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'State-of-the-art and future of genomics in aquaculture research'

Bergen 20th to 21st September 2007 organised by the Aquagenome and Aquafunc projects

Registration (including hotel booking) to the conference must be completed on-line by September 1, 2007.

The mini-symposium is organised by the FP6 Aquagenome and Aquafunc projects in Bergen, Norway, on September 20-21 2007. The aim is to explore the use of genomics in major research domains and with high relevance to European aquaculture.

The mini-symposium is hosted by The Institute of Marine Research, Norway ( The venue will be Scandic Hotel City located downtown in Bergen near the University of Bergen and the Institute of Marine Research; Attendants are expected to arrive on September 19 (Wednesday) and leave on September 22 (Saturday).

The mini-symposium will begin with an update on the status of genomic tools in aquaculture species and the outcomes of the related Aquafunc project. There will then be a series of key-note presentations and discussion sessions regarding topics that are relevant in European aquaculture and to which genomic approaches may bring substantial information. These will include subjects such as host-pathogen interactions, environment, stress and welfare, growth and nutrition, reproduction and breeding, toxicology, as well as monitoring of environmental impact of aquaculture. In addition there will also be some input to the discussions from representatives from industry, consumers and governments.

A range of key-note presentations will be given to: 1) provide a short overview of tools available for the specific problems in the relevant species, 2) provide some examples on the use of genomic tools to study these processes/problems in aquaculture species, and 3) provide some suggestions for future use of genomic tools in this field of aquaculture research.

We will invite around 60 leading European scientists in the field of genomics in aquaculture research to this meeting. The project will cover the conference fee, 3 hotel nights (single room) with breakfast, two lunches and the Conference dinner, as well as travel cost up to 500 Euro for each invited attendant.

All participants are expected to provide a 2 page extended abstract that should be ready at the time of the meeting. The abstracts and the power-point presentations will be published at the Aquagenome/Aquafunc web-site as pdf files.

These presentations and extended abstract will together with the working group discussions serve the basis for a short review of the state-of-the-art for each topic as well as the identification of gaps in knowledge and recommendations for future research to the European Commission.

Please find the conference invitation letter

The program for the conference is as follows:


Registration (0800-0900)

Key-note presentations of 25 min each and discussion (0900-1730)

1. Introduction and scope of conference (Patrick Prunet, INRA, France)

2. Aquafunc review (FP6 Specific Support Action) (Kristina Sundell, Univ Gøteborg, Sweden)

3. Genomics tools for aquaculture: Status and Perspectives (Luca Bargelloni, Univ Padova, Italy)

4. Genomics of host-pathogen interactions (Simon Mackenzie, Univ Barcelona, Spain)

5. Genomics of breeding in aquaculture (Sigbjørn Lien, Cigene/UMB, Norway)

6. Environmental adaptations, stress and genomics (Lluis Tort, Univ Barcelona, Spain)

7. Functional genomics and proteomic approaches in the study of reproduction in finfish aquaculture (Jean Jacques Lareyre, INRA, France)

8. Genomics of growth and nutrition (Michael J. Leaver, Univ Striling, UK)

9. Ecotoxicology, Toxicogenomics, and impact on product quality safety (Pål Olsvik, NIFES, Norway)

10. Genomics in mollusc Aquaculture (Beatriz Novoa, CSIC, Spain)

11. Genomics in monitoring environmental impact (Eva Garcia-Vazquez, Univ Oviedo, Spain)

12. The use of Bioinformatics in Aquaculture (Aleksei Krasnov, Akvaforsk, Norway)


Conference dinner (1900-2200)


Parallel working group on topics (0830-1500)

1. Genomics of host-pathogen interaction (Moderators Antonio Figueras and Giorgios Kotoulas)

2. Genomics to study ecotoxicological, environmental and husbandry effects on stress, welfare and product safety & and environmental impact (Moderators Patrick Prunet and Kristina Sundell)

3. Genomics in reproduction and breeding programmes (Moderators Pierrick Haffray, and Geir Lasse Taranger)

4. Genomics of growth and nutrition (Moderators Deborah Power and Brendan McAndrew)

5. Genomic tools and bioinformatic resources (Moderators Yann Guigen, Nikolai Mugue and Frank Nilsen)


Final plenary discussion and summing up (1500-1600)

End of meeting (1600)