WEFTA 2017

Welcome to the 47th WEFTA Conference Website

It is our great pleasure to invite you to take part in the 47th West European Fish Technologists Association (WEFTA) Conference taking place in Dublin, Ireland from the 9 - 12 October 2017.

The theme for this year's conference is "Innovative Technologies for Healthy and Sustainable Seafood production" with international experts across every field of seafood R&D providing in-depth insights across all fish, shellfish and seaweed species.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) works closely with the Irish seafood sector to add further value to processing, aquaculture and fisheries companies and individuals with a key role of ensuring our clients have access to the best-in-class innovative technologies and knowledge-base internationally. The scientific content at WEFTA is of direct relevance to the Irish seafood sector and the Irish research base and presents opportunities to learn from the leaders in seafood R&D and to integrate knowledge and new technologies on fishing vessels,aquaculture facilities and on the factory floor.

The Gaelic word for Ireland - "ÉIRE" provides us with an excellent acronym to invite submissions under the four priority areas;

Énvironmentally sustainable aquaculture and fisheries technologies
Innovative and sustainable processing and packaging technologies
Research into consumer attitudes and market drivers for seafood
Emerging health and wellness attributes of seafood products.

Wefta has developed as the leading platform for seafood R&D experts to discuss hot topics and major breakthroughs with a combination of keynote lectures, oral and poster sessions and opportunities for active discussion and networking with SME’s from the Seafood sector. This annual conference allows experts working in diverse fields to understand key R&D trends and breakthroughs which underpin knowledge of how to produce the best seafood and ingredients and to gain first-hand knowledge of technological breakthroughs which will impact production techniques and markets in coming years. 

Dublin, the host city for WEFTA 2017, is a place with an exceptionally rich historical and cultural heritage and Ireland has a long standing tradition as being a leading supplier of world class seafood products produced under clean and green conditions. The conference will take place in the state-of-the-art Aviva Stadium which is home to the Irish national rugby and Republic of Ireland national football teams. The Aviva Stadium is a world-class venue hosting numerous national and international conferences in clean and modern surroundings and only a short distance from hotels, restaurants and the historical city centre of Dublin.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin and discussing, exchanging ideas and strengthening this important network and we are sure you will enjoy this year’s location which should be prove to be scientifically interesting and fun.

Kind regards,

John Fagan, Chair WEFTA 2017