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Aqu@teach

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University of Greenwich

10 Stockwell Street

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Come and join us at the University of Greenwich on Saturday 28 March to learn about Aqu@teach, the first aquaponics curriculum to be developed specifically for university level students.

Combining two technologies - recirculating aquaculture systems and hydroponics - in a closed-loop system, aquaponics offers an opportunity to grow food in an economically and environmentally sustainable way, using low levels of resource input. In light of climate change, Brexit, and concerns over the carbon footprint of the food supply chain, aquaponics and other controlled environment farming technologies could play a key role in the future of food production, but only if there is an appropriately trained workforce.

Aquaponic food production is complex, and requires a broad spectrum of knowledge in order to understand and manage the processes involved, including aquaculture, horticulture, chemistry, biology, food safety, and engineering.

Devised in collaboration by an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in Higher Education, the Moodle-based curriculum covers the basics of aquaponics with a focus on transferable and entrepreneurial skills, and can be taught either using blended learning or as an e-learning course. Given the multidisciplinary nature of aquaponics, the curriculum can be taught as an optional module in a wide variety of different degree courses, including agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, aquaculture, landscape architecture, and ecological engineering.

The curriculum consists of the following modules: 1 - Aquaponic technology; 2 - Aquaculture; 3 - Fish anatomy, health and welfare; 4 - Fish feeding and growth; 5 - Nutrient water balance; 6 - Hydroponics; 7 - Plant varieties; 8 - Integrated pest management; 9 - Monitoring of parameters; 10 - Food safety; 11 - Scientific research methods; 12 - Design & build; 13 - Urban agriculture; 14 - Vertical aquaponics; 15 - Social aspects of aquaponics; 16 - Entrepreneurial skills.

The e-learning modules will be freely available on the project website on 1 April. So come and join us on 28 March to learn about how the curriculum was put together, and to explore the online modules. There will also be an opportunity to visit our green roofs and aquaponics greenhouse.

Programme:

10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee

10:30-13:00 Plenary session: Introduction to Aqu@teach

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Parallel sessions: explore the Moodle modules in the computer lab, tours of the aquaponics greenhouse and roof gardens

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