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June 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 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.



2. Research & Education

3. Other

5. Bibmail

6. Information of Interest

7. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

8. PiscesTT Jobs


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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WP6 core group meeting, end of August 2011

WP6 – Positioning Lifelong Learning - is organising their last year core group meeting, to be held end of August 2011, to finalise WP6 results. Please contact Marieke (Marieke@aquatt.ie) and Sonia Seixas (soniabseixas@gmail.com) as soon as possible in case you are interested in attending this meeting.

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WP1 core group meeting, 6th September 2011, Faro, Portugal

WP1 – MSc core group - has re-organised (originally planned meeting had to be cancelled as a result of the recent Icelandic volcano eruption) their year 3 core group meeting to Tuesday 6th of September, just before the Annual Event 2011 and its side events. Please contact Caroline van Geeteruyen (caroline.vangeeteruyen@ugent.be) and Marieke (marieke@aquatt.ie) as soon as possible in case you are interested in attending this meeting.

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Workshop Announcement "Innovative teaching tools - Creating content for learning environments", 7 September 2011, Faro, 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 will include:
  •     Video production and sharing
  •     Producing podcasts
  •     Creating multi-media resources
  •     Creating and analysing surveys
  •     Image production, editing and sharing
  •     Tools for collaboration
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come - first served basis. For full details click here.

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Larvanet workshop - Microbial Management in Fish & Shellfish Larviculture, 7 September 2011, Faro, Portugal

The LARVANET workshop in cooperation with Aqua-tnet and the European Aquaculture Technology Platform (EATiP), on Microbial Management in Fish & Shellfish Larviculture will be held on the 7th October as a side-event to the Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2011. For more information click here.

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Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2011, 8-9 September 2011, Faro, Portugal

All Aqua-tnet members and stakeholders are invited to attend to find out about the activities and results of the FINAL year (2008-2011) and debate the hot topics in Education and Training. This year the Annual Event (8-9 September) will take place in Faro, Portugal and will be preceded by several events on the 7th of September:

1.   Workshop: "Innovative teaching tools – creating content for learning environments”, organised by WP5/8
2.   Larvanet workshop - Microbial Management in Fish & Shellfish Larviculture, in cooperation with the EATiP

Click here for the Registration Form with more information regarding the logistics as well. Please send back the Registration form to Caroline.VanGeeteruyen@UGent.be, cc marieke@aquatt.ie as soon as possible, but latest by Friday 15th July 2011.

Further information and an agenda will follow shortly and will also be published on the Aqua-tnet website (

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WP2: PhD portal: uploading data on courses and thesis's

A vital part of our Aqua-tnet website are the portals. This is an appeal to start uploading the PhD portal. There are 2 databases: the PhD courses and PhD thesis’s.

Within our own WP2 feedback was limited with PhD courses available only from Wageningen University (http://aquatnet.djangofoo.com/institutions/view/64/), University of Naples (http://aquatnet.djangofoo.com/institutions/view/130/), NUI Galway (http://aquatnet.djangofoo.com/institutions/view/133/) and NTNU (http://aquatnet.djangofoo.com/institutions/view/95/) and soon uploaded information from Insubria University.

We would now like to widen our search and look within our entire consortium for more PhD courses. Does your university/institute provide PhD courses? We would be more than happy to hear about it. We are especially looking for purposely designed PhD courses. In other words we are aware of the fact the PhD students often follow master courses as part of their training. Yet master courses should appear in the master course portal. In the PhD portal we are looking for specific courses that are given in a short period of time, so that through mobility, these courses could become available to European students.

Click here for the guidelines on how to upload and update information alternatively complete the information required in the excel and email to Caroline Van Geeteruyen (caroline.vangeeteruyen@ugent.be). E-mail addresses are used as log in and the password is aquatnet, settings can be changed. If you experience any general website related problems please contact Marieke Reuver at marieke@aquatt.ie with your queries.

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Reminder: Calling all aquaculture, fisheries or other aquatic resources industry stakeholders

WP5 and WP8 have recently published their findings from a survey carried out among teachers and students (http://www.aquatnet.com/client/files/aquatnetwp5surveyreport_web.pdf) 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:
For more information please download the flyer (Word doc. 68KB) or visit http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/137/experience-share/.

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Reminder: 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

New webportal for the European Qualifications Framework online

The European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF) provides a common reference framework which assists in comparing the national qualifications systems, frameworks and their levels.

It serves as a translation device to make qualifications more readable and understandable across different countries and systems in Europe, and thus promote lifelong and life-wide learning, and the mobility of European citizens whether for studying or working abroad. Visit the webportal at http://ec.europa.eu/eqf/home_en.htm.

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Development of benchmarks on education and training for employability and on learning mobility  

The Commission presents its plans for new European targets on the employability and the mobility of students to stimulate and guide education reforms in Europe. A new benchmark on the mobility of students would measure the share of young people with learning experiences abroad. A new benchmark on education and training for employability would monitor the success rate of young people with different education levels in the labour market in the years after graduation. To read the full working document visit http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/news/18281.aspx?nlid=18287.

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Scholarships available at Swansea University, United Kingdom 

Swansea University have a number of scholarships some of which have a fast approaching closing date (8 July). 

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 3. Other

Student activities at AE2011, 18-21 October, Rhodes, Greece

This is the first announcement for EAS Student activities during the upcoming Aquaculture Europe conference 2011. The conference takes place from October 18-21, 2011 in Rhodes, Greece. Like in the years before, we from the EAS-SG are pleased to offer a dedicated program for all our students and young members. The EAS Student Group, offer a limited number of travel grants (200 € fixed amount) to support your expenses.

The tentative schedule for the whole conference can be found on the official EAS website. For more information and if you want to make sure that you are not missing any of the great activities and special offers, please work through the action plan at http://www.eassg.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=35&Itemid=56

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The 2nd Young Marine Research network meeting in Germany (7-9 September 2011)

YouMaRes 2011 (September 7-9, 2011) provides a platform for young students and scientists of marine research, where they can present their work and themselves to other student and colleagues. Six session topics Human impacts, Remote sensing, Living with the sea, Aquaculture, Marine Technology and Ocean of diversity are presented from 7th to 9th of September 2011 by PhD-students and Post-Docs as well as by Bachelor and Master students. For more information visit http://www.youmares.net/en.html

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Innovation in Aquaculture Award 2011

There have been three worthy winners of the Lindsay Laird Award for innovation in aquaculture since the award was set up in 2008.

We are now on the look out for the 2011 entries for this prestigious award. This year could be your chance to join the hall of fame!

The Lindsay Laird Award consists of a certificate and an award of a laptop (to the value of 500 euros) of the winner's choice. Springer also sponsors this award by making a donation of aquaculture publications up to a value of 200 euros. Entries submitted by students for the best student poster at the EAS annual conference in Rhodes will be eligible for the inauguration of the award. Subject areas:
  •     environmental impact in aquaculture
  •     new species
  •     hatcheries/early life history
  •     stock production
  •     fish diseases
  •     new technologies
  •     genetics/genomics
The jury will be composed of an AquaTT representative, a University of Crete representative and a representative from the industrial sector.

For more information, please contact aquatt@aquatt.ie.

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Vocational Aqualabs - providing generic skills for aquaculture researchers

The Vocational Aqualabs consortium recently held its third partner meeting on the 9th and 10th June in Dublin where representatives from the six partners discussed the recent developments in the production of courses which are focused on generic skills for aquaculture researchers.

The seven courses include Experimental Design, Entrepreneurship, Data and Statistical Management, Scientific writing, Project management, Research Funding Procurement and Networking – key for a successful career. The decision to develop these courses was based on a needs analysis carried out with researchers and other stakeholders. The courses, which will be delivered face-to-face and also have some online elements, will be piloted for free later on this year across the partner countries; Turkey, Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece and Spain. For more information on the project download the factsheet (PDF).

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MG4U workshop (16-17 June 2011) highlights importance of knowledge transfer

The EU-funded Support Action Marine Genomics 4 Users (MG4U) recently discussed the preliminary results coming out of the knowledge analysis of European and national marine genomics projects. Over the next two years, the MG4U team of scientists and knowledge management specialists, led by France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and its renowned Station Biologique de Roscoff, will collaborate to make marine genomic knowledge more accessible to a broad spectrum of end-users.

The knowledge transfer process will involve mapping-out genomic hot-spots, raising awareness about potential applications, matching knowledge to commercial challenges, and documenting success stories. Based on the innovative MarineTT methodology, MG4U is now in phase 1, to collect and understand all European and national funded projects related to marine genomics. Currently, project coordinators of marine genomics related national or FP6 and FP7 projects are being invited to support the MG4U team in identifying the “Knowledge Outputs” with potential for impact if transferred and also to validate information on the project collected from the CORDIS database. During the workshop the first results were discussed, and external policy and industry experts gave input on potential gaps in knowledge outputs and advice on best practice knowledge transfer.

For more information, please check the project website @ www.mg4u.eu or contact Marieke Reuver @ marieke@aquatt.ie

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MarineTT Brussels Showcase (7 June 2011) – Unlocking Marine Knowledge

MarineTT, the EU-funded Support Action, organised a showcase in Brussels on Tuesday 7th June, which was attended by high-level representatives of DG MARE, DG RTD, DG ENV, major European and national marine research institutions, as well as consultancy companies in European marine affairs. An overview of the work already achieved by the MarineTT project was presented, with a focus on the innovative approach the project has taken to identify and analyse knowledge outputs from FP6 and FP7 funded projects in the marine domain. The showcase acted as a forum for key individuals at European level to provide the project with feedback and insight, raising awareness at the same time.

Please CLICK HERE to access the showcase presentations. MarineTT is expected to make a real contribution to improved access to European marine knowledge outputs for industry, policy, science and society at large. MarineTT is coordinated by AquaTT, with EurOcean as a project partner.

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First Aquainnova thematic workshop held in Warsaw, Poland

‘Aquainnova’ project - “Supporting governance and multi-stakeholder participation in aquaculture research and innovation” – is an FP7 Support Action concerned with the creation of an international framework to develop the vision for the future of European Aquaculture to 2030.  Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and Action Plans will also be identified to define the research and innovation needed to support the vision.

 “The future of freshwater aquaculture in Europe” event held in Warsaw (Poland) between 15 and 16 June, was the first of a series of thematic ‘Aquainnova’ workshops where stakeholder consensus is sought on the finalisation of the SRIA and Action Plans.

Forty four participants from 17 European countries and representing a broad spectrum of stakeholders (e.g. producers, associations, research, education, government and administration), gave their input concerning freshwater aquaculture.  Prioritisation of the most important issues for the successful long term development of European freshwater aquaculture was also established. Upcoming events include the next ‘Aquainnova’ stakeholders meeting on ‘Cold Water Marine Aquaculture’ scheduled for 21-22 September in Oslo (Norway) and ‘Warm Water Marine Aquaculture’ in November 2011.

For more information on ‘Aquainnova’ and the objectives of the EATIP, go to www.eatip.eu.

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Call for Proposals – Transnational Access to Aquaculture Research Infrastructure Facilities

The EU FP7-Research Infrastructures project AQUAEXCEL project is pleased to invite proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating Aquaculture Research Infrastructures.

The AQUAEXCEL project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These facilities are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Commission Union 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures).

The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (recirculation, flow‐through, cage, hatchery and pond systems); environments (freshwater and marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmon, trout, sea bass, sea bream, cod, common carp etc.); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health and welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring and management technologies).

The overall objective of the AQUAEXCEL project is to promote the coordinated use and development of these top class experimental facilities and encourage problem‐based research and knowledge transfer to more effectively support the development of a sustainable European production of high quality seafood with reduced environmental impact.

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or two people to the chosen Research Infrastructure for periods of up to 3 months. The research work and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid under the project.

1st Call – Deadline for applications – 16th September 2011
For more information, please check the AQUAEXCEL website: http://www.aquaexcel.eu/call_for_access

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Fifth ASSEMBLE call for applications now open

You can apply for on-site access to the ASSEMBLE infrastructure sites for the period December 2011 - May 2012. Deadline for applications is 15 September 2011. Go to the ASSEMBLE Access page for more information and application form.

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Call for abstracts: International Conference ICT for Language Learning 

The objective of the conference is to promote the sharing of good practice and transnational cooperation in the field of the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to Language Learning and Teaching. The conference will also be an excellent opportunity for the presentation of previous and current language learning projects and innovative initiatives.

The Call for Papers is addressed to language teachers and experts as well as to coordinators of language projects and initiatives. Deadline for abstracts: 8 July 2011. For further information about the 4th edition of ICT for Language Learning Conference, please contact conference@pixel-online.net or visit the conference website www.pixel-online.net/ICT4LL2011.

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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 (May/June 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 (May/June 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 (June 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 2 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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