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About STSMs

STSMs (Short-Term Scientific Missions) facilitate scientists going to an institution or laboratory in another country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. Financial support was provided to eligible applicants to carry out a STSM that would specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of this COST Action.

Completed STSMs

Zala Schmautz (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, CH) spent nine weeks at the University of Las Palmas de Grand Canaria (ES) running experimental trials on fish feed. For more information on this research contact Zala

Boris Delaide (University of Liège, BE) spent one week at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin (DE) setting up an experiment on anaerobic sludge mineralization exchange. Boris also spent ten days at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (CH) setting up an experiment on aerobic sludge mineralization exchange. For more information on this research contact Boris

Simon Goddek (University of Iceland, IS) spent three weeks at the University of Liège (BE) running experiments to test the effect on plant growth rate of different nutrient solutions. For more information on this research contact Simon

Valentina Nozzi (Università Politecnica delle Marche, IT) spent two months at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (CH) comparing the influence of different nutrient regimes on plant growth and investigating differences in the use and assimilation of organic and inorganic nitrogen. For more information on this research contact Valentina

James Gott (Southampton University, UK) spent ten weeks at the University of Liège (BE) working on plant production capacity and nutrient mass balance in the PAFF Box, an urban aquaponic module. For more information on this research contact James

Simon Goddek (University of Iceland, IS) spent three months at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (CH) researching the influence of different fertilization regimes on the quality and quantity of lettuce in aquaponic systems, and specifically the extent to which the nutrient demands of salad cultures in one loop aquaponic system can be fulfilled by including a mineralisation step (aerobic, anaerobic) in the fish sludge treatment. For more information on this research contact Simon

Carolina Castro (University of Porto, PT) spent six weeks at the University of Rostock (DE) collaborating in a research project on aquaponic-polyculture (POLYPONIC) with Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) in combination with basil (Ocimum basilicum), to test the effects of multiple fish species fish production onto plant growth. For more information on this research contact Carolina

Carmelo Maucieri (University of Padova, IT) spent eleven weeks at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (CH) researching the effects of monoculture and intercropping on vegetable production in a small-scale aquaponic system. For more information on this research contact Carmelo

Alyssa Joyce (University of Gothenburg, SE) spent six weeks at Wageningen University (NL) researching bacterial relationships in decoupled aquaponics systems. She monitored the growth and vigour of plants using RAS-based water complemented with supernatant of anaerobic sludge bioreactor and inoculates of plant-growth promoting bacteria. For more information on this research contact Alyssa

Karl Inglott (Abertay University, UK) spent a month at the University of Iceland (IS) working on an interactive computer game which can be used to inform and educate the general public about aquaponics. For more information contact Karl

Andrea Forchino (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, IT) spent a week at the University of Liège (BE) collecting data for a Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing of an aquaponics system. For more information on this research contact Andrea

Carlo Nicoletto (University of Padova, IT) spent two months at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (CH) investigating investigate whether the short growing cycle of microgreens influences the water quality in small aquaponics systems, and whether different botanical families of microgreens have different nutritional values. For more information on this research contact Carlo

Maja Turnšek Hančič (University of Maribor, SI) spent a month at the University of Iceland (IS) researching tourism and geothermal energy as marketing and management strategies for mainstreaming aquaponics. For more information on this research contact Maja

Miguel Mendoza (University of Gothenburg, SE) spent two months at Wageningen University (NL) examining the effects of specific bacterial populations in a decoupled aquaponics setup by comparing the addition of functional bacteria and various sterilization pre-treatments to RAS water being administered to hydroponic lettuce. For more information on this research contact Miguel

Bozidar Raskovic (University of Belgrade, RS) spent three weeks at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (CZ) researching the effects of pesticides on biofilter bacteria and the level of ammonia in aquaponic systems. For more information on this research contact Bozidar

Daniel Kotrc (University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, CZ) spent two weeks at La Haut (FR) testing fish and plants welfare in a small scale school aquaponics system. For more information on this research contact Daniel

Robert Röllig (Rostock University, DE) spent three weeks at the Danish Technological Institute (DK) gaining biological, technical and economic knowledge about integrating micro algae cultivation into aquaponic systems. For more information on this research contact Robert

Mohammed Khandaker (University of Greenwich, UK) spent ten days at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (CH) in order to compare the elemental constituents of lettuce grown in horizontal and vertical aquaponic systems. For more information on this research contact Mohammed

Carlos Espinal (LandIng Aquaculture, NL) spent one month at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (CH) in order to work on the design and evaluation of radial flow UASB reactors for recirculating aquaculture applications. For more information on this research contact Carlos