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AQUAEXCEL2020 is a research infrastructure project funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). The project, which has started in October 2015, aims to further support the sustainable growth of the European aquaculture sector. AQUAEXCEL2020 will integrate a large group of leading European aquaculture research facilities and aims to advance aquaculture research and innovation in Europe. One of its key aspects will be to provide subsidised access to top-class aquaculture facilities, as well as numerous highly pertinent services for researchers from academia and industry.

TITLE: AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research towards 2020
PROGRAMME: Horizon 2020
INSTRUMENT: Research and Innovation Actions
TOTAL BUDGET: €9,700,000
DURATION: October 2015 - October 2020 (61 months)
COORDINATOR: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France



22 partners from 12 countries

Aquaculture provides about half of the fish for human consumption worldwide. The demand for fish is rising, but fisheries are not expected to grow due to fully or over-exploited fish stocks. Aquaculture production seeks to meet this increasing demand for fish, but while the aquaculture sector is growing in the rest of the world, it has stagnated in Europe in recent years. Sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector in Europe, based on efficient and environmentally responsible production of high value fish products, can be achieved by ensuring excellent scientific research and by the results being translated into innovation and industrial growth.

AQUAEXCEL2020 will help to achieve this target by integrating 39 top class European aquaculture research facilities that cover all relevant scientific fields, fish species and systems. The project will provide a single access portal to high-quality, harmonised services and resources tailored to the needs of the European aquaculture community. It will also support and conduct world-class research and provide the basis for a European aquaculture innovation system from basic research to applied science.


Project Officer: Rebecca Doyle

Rebecca is AquaTT’s Project Officer working on AQUAEXCEL2020 and dealing with the day to day running of WP4 and several tasks in WP2. She can be contacted for all communication and press queries in relation to AQUAEXCEL2020 and its outputs and activities. She also represents AquaTT in the General Assembly with Marieke.

Contact Rebecca about AQUAEXCEL2020


Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager

To ensure effective dissemination, technology transfer and take-up of AQUAEXCEL2020’s results, two dedicated work packages (WP2 and WP4) within the AQUAEXCEL2020 project deal with these aspects. Marieke is WP leader of WP4 (Integration, training, dissemination and cooperation). AquaTT is also strongly involved in WP2 (Fostering Innovation from Research Infrastructures) to ensure that the outcomes and achievements of AQUAEXCEL2020 are effectively transferred to end users and there is a measurable uptake. Marieke sits on the AQUAEXCEL2020 Steering Committee and represents AquaTT in the General Assembly.

Contact Marieke about AQUAEXCEL2020


Project Coordinator

Dr. Marc Vandeputte

Research Unit Animal Genetics and Integrative Biology
Scientific Division Animal Genetics
INRA Center Jouy-en-Josas, France



Funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme