The annual BAQUA convention serves as a knowledge sharing and networking gathering of the Aquaponics Sector. Connecting participants with latest aquaponics industry updates, initiatives, resources and tools.

Welcome to the baqua 2017 convention!

We focus on disseminating state of the art technology and research, market trends, key challenges and showcasing inspirational initiatives and face-to-face networking. The convention provides networking towards the initiation of business collaborations, demonstration projects, technology partnerships and open source data sharing as well as actively matchmaking synergies and partnerships to shape this emergent industry.

This year we are delighted to hold the convention at Green Lab in Bermondsey in London – our first time in London!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Friday 8th December: Aquaponics Training Workshop

Following the sell out success of previous year’s trainings with Dr Wilson Lennard (2015), Antonio Paladino (2016).

  • Hands-On Session with Bristol Fish Project and Green Lab IBC tote system configuration – in Green Lab’s Wet Lab (Bristol Fish Project, Green Lab)
  • Training Session with Aquaponics Lab- Public Relations -a commercial aquaponics test-case
  • Training Session with Aquaponics Lab – Opportunities of Open Source Technology + hands on session “Grow bed control valves” 
  • Training Session with Bristol Fish Project a selection of course content from their Commercial Aquaponics Course – hand picked sessions based on participant needs.

Friday 8th December at Green Lab
10:00 – 16:30
(includes Lunch)


Saturday 9th December: Main Conference 09:00 – 17:00

08:00 – BAQUA Business Breakfast
for those who would like to join BAQUA’s steering group and/or support the day-to-day running of the organisation (additional charge for breakfast – see ticketing)

Main Session
09:00 – Arrivals, registration and mingle
09:30 – Welcome and intro from the BAQUA team and Green Lab our hosts this year and a word from the convention sponsors.

10:00 – ‘BAQUA INTRODUCING’ – Emerging Stories from the Sector – BAQUA introduces exciting projects and people incl progress that has been happening with Aquaponics Lab

10:30Aquaponics in Architecture and Spatial Planning – Paul Bavister (Flanagan Lawrence) and Fred Labbe (Expedition) invite you to explore their World Architecture Forum Shortlisted Aquaponics Proposal [read more about this session]

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 AQUASCHOOLS-We are pleased to announce AquaRoots will be giving a session at this year’s convention on School-systems! Including info on integrating your project with KS 1-4 and British Science Association CREST scheme – the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5-to-19-year olds [read more about this session]

12:00 – 12:30 Benz Kotzen catches us up with EU Aquaponics Hub progress

12:30 – 13:00  Interactive Session

13:00 – Lunch

14:00(de)coupling 101 – Michael Jeutner shares design insights and answers questions on decoupled aquaponics for commercial / larger systems. [read more about this session]

15:00 – 15:30 Waste=Feed DIY Black Soldier Flies Session with Beca Beeby from Humble by Nature on her experience with Black Soldier Flies [read more about this session]

15:30 – 15:45 – Break

15:45 -16:00 Bristol Fish Project bring their BSF research to the Green Lab to share their findings on waste-feed streams vs soldier fly size.

16:00 – 17:00 Ande Gregson introduces the Green Lab and gives us a tour [read more about this session]

17:00 end


Our annual conferences aim to:

  • facilitate knowledge and resource sharing across the network
  • enable members to overcome specific operational issues through access to specific information and expert guidance
  • introduce innovations and the state-of-the-art in research and practice from the UK and beyond
  • provide a high-level training opportunity for practitioners
  • make aquaponics more accessible to entry-level practitioners

And to initiate

  • relationships between practitioners, researchers, suppliers, the public and interested parties
  • co-creation of standards, certification and other frameworks for the sector
  • co-authoring of policy recommendations
  • business collaborations
  • demonstration projects
  • technology partnerships
  • open data sharing
  • matchmaking of synergies and partnerships