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Date(s) - 23/05/2018 - 24/05/2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort

Come and meet your shoal-mates at stand 182 – we’d love to catch up!

Aquavation – the Ripple Sessions

Wed 23 May

10 a.m. – 5pm Conference Tent

Join us, the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), to hear about how we’ve brought together industry and research to drive innovative solutions to industry-defined challenges within Scottish aquaculture.


The morning sessions will showcase some of the projects SAIC has funded, demonstrating what can be achieved when academia and industry join together with a shared aim. Audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each case study.

Speakers include:
  • Dr Tom Ashton, Operations Director and Co-founder of Xelect Ltd
  • Prof. Brian Quinn, Ecotoxicologist/Environmental Toxicologist, University of the West of Scotland
  • Dr Bruce McAdam, Lecturer in ecological/environmental modelling, University of Stirling
  • Ronnie Soutar, Head of Veterinary Services at Scottish Sea Farms
  • Prof. Jimmy Turnbull, Professor of Aquatic Animal Health and Welfare at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling

Innovation and Commercialisation

The afternoon session will kick off with advice from the organisations offering funding on how to navigate and access grants and support. This will be followed by a session on how to protect your intellectual property in the market and a panel discussion with the expert voices – you’ll leave tooled up to take projects to the next level.

Speakers include:
  • Elaine Jamieson, Head of Food and Drink, Highland and Islands Enterprise
  • Dr Hina Khan, Innovation Lead for the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, University of Strathclyde
  • Jack Ferguson, Group Director, Ferguson Transport and Logistics
  • David Telford, Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Craig Thomson, Partner at HGF

Finally, we’ve supported ARCH UK to give them a platform to share some of their projects with conference audiences. They will cover six topics;

  • Health robustness in sterile triploid Atlantic salmon (Dr Lynn Chalmers, University of Stirling)
  • Social licence for aquaculture in Scotland (Dr Suzannah-Lynn Billing, SAMS)
  • Screening for genetic resistance to viral disease using primary cell culture in Atlantic salmon (Dr Remi Gratacap, Roslin Institute)
  • Improving delousing efficiency of cleaner fish (Dr Adam Brooker, University of Stirling)
  • Showcasing lipidomics for mussel hatchery production (Alessandro Laudicella, SAMS)
  • The future of seaweed farming in the UK (Dr Karen Mooney, Queen’s University)

Awards Dinner

Wed 23 May, 6.30pm

We’re thrilled to sponsor the Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards at AUK. The Innovation Award will be presented to the company or individual who can evidence where their innovation has made a significant, positive contribution to the sector. Good luck everyone!

Women in Aquaculture breakfast event

Thurs 24 May, 8.30 – 10am, Conference Tent

Supporting the future of aquaculture by encouraging diversity in the workforce is the theme for the breakfast. Delegates will have the opportunity to share ideas and pose questions to a panel of senior industry representatives. The panel will share their insights on the importance of gender diversity in the industry.

Heather Jones, CEO of SAIC will take part: “SAIC is pleased to play a part in this event and more broadly to encourage and inspire more women to play a leading role in aquaculture. It promises to be a lively morning and we welcome this as an addition to the conference calendar.”


Aquavation: The Ripple Sessions

10am   Welcome, coffee and snacks

10.30   Hear from Dr Tom Ashton, Operations Director and Co-founder of Xelect Ltd discuss the findings from SAIC co-funded project, along with UHI and Xelect, to optimise molecular tools for shellfish selective breeding.

Dr Tom Ashton is co-inventor of the Xelect genetic markers and of the tensile method of texture analysis. He has broad experience in marine biology, aquaculture and molecular biology. Tom obtained a PhD from University of St Andrews in 2011, with a thesis entitled ‘The genetic basis of flesh quality traits in farmed Atlantic salmon’.

10.50   Professor Brian Quinn shares insights from the collaborative project with Kames Fish Farm working towards a cheaper, faster method of monitoring and informing fish health practitioners on the health and welfare of their fish.

Prof Brian Quinn is an ecotoxicologist / environmental toxicologist investigating the effects of novel pollutants on both invertebrates and fish exposed in the aquatic environment. Currently a lecturer in Ecotoxicology in the University of the West of Scotland, his research is investigating the potential impact of microplastics in the marine and freshwater environment.

11.10   Join Dr Bruce McAdam present the collaborative project with the Fish Vet Group innovating for Health and Welfare of Lumpfish in Hatcheries and Salmon Cages.

Dr. Bruce McAdam is an ecologist with an interest in numerical methods for analysing unusual data sources, ranging from long term historic data to archival tag data.

11.30   Ronnie Soutar, now head of veterinary services at Scottish Sea Farms talks about the  project he worked on in his previous role at Aqualife where, working with Professor Jimmy Turnbull at University of Stirling, they collaborated to improve cleaner fish vaccination methodology and technology.

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