Collaboration type: training collaboration

About T.E.I. of Western Grece/Department of Fisheries – Aquaculture Technology: The Department of Fisheries – Aquaculture Technology is the only University Department in Greece that exclusively focus on the exploitation and management of aquatic resources. Training focus on fisheries and aquaculture aspects, which both support a strategic pillar of the Greek economy, ranking it: (a) the first exportable sector of primary production and (b) the most fisheries dependent region of E.U.

Education-Research based on:

  1. application of information technologies
  2. watercraft vessels
  3. highly training skilled staff that are internationally acknowledged for their research activities
  4. student exchange opportunities through ERASMUS and LEONARDO programs Involvement in postgraduate programmes.

The strategic advantage of the Department is the proximity next to a natural laboratory (Messolonghi-Aitoliko lagoons, hatchery and fish farm units, freshwater systems) with an immense environmental and heritage value that can boost the technological training in Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Short description of the collaboration & main achievements in the period: The collaboration between the BlueBRIDGE project and the Department of Fisheries – Aquaculture Technology was very active and continuous. Firstly, the objectives and the progress of the project up to that date was presented in the international conference “Hydromedit 2016”, in November 2016, co-organised by the Department of Fisheries – Aquaculture Technology  together with other relative stakeholders in Messolonghi. At the same conference an interactive technical workshop presenting the d4science infrastructure and the basic architecture of VREs together with an interactive practical usage of the Aquaculture Training Lab. During 2017 more than 15 students from the Department together with 2 professors actively participated in the RDA-Europe / BlueBRIDGE Datathon on Fisheries and Aquaculture, 15-16 June 2017, Heraklion, Crete, Greece. In the dedicated training course organised for the Department for the interactive practical usage of the AquacultureTrainingLab VRE and the generic BlueBRIDGE infrastructure, more than 90 students actively participated.

Plans for the future: Based on the very positive experience of the BlueBRIDGE training courses and after the positive results, a continuous discussion is taking place in order to insert interactive training courses conveying the results of European projects especially the ones offering infrastructures like the d4science infrastructure and its dedicated VREs.

Additionally, the results of the very productive collaboration of the Department with the BlueBRIDGE team in the interactive training programs and relevant research issues will be presented by a dedicated paper which is going to be submitted to the next Hydromedit 2018[1] conference, again co-organised by the Department of Fisheries – Aquaculture Technology.