AQUAEXCEL2020 ran from 2015 to 2020 and was funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme. Over this period the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling hosted ten TNA projects from nine organisations. The visitors came from Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey, Egypt and Israel.
Research areas included nutritional physiology, viral identification methods, health biomarkers and investigations into larval metamorphosis. Research was applied to tilapia, pikeperch, meagre, oysters and other species.