Process engineering, demonstration sites, life cycle assessment, socio-economic impacts, environment, water quality, sustainability, resource intensity
2_Exploring improvements in fisheries and aquaculture
Our research group has core competencies in the areas of water and wastewater process engineering, life cycle assessment of aquaculture production systems, aeration technologies, water and wastewater treatment and also in policy development and improving educational outcomes and public awareness of the need for a more sustainable approach to resource consumption in aquaculture. We have established a close collaboration with industry and are currently working on a number of industry sites and full scale demonstration sites through various projects. Our group has extensive experience in establishing close interaction with all of the industry stakeholders e.g. the establishment of industry platforms e.g. MOREFISH platform - www.morefish.ie). This platform is a multi-jurisdictional (cross-border) collaborative approach between industry practitioners, regulatory authorities, sectoral state agencies, government support bodies, suppliers, research and environmental groupings. The primary function of this platform model is to promote inclusive and participative engagement by all parties in advancing the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector. We are currently involved in projects within the aquaculture sector funded by national and EU agencies (EMFF an InterReg) and have experience in the coordination/technical management of successful FP7, InterReg and H2020 grants. Examples include EcoAqua & MOREFIS (www.morefish.ie); Waternomics (www.waternomics.eu); Innoqua (www.innoqua-project.eu); Dairywater (www.dairywater.ie); ESIPP (www.esipp.ie).
NUI Galway is a university located at the west coast of Ireland. It has 18,000 students and has key research competencies in the environmental, engineering, marine, IT and biomedical sectors. The university has a strong history of working on EU and international projects and in partnering with industry across these projects. Our research group work within the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway. The Ryan Institute is the NUI Galway's multi-disciplinary research institute for advancing sustainability and innovation impacts across its four thematic research areas, namely (1) Marine & Coastal, (2) Energy & Climate Change, (3) Agriculture & BioEconomy, and (4) Environment & Health and comprises both extensive laboratory facilities as well as large scale demonstration sites for water/wastewater, aquaculture and other related areas (http://www.nuigalway.ie/ryaninstitute/)