larvi 2017
7th fish & shellfish larviculture symposium
Ghent University, Belgium
4-7 September 2017









Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center


Closing the life cycle of aquaculture species of    economic importance is critical for  the ultimate success of aquaculture. Knowledge generated at many different levels can further increase the success of the sector. Much progress is being made in knowledge-based insights on  e.g. the genetic make-up of the broodstock,  steering the ontogeny, the importance of first feeding,steering host microbial interactions and its immunological consequences. Research in these fields are  increasingly supported and stimulated by a variety of novel and sophisticated techniques such as omics’ tools, They generate an unprecedented and often fascinating insight into biological processes. Although they generally also raise new research questions, they stand for a major leap forwards as compared to the empirical approach of a relatively recent past.

Capitalising on the previous “larvi” symposia (in ’91, ’95, ’01, ’05, ’09, ‘13), the Aquaculture R&D Consortium of Ghent University and  the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have joined again in organizing “larvi’17” and are inviting the academic as well as the private sector to attend the 7th Fish and Shellfish Larviculture Symposium. Bringing together European and non-European stakeholders, the latest progress in academic research and in the sector will be reviewed, problems identified and avenues for future collaboration explored.  


  • Peter Bossier, Gilbert Van Stappen, Kristof Dierckens, Mathieu Wille, Nancy Nevejan, Kartik Baruah, Daisy Vanrompay, Tom Van de Wiele, Dominique Adriaens, Annemie Decostere, Wim Van Den Broeck, Patrick Sorgeloos - UGent Aquaculture R&D Consortium
  • Elin Kjørsvik, Yngvar Olsen, Olav Vadstein
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Mike Rimmer
    University of Sydney, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Australia
  • Clara Boglione
    University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • George Koumoundouros
    University of Crete, Biology Department, Greece
  • Ronaldo Cavalli
    Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
  • Luis Conceição
    Sparos Lda, Faro, Portugal
  • Lluis Tort
    Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Atsushi Hagiwara
    Nagasaki University, Japan
  • Takao Yoshimatsu
    Mie University, Tsu, Japan
  • Yeong Yik Sung
    Institute of Marine Biotechnology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia.
  • Sachi Kaushik
    INRA Fish Nutrition Research Unit, Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelles, France
  • Patrick Kestemont
    University of Namur, Belgium
  • Wang Qingyin
    Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Qingdao, PR China
  • Tran Ngoc Hai
    College of Aquaculture & Fisheries, Can Tho University, Vietnam
  • Iker Uriarte
    Instituto de Acuicultura, Universidad Austral de Chile, Puerto Montt, Chile


Over 280 contributions from 37 different countries were submitted for an oral or poster presentation at larvi 2017. The Scientific Committee has performed a selection and finalised a program of 46 oral presentations (limited to pertinent reviews and/or discussions of multiple experiments with one or preferably several species). During the Opening Session 2 keynote presentations will be presented, one from the academic sector, one from the industry. Each of the 5 conference sessions will start with a keynote presentation by an industry representative. Authors of a limited number of posters will be offered the opportunity to shortly present their work orally during poster sessions.

The following participants have already been selected by the scientific committee to present an oral contribution at larvi 2017: 
Alami-Durante Hélène (France), Attramadal Kari (Norway), Baruah Kartik (India), Betancor Monica (United Kingdom), Boglione Clara (Italy), Bomfim Araújo-Dairiki Thyssia  (Brazil), Canada Paula (Portugal), Dabrowski Konrad (USA), Darias Maria (France), De Schryver Peter (Belgium), De Vos Stephanie (Belgium), Dhert Philippe (Belgium), Dimitriadi Anastasia (Greece), El Kertaoui Najlae (Belgium), Evjemo Jan Ove (Norway), Fontagne-Dicharry Stephanie (France), Hawkyard Matt (USA), Herlin Marine (Spain), Izquierdo Marisol (Spain), Kim Hee-jin (Japan), Koven Bill (Israel), Lemos Daniel (Brazil), Lund Ivar (Denmark), McIntosh Robins (Thailand), Moretti Alesandro (Italy), Navarro-Guillén Carmen (Spain), Nguyen Viet Dung (Vietnam), Nicolaisen Ove (Norway), Norouzitallab Parisa (Iran), Pinto Wilson (Portugal), Politis Sebastian (Denmark), Qi Zizhong (China), Rimmer Michael (Australia), Sakakura Yoshitaka (Japan), Suantika Gede (Indonesia), Teletchea Fabrice (France), Tomkiewicz Jonna (Denmark), Tran Ngoc Hai (Vietnam), Turkmen Serhat (Spain), Uriarte Iker (Chile), Vanrompay Daisy (Belgium), Vo Tu Anh (Vietnam), Wang Jian (Hong Kong), Winding Hansen Benni (Denmark), Wouters Roeland (Belgium), Yufera Manuel (Spain).

In order to ensure that the posters will make up an integral part of the conference, sufficient time will be allocated to viewing and discussing the posters. The posters can be displayed as of Sunday afternoon and first viewing will be possible on Tuesday morning; 40 min coffee breaks in the morning and in the afternoon guarantee enough time is available to study the posters, and arrangements will be made that lunches can be taken in the poster area.
During the symposium banquet an award will be given to the author of the best poster, selected on its scientific value and layout qualities.


Only registrations accompanied by a full pre-payment will be handled on a first come ­first served basis. On-site registrations will not be accepted.

Online registration: click here

Registration fees (in EUR)

prior to
prior to
May 1, 2017
August 1, 2017
Private company
Student *
Accompanying person
(opening reception and banquet only)

*: the closing banquet is not included in student registration

The registration fee includes admission to all symposium sessions, social activities, coffee breaks, symposium banquet*, receipt of a symposium satchel, programme brochure and a digital version (USB stick) of the book of short communications (a hard copy at cost can be obtained upon request).


larvi 2017 is organised under the patronage of His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium.

The following institutes & organisations are supporting the organisation of the symposium:

  • Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
  • Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (Norway)

Fund raising from the private sector is still on-going. The list of private sponsors will be published in the program brochure.

  • INVE Aquaculture N.V. (Belgium) Platinum sponsor
  • Sparos Lda (Portugal) Gold sponsor
  • Proviron Functional Chemicals NV (Belgium) Silver sponsor