DTU Aqua conducts research, provides advice, educates at university level and contributes to innovation in sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources
DTU Aqua—National Institute of Aquatic Resources—is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and was previously known as DIFRES—Danish Institute for Fisheries Research.
DTU Aqua’s mission is to conduct research, provide advice, educate at university level and contribute to innovation in sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources. We investigate the biology and population ecology of aquatic organisms, aquatic physical and chemical processes and ecosystem structure and dynamics, taking account of all relevant natural and anthropogenic drivers.
The vision of DTU Aqua is to enable ecologically and economically sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources; applying an integrated ecosystem approach which utilizes synergies in natural and technical science disciplines. This approach covers all aquatic ecosystem components and trophic levels, and natural (e.g. physics and climate) and anthropogenic (e.g. fisheries, pollution, shipping and offshore energy) drivers of change, and integrates modern technologies.
To realize this vision, our research and education must be of the highest international standard and innovative, our advisory services must be relevant,quality assured and practical, and our communication with users and stakeholders must be transparent and comprehensible.
DTU Aqua’s research is divided into the following fields:
- Marine populations and ecosystem dynamics
- Freshwater fisheries and ecology
- Fish biology
- Population genetics
- Observation technology
- Coastal ecology
- Marine living resources
- Fisheries technology
- Fisheries management
- Ecosystem based marine management
- Shellfish and seaweed
DTU Aqua deals with all types of aquatic habitats—from the North Atlantic Ocean and European shelf areas to coastal areas and inner Danish waters, ecosystems in lakes and streams as well as aquaculture.
DTU Aqua’s research often involves collaboration with other DTU departments and research environments at other Danish universities as well as a wide range of sister institutes in the EU and worldwide.
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Scientific advice and industrial collaboration
DTU Aqua advises the Danish Ministry of the Environment and Food and other public authorities, the commercial fisheries, the aquaculture industry and international commissions.
Public sector consultancy is a key area of activity for the institute. DTU’s contract with the Ministry of the Environment and Food on research-based public sector consultancy constitutes, together with a number of contracts with other Danish and international authorities, approx. 70 per cent of DTU Aqua’s funding. The agreements cover research, development and monitoring activities, advisory tasks for public authorities and the fisheries industry as well as communication.
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DTU’s masters programme in Aquatic Science and Technology is coordinated by DTU Aqua.
DTU Aqua also offers BSc and MSc projects for students at DTU and other universities.
In addition, DTU Aqua has a PhD school which currently has about 40 students enrolled.
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DTU Aqua has about 290 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc.
The institute is organised into eight scientific sections which carry out the research, educational and advisory activities. In addition, the institute has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessel Dana.
DTU Aqua has employees in Charlottenlund near Copenhagen, in Silkeborg, Hirtshals and Nykøbing Mors in Jutland as well as on board the research vessel Dana.
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