Past courses

Course 2: Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) Technology

Course organisers: Ifremer (France), Wageningen University (the Netherlands)
Location: IFREMER Sète research station, France
Date: 24-28 October 2016

Course overview:

Traditionally, recirculating aquaculture systems were mainly developed in Europe to grow out freshwater species and produce marine fingerlings. However, they have become increasingly used for the on-growing of a wide variety of fish (including marine species) and shellfish. They can be operated irrespective of the target temperature and salinity, and the annual production capacity of some industrial systems can now amount to thousands of tons. Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) allow to maintain a constant and adjustable quality of the rearing water (i.e. temperature, oxygen, nitrogen and pathogens) therefore contributing to a more intensive and reliable production and substantial energy savings. 

The objectives of this course are to review the basics of RAS and examine the different systems, designs, operations and applications. A half day will be dedicated to a RAS industry mini seminar for which we invite industry stakeholders to join. 

Participants will:

  • Gain solid knowledge about the principles of RAS
  • Become familiar with different types of RAS, their specificities, capabilities and limitations
  • Understand their advantages and the necessary conditions for their optimal use and operation
  • Master the basics for RAS design and sizing
  • Become aware of the ongoing research to increase the efficiency and acceptability of RAS

RAS Industry Mini Seminar (Friday 28 October 2016, 08.30 – 13.00):

A half day industry mini seminar on RAS evolution and new RAS uses, involving RAS farmers and engineering companies, will give the course participants an opportunity to exchange with industry professionals. 

Industry stakeholders are also invited to attend the seminar to hear the latest discussions and scientific advances in the RAS sector, and exchange with the course participants to gain information on RAS development and needs for sustainable development in other countries within and outside the EU.


Participants taking part in the full training course are requested to submit their CV and a brief letter of motivation. Places will be confirmed, at the latest, one month before the start of the training course. 
E-mail your registration request to, using the official registration form (click here). Please indicate the following in the subject: AQUAEXCEL2020 / training course #2 (Ifremer)

Industry participants attending the industry mini seminar only (Friday 28 October, 08.30 – 13.00) are requested to register by submitting their affiliation and contact details via e-mail to Please indicate the following in the subject: AQUAEXCEL2020 / training course #2 (Ifremer) – industry 

Deadline: Friday 09 September 2016.

Further information:

For further information about the course content, fees and other information of interest, please click here.
For a full schedule of the course click here, and for practical details see travel and accommodation.


Course 1: Experimental data management from generating protocols to sharing data (LIVE)

Course provider: Institute of Complex Systems, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (Czech Republic)
Location: Online course (live)
Date: 25 + 27 + 29 April 2016 (3-day course, 90 minutes per day: 10.00 – 11.30hrs CEST)

Course overview

The course will deal with best practice experimental data management, including all aspects from preparing experiment protocols to sharing data. It is based on the experimental data repository system developed in FP7-AQUAEXCEL called bioWES. bioWES is a distributed, knowledge-based repository for large datasets, typically applicable in biological and related sciences. The bioWES scientific data management solution provides full control over experiments, from protocol design, through data acquisition and processing to sharing final results.

Participants will learn how to use the bioWES system for their own experimental work, using their own protocols and real experimental data. The aim is that by the end of the course, each participant will be able to install the bioWES system, create his or her own account, create unique experimental protocols based on their own specific needs, store their own experimental data, create connections between experimental protocols, cooperate with colleagues through sharing and visualize the overview of individual project steps. The participants will also be introduced to the special functionality of the system: data processing modules, plugins for communication with measurement devices and standardization support.

The course will be organized as an online training with active participation of the users. The organizers will guide the users through every single step of the bioWES system, from installation to sharing of experimental data, during three one and a half hour sessions. The participant will use their own protocols and experimental data to test theoretical knowledge on real examples. The course will be available through standard internet browser for each registered participant. It is believed that the course is particularly useful for researchers involved in AQUAEXCEL2020 TransNational Access (TNA) projects.


E-mail your registration request to, using the official registration form (click here)
Please indicate the following in the subject: AQUAEXCEL2020 / training course # 1 (JU)
Deadline: Thursday 21 April 2016.


Further information

For further information about the course content, fees and other information of interest, please click here.