The former Hungarian Platform had already tried to implement programs and activities of European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) www.eatip.eu which was formed in 2007 and recognized by European Commission's Technology Platform in 2009 after EATIP registered in EU as a non-profit organization. Closing workshop of former Platform had numerous international participants, like Torgeir Edvardsen, Secretary of EATIP.
The coordinating institute is Department of Aquaculture, Szent Istvan University and after project was closed the dpeartment has been in contact with EATIP since then. HUNATIP is member of EATIP and member of Mirror Platforms of EATIP as the only Eastern European country. Leaders of HUNATIP and HAA have been activily participated in set up an European aquaculture future aspects ans strategy of European research and innovation. Document wrote by EATIP and translatiod by HAA can be found here: Az_europai_akvakultura_jovoje.pdf.
EATiP covers a diverse range of challenges that are vital to the sector's future growth and innovation, HUNATIP is agree on it as well:
The Annual General Meeting of the EATiP will take place in Brussels on 6-7 June 2016.
AE2016 will be held on September 20-23, 2016 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.EATIP day will be held on 22nd of September.
The method used in the initial phase of the strategy planning was an important pillar of the preparation of the Strategic Research Plan. This method was considered relatively new not only in Hungarian aquaculture but in the entire Hungarian agriculture, as well, in contrast with the financial or trade sector where information collection in the form of workshops is an organic part of development. So far, one-sided professional communication and implementation of the decisions of a small group of stakeholders was characteristic of the entire sector. These processes did not allow expression of thoughts and joint thinking of others related to the industry in one way or another. We, however, believe that in some situations one-sided information flow has to be replaced by the creation of something new, progressive, more efficient on a group or ogranizational level by integration and synthesis of the thoughts, experiences and views of a given work group. Efforts were made to explore the interests of different market players and interest groups related to a given professional background were addressed in four workshops (+ one other workshop to draw conclusions). (Figure 1.)
Attention was paid to avoid moderation of these brainstorming-type meetings by a person related to the sector (who is therefore known by the participants and may have good rhetoric skills), thus, Szinergia Kft. a company specialized in this type of work and independent of the sector was invited to carry out the workshops. Thus, dialogs were not conducted along a direction set by a moderator but problems, issues and comments were addressed through the "outsider" approach represented by Szinergia Kft. We believe that professional presentation skills were not sufficient for these procedures and the knowledge of group processes, techniques required to map and explore group opinions, stimulation of the activity of group members as well as ability to utilize surfaced information in a group-level creative process based on joint thinking are all required.
Sector stakeholders had to be identified prior to the workshops (Figure 2.):
The summary of strengths, opportunities, weaknesses and threats present in the sector was harmonized and synergized by the Scientfic Advisory Body (SAB) of the Platform based on the uniform SWOT analyses and messages formed by participants of individual workshops. This served as a background for strategic focusing points to follow. Subsequently, the Strategic Plan was released by the SAB for public debate by participants of the fisheries sector of other (environmental, veterinary, water management authorities) stakeholders. Feedback information was incorporated by the SAB into the final Strategy.
László Váradi, director of HUNATIP, and Magdolna Müllerné Trenovszki, secretary of Platform were participant of 7th annual general meeting of EATIP in April, 2015. László Váradi has presented HUNATIP and he told that Hungarian Mirror Platform was organized in 2007 in his presentation and it was supported by the National Office for Research and Technology (NORT).
Hungarian Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (HUNATiP) is a claster which is directed by Szent István University, Department of Aquaculture, and it involves three different but determining organization like Hungarian Aquaculture Association (HAA), the Hungarian Fish Farmers and Fisheries Area-takers Water Association (MAHAL), and the Hungarian Chamber of Agricultural Economics Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries Class. HUNATIP works as a mirror platform of EATiP and kind of eastern European arm of EATiP. Following the presentation, several people asked about the possibility of the development of the East-European relations.
Meeting of the Research Infrastructures (RI) & Mirror Platforms (MiP) Working Group was organised in Rotterdam, conference of EAS.
Facilitating the implementation of EATiP’s Vision for European Aquaculture 2030 via coordination and cooperation between Mirror Platforms (MiP), Regions and Member States.
Objectives: To bring together the representatives of regional / national multi-stakeholder mirror platforms and achieve a facilitated workshop process to address 3 issues:
How to better coordinate efforts and share experiences between actors across Member States (mirror platforms, clusters, networks)
Brainstorm on priority transnational actions that could be taken to address knowledge transfer goals in the SRIA and potential funding sources for implementation
Identifying sustainable, mutual “added values” of mirror platform involvement in EATiP
Management of HUNATiP:
Dr. Béla Urbányi, DSc
full time professor, head of the Department of Aquaculture,
leader of the Platform
László Váradi, PhD
Professional leader of the Platform
Dr. Müllerné Dr. Trenovszki Magdolna
Secretary of Platform