DTU Aqua's research addresses the environmental consequences and interactions of human activities in the aquatic environment and helps resolve the conflict between exploitation and conservation


As a leading international institute for marine sciences, fisheries and aquaculture, the goal of DTU Aqua's research is to address the environmental consequences and interactions of human activities in the aquatic environment and help resolve the longstanding conflict between aquatic resource exploitation and conservation.


The research approach builds upon:

  • conducting field and experimental work addressing all temporal and spatial scales using modern technology. 
  • understanding biological, chemical and physical interactions and processes structuring aquatic ecosystems and their dynamics. 
  • elaborating models for assessing and predicting the development of fisheries and aquaculture and ecosystems under natural and anthropogenic forcing at both short and long terms.


DTU Aqua's research 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.

European shelf seas, Danish coastal areas and freshwaters are our main working areas, but we also work on Arctic and sub-Arctic waters, in particular in the North Atlantic surrounding Greenland, and we are involved in research activities in other parts of the world.

Research areas

DTU Aqua’s research is divided into 13 research areas: 

Danish Shellfish Centre

Danish Shellfish Centre at DTU Aqua performs research into shellfish and seaweed production and the functioning of coastal ecosystems as basis for shellfish and seaweed production and in relation to environmental impact of the production. The Centre is located on Mors in Limfjorden.

Centre of Ocean Life

Centre for Ocean Life at DTU Aqua is a Villum Kann Rasmussen Centre of Excellence for the study of life in a changing ocean.
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Guest researcher registration

International unpaid guest researchers and guest PhD students visiting DTU must register in the Guest Researcher System before arrival. 
Go to the registration system