Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems sponsored a workshop for aquaponics technology and design, held from May 2 thru 5 at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria laboratory in Peniche, Portugal. Sponsorship was also provided by Aquaponics Iberia, CETEMARES (Marine Sciences R&D, Education, and Knowledge Dissemination Centre), and MARE (Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria).
Mr. Rick Jones, part of the PAES engineering and design group, presenting basic engineering principles related to aquaponics. This was a component of the workshop welcomed and well-received by the participants.
Mr. Andreas Graber of UrbanFarmers, Zurich, Switzerland, presented the concept of rooftop farming with aquaponics, as well as an overview of aquaponics in Europe, and suitable species of plants and fish for culturing aquaponically.
Dr. Jason Danaher of PAES, presented basic and in-depth design and operational information about aquaponics.
A tour and instruction was provided for the workshop participants at the Aquaponics Iberia facility in nearby Torres Vedras, Portugal. The Mayor of Torres Vedras (center, in jacket), Hon. Carlos Manuel Antunes Bernardes came to greet and welcome the participants.