Introduction from the Conference Chairs
University of New England, USA
Barry A. Costa-Pierce is the Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of New England in Maine, USA. He has a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Hawai’i and an MSc in Zoology from the University of Vermont.
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Dr. Costa-Pierce is a marine ecologist with broad research interests in “ocean food systems”: how fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood value chains throughout the world interact locally with marine ecosystems and people. His research on "Ecological Aquaculture" has been cited thousands of times in international, peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Costa-Pierce has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas for multiple universities, multi- and bilateral institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, GTZ, USAID, and the United Nations. More recently he has focused his attention on creating aquaculture research and education partnerships between Maine, Iceland, and Sweden. He is currently a co-PI on a 5-year, $20 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant that has established the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) in Maine - the largest grant ever given by the NSF to US aquaculture, and a co-PI on a $1.3 million Department of Energy grant to establish seaweed aquaculture. In 2017, he was selected by the Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry as a Knut & Alice Wallenberg Professor at the University of Gothenburg (UGOT) where he is cooperating with UGOT to develop North Atlantic aquaculture education and research programs; the most recent is a new Nordic Master’s Programme in the “Sustainable Production of Marine Bioresources.” Dr. Costa-Pierce is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists.
Professor Zhang is the vice dean of the Fisheries College at Ocean University of China (OUC). He is working in the area of aquaculture nutrition and feeds.
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He had been a Visiting Scientist in the group of Professor Allen Davis at Auburn University, USA, and published a book of “The Shrimp Book” (Ed. Alday-Sanz, V., ISBN 978-1-904761-59-4, Nottingham University Press) as a chapter author. Professor Zhang is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Key Laboratory of Aquaculture Nutrition and Feeds of Agriculture Ministry of China, and a senior member of the Fisheries Society of China. As one of the New Century Excellent Talents honoured by the Education Ministry of China, he is now focusing on the enhancement of health and quality of aquaculture animas by balanced nutrition. Meanwhile, he is now an executive editor (Asia-Pacific) of journal Aquaculture Reports, and has been invited to review manuscripts for publication by several journals, such as Aquaculture, Aquaculture Nutrition, Aquaculture Research, Fish and Shellfish Immunology.
The 3rd Aquaculture Conference: Recent Advances in Aquaculture Research will bring together top senior scientists in all of aquaculture’s disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research areas. The Conference seeks contributed papers in all of its sections, and also from emerging aquaculture science areas of sustainability science, social-ecological systems, ornamental, conservation and restoration sciences as they relate to the development of aquaculture.
On behalf of Wenbing Zhang and I, your conference co-chairs, we have worked to develop a unique, interactive format for the conference, aimed at encouraging the senior scientist keynote speakers and others to interact throughout the meeting and to allow additional time to help mentor the next generation of scientific leaders attending the conference.
The format of the conference will be as follows: 30 minute keynote talks in each session followed by short, 5 minute ‘lightning’ presentations by authors who submitted abstracts and were selected by the Editorial Board of Aquaculture.
Next, these presenters will present a poster. Presentations in each session will be aligned as closely as possible to the subjects/topics addressed in the Keynote. It is important to note that the poster is aligned with the 5 minute ‘lightning’ talk. We hope to display the posters for the entire conference.
On the Tuesday 25 September, we will be organizing an author workshop. The author workshop will start at 3pm and will conclude at 6pm, followed by the opening reception.
We look forward to meeting you at the 3rd Aquaculture Conference 2018 in September.
University of New England, USA
Ocean University of China, China