The AQUAEXCEL2020 Industry & Research Advisory Panel (IRAP) is an interactive advisory body that contributes both to upstream guidance (e.g. industry need recommendations) as well as to downstream impact/dissemination as it aims at maximizing the possibilities for new knowledge to be translated into innovation, and so substantially increases the possibilities for success.
The AQUAEXCEL2020 IRAP will acts as a pro-active interface for the project involving the research community and the aquaculture industry. This strengthens industry-research relations and develops research that meets industry needs for innovation.
AQUAEXCEL2020 prioritises and carries out research projects (both being part of the project itself, as well as the TNA research projects) that are in line with identified needs of the European aquaculture industry. A key role of the AQUAEXCEL2020 IRAP is to provide recommendations on current industry needs (EATiP Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda) so the project can focus on research projects addressing these.
Currently, the IRAP consists of 12 external aquaculture industry experts from eight European countries, as well as nine AQUAEXCEL2020 work package leaders and four affiliates.