The consortium of SUSTAINFEED is constituted with three academic partners and two industrial partners.

Academic Partners

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public research institution in Spain the main agent responsible for implementing the Spanish System for Science, Technology and Innovation. CSIC is ranked the 4th public research institution in Europe with 120 Institutes and 10,642 employees. Its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress. CSIC covers all fields of knowledge from basic to applied research, produces 20% of the national scientific output and is the leading patent filer in Spain. CSIC is 1st organisation in Spain and the 10th in Europe in H2020 funding.

CSIC participates in SUSTAINFEED through the Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía (ICMAN) and the Institute of Investigaciones Marinas (IIM).

Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía (ICMAN-CSIC)

ICMAN-CSIC coordinates the project. ICMAN will participate in the experiments of rotifers mass culture, rearing of fish larvae and on-growing with juvenile fish. Greater amberjack will be the target species for the feeding and growth studies.

Manuel Yufera


Is the Head of the group “Fish Physiology and Sustainable Aquaculture” of CSIC and has 42 years of experience in research in aquaculture. He has participated in 47 National and International scientific projects. His research line has been focused on the ontogeny and feeding of fish larvae, microdiet design and digestive physiology of juvenile fish.

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Gonzalo Martínez-Rodríguez


Is the current Head of Department of Marine Biology and Aquaculture of ICMAN with 30 years of experience on molecular biology applied to aquaculture.

Juan Bosco Ortiz-Delgado


Is a researcher of Department of Marine Biology and Aquaculture with 23 years of experience in the field of aquaculture. His research line has been focused on the study of nutritional, infectious or environmental pathologies affecting fish larvae and juveniles. Through the application of cellular and molecular biomarkers, he knows the responses in the organs-systems of fishes, as well as the presence of dysfunctions, skeletal deformities, etc.

Erick Perera


Is member of the group “Fish Physiology and Sustainable Aquaculture” of CSIC. He has been working over 21 years on crustacean and fish metabolism and digestive biochemistry/physiology. He has published 55 scientific publications, 4 book chapters, 1 European patent, and 30 conference presentations, and has been reviewer for 17 SCI journals. He has participated in 10 scientific projects on the development of new ingredients and diets, biomarkers discovery, and epigenetic programming of farmed fish larvae and juvenile.

Carmen Navarro-Guillén


Hired researcher with experience on fish nutrition. Her research focuses on the evaluation of daily rhythms in the feeding activity and digestive functions of fish larvae and juveniles, with the perspective of linking digestive and feeding patterns to the correct design of feeding protocols. Member of 11 National and European scientific projects.

Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (IIM-CSIC)

IIM-CSIC will carried out all chemical analyses related to plankton and filet quality assessment and will arrange the survey on consumer’s perception on the aquaculture products.

Isabel Medina


University of Bologna

Founded in 1088, the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (UNIBO) is the oldest University of the western world and one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe. UNIBO is strongly committed to research and innovation and it is one of the most active Italian universities in European and international R&I projects, with more than 400 EU funded projects (FP7&H2020). In Horizon 2020, UNIBO is so far involved in 185 funded projects (46 as coordinator) with more than 73 million Euro.

Unibo participates in SUSTAINFEED through the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences.

Unibo will participate in the experiments of artemia mass culture, rearing of European sea bass larvae and on-growing with gilthead seabream juveniles. Unibo will also coordinate Dissemination and communication activities

Alessio Bonaldo


Full Professor at DIMEVET in animal nutrition, has been working for more than fifteen years on fish nutrition and feeding of Mediterranean species. His main working areas is the identification of novel protein sources, the optimization of feed formulations and their effects on growth performance and gut health of the Mediterranean species. He is Coordinator of the NewTechAqua, H2020 project, work package leader of NextGenProteins (H2020) and also involved as PI in the MedAid (H2020) and Novofeed (ERANET) projects.

Pier Paolo Gatta


Full professor DIMEVET in animal nutrition, expert on fish nutrition and feeding with particular reference to Mediterranean species; expert in development of new species diets and the effects of fish nutrition on quality. He is involved in several national and European project including the H2020 projects NewTechAqua, NextGenProteins and MedAid.

Luca Parma


Researcher has expertise in studying nutritional aspects of early live stage of Mediterranean marine species, with specialization on the life feed stage and weaning. He is actively collaborated in the H2020 projects NewTechAqua, NextGenProteins and MedAid.

Industrial Partners


Matís is a leading research and development organisation focused on servicing the food and biotechnology sectors. Matís is a government owned, non-profit, independent research company, founded in 2007 following the merger of three former public research institutes. We pursue research and development aligned to the food and biotechnology industries as well as providing Iceland’s leading analytical testing service for public and private authorities. We have played a leading role in large international projects and have an ongoing fruitful cooperation with many of the largest food and ingredient companies in the world such as Pepsi Co., Nestlé and Roquette. Matís‘ vision is to increase the value of food processing and food production, through research, development, dissemination of knowledge and consultancy, as well as to ensure the safety and quality of food and feed products.

Birgir Smarason


Project Manager at MATIS. His main research expertise is in the innovation and development of alternative and sustainable proteins and environmental impacts and sustainability in food value chains. Birgir has led and participated in number of domestic, Nordic and European research projects, coordinated ClimateKIC Climatathon in Reykjavik and developed ISO standards related to carbon footprint of food products.

George Lamborelle

Georges finished his Master of science in 2019 at University of Hohenheim in Agriculture sciences, specification animal nutrition. He worked for 6 months at University of Hohenheim in the field of fish nutrition, before he started the job at Matís as aquaculture research station manager. He is leading the aquaculture research station at Matís together with Sven-Ole.

Sven-Ole Meiske

Sven-Ole graduated in MSc. aquaculture at University of Rostock in 2021, focused in fish diseases, biology, breeding, and production of salmonids. Before he studied at university, he did an apprenticeship as fishery technician. He already worked in different facilities like trout flow through plants and a landbased RAS salmon farm. Among others he has expertise in the production and rearing of salmonids from the egg until the adult fish. He is leading the aquaculture research station at Matís together with Georges.

Waxa Technologies

Vaxa has developed E2F (Energy to Feed) - a sustainable technology platform that combines advanced biotechnology and machine learning to create the first-in-the-world 24/7 bio-secured indoor, controlled, optimized, and scalable microalgae cultivation production for impact feed and food products. Vaxa’s production facility in Iceland utilizes the clean energy production and waste streams of one of the world’s largest Geothermal Power Generation Plants, leveraging waste heat, natural CO2 emissions, pristine water and 100% green energy to produce fully controlled microalgae with exceptional and consistant nutritional value.

Vaxa will participate in the experiments of mass culture and enrichment of rotifers and artemia providing high quality microalgae, as well as in the improvement of microalgae products.

Isaac Berzin


Seasoned entrepreneur in the algae field.
Named on TIME100 list for sustainable microalgae cultivation and climate change.
MIT scientist with a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

Ohad Bashan


20 years (10 years in the US) of experience in building and running technology companies.
Former CEO of OTI America, President of OTI, NASDAQ listed.
MBA, Pepperdine University, California, B.A in Economics and Marketing , College of Management; Tel Aviv.

Christel Nys

Aquafeed Development

19 years of experience in development of nutritional solutions for Aquafeed Formulation of Aquafeed.
Set up and manage the central raw material matrix for operational production groups.

Reine Leefsma

VP Marketing

20 years of experience in marketing & sales for new and existing markets.


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