ParaFishControl Industry Forum

Tuesday 5th September 2017: 14.00-18.15

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Thursday September 2017: 09.00-10.45

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Open EAFP Workshop: Neglected Viral Diseases Affecting Freshwater Fish Farming.


Be welcome!

This is an open workshop, organized by Olga Haenen (from WBVR, the Netherlands), Laurent Bigarré (from ANSES, France), Takafumi Ito (from NRIA, Japan), Jean-Christophe Avarre (from Institute of Evolutionary Sciences of Montpellier, France), and Niccolò Vendramin (from the EURL for Fish Diseases). A handout with abstracts will be provided to the attendees.


  • Short intro by Olga Haenen
  • Takafumi Ito: Difficulty of preventing spread of cyprinid herpesvirus 2
  • Laurent Bigarré: Perhabdoviruses, a threat for percid farming
  • Niccolò Vendramin: Piscine Orthoreoviruses in farmed rainbow trout: pathogenesis under experimental conditions and diagnostics
  • Olga Haenen: Carp Edema Virus in Europe
  • Jean-Christophe Avarre: The potential role of fish endogenous retroviruses in disease emergence

Discussion of appr. 50 min, on:

  • Which are the most important neglected viral disease problems in freshwater fish farming?
  • Are diagnostic methods up to date, which ones to use?
  • Are prevention measures in place, and which specific vaccines are needed?
  • What recommendations can be made for effective diagnosis and prevention of neglected viral disease problems in freshwater fish farming?

The intention is to write a joint publication on this workshop for the EAFP Bulletin.

Open Workshop:  Myxozoan 

Discover more about these enigmatic, parasitic cnidarians.

Taxonomy & diversity

multi-host life cycles

Detection & diseases

Functional genetics

Genomics & transcriptomics


Open workshop: Emerging Skin Diseases in Aquaculture

Organizers: Dr. Jacob G. Schmidt (EURL for Fish Diseases, DTU Veterinary Institute, Denmark), Dr. Kim Thompson (Moredun Research Institute, Scotland) and Dr. Francesc Padrós i Bover (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain).

Workshop description: Within the last decade skin diseases have grown to be a major challenge in rainbow trout aquaculture in Europe as well as in Mediterranean mariculture. However, the causes of these conditions remain largely elusive. The workshop focuses on recent advances on Red Mark Syndrome and Puffy Skin Disease in rainbow trout and on Petechial Rash in Sea Bream and Sea Bass. We encourage researchers with an interest and/or research focus on fish skin diseases or who have an interest in emerging fish diseases/pathogens to join this workshop and contribute to bringing the field forward.

5 min: Welcome (Jacob G. Schmidt)
A compilation of abstracts will be handed out to the participants.
15+5 min: Red Mark Syndrome – a novel but serious problem on Danish fish farms (Niels Henrik Henriksen)
15+5 min: The current state of Red Mark Syndrome (Kim Thompson)
15+5 min: Red Mark Syndrome: Observations on disease development in a cohabitation model.
(Jacob G. Schmidt)
15+5 min: Puffy Skin Disease in Rainbow Trout (Irene Cano-Cejas)
15+5 min: Current situation of Petechial Rash in Mediterranean aquaculture (Francesc Padrós)
15+5 min:? Lecture on non-salmonid species?
45 min: Discussion

The workshop will last 2:30 hours (we will shorten the discussion slightly in the case of an additional speaker).
We welcome one more lecture on non-salmonid species. Please contact Jacob G. Schmidt ( if you should be interested.
The organizers will prepare a transcription of the workshop for publication in the EAFP Bulletin. 

Titles, figures and tables: how to create effective communications for papers and presentations.

Workshop format and materials:

The workshop will mix didactic elements, individual exercises, and small group work. We will consider: (i) title: importance of an effective titles, different ways of structuring a title, (ii) graphics and photographs: axis labelling, composition, composing effective legends, (iii) tables: layout, column and row headings, effective titles, and (iv) considerations for manuscript versus PowerPoint presentations. Participants will receive lecture materials, hardcopy worksheets, and checklists for effective figures and tables.

The workshop leaders are Dr. Barbara Nowak and Dr. Sarah Poynton. Dr. Nowak is Associate Editor of the Journal of Fish Diseases, and a member of the editorial boards for a number of other journals. Dr. Poynton is a reviewer for a diversity of aquatic animal health journals, teaches scientific and biomedical writing, and is a freelance editor. Dr. Nowak and Dr. Poynton taught the well-attended student workshop on scientific publishing at the EAFP conference in Las Palmas in 2015. 

Further information:
If you would like further information, please send an email to Sarah Poynton: 

Please book your place for the student writing workshop as part of your conference registration. Knowing the number of participants will help in planning an effective event.

All EAFP delegates are welcome to attend the workshop, even if you are no longer a student!