director of Czech Fish Farmers Association that represents 90 % of total aquaculture production in the Czech Republic. He changed his scientific profession at the Academy of Sciences for commercial aquaculture six years ago. He studied early stage fish ecology in the open waters and has Ph.D. in hydrobiology.
Mr. Adamek studied Master of Engineering in Fisheries and Protection of Water Environment on Agricultural University in Krakow (Poland) and Master of Research in Fish Immunology on Keele University in UK. In 2013 he was awarded Doctor in Aquaculture on The Inland Fisheries Institute in Poland. He also worked in Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Ichthyobiology and Aquaculture in Golysz. Currently Mr. Adamek is employed in Fish Disease Research Unit, University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover Germany. He works on immune responses to viral infections and vaccination in common carp. Responsible for molecular diagnostics of fish diseases. Mr. Adamek is co-author of 36 peer reviewed papers and 85 conference proceedings
Mr. Tomasz Kulikowski is a senior specialist at National Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Gdynia (Poland), where he is involved in two EU projects: Strategic Use of Competitiveness towards Consolidating the Economic Sustainability of the European Seafood Sector (SUCCESS), as well as Innovative processing to preserve positive health effects in pelagic fish products (PROHEALTH). He is as well an editor-in-chief of bi-monthly „Fish Industry Magazine” — journal dedicated for fish processing and aquaculture in Poland, published since 1997. He is specialized in qualitative and quantitative consumer research.
Vlatka Dumbović Mazal
Mrs. Vlatka Dumbović Mazal is ornithologist working at Croatian Agency for the Environment and Nature (CAEN) with more than 15 years of experience in nature conservation. Her main tasks within CAEN are planning and organizing national bird inventory and bird monitoring activities as well as finding solutions for mitigating conflicts between birds conservation and economic activities.
Mr. Kašpar is part of academic staff, vice-dean for foreign relations at University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, South Bohemian Research Center of Aquaculture and Biodiversity of Hydrocenoses, Vodnany, Czech Republic. His main research focus concerns fish genetics and reproduction in fish, especially common carp. Mr. Kašpar have been involved in Aquaexcel and he is also involved in Aquaexcel 2020 .- responsible for experimental activities done on common carp. Besides he is involved in educational activities and projects of his faculty. Mr. Kašpar is author or co-author of 22 publications listed at Web of Science, SCI: 180, h-index: 8.
Mr. Jeney has PhD in aquaculture, recently works as scientific advisor in the NARIC Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (HAKI), Szarvas, Hungary. He is specialized in fish genetics, with special emphasis on disease resistance. He participated in several EU research projects dealing with different aspects of freshwater aquaculture. Recently he has coordinated the preparation of the FAO Report of Hungary on Biodiversity and Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.