Conference Sustainable food production with aquaponics

On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, the University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, will host a conference on sustainable food production with aquaponics. The event, organized by the partners of the Be Blue project and co-financed under the cross-border cooperation program Interreg VI-A Italy Slovenia, will explore new innovative approaches in vegetable cultivation using fish and aquaponic systems.

The conference will commence at 10:00 AM, with welcoming remarks from distinguished guests, including Prof. Dr. Marina Pintar, Dean of the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, and Roberto Pastres from Ca' Foscari University in Venice. This will be followed by a presentation of the BeBlue project by Prof. Dr. Andrej Udovč from the University of Ljubljana.

The morning session of the conference will feature a series of lectures by experts in the field of aquaponics:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ana Slatnar will illuminate the basic requirements and aspects of expanding hydroponic cultivation of plant food, Mag. Miha Štular, a specialist in fish farming at KGZS – Institute Kranj, will discuss fish and water quality parameters in aquaponics, Tine Matoš, the head of the Purissima center at KZ Agraria Koper, will share experiences in vegetable cultivation with aquaponics, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mojca Bavcon Kralj from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, will present interactions between pesticides and microplastics in agricultural soil with the addition of algal biomass.

In addition to the educational program, participants will enjoy a refreshment session themed around a symphony of fish and vegetables. After the break, a guided tour of the aquaponic system will be organized, led by Vid Žitko, a researcher at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana.

A press conference for journalists will also be organized as part of the BeBlue project, where they can obtain more information about the project and participate in a guided tour.

The afternoon session will be led by Marco Francese from Shoreline and aimed at stakeholders in the agricultural and food sector. It will begin with a plenary session using the Metaplan approach. Subsequently, participants will be divided into thematic workshops to discuss best practices in monitoring techniques. With the help of moderators, participants will build common perspectives and assess interest in aquaponics among stakeholders in the agricultural and fisheries sectors.

The conference "Sustainable Food Production with Aquaponics" offers a unique opportunity for networking and exchanging new ideas and professional knowledge in the field of sustainable food production. Join us and contribute to the development of sustainable practices in agriculture.


Participation in the event is free of charge. However, for organizational reasons, you need to register by filling out the form at this link:

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