AquaVitae training activities

AquaVitae develops a number of training activities:

  • Industry apprenticeship
  • Student exchanges
  • Complementary activities

Industry apprenticeships

Pascal Barreau, aquaculture technician in DTU hatchery. Photo: Camille Saurel, DTU.

Pascal Barreau, aquaculture technician in DTU hatchery. Photo: Camille Saurel, DTU.

For many years the EU has strived for increased industry involvement in research activities, however, this has proven to be challenging. Apprenticeships opportunities in AquaVitae are an exciting opportunity to create a bridge between research institutions and the industry while connecting both sides of the Atlantic.

Apprenticeships are structured learning programs in which an inexperienced person works with a skilled professional, gaining practical, on-the-job experience. These apprenticeships will have a trans-Atlantic approach and can be conducted at any aquaculture company, either or not in the AquaVitae consortium. The programme will have an expected duration of 6 months, approximately.

Students are benefitted from exchanges by:

  • Experiencing different learning approaches and adapting to international and working environments.
  • Learning a new language or improving their English skills.
  • Developing their entrepreneurship and transferable skills, and increasing their employability.

Participating companies are benefitted from exchanges by:

  • Building new channels for knowledge transfer between industry and academia.
  • Enhancing the development of transferable skills.
  • Providing access to an international aquaculture community.

Student exchange

AquaVitae has offered more than 10 student exchanges among different sending centres and hosting institutions (AquaVitae partners) accross the Atlantic.

Student exchange is a capacity-building opportunity, both for the students and their home and higher education institutions. Students can expand their international network and improve their skills, while organisations can improve their staff skills and create transnational cooperative partnerships.

Click on the button below to read their experiences.

Classroom lecture hall by Pixabay.

Classroom by Pixabay.


Wordcloud related to training in AquaVitae.

Word cloud on training, AquaVitae.

A massive open online course (MOOC) is an alternative to traditional schooling. The format of a MOOC allows reaching students and teachers worldwide as well as creates an opportunity for participants to study at their own pace. SALTS (Sustainable Aquaculture on Low Trophic Species) MOOC will also serve as a tool towards building capacity for professionals in the aquaculture sector.

The preliminary program contains 11 modules on topics such as production systems (IMTA, RAS), various low-trophic species (molluscs, echinoderms, novel species, etc.), and governance and value chains. A multi-format platform will combine videos, texts, quizzes and forums to support a dynamic learning environment. Interested? Click here to get more info and enroll the course.

Complementary activities

AquaVitae partner UiT will organise different training activities:

  • Monthly webinar with a young researcher in the consortium. For them, it will be an opportunity to share their research activities with a wider audience, inside and outside the consortium, as well as practice their presentation skills.
  • Online lecture for graduate students at the aquaculture post-graduation course at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) (attendance by invitation only)
  • Training of Trainers (ToT), a workshop aimed at AquaVitae researchers for developing their capacities as trainers, communicators and Open Science contributors (only for consortium members).
  • Scientific and sectoral collaborative events with relevant project outcomes at case study level. This will help knowledge building, training communication and network facilitating
  • Courses catalogue. AquaVitae will map out all courses by partner institutions. The aim of this is to connect the students, make them aware of available training tools and expand their educational options.
  • Open educational resources to maximise the possibility for teachers to re-utilize modules from the MOOC in other courses. This feature facilitates sharing knowledge from the project and is adapted towards a world that is rapidly becoming more digital.
  • Collaboration with the DocEnhance project on data stewardship, supervision, and career management and entrepreneurship to facilitate open education, interdisciplinarity and mobility.
Webinar Low Trophic Life.

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