The COLUMBUS Consortium is made up of 25 Partners across 14 countries and has been specifically designed to address the call topic and achieve the intended impacts. The Consortium is a balanced, multidisciplinary partnership, containing Pan-European organisations which represent a broad constituency of stakeholders in the marine and maritime areas.

COLUMBUS brings together a new extended multi-stakeholder, multidisciplinary, transnational partnership with the experience, strategic positioning and track record in the marine and maritime sectors to achieve the ambitious impacts of the call topic. Understanding that strategic changes are needed in how the marine and maritime community interact and collaborate for mutual benefit, the partnership has been constructed to represent all aspects of the research lifecycle (funding bodies, researchers, communications experts and end-users) and all regional sea basins in Europe.

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Aquark is a leading applied research and consultancy firm in health management and specialises as a technology and innovation amplifier in European Aquaculture. Our mission is to consult, innovate, foresee, network, communicate, train, research, advocate, conserve and inspire in the field of aquaculture, as well as the protection and sustainability of global aquatic resources. Through close collaboration with the research community and the fish farming industry at federation and farm level Aquark bridges the gap and facilitates smooth technology transfer.

Contact person: Panos Christofilogiannis


Role of Aquark in COLUMBUS

Aquark is Competence Node Leader for Aquaculture. Participating across the project in Work Packages 2 to 8.

Profile of staff engaged in the project:

panosDr Panos Christofilogiannis is fish health expert with deep knowledge and 20 years’ experience on applied research and technology transfer in European aquaculture industry. He holds a degree in veterinary science, a M.Sc. in Applied Fish Biology, a MSc in Aquatic Veterinary Studies and a PhD in the use of antibiotics in aquaculture. Panos has worked as the Head Fish Pathologist on three fish farm units and has also worked in the area of controlling food hygiene for the Greek Navy. He is currently technical advisor to a number of organisations including to the Federation of Greek Maricultures Coordinator of Committee of Fish Pathologists Representative of FGM in the F.A.O., to the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers Vice chairman of FEAP Fish Health Committee and to AQUACULTURE VACCINES Ltd. He has been General Manager of Aquark for over 14 years and is currently the coordinator of the Hellenic Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform.


katerinaDr Katerina Moutou is Scientific Coordinator of Aquark. She obtained her B.Sc from the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, her PhD in Fish Biology from the Department of Zoology, University of Aberdeen, GB and her Postdoc from CCMar, University of Algarve, Portugal. Her research interests include the study of the molecular mechanisms of environmental and hormonal regulation of the development of piscine muscular system and the molecular physiology of fish nutrition and growth performance in Mediterranean fish. Besides a series of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, Dr Moutou has developed a series of services for the aquaculture industry with a novel in vitro protein digestibility method used in the benchmarking of larval and other fish feeds as well as the audit of different batches of juveniles in terms of their ability to effectively digest proteins. Dr Moutou, is an Associate Professor in the University of Thessaly, Greece.


JoannaTavlaJoanna Tavla is a founding member of Aquark and is Research and Development Manager. She holds a BSc in Mathematics and a MSc in Operational Research, has experience as a research analyst and training manager and is an expert on statistical analysis of aquaculture production field data. She is an expert advisor to the Federation of Greek Mariculture and is a member of the Hellenic Aquaculture and Innovation Platform.


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AquaTT UETP Ltd., PO Box 8989
Dublin 2, Ireland

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