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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

July 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.

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 New


Aqua-tnet III application successful

Dear members,

As you know, earlier this year a proposal for the continuation of our network was submitted. The Aqua-tnet secretariat is very pleased to announce that the application was successful. This new exciting phase will be an excellent opportunity to build upon the previous work and continue this long running network (1996-2011). The new programme (20011-14) will allow us to help the sectors we cover to further contribute to the creation of a European Higher Education Area. The new phase of the network will be titled Aqua-tnet - Promoting innovation and a European dimension through Lifelong learning in the field of Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Thematic Network.

Coordinator John Bostock from the University of Stirling and the secretariat AquaTT would like to thank everybody for your hard work and input into the proposal which was much appreciated. The immediate priority is for all partners to complete a Letter of Intent so that the contract can be finalised. The lead representative from each organisation should already have received a message about this.


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WP5 and WP8 core group meeting, 5-6 July 2011, Stirling, UK

WP5 and WP8 core groups recently met on 5-6 July in Stirling to prepare for the training workshop in Vilamoura. The team from Workpackages 5 and 8 will be holding 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. Click here for more information.

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WP3 core group meeting, 2-3 September 2011, Trabzon, Turkey

WP3 - Mobility - is organising their last year core group meeting in Trabzon, Turkey, on 2-3 September 2011 to finalise WP3 results. The agenda is as follows:

1) Welcome
2) Review of the overall WP3 work
3) Deliverables
3.7 Report on the validation of the mobility portal by stakeholders (from 2nd year)
3.9 Report on best practice recommendations
3.10 Second version of the mobility map-portal
4) Preparation of the Annual Event. (Review the usability, completion and efficacy of the new version of the portal. 3.11)
5) Any other business

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

WP1 - MSc - year 3 core group meeting will take place on 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. Please send back the Registration Form to Caroline.VanGeeteruyen@UGent.be, cc marieke@aquatt.ie as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Further information and an agenda will follow shortly and will also be published on the Aqua-tnet website (http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/143/ae2011---portugal/).


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2. Research & Education

CALLING ALL BUDDING RESEARCH ENTREPRENEURS - Are you ready for a challenge?

The Vocational Aqualabs consortium is seeking students to participate in an Aquaculture Talent Hatchery (ATH) challenge. The Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Mentorship program seeks to provide early career researchers with the knowledge, skills and motivation to encourage the development of an entrepreneurial mindset. With support from their assigned mentor, participants will work in teams (mini-companies), competing against other international teams (Spain, Greece, United Kingdom and Ireland).

There are only three places available per participating partner country, so it is anticipated that acceptance into the programme will be highly competitive. The challenge will consist of training, a six week challenge where teams develop business plans and a final presentation to a panel of ATH mentors and industry representatives at Aquaculture Europe (AE 2011) in Rhodes in October where the teams will have the opportunity to showcase their final business plan. An ATH award will be presented to the most innovative and professional team. For more information and application criteria download the advertisement (PDF).

If you think you have got what it takes please send an email with your Curriculum Vitae stating why you would be a suitable candidate for the challenge to: Spanish Team - Clive Dove (cdove@innovamar.org), Greek Team - Panos Christofilogiannis (panos@aquark.gr), United Kingdom Team - John Bostock (j.c.bostock@stir.ac.uk) or Irish Team - Olivia Daly (olivia@aquatt.ie).

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Aqua-RET 2: Free Environmental Assessment Course - Marine Energy Projects, 14 September 2011, Madeira Island, Portugal

The Environmental Assessment Course is one of a series of new face-2-face courses being developed by the Aqua-RET consortium. The target audience of this course includes project developers, regulators, environmental consultees and other involved / interested entities in the marine renewable sector. The course comprises 5 units each developed for 3 different levels where the introductory level (Level 1) will be available online. The medium (Level 2) and advance level (Level 3) will be covered in the present workshop.

Participation is free and registrations will be accepted on a first come basis. Please register immediately if you are interested. Email for registration: mail@wavec.org (Janete Gonçalves). Download the agenda here (PDF). We would be very grateful if you could also bring this email to the attention of your colleagues who may also be interested in attending. For more information on the Aqua-RET 2 visit www.aquaret.com.

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Last MESOAQUA call for Transnational Access to mesocosm facilities

MESOAQUA (FP7 project) is a network of MESOcosm facilities to advance the studies of future AQUAtic ecosystems from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. MESOAQUA opens its last call for Transitional Access which offers researchers and trainees access to a range of mesocosm facilities in contrasting environments located in different pelagic aquatic environments throughout Europe. This LAST CALL is now open to apply for TA activities from January to July 2012. The application DEADLINE is 30th SEPTEMBER 2011, 12:00 CET. Further information on the mesocosm facilities and the web-based application process are available at: http://mesoaqua.eu

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VETAlert June 2011

VETAlert (ISSN 1831-6085) is published monthly to inform VET specialists about publications and documents acquired by Cedefops Library and Documentation service. For the latest edition visit http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/news/18493.aspx

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Study Visits Programme launches new call for applications

The second application round to participate in study visits for educational and vocational specialists between March and June 2012 is open until 14 October 2011.

Those responsible for educational and vocational training policies at local, regional and national levels, including directors of education and vocational training establishments, guidance centres and validation and accreditation centres; teacher trainers; education and training inspectors; and representatives of employers associations and trade unions, can apply for 106 study visits in 26 European countries. For more information visit http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/news/18541.aspx

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 3. Other

Managing RAS systems: Main issues and challenges

If you are working with RAS systems and especially if you or colleagues have contacts with RAS producers (any species and any life cycle stage), the European Aquaculture Society would very much like to have your input to support an MSc project being done at the University of Stirling. The project, being done by Maddi Badiola, is looking to address the main issues and challenges regarding mainly to the management of the RAS systems, in order to know about the problems in the past to thus improve in the future and to meet the main concerns and challenges of companies and researchers supporting the sector. It also addresses those installations that are no longer in operation, so as to learn lessons and share experience.

The principal questionnaire addresses producers, suppliers and those working directly in the sector. It is available online and also in Word format attached here. A second questionnaire (more qualitative) is attached here and is targeted towards those in the research sector. Please return the questionnaire(s) directly to Maddi Badiola at maddibadiola4@hotmail.com or mab00059@students.stir.ac.uk Any questions or comments should also be addressed to Maddi.

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Common Fisheries Policy reform proposals announced

The European Commission has announced its long-awaited proposals for the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. "This reform contains also many elements which do not constitute legal requirements but that still are important novelties: we want to set in motion a process that will change people's mindsets and behaviours. This is set to be a behavioural revolution as well as a legal revolution" Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. For more information on the reform of the CFP visit http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/reform/

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Marine infrastructures symposium: conclusions and Brest declaration

The International Symposium "The future of the 21st century ocean" was recently held in Brest. To read the symposium conclusions in the form of the Brest declaration download here.

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ASEM Aquaculture Health Newsletter 01

The objective is to improve communications between professionals in Europe and Asia with an interest in aquatic animal health issues and management with the longer term goal of increasing collaborations and joint initiatives. To subscribe or read the newsletter online visit http://fishfuture.co.uk/Newsletter01/Newsletter01.htm

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Spring 2011 issue of Aquanews is now available

The newsletter is posted at http://aquafishcrsp.oregonstate.edu/aquanews.php and may also be downloaded at http://aquafishcrsp.oregonstate.edu/Documents/Uploads/FileManager/Aquanews%20Spring%202011.pdf

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New sustainable seafood search

The MSC has launched a new online product finder, making it far easier to find sustainable seafood and support certified fisheries. You can search for seafood available in your country and sign up for email updates when new MSC-labelled products become available. Visit the website at http://www.msc.org/where-to-buy/product-finder

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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 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.

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 (July 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 ().

    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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