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7 August 2019

Seminar: Want to advance your understanding of the key underlying challenges affecting the prosperous outlook for aquaculture?

A seminar focusing on some of aquaculture’s current technical and societal challenges, while also looking ahead to see what emerging risks are beyond the horizon, is being hosted by Benchmark on 20th August. The ‘Aquaculture Fit for the Future’ seminar will take place at the Clarion Hotel during this year’s AquaNor exhibition.

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Confirmed presentations include the cost and impact of sea lice from Audun Iversen, Scientist at NOFIMA; the importance of animal welfare in modern food production and diving into whether we take it seriously enough, from Dag Henning Reksnes, Director, MatPrat; followed by a talk on understanding behaviour as the next step to ensure the welfare of farmed fish by Dr Sunil Kadri, Director, Aquaculture Innovation; and an insight into past, present and future genetic technologies in salmon farming by Professor Terje Refstie, Senior Scientific Advisor, Akvaforsk Genetics and Professor Ross Houston, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.

Through sharing first hand experiences, the series of diverse speakers will make the case for how advancing our collective understanding of these underlying issues, challenges and trends, is the only way to ensure that aquaculture can support a prosperous future for people, animals and the environment.

After the seminar, Benchmark is inviting participants to network where there will be a themed British pub,  including a taster platter of classic British food and beer. As we all know, good people and interesting conversation are vital to any great pub.

The event is free to attend but spaces are limited so register now to secure your place.

Agenda 
15.15Arrival and refreshments
Chair — Jan-Emil Johannessen, Head of Genetics Division, Benchmark Genetics
15.45Welcome
Malcolm Pye, CEO, Benchmark plc
16.00The importance of animal welfare
in modern food production. Do we take it seriously enough?
Dag Henning Reksnes, CEO, MatPrat
16.15Cost and impact of sea lice Audun Iversen, Scientist, NOFIMA
16.30Understanding behaviour: the next step
to ensure the welfare of farmed fish
Dr Sunil Kadri, Director, Aquaculture Innovation
16.45Genetic technologies in salmon farming — past, present and future
Professor Terje Refstie, Senior Scientific Advisor, Akvaforsk Genetics, Benchmark Genetics and Professor Ross Houston, University of Edinburgh
17.15Questions & Answers with all speakers
17.30Close

Benchmark at AquaNor

Experts from Benchmark’s genetics, advanced nutrition, health and knowledge services businesses will be located in Hall D –  stand 342 throughout the four-day event. Drop by to meet the team and find out more about our new technologies helping to drive sustainability in the food chain, including CleanTreatÒ , Benchmark’s water purification system that removes medicines from treatment water before returning clean water to the sea.