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Multidisciplinary approaches to fish health and disease research

Call status: Closed
Previous call: 16 December 2013 – 24 January 2014


To bring together researchers working on fish and shellfish disease with those working in other areas that could contribute to building UK capacity in fish health.

Key aims

  • Prioritise the research gaps in fish and shellfish health and disease, including environmental interactions.
  • Promote collaboration between the BBSRC, NERC and other relevant research communities
  • Provide a focus for discussion on novel technologies/technology development
  • Facilitate new multidisciplinary research partnerships that could lead to collaborative bids for funding
  • Encourage the development of a strong UK wide research community


This workshop led to a BBSRC-NERC call: A joint BBSRC-NERC call for multidisciplinary proposals in sustainable aquaculture: health, disease, and the environment.

The workshop was very successful with almost a hundred attendees and sixty four institutions, businesses and organisations represented. We received a lot of positive feedback about the workshop particularly the networking and collaboration building components suggesting that the workshop achieved its first aims.

Thirty priority topics were identified and from this the top five priorities have been established:

  1. Environmental System Interactions (host-pathogen- (changing) environment)
  2. Fundamental
  3. Host-Pathogen Interactions
  4. Immunology and Immunological Tools (including vaccine delivery)
  5. Nutrition and the Microbiome 
  6. Genetic resistance

Related calls: animal health collaboration multidisciplinary research technologies