Training Courses

The AQUAEXCEL3.0 training courses aim to provide multi-partner based, demand-driven training courses that build on AQUAEXCEL3.0 newest results and previous success.

All the training courses will be provided for free, as online, distance learning courses to support long-term sustainability, and they will make use of a blend of delivery technologies such as video conferencing and recordings, print materials (including relevant literature), message board forums and e-mail; and will include practical exercises (models), tutorials and feedback provision by teachers/experts.

The provided online learning platform will monitor access to the online courses, to give up-to-date insights into uptake. An additional advantage of providing the training courses in a Distance Learning format is that all interested parties will be able to undertake the courses, there will be no need for selection, which limited the impact of courses in the previous projects.

Training Course 1

WELFARE INDICATORS

LED BY: NOFIMA

DATE: October 2023

This training course will focus on welfare indicators for different fish species used in aquaculture research. Participants will learn about the latest technologies around developing welfare indicators, their advantages and disadvantages and carry out practical exercises around real-life cases for welfare monitoring. Environmental enrichment and exercise training will be examined in relation to how they can be beneficial in terms of promoting resilience and robustness in fish.

Training Course 2

USING MODELLING AS A TOOL FOR EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN

LED BY: NTNU

DATE: February 2024

This course will expand upon AQUAEXCEL2020 training with new results, integrating the planned updated virtual lab with new models that participants will be able to test. Researchers will be trained in the use of numerical models as efficient tools for designing experiments and gaining a better understanding of the interaction between biological and physical factors within aquaculture research, including growth, nutrition, waste production, water quality, water treatment and hydrodynamic flow fields.

Training Course 3

CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTAL INFECTIONS IN FISH AND SHELLFISH

LED BY: DTU

DATE: NOVEMBER 2024

This course will cover the use of fish for fish disease research; How to design and perform experimental infection trials in shellfish (oysters, clams, cockles and mussels); Considerations when conducting virulence and pathogenesis studies with virus; Considerations when conducting studies of bacteriological diseases; Statistical analysis of data from experimental trials; Vaccine testing under experimental and field conditions; How to conduct trials with shellfish (shrimps) and considerations to take into account when designing infection trials with endo and ectoparasites in marine non-salmonid species.

Training Course 4

SHELLFISH AND SEAWEED PRODUCTION IN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES

LED BY: DTU

DATE: NOVEMBER 2024

This training course will teach participants Hatchery procedures for flat oysters; Hatchery procedures for seaweed; Grow-out procedures for seaweed on longline structure; Optimization of mussel suspended culture (DTU-DSC); Technical development in the seaweed industry; Land-based seaweed aquaculture: systems and grow-out procedures.