Spring 2016: Joanna Gosling, month one7th March 2016
My first month of being a SAIC intern has been varied, stimulating and I already feel that my experiences will be invaluable to my future career in aquaculture. The key objectives I had for the internship were to 1) get a relevant overview of the Scottish aquaculture sector and the issues that are preventing sustainable growth and 2) understand what makes industry-academia partnerships successful.
So far, the internship has absolutely achieved these and SAIC have been fantastic at providing me with opportunities to meet key members of the aquaculture community. These include salmon and shellfish company MDs; creators of novel aquaculture technology; academics from across the field; leaders of successful scientific networks and other companies, like Interface UK, who specialise in industry-academia partnerships to solve industry problems.
I have been involved in writing technology reviews, translating SEPA licensing and monitoring changes, brainstorming innovation activities for ‘The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design’ and helping to co-ordinate a UK aquaculture network with the University of Stirling (UoS).
The Institute of Aquaculture (IoA) at UoS, who work closely with SAIC, have been very accommodating in showing me around their fantastic facilities. It has been a pleasure to meet their researchers in aquaculture reproduction, genetics, parasitology, breeding, nutrition, health and welfare. I have learnt so much and have even had my Omega 3 levels tested!
Many thanks to everyone so far it has been great and I look forward to the next 2 months!