GAIN Summer School – Ecological Transition in Aquaculture

The GAIN Summer School was organized in the framework of the GAIN project, wiith the purpose to share project results and lessons learnt with motivated young researchers and operators, eager to contribute to the ecological transition of the aquaculture sector.

The GAIN Summer School provided key concepts and tools concerning: precision aquaculture, circular economy, sustainability assessment, policies and markets. Students got an up-to-date knowledge of key ideas in these areas and then were led through the GAIN innovations, thus discovering how the main challenges in aquaculture field can be dealt with by adopting the GAIN approach to the ecological intensification of this sector.

Talks delivered by GAIN experts has been complemented by contributions from other EU projects, focused on aquaculture ecological transition, and worldwide recognized authorities. Students has been engaged in demonstration sessions, using virtual tools and encouraged to interact within focus group.

Course Structure

The Summer School was held Online from August 30th to September 3rd, 2021
Five morning sessions complemented by two afternoon sessions for a total of 24 hours of training.
Official language of the school was English.
The course was aimed at master students, young graduates, PhD candidates, Post doc and operators interested in innovation. At the end of the summer school, students acquired a state of-the-art knowledge of the main challenges facing the aquaculture sectors and solutions offered by the GAIN approach to ecological intensification. They also got an overview of ideas&tools which are going to play a major role in the ecological transition of this sector.

The participation was free, as the Summer School was supported by the European commission within the project GAIN – Green Aquaculture Intensification in Europe, which receives funding from Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under gran agreement No 773330.


Day 1 – Roberto Pastres – Welcome, introduction to the school

Day 1 – Changbo Zhu – Ecological intensification in China

Day 4 – Roberto Pastres – LCA: a more and more popular tool for assessing sustainability

Day 5 – Patrick Sorgeloos – Ecological Approaches in Asia aquaculture

Day 3 – Leticia Regueiro Abelleira – Valorising Shells

Day 3 – Xosè Anton Vazquez Alvarez- Obteining valuable products from fish farming

Day3 – Luis Conceicao – Aquafeeds Revolution

Day 3 – Hallstein Baarset and Christian Bruckner – Getting the best out of aquaculture wastes

Day 2 – Edouard Royer – Data assimilation and its application to the smart management of oxygen supply

Day 2 – Edouard Royer – GAIN IMS Data Hub Italian case

DAY4 – Gesche Krause – Social Acceptability of eco-intensified aquaculture products

Day 4 – Tamàs Bardocz – Intelligent fish feeding through integration of enabling technologies and circular principles
(H2020 iFishIENCI)

Day 5 – Piotr Eljasik & Wesley Malcorps- Tools: VCA and its application to the carp supply chain

Day 1 – Alessio Bonaldo – New technologies tools and strategies for a sustainable, resilient and innovative European Aquaculture
(H2020 New Tech Aqua)

Day 4 – Silvia Maiolo
LCA Hands-on Session
Software for LCA: an overview

The GAIN Project

GAIN – Green Aquaculture Intensification in Europe (May 2018 October 2021) is an EU Horizon 2020 Project which aims at supporting the ecological intensification of aquaculture in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).
In our vision “ecological intensification” means increasing production and competitiveness of the industry, while ensuring sustainability and compilance with EU regulations on food safety and environment. In order to achieve these goals and promote a global approach to the ecological transition, GAIN looks at innovative ways of producing fish and shelfish, and seeks integration with other sectors. Being a real paradigm shift, eco-intensification of European aquaculture is a transdisciplinary challenge that requires the integration os scientific and technical innovations, new policies and economicinstruments, as well as the mitigation of social costraints. Successful eco-intensification of aquaculture will set the scene for the ecological transition of EU and EEA aquaculture, increasing the production of higher quality aquatic products, creating more jobs and improving the trade balance by reducing import.
The GAIN Consortium includes a wide range of complementary expertise and a well-blended mix of research institutes and industrial partners, which are cooperating to:
test novel sustainable feeds, designed to improve productivity without increasing the pressure on land and fish stocks;
develop new circular processes, which turn both by-products and side streams into valuable secondary materials, thus increasing profits and minimizing the environmental footprint;
foster the digitalization of aquafarming, by developing tools for the implementation of Precision Aquaculture in fish and shellfish farms;
introduce a new approach to the sustainability assessment of aquafarming, based on a comprehensive index, including environmental, socio-economic and welfare indicators;
identify legal barriers restricting the implementation of circular processes and suggest policy changes for supporting the growth of EU-EEA aquaculture.

More info: www.unive.it/gainh2020_eu


School Organizers

Roberto Pastres (Ca’ Foscari University), program director

Edouard Royer (Ca’ Foscari University), program assistant

School Secretariat: h2020gain.school@gmail.com

GAIN – Green Aquaculture

Intensification in Europe


Department of

Environmental  Sciences,

Informatics and Statistics (DAIS)

Scientific Campus,

via Torino 155, 30170

Venezia Mestre, Italy

GAIN management team

Roberto Pastres, scientific coordinator

Chiara Licata, project manager

Phone  +39 041 234 8674



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This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773330 (GAIN, Green Aquaculture Intensification in Europe). The content of this website does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lies entirely with the author(s).

Start date: 01/05/2018
End date: 31/10/2021