Opportunity: Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

saicThe Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will be visiting RGU on Wednesday 26th October 2016 from 1pm to 3pm.   SAIC is one of the Innovation Centres which were established by the Scottish Government, in partnership with the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. SAIC bring together industry and academia to provide innovative solutions to industry-defined problems in Scottish aquaculture.  SAIC’s Innovation Manager Dr Corinne Critchlow-Watton, will pre­sent the background and objectives of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation centre as well as progress to date and an overview of the opportunities arising for RGU fol­lowed by an opportunity for Q&A.  There will be time available for 1 to 1 conversations with Corinne if you wish. Please email Hans Steuten to confirm your attendance and indicate if you want to schedule a 1 to 1 with Corinne. 


Funding Award: Integrated Renewable Energy for a Resilient Aceh (Indonesia)

Funded by : NEWTON FUND Institutional Links Award: 100K GBP Awarded from UK – Match Funded by Indonesia

UK Lead Partner: Dr. Leuserina Garniati & Dr. Alan Owen from Robert Gordon University (RGU)

Indonesia Partners: Prof. Muhammad Dirhamsyah & Muhammad Tadjuddin from Syiah Kuala University (UNSYIAH); Yakob Ishadamy from Strategic Resources Initiative (SRI); Abdus Syakur from Aceh Marine & Fisheries Agency (Aceh DKP)

In addressing energy & food security improving maritime productivity is the main goal for Aceh and addressing energy & food security. On-site observations & intensive stakeholder engagement by the project partners shows that low productivity is largely due to low engagement with, and low aptitude for using appropriate, sustainable energy technology as locally driven business practices.

Aceh 2a

Prawn hatchery freshwater supply

In line with the UK – Indonesia bilateral maritime focal programmes, this project contributes to the economic development &social welfare of communities in wider Indonesia by creating a step change towards appropriately designed & managed sustainable energy systems for maritime productivity. This action research moves through 4 linked stages; demonstrate integration of renewable energy systems; apply appropriate technology; embed training programme to meet community’s aspirations; and initiate business models that can create wider benefits.

The action research will lead to positive impacts on livelihood of low income people through applying Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) systems to existing & aspirational economic sectors.

  •  Aquaculture & salt production home industries
  • Quayside services storage, processing, packaging providing added value to products
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Local business unit incubation


Aceh 3

Prawn aquaculture ponds

Aceh 4a

Stakeholder Focus Group Discussion (Marine & Fisheries, Energy & Mineral Resources, Universities & Polytechnics; Community Groups, NGOs and other third sectors)

The expected outputs include showcase of operational IRE sites, policy recommendations to relevant Ministries, and strategic briefs to Planning Agencies