Training and further education
Our research group offers various continuing education courses, which are thematically affiliated with aquaculture, aquaponics or various other topics.
In the subject-specific, profession-independent training (FBA) aquaculture, the necessary basic knowledge for an economically managed aquaculture business is taught. The curriculum includes specialized knowledge on plant design, plant operation and the species- and animal-friendly husbandry of fish and crayfish.
The training program includes six days of theory followed by an examination and a three-month internship on an aquaculture farm including an internship report. By completing this training, the necessary legal qualification is obtained to operate an aquaculture business in Switzerland. The subsequently issued certificate "Specialized profession-independent training for commercial breeders of fish and armored crayfish" is recognized by the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office BLV according to Art. 193 Para. 1 lit. b TSchV - Permit No.: 10_0003.
New studies have shown: even crayfish feel pain. This course provides important know-how for the catering industry. Participants will learn professional stunning and killing, animal-friendly husbandry and transport, as well as the associated documentation in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act. For a species-appropriate handling and, thus, for the sake of crayfish.
Have you always wanted to process, refine and market your fish yourself? Or you are already doing this and want to expand your skills? We will show you what to look out for. In doing so, you will be working hands-on yourself. Examples and practical exercises bring you closer to the value chain.
Are you interested in aquaculture, hydroponics or sustainable farming systems? Learn the most important things about aquaponics, hydroponics and aquaculture. Our MOOC "Aquaponics - the circular food production system" is creating excitement worldwide!
Course duration: 6 weeks of 4-6h/week. You can attend the course at your own learning pace.
Enrol in the course and discover the world of sustainable fish, plant and vegetable production!
Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. A recirculating system that allows to cultivate fish and plants at the same time. This workshop provides insight into the basics. Learn how nutrient and water recycling and soil-independent food production works. For urban farming, for school, for home.
Global warming, hydropower, isolated habitats: native fish are under threat. In this CAS you will get the tools to help freshwater fish with the right measures: You will get the necessary biological and ecological basics, build up your species knowledge and get practical know-how on water body and fisheries management - for effective protection.
- Bachelor of Environmental Engineering: there is the possibility to do up to two term papers and one bachelor thesis on the topic of aquaculture with tutors of the research group Aquaculture Systems. The choice of topics is usually done via the internal topic selection system, but new or own topics are generally not excluded. In addition, there are various modules in which aquaculture and aquaponics can be targeted as a topic area, e.g., in an elective course, a stay abroad of several months can be carried out, e.g. in an aquaculture project in Cambodia which has been supervised by the Aquaculture Systems Research Group for several years.
- Master program Environment and Natural Resources: in the elective module Aquaculture Systems students acquire the knowledge and skills of the basics of fish fattening (related to fish biology, feeding and health), basics of planning and operation of an aquaculture facility as well as critical evaluation of a facility concept (with focus on business plan and the legal basis in Switzerland). It is also possible to do the master thesis on aquaculture at the Aquaculture Systems Research Group. The choice of topic is basically free and is done with the support of the tutors.