Aquark is a leading applied research and consultancy firm in health management and specialises as a technology and innovation amplifier in European Aquaculture. Our mission is to consult, innovate, foresee, network, communicate, train, research, advocate, conserve and inspire in the field of aquaculture, as well as the protection and sustainability of global aquatic resources. Through close collaboration with the research community and the fish farming industry at federation and farm level Aquark bridges the gap and facilitates smooth technology transfer.
Contact person: Panos Christofilogiannis firstname.lastname@example.org
Role of Aquark in COLUMBUS
Aquark is Competence Node Leader for Aquaculture. Participating across the project in Work Packages 2 to 8.
Profile of staff engaged in the project:
Dr Panos Christofilogiannis is fish health expert with deep knowledge and 20 years’ experience on applied research and technology transfer in European aquaculture industry. He holds a degree in veterinary science, a M.Sc. in Applied Fish Biology, a MSc in Aquatic Veterinary Studies and a PhD in the use of antibiotics in aquaculture. Panos has worked as the Head Fish Pathologist on three fish farm units and has also worked in the area of controlling food hygiene for the Greek Navy. He is currently technical advisor to a number of organisations including to the Federation of Greek Maricultures Coordinator of Committee of Fish Pathologists Representative of FGM in the F.A.O., to the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers Vice chairman of FEAP Fish Health Committee and to AQUACULTURE VACCINES Ltd. He has been General Manager of Aquark for over 14 years and is currently the coordinator of the Hellenic Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform.
Dr Katerina Moutou is Scientific Coordinator of Aquark. She obtained her B.Sc from the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, her PhD in Fish Biology from the Department of Zoology, University of Aberdeen, GB and her Postdoc from CCMar, University of Algarve, Portugal. Her research interests include the study of the molecular mechanisms of environmental and hormonal regulation of the development of piscine muscular system and the molecular physiology of fish nutrition and growth performance in Mediterranean fish. Besides a series of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, Dr Moutou has developed a series of services for the aquaculture industry with a novel in vitro protein digestibility method used in the benchmarking of larval and other fish feeds as well as the audit of different batches of juveniles in terms of their ability to effectively digest proteins. Dr Moutou, is an Associate Professor in the University of Thessaly, Greece.
Joanna Tavla is a founding member of Aquark and is Research and Development Manager. She holds a BSc in Mathematics and a MSc in Operational Research, has experience as a research analyst and training manager and is an expert on statistical analysis of aquaculture production field data. She is an expert advisor to the Federation of Greek Mariculture and is a member of the Hellenic Aquaculture and Innovation Platform.