SAMS, as part of the INTEGRATE consortium, has been organising the creation and development of learning materials by all partners. The first set of learning materials have now gone live on the INTEGRATE website in their own dedicated portal.
The aim of the learning materials is to provide interested parties, be they students, aquaculture professionals or investors, with a diverse and stimulating series of lectures, films and presentations presenting the state of the art in European IMTA. The diversity of experience and work undertaken by the INTEGRATE partners means that the project is in a key position to provide this information.
The learning materials at present include a key introductory lecture on IMTA by SAMS’s own Dr Adam Hughes, along with an in depth talk with David Attwood, the production director of LFO (Loch Fyne Oysters) about the practical issues of setting up a commercial IMTA site. Our Spanish partners at CTAQUA provide us with a thorough look at their lagoon based IMTA system, and IPMA (Portugal) and CEVA (France) provide a mixture of lectures and short films looking at lagoon based systems and the seaweed cultivation component of IMTA.
Now that the first set of material is online, SAMS is looking to curate this, and will shortly provide a course narrative to the homepage that will further coordinate the learning experience. In addition, we envisage new material coming online shortly from other project partners. As 2019 progresses, we look forward to more learning material from all partners, and this will develop on themes already undertaken, as well as the practical results from partner’s pilot actions. We hope that as the project progresses, the learning materials produced will be the go-to site for anyone interested in learning about IMTA.