Aqua-tnet - Promoting innovation and a European dimension through Lifelong learning in the field of Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management – Thematic Network
The principal aim of the Aqua-tnet network is to support the progress of the European aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management sectors towards the EC policy goal of greater and sustainable output (COM(2009) 169 final) by stimulating and supporting innovation through enhanced lifelong learning opportunities. The Network aims to help embed EC Lifelong Learning policy objectives within partner institutions and across sector activities.
Aqua-tnet unites both academic and vocational aspects of the current reforms and setting up of the EHEA, launched at the Budapest/Vienna Conference (March 2010). Its detailed work-packages encapsulate the changes taking place at the tertiary level, and propose ways of pulling together the different elements of the Bologna, Copenhagen and Lisbon Processes for the benefit of the entire sector. The Aqua-tnet consortium consists of 82 partners from 26 different LLP countries, together representing a tightly knit multidisciplinary collaboration of higher education institutions, research institutions, industry representatives and other relevant stakeholders. The network has now collaborated very successfully for over 5 years, having created a distinctive European dimension and voice in the aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management sectors. Though most of the partners were part of the consortium in its previous phases, new partners such as the recently established European Aquaculture (EATiP) and Fisheries (EFTP) Technology Platforms will provide important links to current and future developments in the sector. The network will thus contribute substantially to recent EC policies (EU2020, Bologna 2020) which emphasise the importance of reinforcing the link between education and society, bringing together public and private sector, scientific and professional players, thereby contributing to Europe's knowledge triangle and innovation capacity urgently needed in the current economic climate.
Dr. Stefan Meyer, Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter der GMA