Blue biotechnology and aquaculture are global growth industries in the blue economy with an increasing requirement for a highly skilled workforce. To develop of a "sur mesure" Applied Blue Biotechnology Masters II programme at the University of La Rochelle, a survey of skills gaps perceived by blue biotechnology and aquaculture employers is performed by the Blue Biotechnology Master for a Blue Career consortium to improve programme structure and content.

 An online Google survey form was designed (available at and aims at being filled by blue biotechnology and aquaculture enterprises across Europe and World.

Participants are asked to complete the form as if they are intending to recruit a newly qualified technical member of staff with masters-level training. A free text box allows participants to state any other skills or attributes they felt would be important if they were about to employ a masters-level worker.


The structure and content of the Applied Blue Biotechnology Masters II programme is then adjusted to incorporate the new insights provided by the relevant employers. The programme includes 6 months working at a blue biotechnology or aquaculture enterprise to develop key employability skills and to apply knowledge and skills obtained during a 4-month period of teaching to an industrially-relevant research project.

More information on :

Other news