Doctoral students from around the world explored sustainable aquaculture

Lectures, shellfish harvesting and communal cooking were some of the items on the programme for doctoral students who participated in SWEMARC’s interdisciplinary course on sustainable aquaculture at the end of October. Participants came from various disciplines and eight different countries.

The first part of the course was held at the research stations on Tjärnö and in Kristineberg and included both theoretical and practical elements. During a one-week period, the doctoral students had an in-depth study of the prerequisites for sustainable aquaculture. Among other things, they visited algae cultivation in Kosterfjorden, a mussel farm in Mollösund and land-based recirculating cultivation of rainbow trout. The common denominator for these activities was that they demonstrate various possibilities for sustainable aquaculture.

“In this course we also wanted to include the surrounding community, to bring the community into the research,” says Snuttan Sundell, who is director of SWEMARC.

Another important objective was to demonstrate the advantages of transdisciplinary work across scientific boundaries to reach common goals. According to Snuttan, you have to work so closely together that you can get each other to think in new ways. “The aquaculture issue is interdisciplinary in itself. All parts need to be in order to make progress.”

Doctoral students from eight different countries, including Tanzania’s Redempta Athanas Kajungiro, participated in the course.

To GAIN a broad perspective on the aquaculture issue, teachers from different disciplines within the University of Gothenburg contributed to the content of the course. International experts Barry Costa Pierce and Glenn Page took part in both the planning and implementation of the course.

Redempta Athanas Kajungiro, who researches aquaculture at the university in Dar es Salaam, applied for the course because she was interested in the interdisciplinary perspective.

“I learned a lot about both aquaculture and the cultivation of tilapia that I will be able to put to great use in my research in Tanzania,” she says. “One problem is that a lot of fish farming in Tanzania is not carried out sustainably. We need to find new ways and also to think about how production affects society.”


SWEMARC is a research centre at the University of Gothenburg with the objective of increasing cultivation of food from the sea in an environmentally smart way through interdisciplinary and socially-responsible research.