The research project INAPRO started recently with funding from the EU (Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration). From 2014 to 2017 scientists, system developers, programmers, plant and fish farmers will develop in close collaboration a sustainable & commercially applicable food production system which is based on the production method aquaponics.

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Aquaponics is a portmanteau word, including aquaculture (fish rearing) and hydroponics (soilless plant breeding). An aquaponics system allows the double-use of water, nutrients, energy, and space. Wastewater from the aquaculture section is used for the nutrition of the plants.

This “Green Technology” will be modeled, built, and evaluated for large-scale demonstration facilities, each at about 500m². The sites will be located in Spain, Belgium, Germany, and China.

Also several urban farming communities in different cities will be provided with small mobile aquaponics systems to test them in the framework of the project researches and develompment.

As one of the 18 INAPRO partners, I will develop in 2014 the scenography and object design drafts for the smaller mobile aquaponics systems. With the aim to integrate them aesthetically and  to convey to the public the essence and the ecological relevance of the applied production method in an artistic manner.


The project coordinator of INAPRO is Dr. Georg Staaks, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Germany.

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
Müggelseedamm 310
12587 Berlin

official press release download pdf (en)

official press release text (de)


INAPRO online:

INAPRO Partners map


The 18 Partners of INAPRO:

1.  Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries-IGB Germany

2.  PAL-Anlagenbau GmbH, Germany

3.  automation & software Günther Tausch GmbH, Germany

4.  Beijing CAUIOT Co. ltd., China

5.  Jardineria y viveros la noria S.L., Spain

6.  Fischerei Müritz-Plau GmbH, Germany

7.  EUROVIX S.p.A., Italy

8.  Inagro vzw, Belgium

9.  Fytagoras B.V., Netherlands

10.  AlienorEU, Belgium

11.  Ctopia, Austria (thats here!)

12.  Fraunhofer Application Center System Technology, Germany

13.  Wageningen University – Biomass Refinery & Process Dynamics, Netherlands

14.  China Agricultural University, China

15.  Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, China

16.  Institute of the Marine research IMR, Norway

17.  Stichting DLO, Netherlands

18.  IFQ GmbH Wismar, Germany



The project has received funding from the European Unions Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no. 619137



media art by Corinne Studer