AquaTT was founded in 1992 under the EU COMETT (Community programme in education and training for technologies) programme as the University Enterprise Training Partnership (UETP) to coordinate the training requirements of the aquaculture industry through a single body.

Initially, the main activities of AquaTT were providing support for international exchanges of students and staff members from universities and enterprises, providing short courses in advanced technology training for industry, carrying out industry surveys, and developing training materials and information on research and development.

The Lindsay Laird Award

In 2008, AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd established an award in honour of former AquaTT director Lindsay Laird for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student at the The European Aquaculture Society’s annual International Conference. Read more...

AquaTT’s Educational Projects

Current Educational Projects:


aquatnet logoAqua-tnet is the European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management. Set up in 1996 as a tightly-knit collaboration of university departments and research institutes, AQUA-TNET’s ground-breaking work in educational reforms led to a steady expansion and by 2005 it had become the largest multidisciplinary European education network in its field.

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INTRANEMMA logoThe aim of INTRANEMMA is to improve the quality and attractiveness of the European Vocational Education and Training (VET) system by adapting and integrating innovative content and results from the WAVE project (Working in Aquaculture-Validation of Experience), a previous Leonardo da Vinci project, into public and private vocational training systems for mariculture companies in the Mediterranean region.

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2Fish small2Fish aims to offer education and training possibilities within the fishery sector that are non-existent today. The project will initiate new pathways of Vocational Education Training (VET) and stimulate an ability in the local fishery society to adapt to changing conditions and possibilities.

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Previous Educational Projects:

Aqua-RET & Aqua-RET 2

aquaret logo.onlineAquatic Renewable Energy Technologies (Aqua-RET) is a marine renewables e-learning tool. It is an EU funded Leonardo da Vinci project which was started in 2006 by a consortium of eight partners from six European countries (Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom). Aqua-RET makes a real contribution to dissemination and technology transfer activities within the sector. The objective of the e-learning tool is to show the user, in straightforward steps, how aquatic renewable energy technologies work, how they benefit the economy, where and how they fit into the landscape and the important environmental considerations to take into account when planning and selecting sites for generating power.

Aqua-RET 2 built upon the Aqua-RET (Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies) project which developed online training materials to improve end-user’s understanding of marine renewable energy technologies (Run of River, Tidal Impoundment, Tidal Stream, Wave and Offshore Wind). The aim of Aqua-RET 2 was to improve awareness of marine renewable energy sources, and be of benefit to the future workforce of this fast-developing sector and its cutting-edge technologies. 

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pescalex logo smallThe major aims of the PESCALEX project were  to create content and language integrated learning (CLIL) courses targeted towards those areas of Europe where aquaculture is important economically, and in so doing, to contribute towards  the aims of the Commission’s Action Plan promoting language learning and linguistic diversity; to use Information Communication Technology (ICT) to incorporate less widely used languages and to further intercultural communication skills in order to promote employability in the EU and the mobility of workers; to extend the geographic scope of existing, proven interactive training tools into new regions, as shown in the scope of the proposal partnership (Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain). The variety of inter-linked language learning modules which will result from the finished product (English, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish) shows both the geographical spread of the European industry as well as its most important players.

The aims of PESCALEX 2 are to transfer the PESCALEX materials to wider geographic/linguistic areas; to translate all PESCALEX materials into other languages; to transfer the fish health/diseases content to new users; and to combine innovative (VOLL) language learning with tutor-led & ODL methods in a multi-lingual online environment devoted to fish health management at the VET level.

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The VALLA (Validation of all Lifelong Learning in Aquaculture) project will demonstrate how to validate and recognize short-term sectoral training (including non-formal learning) and will test how some types of lifelong learning fit into the EQF targeting the aquaculture sector as a pilot case study. One of the project's aims is to explore the acceptability of the WAVE protocol as a validation procedure useful for assessing recognised VET skills and competencies, as well as its potential role in assessing a range of non-formal and informal prior learning experiences.

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The WAVE project has created a database of current occupational competencies and skills across the European aquaculture industry. The Master List of WAVE competencies is based on existing practices in aquaculture across Europe, which allows comparisons to be made between countries, techniques and methods.

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Vocational Aqualabs

The overall aim of Vocational Aqualabs is to improve VET systems in the European Aquaculture sector to ensure researchers receive continual professional development training in generic skills which will a) result in increasing the quality, attractiveness and security of research career pathways b) increase the relevancy of researchers and their research to the sector c) improve knowledge transfer to industry for exploitation contributing to a sustainable sector in Europe.

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Planet Aqua

Planet Aqua endeavours to inspire and encourage young people in Ireland to appreciate the environmental and scientific importance of conserving and preserving the planet's water habitats and resources, and in doing so, inspire them to take action in their lives to minimise their individual ecological footprints.

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Aquaculture Student Workshop 2004

The Aquaculture Student Workshop took place at the Aquaculture International Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland, from 19-23 May 2004. The workshop was devised and organised by the partnership of AquaTT UETP Ltd (lead-partner), Aqualex Multimedia Consortium Ltd (AMC), Ghent University and Heighway Events. It received funding from the Directorate General Fisheries. Read more...