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April 2010

This is a free e-mail news service provided by AQUA-TNET for the AQUA-TNET network and its partners. AQUA-TNET is the European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management, funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, from 2008 - 2011.

In the AQUA-TNET Newsletter you will find an update of AQUA-TNET and its activities, as well as information from the European Commission related to European education matters.

Please forward this newsletter to your colleagues and students. Please submit any relevant information for dissemination in the newsletter to aquatnet@aquatt.ie.




    Research & Education


2. AquaTT Training News

3. Bibmail

4. Information of Interest

5. Pisces TT Jobs

6. Other


Aqua-tnet mobility

To increase mobility opportunities within our sectors, aqua-tnet is currently developing an innovative, user-friendly and informative mobility platform. One of the main EU objectives regarding the Lisbon agenda is to improve the quality and increase the volume of students and teaching staff mobility throughout Europe. Aqua-tnet aims to increase mobility resources for students, trainers and professionals within the aqua-tnet domains. The aim is for the aqua-tnet mobility portal to become the Pan-European centre of Aquaculture Education.

We would like to ask you, as an aqua-tnet partner, to provide us with some basic information related to mobility in your institution. We would be very grateful if you could complete the attached form, which will only take a few minutes. Information provided will be included in the portal map, so your institution and its mobility offer will be available and identified through it. Please send the completed form back to marieke@aquatt.ie before Wednesday May 12th.
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The aquaculture industry invites aqua-tnet members to put forward any issues you wish to discuss

This is a reminder that the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) will be holding their AGM in Bordeaux from 20th-23rd May and are inviting all aqua-tnet members to put forward any issues they would like FEAP to canvass with industry. This is a great opportunity to have a debate/pass round questionnaires/look for volunteers etc. FEAP will also use this opportunity to update all members on all the projects they are involved in.

If you would like to put your views forward or bring something to the attention of industry please contact FEAP member David Bassett at david.bassett@britishtrout.co.uk

Research & Education 

ECVET bulletin - April 2010

“The year 2010 is crucial for ECVET. While 2009 was marked by the key milestones that included the adoption of the Recommendation by the European Parliament and the Council in addition to two major conferences in Prague and in Brussels, 2010 is fully dedicated to the first phase of ECVET implementation. Subsequently, the European Commission has prepared a full range of coordinated and complementary initiatives to accompany Member States in their adoption and application of ECVET.” Editorial: João Delgado, European Commission DG Education and Culture.

To read more download the latest issue of the ECVET bulletin from CEDEFOP available at http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/news/15578.aspx

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COEXIST – Interaction in European coastal waters; a roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries

The new COEXIST project supported by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will address the sustainable use of Europe’s seas and oceans and a roadmap for integration of aquaculture and fisheries in the coastal zone will be published. With the participation of 13 institutions from 10 European countries, the partnership will provide ecosystem modelling tools to support decision-makers on maritime matters when it comes to managing our maritime space.

Several case studies will be undertaken in separate maritime regions, demonstrating conditions and combinations of activities of European coastal areas of particular importance for aquaculture and coastal fisheries. To read the full article please click here.

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VALLA project case studies

As the VALLA project nears completion, one very interesting feature has emerged. As readers of this newsletter will know, one of the aims of the project was to develop a user-friendly online tool which would help users in the difficult task of describing their courses in terms of Learning Outcomes, in order to comply with both specific National Qualifications Framework requirements, as well as the more general European Qualification Framework recommendations.

The project has succeeded in this aim, and more than twenty short courses (including work placements, mobility exchanges and other informal learning opportunities) have been re-aligned in a format suitable for submission to the appropriate awarding bodies. The results (and the courses themselves) will very soon be available to the public on the VALLA website www.vallaproject.com. In the meantime, for further information or help with the process, please contact Margaret Eleftheriou at Margaret@her.hcmr.gr

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Changes in multilingual administration in the Commission

The current recession has had many serious and perhaps unforeseen consequences. One of these is the disappearance of the separate Multilingual portfolio, ably fronted by Mr Leonard Orban, since it was set up in 2007. In the new Commission lineup, multilingualism is now in the brief of Ms Androulla Vassiliou, the new Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. While appreciating the need for cutbacks in the present deeply serious economic situation, this is a real blow for those who work in this difficult and time-and-resources-consuming area.

The PESCALEX project will continue its work to provide quality content for the aquaculture sector in some of the least widely spoken languages such as Hungarian, Polish, Turkish, Greek, Norwegian and Swedish. Towards this aim, the project will unveil its new website (www.pescalex.org) in early May 2010.

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Vocational Aqualabs – Calling all aquaculture researchers for input into needs analysis

The overall aim of Vocational Aqualabs is to improve vocational education and training (VET) systems in the European Aquaculture sector to ensure researchers receive continual professional development training in generic skills which will a) result in increasing the quality, attractiveness and security of research career pathways b) increase the relevancy of researchers and their research to the sector c) improve knowledge transfer to industry for exploitation contributing to a sustainable sector in Europe. The Vocational Aqualabs consortium are currently carrying out a needs analysis which aims to identify the key generic skills which are required by aquaculture researchers.

If you are a researcher in the sector and would like to participate please click here. If you are an industry stakeholder and would like to participate please click here. For more information please visit www.aqualabs.eu.

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2. AquaTT Training News  

AquaTT's Training News is a free monthly electronic newsletter. With the latest news from the European education community, opportunities for collaboration, announcements and a student corner, Training News is an important dissemination channel for education and training opportunities for the aquaculture and fisheries sectors.

Highlights of the April 2010 issue:

for the latest AquaTT Training News (April 2010)

CLICK HERE for the AquaTT Calendar with a comprehensive overview of all Events in the Maritime Sector 

Please email news@aquatt.ie to submit your news which will reach over 5,000 subscribers interested in aquaculture and related sectors education.

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3. BibMail 

BibMail is a biweekly updated overview of the content tables of the major aquaculture-relevant scientific journals.

CLICK HERE for the latest Bibmail (April 2010)

To go to the BibMail website link on the AQUA-TNET site please

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4. Information of Interest

Information of Interest is a biweekly updated overview of interesting publications, reports, and manuals relating to aquaculture in a broad sense, with links to the respective files or information points.

CLICK HERE for the latest Information of Interest (April 2010)

To go to the Information of Interest website link on the AQUA-TNET site please CLICK HERE 

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5. PiscesTT Jobs

PiscesTT Jobs is a free online recruitment service used by over 200 companies globally. The innovative system, updated daily, lists jobs, PhD vacancies and student placements in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science worldwide. Subscribe at http://www.piscesttjobs.com/feeds/ for live RSS updates of new job postings. This service facilitates human resource development in the industry.

At the moment 9 interesting jobs are listed: 

If you are interested in posting a job vacancy or registering for the service, please go to the PiscesTT Jobs website or contact Marieke Reuver at marieke@aquatt.ie

6. Other 

This update is published by the AQUA-TNET Secretariat. For further information, e-mail: aquatnet@aquatt.ie

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