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Aqua-Flow network
Aqua-Flow - European network for the dissemination of aquaculture RTD information

AquaFlow is a European network providing information on the results and progress of European Union-funded and national research and technological development programmes to aquaculture producers across Europe. After a very successful first three years that saw the development of an effective network capable of disseminating information in 14 languages throughout 17 European countries, AquaFlow, now in its sixth year, operates in 16 languages and in 19 countries.

Objectives
The ongoing objectives of AquaFlow (through its various work packages) are:
Work Package 1. Obtaining and screening RTD information
1) source information from EU-funded programmes
2) source information from national and other non-EU funded programmes
3) screen the information for its dissemination as technical leaflets (TLs) of the same format, but under three separate classifications.
Work Package 2. Editing RTD information
1) write and edit the technical leaflets in English, or in the specific language for the national TLs.
Work Package 3. Translation and dissemination
1) send the leaflets to the NNL in each country
2) translate the technical leaflets into the 16 languages of the 19 countries
3) compile the technical leaflets produced in year 1 in English in a specific document
4) further develop the AquaFlow website to incorporate the searchable databases of the technical leaflets and of research coordinators and partners (Intranet).
5) disseminate all technical leaflets on the Internet in the different languages
6) regularly update the information on the website.
Work Package 4. Network management
1) ensure a smooth transition to the increased network; to incorporate sourcing of national programmes to increase the relevancy of disseminated information in each language
2) provide better monitoring of all stages involved in the functioning of the network
3) provide full reporting of all 'internal' activities and meetings
4) compile the feedback and the enquiries made to the NNL
5) hold regular PMT meetings to manage and coordinate the network
6) organise a general meeting to discuss and work towards better functioning of the network
7) report to the Commission on progress.
Work Package 5. Promotion and sustainability
1) continue the promotion of the use of the Internet
2) promote activities and printing materials of the network in conferences and tradeshows
3) consolidate and promote the co-operation inside the NATs of each country.

Progress to Date
Despite high use of the Internet in some European countries, dissemination on paper is still the method most frequently used to ensure that as many SMEs as possible have access to the information supplied by AquaFlow. Only in Norway and in Iceland are the technical leaflets exclusively disseminated on the Internet, as a function of its very high use in these countries. Technical leaflets are also printed in several publications (magazines, newsletters) of the different producer associations belonging to the NAT of each country, thus re-enforcing the links with these associations and the awareness of the network among their members.

Results
Annual compilations of the technical leaflets from Year 1 and Year 2 (titles in all languages and full text in English) were distributed to the extended NAT (producer representatives, administrators, etc), as a continuation of the 'awareness' campaign initiated at the outset.

The results of a questionnaire developed during the general meeting was published as a separate document, entitled 'SME Perception of the Dissemination of RTD Information in the European Aquaculture Sector' and was submitted with this interim report.

Classified in FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

Scientist responsible for the project

Professor ROSA FLOS
Slijkensesteenweg 4
8400 Oostende
Belgium - BE

Phone: +32 59 323859
Fax: +32 59 321005
E-mail: rosa.flos@upc.es

References

Project ID QLRT-1999-30105
Organisation European Aquaculture Society
Area 5.1.2
Start date 01 January 2001
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 1 375 323 €
Total EC contribution   1 375 323 €
Status Completed
Web address of the project   http://www.aquaflow.org

The partners

  • University of South Bohemia Research, Institute of Fish Culture and Hydrobiology, Czech Republic (The) - CZ
    adamek.zdenek@quick.cz
  • Lisbon University, Faculty of Sciences, Dept. of Zoology and Antropology, Portugal - PT
    mhbaraho@fc.ul.pt
  • University of Wamia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Department of Lake and River Fisheries, Poland - PL
    darekk@moskit.uwm.edu.pl
  • Institute of Marine Biology of Crete, Greece - GR
    mpav@imbc.gr
  • Danmarks Fiskeriundersoegelser DIFRES - North Sea Centre, Denmark - DK
    ajo@dfu.min.dk
  • Holar Agricultural College, Department of Aquaculture, Iceland - IS
    helgi@holar.is
  • lnstitut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), France - FR
    frene@ifremer.fr
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