The research vessel Dana at Greenland. Photo: Søren Rysgaard

Research collaboration

DTU Aqua has a broad national and international cooperation and most of the research projects at the institute involve external partnerships

Collaboration within DTU

DTU Aqua collaborates with several of the other departments at DTU either within the area of life science and bioengineering or within maritime science.

Furthermore, we are involved in cross-cutting initiatives like Maritime DTU, Arctic DTU and Water DTU.

National collaboration

At a national level, DTU Aqua collaborates with most other Danish universities, i.e. University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, University of Southern Denmark, Roskilde University and Aalborg University.

This collaboration has launched a number of large shared research projects and centres such as the VKR Centre for Ocean Life, Marine Ecological Modelling Centre (MEMC) and Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate.

Furthermore, the collaboration has resulted in Danish Centre for Marine Research (DCH) which coordinates national marine research activities and finances research surveys and research infrastructure.

DTU Aqua also cooperates with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).

Additionally, universities, incl. DTU Aqua, and research institutions within the Danish realm collaborate in the Centre for Climate Research and Ocean Currents around the Faroes and in the Greenland Climate Research Centre.

In most scientific areas DTU Aqua is experiencing an increase in industrial collaboration, in particular related to aquaculture and shellfish/macro algae farming and fisheries technology.

European collaboration

At a European level, DTU Aqua has a large research network with central partners (universities, research institutions etc.) and is heavily involved as international coordinator or participant in research projects under EU Framework Programme 7 (FP7) and Horizon 2020 (H2020) within different themes in Societal Challenges (bioeconomy and climate), including the cross sectorial joint calls “The ocean of tomorrow” (FP7) and “Blue Growth” (H2020). 

The institute is also active in other programme components, e.g. Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and programmes dealing with research infrastructure and is involved in a series of projects under thematic EraNets and the regional BONUS programme. This is complemented by a series of Interreg projects and DG MARE/ENV tenders.

Furthermore, the Institute contributes to the design of a more effective fisheries data collection framework (DCF) within the EU Regional Coordination Meetings, related ICES expert groups and the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), and is involved in the European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Organisation (EFARO).

Global collaboration

DTU Aqua’s global cooperation is strongest with Canada, e.g. Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and University of British Columbia (UBC), USA, e.g. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and University of Washington (WU) and South Africa, e.g. Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and University of Cape Town (UCT).

Collaboration is under development with e.g. University of Queensland (UQ) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia and with Chinese Academy of Fisheries Science (CAFS).

Furthermore, we are involved in foreign aid activities focusing on research collaboration and capacity development in aquaculture in Ghana, Tanzania and Vietnam and in fisheries in Namibia and Angola.

Collaboration in international commissions

DTU Aqua is active in a range of international commissions, particularly the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The institute participates in over 80 expert planning and review groups, is chairing a number of important expert groups and provides the present Advisory Committee (ACOM) chair and the first vice president of ICES.

DTU Aqua also contributes to the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) in EU, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and the Northeast Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), the latter two under contract with Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.

Additionally, the institute contributes to activities of FAO including the European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC), the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), the Benguela Current Commission (on behalf of the EU) and international tuna commissions (the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)).

Furthermore, we are involved in environmental commissions, such as the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) and the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR).

In most recent years, the institute has intensified cooperation within the Nordic Council of Ministers, especially in view of addressing challenges in aquaculture, the impact of invasive species and climate induced changes in open North Atlantic ecosystems.

Most recently DTU Aqua has also provided scientific input to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on risk analysis of invasive species in ballast water.


DTU collaboration: Examples

Departments at DTU

Cross-cutting DTU initiatives


Head of Research Secretariat
Kirsten Thomsen
Tel. +45 35 88 33 79
24 NOVEMBER 2020