Aquaponics: From Science to Practice (09-10 April 2018)

Aquaponics: From Science to Practice‘ is the final COST FA 1305 conference. euah

Join us at the University of Greenwich (London) in April to hear about our achievements over the past four years, and to get insight to the latest research and development in aquaponics. The event is free.

Key note speakers:

Ranka Junge (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland): Strategic points in aquaponics

Janelle Hager (Kentucky State University, USA): Current trends and the potential for growth of aquaponics in the US: A research perspective

Kristina Adams (Adams Aquafarm, Barbados): tbc

Ryan Chatterson (Chatterson Farms, USA): Commercial aquaponics in the United States: The current industry and opportunities for the future

Other confirmed speakers:

Simon Goddek (Wageningen University, Netherlands): Future perspectives on aquaponics

Boris Delaide (University of Liège, Belgium): Mineral elements in aquaponics: their impact on lettuce production and potential improvement of their availability

Zala Schmautz (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland): Nutrient dynamics and microbial diversity in an aquaponic system

Carolina Castro (University of Porto, Portugal): Effects of Nile tilapia and African catfish production on the growth of basil in a coupled aquaponic experimental recirculating system

Carlo Nicoletto (University of Padua, Italy): Evaluation of a low tech aquaponic system: results of the first 3 crop cycles

Robert Röllig (Rostock University, Germany): Microalgae cultivation for bioremediation of nutrients under aquaponic conditions

Peter Dapprich (South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany): A survey of plant pathogens

Hijran Yavuzcan (Ankara University, Turkey): Fish welfare and biosecurity issues

Bozidar Raskovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia): Effects of pesticides on biofilter bacteria in aquaponics

Andras Bittsanszky (InDeRe Institute, Hungary): Plant protecting agents for aquaponic systems

Bettina König (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany): How can aquaponics contribute to more sustainable food production and consumption?

Andrea Forchino (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy): Betting on sustainability: the Life Cycle Thinking approach to aquaponics

Carmelo Maucieri (University of Padua, Italy): Aquaponics for educational purposes: A Life Cycle Assessment

Kyra Hoevenaars (AquaBioTech Group, Malta): EU policies: opportunities for aquaponics

Agnes Joly (Aquaprimeur, France): Aquaponics entrepreneur strategies in Europe

Morris Villarroel (Technical University of Madrid, Spain): Aquaponics in the EU

Harry Palm (Rostock University, Germany): Perspectives and constraints on the commercialization of aquaponics in Germany

Ragnheidur Thorarinsdottir (Svinna-verkfraedi Ltd/University of Iceland): What is special about aquaponics produce?

Faris Farrag (Bustan Aquaponics, Egypt): Commercial scale aquaponics in middle income countries

Download the full conference programme

COST Action FA1305 EU Aquaponics Hub

Organiser of Aquaponics: From Science to Practice

The EU Aquaponics Hub is a four year COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) networking Action that brings together a heterogenous group of scientists, researchers and SMEs from across the EU and around the globe to better understand the state of knowledge in aquaponics in Europe and around the world and to facilitate innovation and education in this field of sustainable fish and vegetal food production. 

The EU Aquaponics Hub is composed of members from: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The EU Aquaponics Hub organises regular conferences and training schools on aquaponics, and facilitates the research of PhD students and postdocs through the provision of grants for Short Term Scientific Missions. More details can be found on the EU Aquaponics Hub website.


ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities Conference (4-5 September 2018)

The University of Greenwich Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre and the Department of Architecture and Landscape are proud to announce our ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities, London Conference on 4-5 September 2018.

Natural elements such as street trees and planting have been a feature of our cities for hundreds of years and today the ecosystem services that city vegetation delivers through avenues, parks and gardens, urban forests, green roofs and living walls are well known and largely celebrated. The necessity for clean air, daylight, sunlight and natural materials are also a prerequisite for health and wellbeing in our buildings and hopefully sick building syndrome will become a thing of the past. Whilst many disciplines dabble in the ‘green arts’ of biophilia, where individual house and buildings may be seen to adhere, at least in part to biophilic principles, we are a long way from celebrating the first biophilic school, or the first biophilic hospital or office building and indeed the first biophilic city.

The aim of this conference is bring together all those who are involved in biophilia, in practice and in principal. Those who will participate will be working both in the built environment and in the manufacture of natural materials used in the built environment and also in the delivery of health and wellbeing. Whilst biophilic principles are simple, practice needs a kick start to increase the pace of change towards providing places and spaces that improve the quality of life for people and nature in our cities. ​ This conference will do this through the delivery of high quality keynote speakers (to be announced shortly) and the delivery of  peer reviewed papers as well as the facilitation of a ‘White Paper’ on the Biophilic City which will be formulated through working group sessions on Biophilia in Health, Education, Commercial Buildings, Landscape etc.

Participate and activate your part in this process. Become part of the solution and less of the problem. Let us interrupt the commonplace to become the special place. Help make September the 5th Biophilic Cities Day, a day to celebrate how we incorporate nature into our urban environment.

To register for this event, please click on the following link: ABC: Biophilic Cities

For further information please contact us using the form below:

VLILW – Very Large Internal Living Wall Installed



We are very happy to announce the installation of the first Very Large Internal Living Wall at the University of Greenwich. This is just in time for the opening of the Architecture and Landscape and CPDA exhibitions on Wednesday 15th of June.  The living wall has kindly been donated and installed by NEMEC, a company from the Czech Republic and will be used for research purposes. It is well documented that indoor plants improve air quality and the wellbeing of people especially in the work place. Amongst other things we will be testing a variety of plants for suitability and their effects on air quality, noise as well as people’s attitudes to living walls. The planting design was done by Shelley Mosco (an A&L staff member who has designed numerous living walls across the UK, as well as America, Europe, and UAE) and many landscape and architecture students helped with the installation, for which we are very grateful.  A special thanks to Nic Clear, Greg Sporton, Neil Spiller and FM for their support. Any questions please contact Benz Kotzen and/or Shelley Mosco at

Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre:

NEMECcropped-img_341520copy-2.jpgCascade Garden:


Size: 20m2 (4 metres tall x 5 metres wide.)

System Type: Modular, regular horticultural compost with added vermiculite.

Irrigation: Automatic top up system. Approximate daily water usage 0.1 litre / per square meter, thus 2 litres per day

Lighting:    Horticultural halogen / red & green spectrum.

Plants: There are approximately 700 plants; 16 different plant species.


Scientific Name Common Name
Aglaonema ‘Butterfly’ Chinese evergreen ‘Butterfly’
Alocasia ‘Polly’ Elephant’s ear / African mask
Anthurium andraeanum ‘Almera Rood’ Flamingo flower
Asplenium nidus Bird’s nest fern
Chamaedorea elegans Dwarf mountain palm
Chlorophytum capense ‘Green’ Bracket plant
Cissus alata ‘Ellen Danica’ Grape ivy ‘Ellen Danica’
Coffea arabica Arabica coffee
Peperomia caperata ‘Rosso’ Radiator plant ‘Rosso’
Peperomia rotundifolia var. rotundifolia Radiator plant
Philodendron scandens Heart leaf
Polystichum tsussimense Korean rock fern
Spathiphyllum ‘Alana’ Peace lily
Stromanthe ‘Horticolor’ Prayer plant
Tradescantia zebrina Silver inch plant
Zamioculcas zamiifolia Fern arum