EIT Food's INSPIRE Summer School on Sustainable Aquaculture

We would like to share with you a new and exciting Summer School coming this August, which has been designed by Queen’s University Belfast in partnership with EIT Food, the University of Cambridge, the Scottish Association for Marine Science, the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research in Poland and Matis Iceland.

The Sustainable Aquaculture Summer School provides participants with an overview of aquaculture production in Europe; outlines the current barriers and facilitators to production; showcases the worldwide opportunities; supports participants in creating innovate solutions which increase the productivity and profitability of the aquaculture sector; and introduces participants to key stakeholders in the aquaculture and agri-food sector. Over a period of 4 weeks, the Summer School will provide a dynamic and supportive environment for you to explore sustainable aquaculture, develop your entrepreneurial mind-set and learn how you can transform your ideas into business propositions.

Who is it for? 

We are seeking Undergraduates, Masters students, PhD students, Posts-Docs, young professionals or aspiring entrepreneurs interested in aquaculture. 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.


You will join a host of learners from across the globe in gaining trustworthy information and be able to share ideas and information in the online discussion forums. You will also have access to the course mentors from the two world class universities and the experts in aquaculture. The final day of the Summer School will involve a pitch event with prizes for the winning teams.


The Summer School 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.


4 weeks

The Sustainable Aquaculture Summer School will take place online with a combination of online learning resources; and live interactive sessions:

Monday 16th August: Access to online learning resources
Friday 20th August: Virtual Kick-off Event
Friday 27th August: Aquaculture Production Systems – Live Event
Weds 1st – Monday 6th September: Live Aquaculture Industry Showcase & Make-a-thon
Friday 10th September: Live Aquaculture Pitch Event with Prizes

Course Fee: 


Closing date for applications: 

18 July 2021

  • Date

    Monday 16 August 2021 08:00 to Friday 10 September 2021 17:00


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