The international scientific coordination network – South ASACHA “Agroecology for the sustainability of aquaculture in a context of global changes” was officially launched on 24 June 2021.
This information and exchange workshop, which was held by videoconference, lasted 2.5 hours and brought together 52 participants in a very constructive atmosphere.
The topics discussed were the following:
- Presentation of GDRI-SUD and the ASACHA network: the coordinators first introduced the GDRI-SUD system and objectives, they also detailed the specific structure of the ASACHA network partnership, and then invited the partner institutions to present themselves in turn.
- Selection of the ASACHA Logo: Following a call for the creation of the ASACHA network logo, 5 logos were proposed by partner institutes and the selection was made by vote during the kick-off meeting.
The winning logo was proposed by the team of the University Jean Lorougnon Guédé (UJLoG), Daloa, Ivory Coast.
- Establishment of working groups: Prior to the kick off meeting, the member institutions of the ASACHA network were consulted on the basis of a questionnaire. The analysis of the institutional questionnaires will allow i) to know the interests of the partners, their specificities, their strengths and difficulties, and ii) to establish thematic priorities that will be addressed by the setting up of working groups.
- Organisation of the Steering Committee (COPIL) and Scientific Coordination Committee (SC): It was proposed that the COPIL will validate the proposals and establish the priorities of the main actions. It will be composed of one member from each ASACHA partner institution and will meet once a year. The SC will be in charge of the implementation of the main actions in terms of training, research and innovation; it will be composed of 8 to 10 members (1 to 2 persons per working group) and will meet 3 to 4 times a year.
- Proposal for possible actions (in a pandemic situation): proposal for a distance learning course on ‘how to make a science video’ so that short training films can be made on topics selected by ASACHA members.
- Planning of the next meeting: CS scheduled for the first week of September.
For those who want to review the meeting, please find attached the recording of the meeting.