West European Fish Technologists' Association
Hotel Føroyar, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. 14 - 18 Oct 2019

Welcome to the 49th WEFTA Conference

It is our great honour to welcome you to the 49th West European Fish Technologists Association (WEFTA) Conference taking place in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands from the 15 - 17 October 2019.

The Faroe Islands have been active in WEFTA since the end of the 1970´s and this is the second time the Faroe Islands have hosted the WEFTA conference. The first time was in 2000.

The WEFTA conference provides a valuable platform for food scientists, PhD students and fish processing industries to present their latest research achievements and share valuable experiences in the field of fish industry and aquatic products, quality and safety.

One very important aim of the WEFTA conferences is to encourage young researchers (PhD students etc.) to participate and present their own work. Industry participation is also important for WEFTA, therefore we have also invited representatives from the fish processing industries to join the conference and to share their success stories and take part in discussions and challenges.

The theme for this year's conference is “Blue Value Creation, Bioeconomy, Health and Safety” and we invite submissions for communications under priority areas:

  • Value creation from pelagic and demersal fish species (Industry Session)
  • Sustainable aquaculture – healthy production today and in the future
  • Zero waste production and biorefining
  • Health effects of seafood consumption and promotion of marine-based food
  • Seafood safety and authenticity
  • Micro and macroalgae and future applications
  • Advanced processing technologies and impact on quality of seafood

The first day of the conference deals with issues that in many ways are relevant for the fishing industry, as well as the aquaculture industry in the Faroe Islands. As such, we are looking forward to seeing many representatives from these sectors at the conference. Participants who will join some of the technical excursions on Friday may experience the seafood sector first hand.

WEFTA has developed as the leading platform for seafood R&D experts to gain knowledge about and discuss hot topics and major breakthroughs with a combination of keynote lectures, oral and poster sessions and opportunities for active discussion and networking with representatives from the seafood sector. This annual conference allows experts working in diverse fields to understand key R&D trends and breakthroughs, which underpin knowledge of how to produce the best seafood and ingredients and to gain first-hand knowledge of technological breakthroughs, which will affect production techniques and markets in coming years.

The capital Tórshavn offers various cultural centres, a diversity of high street shops, a vibrant business community, and hotels, restaurants and much more. Tórshavn also hosts many of the country’s governmental administrative offices and agencies. Tórshavn is thus a modern city that is continuously developing and growing. 

Even though the capital is a modern city, there are many living reminders of history that bring a unique energy to the town. Historic homes nestled along twisting, narrow pathways, speak of a time long ago. In Tórshavn, the old and the new rub shoulders all the time, especially in the city centre where it is still easy to find yourself standing on stones tread by Viking chieftains a1000 years ago.

Jákup Mørkøre

Chair WEFTA 2019 | jakupmo@fisk.fo

Fisheries Research Fund of the Faroe Islands

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