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2018 Conference Slide Presentations

Project Oasis: Optimizing Aquaponic Systems for Improved Sustainability– Todd Guerdat and Anna Devitto

Research summary of the University of New Hampshire research group on aquaponics. The presentation includes information on nutrient mass balance in aquaponics, economic impact of integration, and production of strawberries in the Northeast region.

Plankton’s Role in a Healthy Aquaponics System – Tom Zimmerman

Pictures and diagrams of the research method to observe microscopic organisms. The presentation also includes video links that go into further details on the research.

People, Planet, Profit: Aquaponics Triple Bottom Line – Tawnya Sawyer

An overview of the presenter’s purpose in pursuing aquaponics. The presentation includes education guidelines on making aquaponics farm sustainable socially, environmentally, and economically.

You Built It…Now What? Optimizing Your Growing Environment – Tawnya Sawyer

A broad overview of all the important factors to establish a successful aquaponics system. These includes source water and water quality; cycling and bacteria management; solids management and mineralization; selecting and growing crops; and pest prevention and recovery.

Energy Efficiency: Down on Your Farm – Stan Crisp

An in depth look of various energy usage in an aquaponics system. The presentation also includes information on different types of renewable energy.

AONE Farm – Shumin Wang

Pictures of AONE Farm.

Finding Profitability in an Everchanging Aquaponic Landscape – Ryan Chatterson

A guideline on running a successful aquaponics farm. The presentation includes information on how to market aquaponics products, connect with local markets, and more.

Sketchup as an Aquaponics Design Tool: Tricks for a Simple and Effective Design – Peter Hill

Instructions to plan out the layout of aquaponics farm using 3D modelling software, Sketchup.

Demonstration of a Small Scale De-Coupled Aquaponics System Utilizing Floating Bead and Bioclarifier and Airlift Technology – Paul Begue

An overview of an aquaponics system that utilizes de-coupled architecture. The presentation shows the different components of the system, specifically a closer look at the AST Endurance filter.

The Development of the First Zero-Waste Food Production System based on Aquaponics – Nick Savidov

An in depth look at the different types of mechanical filter, bio-filter, and bioreactor used to achieve a zero-waste food production system.

TDCJ Mark W. Michael Unit Field Force Urban Farming Project – Michael Mcleon

The presentation shows how aquaponics and hydroponics systems are used at Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Michael Unit to give back to the community and provide learning opportunities for inmates.

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Sharing Our Journey: From a “hobby-dream” Concept to a Full Business – Matt Randall

An overview of what factors that make the GYO Greens aquaponics farm in Florida succeed.

Trifecta Ecosystems – Aquaponics: The Next Generation Classroom Computer – Kieran Foran

An overview of how aquaponics could be an effective tool to incorporate STEM learning in the classroom regardless of ages. The many concepts and components of aquaponics can easily be adapted to different stages of learning.

Partnership for CACANA: Commercial AfriCAN Aquaponics – Charles Mulamata

The presentation shows the progress and future steps for aquaponics in Africa. It also includes an example of a small-scale aquaponics system in Africa that grows yams.

Integrated Pest Management: for the Aquaponics Greenhouse – Arvind Venkat

A guideline to control pests in aquaponics through the integrated pest management method or IPM. This method is science-based approach that combines different techniques to manage pests.

Other Sources:

Produce Safety Standards

Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Allergens, including the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Edition 4); Final Guidance

2019 Conference Slide Presentations

Aquaponics Association Survey Report D. Allen Pattillo, David Cline, Janelle Hager, and Terry Hanson

This presentation provides a research summary on the current state of the aquaponics industry. It includes information on methods of production, fish and plants sale data, aquaponics experiences, and more.

Case Study: Aquaponics in China  – Brian Cao

A general overview of aquaponics in China, and a look at the development of a 1000 m2 and 10000 m2 aquaponics facility.

Creating the Aquaponics Economy – Brian Filipowich

An economic analysis on the current food production systems. Two concepts are explored – externalities and capital stocks (specifically natural capital stocks) – to better understand the true hidden costs of the current food production systems.

Nutrient Management in Aquaponics at Auburn University – Daniel Wells

Details on types of nutrients needed for healthy plant growth, how such nutrients are moved throughout the plants, and how to manage the nutrients availability in the aquaponics system.

Aquaponics in the Developing World: Arid Regions Northern Mexico – Darynne Lee

A general overview of aquaponics and the benefits of aquaponics in arid regions of Mexico.

Backyard Build – Ed Favilla

Overview of a simple aquaponics build by the presenter.

O’Maley Innovation Middle School Gloucester Ma – Ed Tivnan

Pictures of classroom aquaponics systems.

Pettengill Farm Salisbury Ma – Ed Tivnan

Pictures of how aquaponics farms adapt to harsh Massachusetts winters.

RAS Design and Engineering Principles with Aquaponics Integration – James Ebeling

A design perspective on aquaponics systems. The presentation includes diagrams and pictures on the essential components in an aquaponics system along with the different types of aquaponics design.

Developing a Naturally-Derived Nutrient Solution Using Recirculating Aquaculture Effluent – Joe Tetreault

A look at how to utilize waste from recirculating aquaculture systems using microbial digestion method.

Feeding the Future: What Role Can Aquaponics and Aquaculture Play – Jim Tidwell

Statistical data on the benefits of aquaculture and aquaponics on the future of food production. Aquaculture holds promising results for sustaining future population growth while reducing land and resource usage.

Classroom Aquaponics – John Dupuis

Pictures of aquaponics systems built by students.

Building Business Principles in Stem Curriculum – Kevin Savage

An example of how business principles from an aquaponics farm are incorporated into the classroom at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

Research and Community Outreach Development at Lethbridge College, Alberta – Nick Savidov

Professional presentation on aquaponics research project at Lethbridge College. The project is based on four pillars: Agri-H2O, Agri-Food, Agri-Business, and community engagement. The presentation also includes outreach program details and a look into the development of biochar filtration system.

Financial Planning for Faring Success – JD Sawyer

Data tables that take into consideration of many different factors to help determine the economic outcome of an aquaponics farm.

Sharing Our Journey: From a “hobby-dream” Concept to a Full Business – Matt Randall

An overview of the factors that help the GYO Greens aquaponics farm in Florida succeed.

Can Aquaponics Change the Developing World? – Phil Reasons

A short description of which countries qualify as developing countries along with additional pictures of aquaponics in developing countries.

Challenges in Developing World – Phil Reasons

A list of the challenges that aquaponics projects face in developing countries.

Solar Powered Aquaponics in Africa – Phil Reasons

The presentation shows how solar powered is incorporated into an aquaponics farm in a developing nation and its results after 6 years of production.

What’s the Best Type of Greenhouse? – Rob Torcellini

Various simplified drawings that show how sunlight penetrates different types of greenhouse.

Controls & Automation – Rob Torcellini

Pictures and graphs of the control systems in Bigelow Brook Farm.

Microbial Communities and Food Safety in Recirculating Aquaponics – Sean Fogarty

An overview of different microbial analysis from different studies along with a deeper look into the microbial communities in the UNH aquaponics greenhouses.

Energy Efficiency – Stan Crisp

An in depth look at various energy usage in an aquaponics system. The presentation also includes information on different types of renewable energy.

Chilled Wet Wall Testing – Stan Crisp

Two graphs comparing the temperature outside of the greenhouse, temperature inside of the greenhouse, and outside RH temperature throughout the day.

Probiotic Microbes & Beneficial Insects in Aquaponics IPM – Stephen Raisner

Information on different methods used to treat common plant problems and support plant health.

Aone Farm, the Pioneer of Aquaponics in China – Shumin Wang

Pictures of Aone farm in china.

Presentation Proposals – Fall 2020 Aquaponics Association Conference

Dear Aquaponics World:

Get Ready for the Fall 2020 Aquaponics Virtual Conference!!

Due to COVID19 we are moving our annual conference to the Web this year. We are aiming for mid-October, 2020. 

We need YOU to share your experience and make the conference happen! Please fill out the form, below, to submit a presentation proposal. The Association will respond to your application within a few weeks. All presentation suggestions are welcome.

Presentations are due September 12.

We are seeking presentations in all fields of aquaponics:

Community Aquaponics – To advance aquaponics in the home, neighborhood, and non-profit sector

STEM Aquaponics – To advance aquaponics in the classroom, in STEM curriculum, and in all forms of education

Commercial Aquaponics – To increase the commercial success of aquaponic farms and overcome roadblocks facing commercial growers

Aquaponics Research – To advance aquaponics research and connect researchers at colleges and research institutions

Do you have a presentation that doesn’t fit neatly into these categories? Don’t worry, we still want to hear from you, let us know your ideas.

The Conference will be hosted on the Run World Virtual Events Platform. This exciting, interactive platform can host multiple session formats:

TALK — One speaker giving a presentation with the option of screen-share slide presentations. Talks can be live or pre-recorded. Attendees can interact through live comments, questions, and emoji reactions; and presenters can poll the audience and see results in real-time.

“ASK ME ANYTHING” — 1 speaker receiving and answering live questions from attendees

FIRESIDE CHAT  —  2 speakers to have a live conversation in front of an audience. Attendees can interact through live comments, questions, and emoji reactions.

PANEL DISCUSSION  —  Up to 8 people livestreaming together with an audience. Panel format can also be used for speaker panels or attendee

VIRTUAL TOUR  —  Showcase a video of your system and answer audience questions!

BREAKOUT DISCUSSION  —  Up to 8 people having a private conversation so that all participants can engage and share their ideas. Do you have a topic we need to be talking about? Let us know!


Presenter Guidelines Terms & Conditions

Presenters of pre-recorded videos must have the ability to record image and sound on their devices. Standard recording quality – such as for common video-chat applications – is good.

Upon acceptance of your program, you will be required to enter into a Presenter Guidelines & Consent and Media Release Form. By submitting a program for consideration, you agree and acknowledge that:

Presentations are given voluntarily for educational purposes. Speakers compensated according to the Aquaponics Associations Conference Guidelines and speaking engagements are not related to participation as event or conference sponsors.

The Aquaponics Association takes copyright laws seriously. Please be sure that you have clear rights to use all content including any images in your slides.

Proposal acceptance is based on the information provided at the time of submission. Any changes to content or speakers must be conveyed to Aquaponics Association in advance, and Aquaponics Association reserves the right to cancel or reschedule conference sessions based on changed information.

Presentations are not for the purpose of selling any goods and services, including your own. Solicitation of speaker products and services in such a way that undermines that purpose is prohibited. Exposure for your products and services should be provided via no more than 2 slides and/or up to 2 minutes of total audio time at the conclusion of the presentation.

If selected, you agree to abide by the timeline set by Aquaponics Association and meet all deadlines to the best of your ability.

You will have adequate computer hardware to support the relevant platform, including a microphone, projector and laptop computer for your presentation.

The Aquaponics Association may audio and/or video record your presentation and make it available for members and nonmembers, with or without charge. You authorize the Aquaponics Association to record, reproduce, and publish your presentation in whole or in part.

By submitting a conference proposal, you agree that you have read and understood you responsibilities as outlined in these terms and conditions, and that I will timely execute the Presenter Guidelines & Consent and Media Release Form, which may include additional and more detailed requirements, upon selection of my program.


Aquaponics Association Working Group Participation

In 2019, the Aquaponics Association Board of Governors created the framework for four “Working Groups” to focus on advancing distinct fields of aquaponics:

Community Aquaponics – To advance aquaponics in the home, neighborhood, and non-profit sector

STEM Aquaponics – To advance aquaponics in the classroom, in STEM curriculum, and in all forms of education

Commercial Aquaponics – To increase the commercial success of aquaponic farms and overcome roadblocks facing commercial growers

Aquaponics Research – To advance aquaponics research and connect researchers at colleges and research institutions



Working Group functions are to:

  • represent the applicable field of aquaponics to the Aquaponics Association Board of Directors and the Public;
  • provide input to the annual conference program on this field of aquaponics;
  • moderate relevant Member chatrooms and conference breakout discussions;
  • maintain current information about this field of aquaponics; and
  • identify activities the Aquaponics Association can take to advance the relevant field of aquaponics.



To join a Working Group, you must:

  • be a Member of the Aquaponics Association;
  • have at least one-year of experience in the applicable field of aquaponics;
  • commit to approximately 3 hours per month toward Working Group Activities, including Group phone / video meetings; and
  • commit to participating in at least 50% of Group phone / video meetings.



Each Working Group:

  • will have a Director, appointed by the Board, that reports to the Board and sets the Working Group Agenda;
  • will aim to have at least one Group phone or video call every 2 months to advance the Working Group Agenda;
  • may use the Aquaponics Association Member’s Area Discussion Rooms for day-to-day discussions and notices; and
  • will immediately begin planning for applicable program track for the Aquaponics Association’s Fall 2020 Virtual Conference.

Join a Working Group!


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2019 Conference Photos

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