The Venue

In 2017, GIANT PRAWN returns to Thailand…

Thailand is the natural venue for such a conference on freshwater prawns because Thailand spearheaded several farming innovations in this field. Although the hatchery technology for M. rosenbergii was first made possible by work in Malaysia, a commercially applicable protocol was first developed in Hawaii and mass replicated in Thailand. Several hatcheries and farms were established in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Department of Fisheries, aided by an FAO project, took a leading role in this development by facilitating research and ancillary support, promoting the rapid development of many small-scale freshwater prawn farms. The role of private industry was also commendable in this development.

Following the example of the first GIANT PRAWN meeting in 1980, it is with pleasure that this event returns to Thailand! GIANT PRAWN 2017 will be a great opportunity for the global freshwater prawn farming industry to review the latest research and development and to brainstorm what the future priorities should be for its future expansion.

GIANT PRAWN 2017 will be held at the Asian Institute of Technology Conference Centre (AITCC) Hotel, located in the AIT campus in Thailand. AIT is about 40 km away from Bangkok city and is well connected to the world, and has excellent facilities for such conferences.

The Asian Institute of Technology ( is an international postgraduate academic and research organisation based in Thailand with a truly multinational and multicultural learning environment, supported by a vast network of over 20,000 highly successful alumni worldwide. The Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM) Division is hosting this event.

Hotel rooms can be booked at the venue Hotel (AITCC Hotel) or in other hotels near AIT. Please check our ACCOMMODATION page for details.