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Development of a prototype of low-tech, space-efficient soilless cultivation (aquaponics) for refugee camps in Jordan

Webinar Series on Aquaponics, Aquaculture, and Hydroponics

Presently, global malnutrition impacts around 2 billion people, leading to micronutrient deficiencies (commonly known as "hidden hunger") and obesity issues for 0.5 billion adults. Despite global efforts, progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2.1 and 2.2—ensuring access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food all year round and eliminating malnutrition—has been limited (FAO, 2018). Transformative approaches in agriculture are thus urgent.

Innovative, climate-smart, and water-saving technologies like hydroponics, bioponics, and aquaponics (i.e., the combination of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) with hydroponics) hold immense potential for both rural and urban settings.

Together with the European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance (EELISA), we are preparing a series of webinars focusing on capacity building for soilless technologies (aquaponics, hydroponics, bioponics). The webinars provide the theoretical background for future operators/owners of aquaponic/bioponic systems, especially in arid countries. They will be held every second Thursday at 9:00 CET (10:00, Jordan time) starting on the 25th of April 2024.

The schedule of the webinars can be found below:

Spring '24 term

Date Webinar title
25.04.2024 Why circular soilless food production systems?
09.05.2024 Fish biology, health, and welfare
23.05.2024 Fish feeding and growth
06.06.2024 Water quality in fish production
20.06.2024 Construction of simple and small RAS
04.07.2024 Operation of RAS
18.07.2024 Simplified hydroponics

Autumn '24 term

Date Webinar title
22.08.2024 Plant growth requirements and nutrient deficiencies
05.09.2024 Plant monitoring and integrated pest management
19.09.2024 Balancing of aquaponic system
17.10.2024 Pond aquaculture
31.10.2024 Improving nutrient use efficiency
14.11.2024 Energy and business aspects
28.11.2024 Conclusions and open discussion

Note that the dates and the topics can be subject to change.