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The second newsletter of the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project is now available to download from

AQUAEXCEL is an EU FP7 project that aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. This issue of AQUAEXCEL Project News features: an interview with work package 4 (WP4) leader, John Bostock, about AQUAEXCEL's Call for Access programme; feedback from researchers who took part in the recent Recalculating Aquaculture System (RAS) Technology course held by Wageningen University; profiles of researchers who have availed of the Call for Access programme, in which they describe their work and experiences of using Transnational Access (TNA) to further their research; details of AQUAEXCEL’s second annual meeting, which took place in Brussels from 9-11 April 2013; and the latest news from AQUAEXCEL's project partners. For press queries, please contact: Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager, AquaTT, Dublin, Ireland. Email: Note to Editors AQUAEXCEL will run until February 2015 with an overall budget of €11.8 million. The project will receive a total of €9.2 million of EU funding under the ‘Research Infrastructures' area of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), reflecting the EU’s interest in prioritising aquaculture and boosting the aquaculture sector by promoting research for competitiveness and environmental sustainability. AQUAEXCEL is coordinated by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France, which leads a strong partnership of 16 institutions from Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the UK. For more information, please visit:


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