The AQUAEXCEL2020 Industry & Research Advisory Panel (IRAP) is expected to be an interactive advisory body and contribute both to upstream guidance (e.g. industry need recommendations) as well as to downstream impact/dissemination as it will aim at maximizing the possibilities for new knowledge to be translated into innovation, and so substantially increase the possibilities for success.
The AQUAEXCEL2020 IRAP will act as a pro-active interface for the project involving the research community and the aquaculture industry. This will strengthen industry-research relations and develop research that meets industry needs for innovation.
AQUAEXCEL2020 aims to prioritise and carry 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.