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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

March 2011


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 Aquat-net 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.

Contents

1. AQUA-TNET News

2. Research & Education

3. Other

5. Bibmail

6. Information of Interest

7. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

8. PiscesTT Jobs


1. AQUA-TNET News


WP7 Treasure Hunt Language Game for students at the Annual Event

At the WP7 (Linguistic diversity) meeting in Dublin on March 25, the core group decided on both form and content of the latest version of the Language Game. The game, intended to help exchange student beginners, will take the form of a linguistic Treasure Hunt. Each team will have to follow language pointers and clues in the target language. Solving the clues will earn the teams credit points and another clue which will lead them to the next stage in the treasure hunt. Treasure Hunt stages, located in a local park near the Annual Event venue, will be supervised by native speakers in each of the target languages (Portuguese, Norwegian, French, Polish, with English as the 'comfort zone' or matrix language). The winners will receive the treasure chest (contents not decided yet).
 
Teams will be required to read, listen carefully and speak at each stage of the treasure hunt. By the end they should have acquired at least some of the language skills at CEFR A1 level in the chosen target languages. Click here for the minutes of the meeting.

If YOU want to join the treasure hunters, please contact margaret@her.hcmr.gr or marieke@aquatt.ie.

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WP4 core group meeting

WP4 final workshop will take place during the week of 26th of May (depending on partners availability). All data will have been analysed by then, and a draft report written. During the meeting the core group will discuss the report and finalise WP4.

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Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2011 8 & 9 September 2011

The Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2011 is now being organised and we request all partners keep their diaries free for the following days:

Venue: Cascais, Portugal
Date: 8&9 September 2011

More information will be send out shortly, but please keep your diaries free for these days.


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Researchers give your opinion on your needs and challenges!

In order to fully understand the needs and challenges for Research Institutes, the Research group has designed this survey to carry out a sector wide analysis. The data will be analysed and a report will be produced identifying current practice with regards to training, mobility, lifelong learning and CPD (Career Progression and Development). Conclusions and recommendations on how interaction can be improved, in particular with Aqua-tnet (CLICK HERE to fill out the survey.

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2. Research & Education

Council conclusions on the role of education and training in the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy

Education and training have a fundamental role to play in achieving the Europe 2020 objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, notably by equipping citizens with the skills and competences which the European economy and European society need in order to remain competitive and innovative, but also by helping to promote social cohesion and inclusion. For more information visit http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/news/17747.aspx

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The benefits of vocational education and training

Research on the benefits of education has a long history in the economics of education, but the same cannot be said about research on the specific benefits of vocational education and training (VET). Yet policy decisions need to be based on sound evidence if they are to succeed at their goals. Cedefops review gathers evidence on the economic and social benefits of vocational education and training from across Europe. To access the publication visit http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/articles/17917.aspx

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EAEA Service: Adult Education in Europe Country Overviews

This past year the EAEA have been working on expanding and improving the Country Presentations section. They are now at the stage where over half of the countries in Europe have an updated report outlining the current situation of adult education in that country, written in English. To view the country overviews and to provide your feedback to help improve the service visit http://www.eaea.org/news.php?aid=17900&k=2088&d&utm_source=emailcampaign22&utm_medium=phpList&utm_content=HTMLemail&utm_campaign=EAEA+News+February+2011

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Call for applications: MG4U Summer course "Marine Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics" - 15-29 May 2011

MG4U (Marine Genomics 4 Users) is providing a Summer course "Marine Evolutionary & Ecological Genomics" on 15-29 May 2011, at Station Biologique de Roscoff, France. The course aims to introduce genetic and genomic approaches for the analysis of biological diversity, evolution and adaptation at the species and population level in the ocean. The target group is PhD students (at least in their second year) and post docs with a solid knowledge in phylogenetics and/or population genetics. Students with an applied background (e.g. aquaculture, blue biotech, fisheries, nutrigenomics) are encouraged to apply. The course will consist of lectures, tutorials and computer based exercises in various subjects.

The course fee is paid by the MG4U Network and includes a welcome reception, excursion (incl. lunch) and farewell dinner. On site accommodation at the SBR guesthouse is included. All participants pay their own travel and board (self catering is possible). For more information please click here for the announcement. To apply please fill in the application form and send to Jonas Collén (collen@sb-roscoff.fr) together with a 2-page CV. 16 participants will be selected and will be notified at the end of April if their application is successful.

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Marie Curie Calls

The European Commission has published a call for Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships and Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development.

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Call for abstracts: ISEKI_Food 2011 - Bridging Training and Research for Industry and the Wider Community

The conference (31st August 2nd September 2011, Milan, Italy) will bring together food scientists from research and industry, technologists, students, food consumers and the wider community, to discuss and collaborate on specific topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education.

For more information please visit http://www.isekiconferences.com/milan2011/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=38

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3. Other


New EU-funded aquaculture infrastructure project launched - AQUAEXCEL

Coordinating access to top class research infrastructures is the aim of a new platform about to be carried out by a pan-European team of aquaculture research facilities. The project, titled AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research), has received EUR 9.2 million of EU funding under the Research Infrastructures' area of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Capacities programme.

By fostering links between academia and the industry itself, the researchers hope to improve market-driven research priorities, evidence-based products and services, and efficient knowledge transfer. To read the full press release please click here.


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AquaInnova - Technical leaflets on aquaculture RTD projects

AquaInnova Supporting governance and multi-stakeholder participation in aquaculture research and innovation" - is an FP7 project focusing on the creation of an international framework that will facilitate the development of vision documents and strategic research agendas on the sectoral components of European aquaculture.

Within AquaInnova, the coordinators of current (FP7) and past (FP6) research projects have been asked to provide details of research outcomes, give their opinion on potential impact of the outcomes if transferred to end users and finally identify where more RTD is required in the subject area. To view the technical leaflets visit the website http://www.eatip.eu/default.asp?SHORTCUT=410


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New project launched - INTRANEMMA (Innovation Transfer Network for Mediterranean Mariculture)

The first partner meeting of INTRANEMMA - Innovation Transfer Network for Mediterranean Mariculture, funded under the Lifelong learning programme (Leonardo Da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation) was held in the Federation of Greek Maricultures (FGM) offices in Athens on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th of March 2011.

The duration of the project is 2 years. The consortium includes FGM (Greece) as coordinator, AQUARK (Greece) as project management, APROMAR - Asociacion Empresarial de Productores de Cultivos Marinos (Spain), MUGLA KULTUR BALIKCILARI (Mugla fish farmers association, Turkey) and AQUATT (Ireland).

The INTRANEMMA project will identify priority vocational skill needs in the Mediterranean Mariculture industry and in response will develop and pilot innovative sector led programmes specifically for the Mediterranean region, aimed towards improving vocational skills and ensuring sustainability in sea bass and sea bream aquaculture. An online survey of the identified areas where innovation could bring significant improvement in the Mediteranean mariculture industry will be launched soon aimed at Greek, Spanish and Turkish industry stakeholders. To read the full press release please click here.


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Interesting results - Top generic skills identified by Vocational Aqualabs project

Vocational Aqualabs, funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, recently carried out a needs analysis in relation to generic skills in aquaculture research. The results found that the majority of researchers agreed that Team Management is the top generic skill for a researcher to effectively move from academia to the private sector and Scientifc Writing is the top generic skill for a researcher to achieve a prominent career in academia.

In contrast the majority of stakeholders identified Project Management as the top generic skill for a researcher to effectively move from academia to the private sector and as the top generic skill for an experienced researcher to have to achieve a senior position in their organisation. Download the analysis (WP2: Report on analysis of surveying, including recommendations for industry training and policy related to generic skills) from the project website or for a summary of the analysis (8 pages) click here


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EU backs spreading marine genomic solutions

Over the next three years, an EU-funded team of scientists and knowledge management specialists will align state-of-the-art blue biotechnology solutions with small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs), large corporations, and environmental regulators. The team also believes marine genomics has the potential to be used in everyday products such as medicine and food, and enrich marine biodiversity. The MG4U ('Marine Genomics for Users') project has been funded EUR 1.12 million under the 'KBBE' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Under MG4U, the team will publish online maps, rollout training programmes, and poll industry representatives. The effort will sustain the excellent work of the Marine Genomics Europe Network of Excellence, and knowledge transfer techniques used will build on those piloted in related FP7 projects, such as MarineTT and AquaInnova. To read the full press release please click here.


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EAS-SG teaser March 2011

his week the EAS SG want to introduce the SARNISSA, Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa:

Arent we vaguely aware that there might be some aquaculture going on outside of Europe. Scientific publications from the American countries, shrimp from south-east Asia, unbelievable high production numbers from China, and also Sarnissa;
And Sarnissa is all about Africa!!!
Would you like to know how Clarias catfish are being cultured in Nigeria? Who is researching tilapia feeds and nutrition in South Africa? Or how private fish hatcheries are developing in Ghana and Cote DIvoire? Are you looking for expertise or work experience in a warm country? Personally, I was amazed by the amount of openess, feedback and help, that I saw within the Sarnissa community and following the discussion forum.
Check out the (admittedly crammed) homepage (http://www.sarnissa.org/tiki-index.php), sign up for free or give the guys a shout if you are looking for experience, a semster abroad, or just a question about actually everything!

Stefan, Benedikt, Anna, Caroline, Manuel & Guerrino (EAS-Student Group)

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4. AQUA-TNET Calendar

Please check the Aqua-tnet calendar for a complete overview of upcoming events, conferences and workshops

 

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5. Bibmail

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

CLICK HERE for the latest Bibmail (March 2011)

To go to the BibMail archive on the Aqua-tnet site please CLICK HERE

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6. Information 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 (
March 2011)

To go to the Information of Interest website link on the Aqua-tnet site please CLICK HERE

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7. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

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.

CLICK HERE for the latest AquaTT Training News and Announcements (March 2011)

Please email news@aquatt.ie to submit your news which will reach almost 6,000 international subscribers interested in aquaculture and related sectors of education.

8. PiscesTT Jobs


PiscesTT Jobs is a free online recruitment service used by over 300 companies globally. The innovative system, updated daily, lists jobs, PhD vacancies and student placements in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science worldwide. This service facilitates human resource development in the industry.

At the moment 6 interesting jobs/study opportunities. If you are interested in viewing or posting a job vacancy please go to http://www.piscesttjobs.com/ or contact aquatt@aquatt.ie Subscribe at http://www.piscesttjobs.com/feeds/ for live RSS updates of new job postings.


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    DISCLAIMER: AQUA-TNET provides this newsletter as a free service to its partners. Most of the information is provided by AQUA-TNET. Where it is not, the source of the news is provided in the text of the news brief or else AQUA-TNET attributes the news to the coordinating body as the "Data Source Provider". In no way does this newsletter intend to wrongly or inappropriately claim projects, news, etc. as its own nor is it responsible for incorrect information provided from other sources. The AQUA-TNET Newsletter is a dissemination tool and forum for both AQUA-TNET and its partners.

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