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PhD course "Transdisciplinary approaches to sustainable marine aquaculture" (NBEM30, 4 hp)

The course is aimed at PhD students with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to the development of sustainable food production from the sea. The course will include lectures; preparatory literature study; student oral presentations; intensive group studies in collaborative team projects; and study visits to aquaculture sites and will be taught by Swedish and international lecturers and experts from the industry.

The next PhD course will most likely be held in the US. Check in here again for more information. Or follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we will keep you posted. 

The latest PhD course was held in Sweden 9 Feb - 31 Mars, 2020.  A campus week (9- 14 Feb) at our two research stations were included. 

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Course description

Aquaculture holds tremendous promises to alleviate the global increased demand for food. The rapid growth of the aquaculture sector has, however, also lead to concerns for environmental impacts such as environmental and biological pollution, and the use of wild fish for fishmeal and fish oil production. A comprehensive planning for sustainable seafood production do not only include technical and biological concerns but must involve interactions between the aquaculture industry, researchers, authorities and the public at several levels

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This PhD course aims at presenting and discussing trans- and interdisciplinary methodologies to study the world’s aquaculture ecosystems and their possibilities to develop. The students will be introduced to “The Triple Helix model”, a useful approach for integrating academic, public and industry partners. The course will cover new and developing aquaculture production systems, with focus on responsible and sustainable ocean food production.

The course constitutes two parts: 1) one intensive week held at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory (10-12 Feb) and Kristineberg Marine Research Station (12-14 Feb), which are both located on the Swedish West Coast. More information about the research stations is available at Tjärnö and Kristineberg.

2) one internet based part (4 weeks) during which groups of 4 students work together on one aquaculture organism and system to describe the whole value chain “from farm to fork”.

Max 20 PhD students will be accepted.


For enquiries about the course, please contact:


Responsible department and other participating departments/organisations:
Swedish Mariculture Research Center, Center for Sea and Society at University of Gothenburg, Departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Marine Sciences, Academy of Design and Crafts, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg and UNE North at University of New England, Portland, Maine, USA.

How to apply:


More information to come - as soon as we have set the dates for the next course.