Blue Competence Center (Blått Kompetansenter) together with Trøndelag County Municipality, SalMar and Guri Kunna upper secondary school received an international following from Iceland, Sweden and Finland to collaborate on what the future of aquaculture education should look like and connect at an international level.
Representatives from Gullmarsgymnasiet in Lysekil, Livia College, University of Akureyri, Hólar University and Icelandic College of Fisheries got to work together on strategy planning, observation and networking at the various events during Aquaculture Week 2022, from the Industry Leaders Summit to the Student Day, the Aquaculture Skills Foresight Forum to the Bridgehead Conference of 2022.
Guri Kunna took the partners on a boat trip out to their fish cages, where the partners could observe how the Guri Kunna pupils receive up-to-date and practical training. In addition, the partners went on a study trip to Eidsvaag and ScaleAQ to learn more about Norwegian aquaculture suppliers and their future skills needs.
The local paper Frøya.no interviewed the BRIDGES partners on their visit:
BKS/BCC picked out three BRIDGES partners that represents each their own country (aside from Norway) and received more operational roles by supporting planning and facilitation of some of the events in Aquaculture Week 2022. These were: UNAK, Livia College and Gullmarsgymnasiet. They were also observers to most of the activities during Aquaculture Week 2022 as well as helped with the implementation of activities: all three contributed to the ASFF Frøya 2022 planning and facilitation based on their own ASFF experiences, Gullmarsgymnasiet facilitated a round-table discussion at the Industry Leaders Summit 2022 while UNAK and Livia College and another representative from Gullmarsgymnasiet engaged NTNU students during their workshop on sustainable solutions to current challenges Norwegian Aquaculture industries face. The purpose of including these BRIDGES partners as observers and facilitators is knowledge sharing.
This international collaboration was born from the EU project BRIDGES. The project is about strengthening the dynamic between industry, R&D and academia so that everyone involved gets added value from each other's resources, creativity and expertise.
Aquaculture Week is a platform to gather and to see the common thread between aquaculture actors, from aquaculture high-schoolers to industry leaders, to examine development opportunities and to take inspiration from each other.
By integrating and elevating the BRIDGES partners into the Aquaculture Week programme, we were able to share experiences, strengthen cooperation across national borders and establish new partners and projects.