The Bella Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, will host the AQUA event, held once every six years.

A packed programme for AQUA 2024 


The organisers of AQUA 2024, a global aquaculture event being held in Copenhagen in August, has published the preliminary programme grid for the scientific conference, workshops, and industry and innovation forums that will take place.

A trade exhibition with 240 booths, student events, and receptions will also be held.

Co-organised by the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) and the World Aquaculture Society (WAS), the AQUA events are held every six years. Past events were held in Nice (2000), Florence (2006), Prague (2012) and Montpellier (2018).

This year’s event, which takes place at the Bella Arena, is expected to attract 1,400 delegates and 1,200 trade show visitors from 90 countries. There are more than 60 conference sessions and 12 special sessions, industry forums and workshops over the course of four days from Tuesday to Friday, August 27-30.

Four tours

On the Monday preceding the event, there is a choice of tours to the Danish Technical University National Food Institute, OxyGuard International’s Danish HQ, Marel’s demonstration centre, or the Danish National Aquarium.

The overarching theme of AQUA 2024 is Blue Food, Green Solutions, and the plenary speakers are Dag Sletmo, senior vice president seafood division for DNB bank, who will give an opening plenary “Analysing the Future”, and Signe Riemer-Sørensen, research manager analytics and AI, SINTEF, who will give her views on “AI with Knowledge” on Friday, August 30.

Dag Sletmo will address an opening plenary session on Tuesday, August 27.
Signe Riemer-Sørensen will talk about how AI can be integrated in aquaculture.

The Industry Forum will be held all day on Tuesday, August 27 and will address the main event theme, with key questions about the status and future of the sector with regards to adaptation to climate change, mitigation of its effects, circular approaches and other externalities.

The Innovation Forum, held on Wednesday, August 28, is being co-organised by EAS, EATiP (European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform) and the European Commission. It will explore inter-regional collaboration for innovation transfer through the lens of EU policy and initiatives, but also at the global level.

AQUA 2024 will also have several special sessions bridging the gap between science and industry:

  • Quantitative Atlantic Salmon Health Assessment
  • EUROshrimp Forum
  • Aquaculture Stewardship Council workshop on “Future aquafeed supply chains in a transitioning industry and a changing climate”.
  • Host Resistance to Sea Lice
  • Light and Fish – And Light and other organisms
  • IMTA and low-trophic aquaculture.

The detailed programmes of these sessions will be online at the event’s website in July.

Reduced-price early bird registration for AQUA 2024 can be made here, before July 1 when the offer ends.