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European Researchers can get Free Access to Norwegian Research Facilities

20 February 2014

NORWAY - Through the EU-project AQUAEXCEL, European researchers can apply for conducting research experiments at several aquaculture research facilities in Europe. In Norway, Nofima has two research facilities that are very modern and highly equipped, with plenty of opportunities. writes Reidun Lilleholt Kraugerud, Nofima.

The AQUAEXCEL project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to carry out experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish species and system types. These facilities are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures).

At Sunndalsøra on the west coast of Norway, you can use Nofima’s high-tech facilities with recirculation technology and flow-through for your experiments.
Photo: Kjell Merok, Nofima.


Nofima (the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research) has two facilities to offer: Nofima Centre for Recirculation in Aquaculture (NCRA) at the west coast and the Norwegian Cod Breeding Centre at the northern coast.

These facilities cover a wide range of production systems (recirculation, flow?through, cage and hatchery); environments (freshwater and marine, cold and temperate water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmonids and cod); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health and welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring and management technologies).

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or in some cases two people to the chosen research infrastructure for periods of up to three months. The deadline for this call is 14 March 2014, and there will be another call with deadline in June.

The use of the facilities and associated travel and subsistence expenses is covered through AQUAEXCEL, according to regulations that can be found at There you also find information on how to apply. 

You now have the opportunity to do experiments at Nofima’s sea based facility near Tromsø in Norway.
Photo: Frank Gregersen, Nofima.

The overall objective of the AQUAEXCEL project is to promote the coordinated use and development of top class experimental facilities and encourage problem?based research and knowledge transfer to more effectively support the development of a sustainable European production of high quality seafood with reduced environmental impact.

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