ISLAS 2014



What is ISLAS 2014?

“ISLAS 2014: International Symposium on Labelling and Authenticity of Seafood” event is a conference that will take place at Centro Social Afundación in Vigo (Pontevedra, Spain) next 25th and 26th of November 2014. The conference is organized by the Marine Research Institute (IIM-CSIC) within the project Labelfish: Atlantic Network on Genetic Control of Fish and Seafood Labelling and Traceability.


This conference aims to bring together researchers, scientists, policy makers, industrial professionals and students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas and research results related to labelling, traceability and authentication of Seafood.

Labelfish Project

The European project “Labelfish: “Atlantic Network on Genetic Control of Fish and Seafood Labelling and Traceability”, aims to set up a network of entities with an interest in the development of a common strategy and in the use of standardised, innovative analytical techniques to control genetic traceability and labelling of seafood products. The main Labelfish objectives are: the analysis of fish traceability and fish labelling in markets of the Atlantic Region, the standardisation of fish authenticity and genetic traceability methodologies, and the creation of an Atlantic network for species authenticity and labeling. Labelfish project is funded by the Atlantic Area Program.



Preliminary programme

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  • Seafood labelling and Traceability: industry perspective
  • Seafood labelling and Traceability: Consumers perspective and education
  • Seafood labelling: Environmental and Conservation issues
  • Progress on Seafood Authentication Methodologies

Invited Speakers

Invited speakers cover a wide range of branches of knowledge: science, policy, industry and consumption.

  • Aurora de Blas (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Spain)
  • Cristina Clemente (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Spain)
  • Eric Enno Tamm (ThisFish Canada)
  • Dr. Castro e Melo (National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish, Portugal)
  • Cristina Mañas (Gambas de Palamós, Spain)
  • Carlos Arnaiz (INC, Spain)
  • Cátia Meira (MSC, Spain)
  • Domingo Calvo (University of La Coruña, Spain)
  • Robert Hanner (Canadian Barcode of Life Network)
  • Ilka Haase (Eurofins Genomics, Germany)
  • Andrew Griffiths (University of Salford, United Kingdom)
  • Eva Garcia-Vazquez (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  • Dana Miller (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Olaf Piepenburg (TwistDX, United Kingdom)
  • Miguel Ángel Pardo (AZTI, Spain)




The Marine Research Institute of Vigo (Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas de Vigo, IIM-CSIC) is a public research center belonging to the Higher Scientific Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) in 1951. The IIM-CSIC comprises four departments: Oceanography, Ecology and Marine Resources, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, and Food Technology.

Organizing Committee

  • Carmen G. Sotelo (IIM-CSIC, Spain)
  • Ricardo Pérez-Martín (IIM-CSIC, Spain)
  • Amaya Velasco (IIM-CSIC, Spain)
  • Cat Smith (Indigo Rock, Ireland)

Scientific Committee

    • Labelfish partners

Carmen G. Sotelo (IIM-CSIC, Spain) Ricardo Pérez-Martín (IIM-CSIC, Spain) Rogério Mendes (IPMA, Portugal) Helena Silva (IPMA, Portugal) Veronique Verrez-Bagnis (IFREMER, France) Marc Jérôme (IFREMER, France) Julie Maguire (INDIGO, Ireland) Marc Shorten (INDIGO, Ireland) Cat Smith (INDIGO, Ireland) Stefano Mariani (UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD, United Kingdom) Andrew Griffiths (UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD, United Kingdom) Ute Schröder (MAX RUBNER INSTITUTE, Germany)

    • Network components

Miguel Ángel Pardo (AZTI-TECNALIA, Spain) Domingo Calvo (UNIVERSITY OF LA CORUÑA, Spain)




Registration includes:

    • Admission
    • Daily coffee/tea and lunch
    • Bag with conference material (including digital book of abstracts)
    • Certificate of attendance

The registration is free to full capacity (by registration order). If you eventually decide to cancel your registration, please send an email to islas14@local.www.labelfish.eu, so that someone else can register.

Abstract submission

    • Abstracts specifications

Abstracts related with different aspects of seafood labelling and traceability, consumer perception of labelling and traceability, sustainability and conservation issues and development of authentication methodologies should describe original work, the approach used and a clear statement of the main results and conclusions. Abstracts should be no longer than 2500 characters. The ISLAS 2014 language will be English.

Abstracts submission deadline extended until October 20th.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited on the topics below: • Seafood labelling and Traceability: industry perspective • Seafood labelling and Traceability: Consumers perspective and education • Seafood labelling: Environmental and Conservation issues • Progress on Seafood Authentication Methodologies

  • Oral presentations

The time available for each speaker will be 15 minutes. Presentations should be prepared using PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx format). Due to the limited number of oral presentations some authors who have submitted an abstract for an oral presentation might be asked to submit a poster presentation instead.

  • Posters

Posters should be made in standard poster size 90 cm X 120 cm (width x height). Poster award: the scientific committee will select the best poster, which author will be awarded with a Best Poster Award certification.

  • Abstract submission

To submit an abstract, send the text in a word or pdf document to islas14@local.www.labelfish.eu



Centro Social Afundación Vigo

afundacio_vigo Located in the city center, the Centro Social Afundación Vigo has more than 13 000 square meters on five floors. The conferences will take place at the auditorium, and the coffee breaks, lunchs and poster session at the reception room-covered garden. City bus lines: C3, C7, L11, 12B, C4A, C5A, C4B, L8, C5B, 12A, C9A, L17, C9A, C15C>




Vigo City

puerto_vigo Vigo is the largest city in Galicia, in the heart of the Rias Baixas. Vigo’s fishing Port is one of the most important in the world. Fishing activity in the port of Vigo generates 6,000 direct jobs, and 357 local fishing companies turn over more than 3,000 million Euros a year. Jules Verne immortalized our city in its novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, and it is also very well known as a part of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. Galician cuisine, urban tourism, culture, nightlife, Vigo Estuary and beaches are some of the charms of Vigo.

Travel to Vigo


(ISLAS 2014 congress attendees will have the special prices shown below, please, indicate this to the hotel booking desk. Remember to use the prefix 0034 if you call from out of Spain)

Single room: 66 € Double room: 74,80 €

Single room: 52,80 € Double room: 61,60 €

Single room: 39,20 € Double room: 44,80 €

Single room: 42,00 € Double room: 59,00 €