Aquaponics New Novelty In Education

7 Participating countries:
Start: 01-09-2016 - End: 31-12-2017
Project Reference: 2016-1-NL01-KA202-023006
EC Grant: 163250 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training


ANNIE - Aquaponics New Novelties In Education- feeding tomorrow's cities is a project in which all participating countries will start to create a network of educational institutions, rural and urban companies/farmers and regional governments and local authorities and to share good practices. The global trend of urbanisation brings new challenges on food production and processing, and the needs of the citizens. Today's citizens acquire safe food and water, food quality and origin of the products are of major importance. The ANNIE network has as underlying goal to establish Aquaponics Training Centres in which all kind of target groups will be trained on any EQF level. The target groups Aquaponics focus on are youth, unemployed youngsters (up to 27), disabled people who are not easily placed in the labour market, the lifelong learners - with qualification EQF 2, immigrants and career changers. Working in Aquaponics requires both high tech skills and hands on labour. The partners in this project are from different European areas with potential needs. Spain, Greece and Portugal because of the lack of fresh water, Romania, Portugal and Slovenia to develop their rural areas and UK and the Netherlands as knowledge-based economies and too much (dirty) water, which should be re-used more sustainable.Education play an important role in these new developments, because they teach the workers of the future and make them aware of the food problems of the future.The main goal of this project is to expand a network with educational institutions and farmers interested in aquaponics production and local governments which are aware of the ecologic and economic advantages of the system of aquaponics. Not only agricultural subjects are relevant in aquaponics, there are many cross overs. Water technology and innovative, sustainable breeding techniques need new curricula. In this ANNIE project we would like to increase the network in which education, farmers (business) and governments work together collectively to raise awareness what to do about the enormous changes as a result of the water scarcity, technical revolutions and consumer requirements until 2050. Education have to change into international knowledge centres and with this project we will investigate opportunities of Aquaponics Training Centres, where students, young and elder, acquire knowledge and skills and competences to set up an aquaponics business themselves, to become the providers of fresh and healthy food locally. Entrepreneurial attitude will be promoted. Aquaponics give people the opportunity to start their own business with small investments. Aquaponics is the food production technique for the future, scholars say; it means there is a big market open for all sorts of activities around it.Aquaponics create jobs in all EQF levels and cross over sectors. The food sector in which Aquaponics will be part of has a tremendous challenge for the future to feed all inhabitants of the world in coming 40 years, as more than 50% of the world population lives in urban areas and aquaponics becomes a part of the food supply on small scale but close to the consumers. Fresh food, fish and vegetables are available everywhere where an aquaponics system is working. For these new way of thinking to produce food on an effective, but sustainable way green education needs to change their curricula in the future and that only happens when the market ( business and local governments) is involved to change the curricula. And this network partners are very much aware of the things that need to change to feed the next generation as good as today! This network can help to establish an optional part of the green curricula or as a new course for the lifelong learning programs of the institutions.Outcomes of ANNIE: All partners test the dimensional cross sector cooperation between triple helix partners in their own region- in every national network all three sections of the triple helix are represented and all of them have contributed at least one good practice- 6 good practices from the educational partner institutions implemented/used abroad;- 6 good practices of business partners watched/covered in the project;- 2 good practices of the governmental partners; (Rijnmond/Rotterdam and Murcia)- 8 new relationships from the triple helix in the network;- 4 guest lecturers implemented;- 5 field visits organised.- 30 student exchanges and practical placements from the educational partnersThe most important result of ANNIE will be the commitment of the triple helix partners in each region to continue in the next phase, to implement the good practices of this project in a new to established Aquaponics Training Centres, in joint ventures to pave new roads for youngsters in the ever fast changing European labour market.


Results for this project are not yet available. They might become available after the project's end date.


Stichting Wellant

Randhoeve 2, 3990DD

Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)


Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise
Tsaltampasi Apostolina and CO
Κεντρική Μακεδονία (Kentriki Makedonia)
Organisation type: Other
Servicio de Formación y Transferencia Tecnológica
Región de Murcia
Organisation type: Other
Escola Profissional de Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural de Marco de Canaveses
Marco de Canaveses
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)
Askham Bryan College
North Yorkshire
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (tertiary level)
Sud-Vest Oltenia
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
Liceul Tehnologic Agroindustrial "Tamási Áron"
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)
Centro Integrado de Formación y Experiencias Agrarias de Torre Pacheco
Torre Pacheco
Región de Murcia
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (tertiary level)
Grm Novo mesto - center biotehnike in turizma
Novo mesto
Jugovzhodna Slovenija
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)
Molina de Segura
Región de Murcia
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (tertiary level)
Youmanitas Energy Farms
Organisation type: Other


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