FishEUTrust Annual Meeting in Florence

The FishEUTrust Consortium Members, including both the Beneficiaries and Associated Partners, met on 9th and 10th of October 2023 in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy. Around fifty participants were present in person, while others joined the meeting on-line. All participants in person registered at the meeting by signing a dedicated registration form.

The meeting had a principal objective of reviewing the progress within FishEUTrust, specifically focusing on all Work Packages (WPs) and outlining the activity plan for the upcoming months.

Day 1:

The first day of the meeting encompassed a plenary session where an extensive overview was provided, delving into the current status and vision of FishEUTrust at the 18-month point. This session also included the outline on how to prepare the first periodic report.

The project coordinator presented the management structure and welcomed all EEAB members and the Independent Ethical Advisor (IEA). The EEAB members Dr. Petter Olsen (NOFIMA), Alistar Lane (EAS), Anton Ellenbroek (Consultant, FAO), Paola Landrini (Director, Ecotapes Zeeland), and IEA Dr. Lada Timotijević (University of Surrey) presented themselves and outlined their interest to participate in the FishEUTrust project with their diverse expertise. The project officer (PO) Lucia Pacillo also welcomed all partners with the wish for a fruitful project meeting.

During the meeting, the presentations and feedback sessions for WPs 1-4, led by each respective WP leader, were followed by an in-depth discussion on WPs 5-7.

The meeting had a principal objective of reviewing the progress within FishEUTrust, specifically focusing on all Work Packages.

Concurrently, the efforts of FishEUTrust to enhance the seafood industry were highlighted. The project is actively creating Co-creation Living Labs, which will encourage innovation and build consumer trust in efficient digital supply chains.

These elements encompass the use of advanced tools to ensure safe, quality seafood and the implementation of smart control systems for monitoring. The commitment to sustainability and transparency within the seafood industry was also reiterated, emphasizing the aim to reshape how seafood products are perceived and interacted with, fostering shared responsibility.

In order to discuss the role and implementation of Living Labs (LLs) the Pilot Contextual Analysis workshop took place with the participation of: ABT, CETGA, IPMA, Bugenvila, OXY, DigitalSmart, Belit, REDINN, and JSI.

A Pilot Contextual Analysis was conducted to gain a preliminary understanding of the seafood supply chain's complexities and identify key areas for intervention and improvement, and to understand the current state of the seafood industry. This initial analysis could serve as a testing ground to refine the research methodology, tools, or data collection processes before applying them to a more extensive or complex context. The day was conlcuded with a rustic Tuscan dinner in the centre of Florence.

Day 2:

The second day was marked by the continuation of discussions related to Work Packages (WPs) 8, 9 and 10 specifically concerning gender action and monitoring, ethical requirements, open research data, and innovation management.

The next session was related to the demonstration of developed or planned technologies: sensor technologies for detection of bacteria presented by UMF, development of a mini-pilot in Montenegro to integrate sensors and IoT presented by DigitalSmart, and a presentation of the possibility and requirements related to gamification presented by JSI. The demonstration session helped the partners understand how these concepts work in practice.

The remainder of the day revolved around the Science Café, which featured discussions on four topics: Co-creation Living Labs (CLLs), Technology, Data Provision, and Consumer. Participants were divided into four groups, and each group leader (ABT, UM, JSI, UNIBO) welcomed new participants, with rotations occurring every 10 minutes in order to enhance the dialogue. Science Cafés are organized with the intention of facilitating open discussions between scientists, experts, and the public.

The meeting was closed by summarizing agreed actions and next steps, with a strong emphasis on the importance of effective communication. Dr. Nives Ogrinc thanked all participants for their contributions and closed the meeting at 13:30 (CET).

Article prepared by JSI.
Mark Langley

Outreach Officer

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