Mission, vision and tasks

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.

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Research

DTU Aqua’s research is divided into the following fields:

  • Oceanography
  • 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
  • Aquaculture

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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Education

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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Organisation

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 at DTU's campus in Lyngby and in Silkeborg, Hirtshals and Nykøbing Mors in Jutland as well as on board the research vessel Dana.  

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Photo: Martin Dam Kristensen

"DTU Aqua’s ambition is to deliver solutions to meet one of this century’s key challenges: how to ensure the optimum utilization of living aquatic resources in the sea, coastal waters, and lakes and rivers, while at the same time maintaining a healthy aquatic environment. This calls for solutions that are both scientifically sound and technically operational."

 

Head of Institute Fritz W. Köster

http://www.aqua.dtu.dk/english/About/Mission_vision
23 OCTOBER 2017