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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

August 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 2008-2011 extension approved

Dear members,

As you know, earlier this year a proposal for a 3 month extension of the current phase od Aqua-tnet was submitted. The Aqua-tnet secretariat is very pleased to announce that the application was successful. The new final date for the project is 31 December 2011. The extension will provide the extra time for us to continue the hard work to ensure that the project meets its contractual obligations and delivers its proposed outcomes. This is an opportunity for Aqua-tnet members to increase the momentum to ensure that Aqua-tnet IIs legacy is a memorable one.

Keep up the good work!

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WP1 core group meeting, 6th September 2011, Vilamoura, 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 WP1 coordinator Odd-Ivar Lekang (Odd-Ivar.Lekang@umb.no) for further details.

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

Everyone attending the workshop on Innovative teaching tools must bring their own laptop computer and headset (headphones and microphone). The laptop should have wifi facilities and the owner should have the necessary permissions to install new software or set up new network connections at the event. For further requirements and more details, please click here. If you have any problems meeting the requirements or have any other queries or questions, please contact the organisers (John Bostock at j.c.bostock@stir.ac.uk and Mike Moulton at mike.moulton@umb.no as quickly as possible.

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

Please click here for the agenda and list of participants. For the time slot Presentations on progress at the hatchery level we would appreciate it if the hatcheries, who are interested in making a 5 minute presentation, would notify Caroline (Caroline.VanGeeteruyen@UGent.be) immediately of your interest.

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

We are pleased to herewith send you the programme and details in relation to the Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2011 and associated workshops;
  1. Aqua-tnet Annual Event Agenda, 8-9 September 2011
  2. Information package, in which you can find practical and logistical information for all events. Please read it carefully before travelling.
  3. Transport scheme. Please check carefully before travelling
  4. Larviculture Workshop, 7 September: Agenda and list of participants Also see news item above.
  5. Innovative Teaching Tools Workshop: essential information, please read it carefully before travelling. Also see news item above.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that your e-tickets (flights) should have been sent to you by Thomas Cook Travel Agency by now. We would like to ask you to double check all the details. If there is any problem or if you have not yet received your e-ticket, please contact us (Caroline.VanGeeteruyen@UGent.be and marieke@aquatt.ie) immediately!

Shuttle bus services have been organised from and to FARO airport, according to your arrival and departure data; please see the excel table attached to the e-mail (Aqua-tnet AE2011 - Transfer Information). As these shuttle buses are personalised we URGENTLY request you to inform us in case there is a change in your travel plan en-route (delay, missed flight, illness, etc) and you will not make your shuttle. Further details can be found in the Information Package.

Also, there are still a few places left for the Open Showcase session, where participants can give a 5-7 minute flash presentation on topics of relevance to the audience (current projects/initiatives, ideas for future projects). Please contact Marieke (marieke@aquatt.ie) in case you would like a slot.
    Regarding administrative matters, for those who qualify for (full/partial) funding support, may we please remind you to keep proof of all expenses, such as boarding passes, receipts, etc in order to get reimbursed.

    Please dont hesitate to contact Caroline (Caroline.VanGeeteruyen@UGent.be) and Marieke (marieke@aquatt.ie) if you have any questions.

    We are looking forward to seeing you in Vilamoura next week!

    Marieke & Caroline
    Aqua-tnet secretariat

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    2. Research & Education

    EQF Newsletter August 2011

    For the latest EQF Newsletter visit http://ec.europa.eu/eqf/newsletter_en.htm.

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    Report on the mid term review of the Lifelong Learning Programme

    During its first three years, the Programme has financed, with almost EUR 3 billion, transnational education and training activities promoting the modernisation of education systems in 31 European countries.

    It has catered for 900 000 learning mobility periods of European citizens, of which more than 720 000 by students and almost 180 000 by teachers/trainers/staff. More than 50 000 European organisations have taken part in various forms of co-operation activities. To read the report visit http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2011:0413:FIN:EN:PDF.

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    HEALTHY FUTURES Anticipating Future Climate Change Impacts on Water-related Vector-borne Diseases through International & Inter-disciplinary Collaboration

    HEALTHY FUTURES is an EU funded seventh framework programme (FP7) project led by Trinity College, University of Dublin (Ireland) which launched in January 2011. The project focuses on three water-related, high-impact vector-borne diseases (VBDs) (malaria, Rift Valley fever and schistosomiasis) in eastern Africa (comprising the countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania).

    It will take into account environmental and climatic trends and changes in socio-economic conditions to predict future risk outbreaks and impact (direct and indirect) on human health. The aim of the project is to increase quality of life and contribute towards the reduction of disease burden, help to reduce poverty and increase health and well-being.

    At the kick-off meeting, project coordinator Professor David Taylor of Trinity College Dublin stated, "Outbreaks of water related, vector borne diseases such as malaria, have complex relationships with environmental conditions. As environmental conditions change, such as through climate and land use changes, then the incidence of disease outbreaks is likely to change.  Although all those living in areas where conditions become conducive to disease outbreaks are vulnerable, generally the most marginalised members of society are at greatest risk. HEALTHY FUTURES aims to minimise these risks by improving our ability to predict and to communicate the extent and severity of future outbreaks under different environmental change scenarios". To read the latest press article click here.

    The second partner meeting will be held in Kampala, Uganda, 10 11 October 2011. For more information download the project factsheet or visit the project website; http://www.healthyfutures.eu/.

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    Interaction in European coastal waters: stakeholders give input to the COEXIST project

    COEXIST is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) multidisciplinary project which will evaluate competing activities and interactions in European coastal areas. The goal is to provide a roadmap to better integration, sustainability and synergies across the diverse activities now taking place in the European coastal zone. In COEXIST, geographically diverse case studies will be considered, representing the conditions and combinations of activities in European coastal areas.

    Stakeholder input is valued highly in the COEXIST project and at the latest project meeting (7-9 June 2011, Lisbon) several governmental institutions and aquaculture industries of the Iberian Peninsula had the opportunity to explain the main problems they encounter for running their activities in their coastal zones.

    The COEXIST project is developing models that will help stakeholders in their decision making processes related to coastal zone management. The main strengths of these models are that they can be used to simulate different conditions (for example how a new policy will affect the system) but they can also calculate the best parameters for balancing competing activities and give advice on policy matters. The integration of the selected models is the key to help the decision process. To read the full article click here.  

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    Reminder: 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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    Call for Proposals: Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum

    The Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for research and development projects in the following areas:
    For more information visit http://www.sarf.org.uk/downloads/

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    SEAFDEC/AQD Institutional Repository (SAIR)

    To enable the effective dissemination of AQD researchers' in-house and external publications for free and online, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Aquaculture Department Institutional Repository (SAIR) was born. SAIR is the official digital repository of scholarly and research information of the department. Initially, the repository shall contain preprints, full-texts or abstracts of journal articles, books and conference proceedings written by SEAFDEC/AQD scientists and researchers. The aim is to promote these publications especially those published in international peer-reviewed journals and generate higher citation through increased visibility.

    It will also provide free access to all in-house publications of SEAFDEC/AQD. Full-text digitized copies of fishfarmer-friendly materials like books, handbooks, policy guidebooks, conference proceedings, extension manuals, institutional reports, annual reports (AQD Highlights), and newsletters (SEAFDEC Asian Aquaculture, Aqua Farm News, AquaDept News and AQD Matters) can be retrieved and downloaded. For more information and to view the repository visit http://repository.seafdec.org.ph/

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     3. Other

    Call for tenders for the development of WISE-Marine for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

    The European Commission has published a call for the development of Water Information System for Europe (WISE)-Marine for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

    The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requires Member States to develop marine strategies in order to maintain or achieve good environmental status by 2020 and ensure the sustainable use of marine goods and services. For more information visit http://cordis.europa.eu/search/index.cfm?fuseaction=tenders.document&TEN_RCN=33689

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    Cods Surprising Immune System

    Norwegian research has revealed that the immune system of cod is very different from other fish and from mammals, a discovery that may shed light on the human immune system as well. The discovery was made after scientists sequenced the entire cod genome. To read the full article visit http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110816083754.htm

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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 (August 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 7 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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