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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

April 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


WP1 core group meeting, 24-25 May 2011, Isafjord, Iceland

The WP1 core group meeting will take place on 24th-25th of May in Isafjord, Iceland. The focus of the meeting will be on the last two deliverables, with representation from Research and feedback from Industry via questionnaires. In addition the annual event will be discussed and prepared.

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WP2 core group meeting, 26-27 May 2011 Ghent, Belgium

The WP2 core group meeting will take place on 26th-27th May in Ghent, Belgium. The focus of the meeting will be on the remaining deliverables, the PhD portal and preparing for the annual event.

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WP3 core group meeting, Summer 2011, Trabzon, Turkey

WP3 - Mobility - is organising their last year core group meeting in Trabzon, Turkey, to finalise WP3 results. The meeting will most probably be held in Summer 2011. Please contact Marieke (Marieke@aquatt.ie) and Lluis Tort (Lluis.tort@uab.es) as soon as possible in case you are interested in attending this meeting.

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WP4 core group meeting, 26-27 May, Aberdeen, Scotland

WP4 final core group meeting will take place on 26th-27th May in Aberdeen, Scotland. All questionnaire data from the new generic skills and competences surveys 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, Portugal

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

Venue: 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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Workshop Announcement "Innovative teaching tools - Creating content for learning environments", 7 September 2011, Portugal

The team from Workpackages 5 & 8 are pleased to invite all Aqua-tnet members involved in teaching to a one-day workshop on "Innovative teaching tools - Creating content for learning environments" to be held immediately prior to the Aqua-tnet Annual Event in Portugal on 7th September 2011.

Topics are likely to include:
  •     Video production and sharing
  •     Producing podcasts
  •     Creating multi-media resources
  •     Creating and analysing surveys
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come - first served basis. Full details and a booking form will be made available shortly.

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Share your experience & expertise

The Aqua-tnet project recently carried out a survey of teachers and students which found they would welcome greater opportunities to link with industry and researchers; to hear practical experience and current thinking and perhaps visit either physically or virtually, aquaculture installations, businesses and research projects.

If you are working in the aquaculture, fisheries or other aquatic resources industry or allied research organisation, please consider offering just a little of your time to help enhance the teaching in this sector by completing the form at:
http://tinyurl.com/aquatnet-linksform
For more information please download the flyer (Word doc. 68KB)

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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 (www.aquatnet.com) will be disseminated across the network to identify gaps in training provision and improve the skills base. Your answers to our questions will be of great value in evaluating and improving the provision of generic and specific skills training in the aquaculture, fisheries, marine science and management sectors. Please CLICK HERE to fill out the survey.

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2. Research & Education

EU education report: good progress, but more effort needed to achieve targets

EU countries have improved their education systems in key areas over the past decade but they have achieved only one out of five benchmarks set for 2010, the European Commission's new progress report on education and training reveals. To read the full article and the report please visit http://www.eaea.org/news.php?aid=118176&k=2088&d&utm_source=emailcampaign28&utm_medium=phpList&utm_content=HTMLemail&utm_campaign=EAEA+News

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Vision for the future of the education, training and youth programmes

27 major stakeholders in education and training have adopted a common position paper on their vision for the future of education, training and youth programmes. To read the full article and the paper please visit http://www.eaea.org/news.php?aid=118133&k=2088&d&utm_source=emailcampaign28&utm_medium=phpList&utm_content=HTMLemail&utm_campaign=EAEA+News

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The social dimension of education and training

This round table was organised by SOLIDAR and the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL). Education and training/lifelong learning figures prominently in the Europe 2020 Strategy as a method of promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. However in times of crisis and change, the austerity measures put in place by EU Member States are having an adverse effect by acting on investment in education and training. To read the full article and the report please visit http://www.eaea.org/news.php?aid=118177&k=-3&%20d=2011-04.

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Call for abstracts: Third International NACEE Conference of Young Researchers Saint Petersburg, Russia, 12-13 September 2011

The Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central and Eastern Europe (NACEE) are organising the Third NACEE Conference of Young Researchers on September 12-13, 2011 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. For more information and to submit an abstract please visit http://www.agrowebcee.net/nacee/home/news/the-third-nacee-conference-of-young-researchers-12-13-september-2011/

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3. Other


Call for industry volunteers

Vocational Aqualabs is a two year project funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme and is concerned with generic skills needed in aquaculture research. The partnership is now developing courses one of which will be focused on Entrepreneurship and would like to ask people in industry to volunteer case studies or to be interviewed on video or audio, or maybe to participate in courses to share their experiences of entrepreneurship in action. Please contact John Bostock at j.c.bostock@stir.ac.uk for more information.

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EAS-SG teaser April 2011

This week the EAS SG's topic is Fish Personality:

Have you ever considered that fish may have personalities? Of course, not in the same sense as people, our personalities are far more complex! But scientific research over the past few years has shown that fish differ in their responses to environmental stimuli, suggesting that personalities also exist in fish. Generally speaking, as has been establishd in other animal groups, individuals can be divided into two groups. So-called proactive fish tend to be more active and aggressive but find it more difficult to adapt to new situations. Reactive fish, on the other hand, are more passive and shy, but are more flexible in adapting to new situations.    
If you would like to learn more about personalities in fish, search for coping styles and you will find plenty of scientific articles on the topic.
You are probably asking yourself what the relevance of this kind of knowledge could be for aquaculture? Well, individuals may perform differently under aquaculture conditions and this may have implications for production and welfare.

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

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Plenty more fish in the sea?

More than 40 species of marine fish currently found in the Mediterranean could disappear in the next few years. According to a study for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species on the status of marine fish in the Mediterranean Sea, almost half of the species of sharks and rays and at least 12 species of bony fish are threatened with extinction due to overfishing, marine habitat degradation and pollution. To read the full article visit http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/plenty-more-fish-in-the-sea

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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.

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.

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 (April 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 3 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.


    About AQUA-TNET

    This update is published by the Aqua-tnet Secretariat. Please forward this mail to any colleagues that may be interested. For further information e-mail aquatnet@aquatt.ie All old Aqua-tnet Newsletters and other Aqua-tnet information is archived on the Aqua-tnet website (www.aquatnet.com).

    Aqua-tnet welcomes any feedback regarding content, presentation and user-friendliness of the newsletter. If you would like to post a notice, news item or event details on the next issue of the Aqua-tnet Newsletter or on the Aquat-net website, please send details to Marieke Reuver at marieke@aquatt.ie  or aquatnet@aquatt.ie

    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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