The Department of Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment (DIAE) was founded within the framework of an innovative perspective in order to cover the increasing demand on novel academic courses regarding related scientific topics on aquatic living resources.
DIAE typically faces the critical issue with regards to benefit students with modern knowledge on scientific issues such as conservation/management of aquatic living resources. Nowadays in Hellas, the successful confrontation of such issues provides important prospects of substantial growth not only in academia but also in our size economy in the job market.
The intense fishing activity, coupled with the continuous deterioration of the oceans/seas have led, in recent years, the international community to shift its focus to the need to improve the way aquatic living resources are managed and conserved. The actions taken today are aimed at a rational and responsible exploitation of such resources and fish stocks. The global literature on the subject is growing rapidly, demonstrating the necessity of educating young students and lead them to research these resources.
Meanwhile, the stabilization of fishery production coupled with the on-growing demand for fishery products have led to a de-facto increase of aquaculture. Aquaculture is globally a hot subject in the business sector since it provides high-value animal protein to humans. The operation of DIAE addresses this critical issue by providing up-to-date know-how & know-why knowledge on fisheries management and aquatic living resources. Hellas as an EU country, offers such a wealthy prospect for significant growth in both the scientific and professional status in the aquaculture job market. The cornerstone of European education policy is the mobility of education and socio-economic sectors in order to transform our local knowledge-based economy. DIAE fills in this gap both in our country & its adjacent areas.
In this context, DIAE’s Curriculum has been organized as such, aiming to provide its graduates with both the required specialization and the ability to constantly adapt themselves, meeting the ever-increasing demands when seeking work out in the job market. The studies at DIAE are structured to meet also the needs of society communing aquatic living resources science out in the public. The five-year Curriculum at DIAE aims to foster new, in addition to traditional, research hypotheses that lay in a holistic methodological, technical and thematic combination.
Our Curriculum is structured into four thematic clusters:
- Aquatic Animal and Plant Production
- Fisheries Technology and Marketing
- Aquatic Environment Management
In order to acquire a more focused & specialized course, we offer three (3) Masters of Science Programs (MScs) entitled:
- Sustainable Management of Aquatic Environment (SMAE)
- Mediterranean Aquaculture (MedA)
- Education on Environmental Sustainability (EdES)
We host fully hardware equipped laboratories of physical, chemical, technical, economical and biological research subjects, as well as computer cluster isles for pursuing basic research. We are proud of our fully operational 24/7 small-scale aquaculture research unit-station.
DIAE’s library/branch is functioning in full compliance with the central University Library. Its development (systematic organization and services’ upgrade) followed equivalently all developmental steps of DIAE.
DIAE is a 17year-old teenager, nevertheless it has developed a significant status in education and research (basic and applied science). DIAE’s research goals focus on fisheries, aquaculture and conserving the aquatic environment of the Mediterranean and its adjacent seas.