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Inspire - Sustainable Aquaculture
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Inspire - Sustainable Aquaculture

Join this 4 weeks programme that will give you an overview of aquaculture production in Europe


The Inspire - Sustainable Aquaculture provides you with an overview of aquaculture production in Europe, outlines the current barriers and facilitators to production and showcases the worldwide opportunities

Aquaculture is an important sector for food security and vital source of aquatic food as many wild fisheries around the globe are over exploited or reaching their maximum sustainable potential. As a result, aquaculture has become one of the world’s largest growing food production technologies. Algal biomass production is a rapidly growing field with huge opportunities for entrepreneurs in food production and nutraceuticals. Whilst, shellfish and finfish cultivation and fish feed production present further opportunities. In order to maximise these worldwide opportunities; knowledge of related technology and its application is vital.

You will be able to create innovative solutions which increase the productivity and profitability of the aquaculture sector. In this Summer School you will also be introduced to key stakeholders in the aquaculture and agri-food sector.

We are interested in individuals from multidisciplinary backgrounds to work in teams to come up with innovative ideas e.g. Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Food Sciences, Engineering, Business/Marketing, Informatics and Computational Science, among others.


The Inspire programme will include a mixture of online learning materials, guest speakers and activities related to food security and sustainable aquaculture production:

  • Food security: challenges in the food system; and the role of aquaculture in taking pressure off over-exploited and wild fisheries and feeding a growing population
  • Finfish and shellfish culturing methods: – introductory training and theory
  • Algal biotechnology: incorporating both micro and macro algae and how they are involved in the sustainable aquaculture pipeline
  • Aquaculture governance and society: covering governance in aquaculture and marine management legal and regulatory frameworks; public perception, social license and behaviour; and engagement, communication and marketing
  • Barriers and facilitators to aquaculture production: from a stakeholder’s perspective – economic, environmental, technical, political, welfare and market factors
  • Entrepreneurship content to facilitate the development of innovative solutions to increase the productivity and profitability of the sector

The Inspire - Sustainable Aquaculture will be delivered fully online and conclude with a final pitch event with fantastic prizes up for grabs!

Career Opportunities

EIT Food is Europe's leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

Join us to gain insights into the food system and aquaculture sector and an opportunity to meet leading stakeholders in the food system from across Europe.

You also have an opportunity to design innovative solutions for the aquaculture sector and learn how to turn your ideas into business propositions. you can apply your newfound entrepreneurship skills to your future career. 

Duration & Dates

The course lasts 4 weeks, from November 1st until November 26th of 2021.

Course soon available

Structure & Modules

Join a cohort of motivated participants from across Europe who will participate in our Inspire - Sustainable Aquaculture. Over a period of 4 weeks, the Inspire Programme will provide a dynamic and supportive environment for you to explore sustainable aquaculture, develop your entrepreneurial mindset and learn how you can transform your ideas into business propositions.

The Sustainable Aquaculture Inspire Course will take place online with a combination of online learning resources; and live interactive virtual sessions:

• Monday 1st November: Access to online learning resources
• Friday 5th November: Live Virtual Kick-off Event
• Friday 12th November: Aquaculture Production Systems Live Event
• Weds 17th – Monday 22nd November: 4-day Live Aquaculture Industry Showcase & Make-a-thon
• Friday 26th November: Live Aquaculture Pitch Event with Prizes

All of our live events will take place from 10:00-15:30 CET. They have been designed to avoid online fatigue whilst ensuring you have an opportunity to meet a range of stakeholders involved in the food system and aquaculture sector. 

Our online learning resources are available for you to complete in your own time. We have spread them into key topics areas of approximately 2-4 hours worth of content each:

• Food Systems
• Finfish and shellfish production systems
• Algae biotechnology 
• Barriers and opportunities for the aquaculture sector
• Entrepreneurial content

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Programme Leads

  • Michaela Fox Lecturer in Education working on the development of EIT Food Education programmes, Queen's University Belfast
Partners Queen’s University of BelfastMatísUniversity of CambridgeIARFR PASScottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

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