1st EAFP Student Conference

1st EAFP Students Conference – June 8th, 2023

The 1st EAFP Students Conference – Students for Students, held on June 8th, 2023, was an extraordinary success, exceeding all our expectations (program). It brought together participants interested in fish and shellfish health from universities, research institutes, and industry and attracted an impressive and diverse group of undergraduate students, Ph.D. students, and early career researchers likewise. This balanced participation created a dynamic and inclusive atmosphere of knowledge sharing and collaboration, allowing individuals at various stages of their academic and professional journeys to contribute and learn from one another. With registered participants from over 19 countries worldwide and speakers representing 10 different nations, the conference fostered a truly global exchange of knowledge, ideas, and perspective on aquatic animal health research and practice. We were thrilled to witness enthusiastic participation from individuals across various time zones, including dedicated attendees from Australia who joined us in the late hours of their night or from America joining us in their morning.

The conference commenced with our keynote speaker Dr. Bartolomeo Gorgoglione, the Principal Investigator of the Fish Pathobiology and Immunology Laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Michigan State University, president of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, and Chair of the WAVMA Education and Students Committee. Dr. Bart delivered an engaging presentation entitled “Catching international career chances, with research on polymicrobial infections in fish and promoting aquatic animal health education“ setting the stage for an intellectually stimulating event. He gave us an inspiring insight into his career path, providing tips on overcoming challenges linked with international academic development.

Throughout the conference, we witnessed a vibrant exchange of ideas among participants representing diverse scientific backgrounds. The presentations covered a wide range of topics, including innovative diagnostic techniques, emerging diseases and treatment strategies, and sustainable aquaculture practices. The quality and depth of the research showcased were truly impressive, reflecting the dedication and passion of the attendees. The lively discussions during Q&A sessions further enhanced the sense of community and facilitated the exchange of feedback and insights. With so many amazing presentations and presenters, it was tough to choose the best ones. We are happy to congratulate Anna M. Poslednik and Cahya Fusianto, who were selected by the audience votes as the best presenters and will be rewarded with free registration for the 21st International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish in Aberdeen.

Again, we want to express our deepest gratitude to all presenters and attendees for their active engagement and valuable contribution to the conference. Without you, this event wouldn`t have been possible. The commitment shown by attendees from around the world, adjusting their schedules to participate actively, was truly remarkable. It exemplified the dedication and shared passion for the aquatic animal health community in advancing research and promoting collaboration. We hope you had a wonderful time, and we eagerly looking forward to future opportunities to connect, learn, and grow together as a community. We invite all students and young researchers to connect with us (Twitter @EAFPstudents), meet in Aberdeen, and join us to help organize the second edition of this student conference.