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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

March 2012

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 resources management, funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, from 2011 - 2014.

In the 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. Programmes, Courses & People

3. Research & Education

4. Other

6. BibMail & Information of Interest

7. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

8. PiscesTT Jobs


1. Aqua-tnet News

Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2012 hunt for venues

The Aqua-tnet secretariat is currently looking to identify a suitable venue for the Aqua-tnet annual event 2012. We would very much appreciate help from all Aqua-tnet partners, and you are invited to kindly propose suggestions. The date is 27-29 June 2012 and preference would be for a University with facilities for one big meeting room and several break-out rooms, and nearby hotels or alternatively a large hotel with several meeting rooms. Please contact Marieke at marieke@aquatt.ie for further enquiries or possible suggestions.

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WP4 (Generic skills for future success) kick-off meeting, 10 April 2012, Vigo, Spain

WP4 (Generic skills for future success) will have its kick-off meeting on the 10th of April 2012, in Vigo (Spain). WP4 is preparing a review of generic skills provision and would welcome your input to this review please. To add to this, WP4 will soon circulate a very short survey about generic skills and again we count on your input. 

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WP5 (Innovative Lifelong Learning) kick-off meeting, 17th - 18th April 2012, Aberdeen, Scotland

WP5 is based on work carried out in the previous Aqua-tnet project, but is a new departure for the network in several ways.
  1. Three previous work packages (WP5 Innovation in Teaching Methods, WP6 Positioning Lifelong Learning & WP7 Multilingual Issues in LLL) are working as sub-groups within an interlocking framework. This structure was considered to be an effective way to streamline administration and to allow WP leaders to concentrate on their chosen priorities.
  2. The main drive of these priorities is to update, upgrade and present the work of each sub-group to a new audience. Each of the sub-groups has a clear agenda for finalizing its products which deserve a wider audience than the network itself.
  3. To this end, the organisation of a series of international workshops is envisaged as one of the main tasks of WP 5.
The first core group meeting is to be held in Aberdeen on 17-18th January. We will keep readers up to date with the latest developments, workshops and products from WP5.
M.Eleftheriou
WP5 Leader.

 

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Reminder: Aqua-tnet - Education Gate

As a partner in the Aqua-tnet network, you will have received an email notifying you of the unique opportunity to promote yourself, your institution and your programmes and courses via the popular Aqua-tnet Education Gate (available at http://aquatnet.djangofoo.com/). This pan European database of institutions, people, programmes and courses in aquaculture, fisheries and marine related sciences is a one-stop-shop for education in our fields across Europe.


The portal is currently being promoted through the AquaTT Training News, which means that over 6,000 people are informed monthly, attracting a steady and increasing stream of visitors to the portal.

Therefore, we would like to encourage you to update your information, which you can manage yourself by logging into the admin section. Your sign in name is your own e-mail address, and your initial password is 'aquatnet' which you can change once logged in. Please find here a user-friendly guide to the portal: http://www.aquatnet.com/client/files/Aqua-tnet_website_instructions.pdf

The portal also displays information on short courses, work placements etc, so non-education institutions offering these are very much invited to upload their information too.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marieke Reuver (marieke@aquatt.ie).


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Interesting Aqua-tnet outputs and results

The results of Aqua-tnet2 are currently being reviewed by the European Commission evaluators, but we hope they will not be the only ones interested in our results! You can find all results you all have been working on during the last 3 years under the Work Package pages, which you can find here: http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/67/work-packages/

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Talented and motivated students are looking for internship possibilities at an Aqua-tnet institution

Aqua-tnet has been approached by several talented and motivated young individuals from around the world looking to work as interns in renowned businesses. Internships are not only an excellent way for graduates to gain new skills but are also a way for companies to gain access to fresh ideas and new ways of looking at things. Interns can greatly increase your company's productivity and provide a means of finding potential full-time candidates.

Information on candidates' interests and contact details will be made available at http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/167/internships/.

If you are a graduate and would like to post your request for an internship please complete the template and email to info@aquatnet.com

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Promicrobe workshop and training school, 20-22 August 2012, Ghent University, Belgium

In this course young researchers will learn about recent developments in microbial management in larviculture and how to generate and process microbial community data. For more information visit http://www.promicrobe.ugent.be/ or access the flyer here (PDF).

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2. Programmes, Courses & People


To search for PhD, MSc and mobility opportunities and courses and to access information on your colleagues in Aqua-tnet 2 please visit the Aqua-tnet 2 interactive web portal available at http://aquatnet.djangofoo.com/ If you have any further editions or would like to make changes to your institution's information please contact Marieke Reuver at marieke@aquatt.ie
 

3. Research & Education

Launch of online MarineTT Knowledge Gate

The MarineTT project consortium (AquaTT & EurOcean) launched the online MarineTT Knowledge Gate on March 8th 2012. MarineTT Knowledge Gate provides the marine community with access to a wealth of knowledge which was generated from FP6 and FP7 marine projects in sectors such as Environmental Management, Climate Change, Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Ocean Energy. The potential users of the Knowledge Gate include the Scientific Community, Industry, Policy and Decision Makers, Environmental Managers, Educators and Civil Society.

The launch of MarineTT Knowledge Gate marks a significant milestone for the European Commission funded FP7 Support Action MarineTT (European Marine Research Knowledge Transfer and Uptake of Results). The Knowledge Gate is accessible via the MarineTT website (http://www.marinett.eu/).

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Major European Research Project Launched to help ensure a Sustainable European Aquaculture Sector

Over the next 5 years a new pioneering 6 million research project called ARRAINA, funded by the European Union (EU) and led by the Nutrition, Metabolism & Aquaculture Unit at St-Pee sur Nivelle, Aquitaine region of the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), France, aims to respond to the challenge of the growing demand for fish by increasing the sustainability of farming fish by developing innovative vectors to supply alternative fish feeds that maintain the nutritional properties of the fish.

ARRAINA brings together a multidisciplinary consortium from 21 institutes (research, industry and SMEs) based across Europe guided by the ethos of maintaining European aquaculture industry productivity while addressing the issues of nutritional value, food safety and environmental impacts. The project kicked off with a partnership meeting in late February 2012 at the INRA offices in Paris. Download the full press release (Word) click here.

 

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2Fish: Identifying training needs in the support services to the fisheries sector

The 2Fish consortium is currently carrying out a needs analysis with enterprises across the different partner countries to identify priority training requirements for support services to the fisheries sector. Based on the results 5-8 innovative training modules will be developed and tested. The new modules will be integrated into the educational programme of 2Fish vocational education and training schools and will be available for download and re-use from the project website by other European fishery VET schools. For more information on the project visit http://www.2fishproject.eu/en/ and for updates join the LinkedIn 2Fish group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/2Fish-4223600?mostPopular=&gid=4223600&trk=eml-anet_dig-h_gn-gl-cn&ut=3By6mRV89Z_581


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Lifelong Learning Marine Renewable Energy project closes February 2012

The Aqua-RET 2 project, funded by the Irish National Agency Leargas under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme has recently come to a close. The consortium successfully developed and delivered four training courses; Strategic Planning, Environmental Assessment, Marine Operations and Technical Evaluation. The courses piloted in Belgium, Portugal, Scotland, Ireland and Greece through 2011 to 2012, attracted a wide audience and were a huge success.

The coordinator AquaTT would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the partners for their dedicated hard work over the past two years and also all of the course participants and stakeholders for their valuable feedback and interest. To access the online e-learning tool and resources (graphics, animations and technology posters) visit the website at www.aquaret.com.

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AQUAMED project partners meet in Paris the 3rd and 4th April

The AQUAMED project, supported by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), addressing the creation of the Mediterranean Aquaculture Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSHP), will hold its next project partner meeting in Paris on 3-4 April 2012. The main objective of the AQUAMED project is to develop a cross-functional strategy for aquaculture research in the Mediterranean region. For this, a multi-stakeholder platform will be set up to orchestrate research activities in order to promote the sustainable development of aquaculture.

The 4th AQUAMED meeting will focus on the analysis of the typology of each Mediterranean country participating in the project. Also, the set up and structure of the Mediterranean Aquaculture Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSHP) and how to engage the stakeholder on its creation will be discussed. For more information, please check the project website on www.aquamedproject.net or contact Jean-Paul BLANCHETON at Jean.Paul.Blancheton@ifremer.fr

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Cedefop VET- Alert - March 2012 edition

The  March 2012 issue of Cedefop's  "VETAlert" has just been published and is available for download at: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/Files/201203_VETAlert.pdf Access the latest publications and documents on subjects such as skill  needs  - qualifications - lifelong learning - education and training policies

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Promotion and validation of non-formal and informal learning - report from the public consultation

This report is the result of the Commission's public consultation aimed to collect views on whether further action on European level is needed to make learning outcomes acquired through work and life experience visible and give it value. If so, what type of action is required and which should be the policy priorities to ensure future measures are relevant, well-focused and respond to real needs on the ground? The Commission received 469 responses to the online consultation and 24 position papers of stakeholder organisations between the period 16.12.2010 to 10.02.2011. To view the report visit http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/education_culture/consult/vnfil/report_en.pdf

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Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme, Deadline 18th June 2012

This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to undertake a collaboration with scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel (overseas means any country outside the UK). The scheme covers travel and subsistence and some research expenses costs and is open to all areas of natural sciences. Collaborations should be based on a single project and travel can only take place between the UK and a country where the overseas collaborator is based.

Both the UK applicant and overseas applicant must: have a PhD (or be likely to by the time the funding starts); hold a fixed or permanent contract at an eligible organisation for the duration of the project (ineligible organisations include industrial, private & commercial orgs, uni spin-outs, govt bodies, research institutes, research councils) and be based in the respective countries at the time of the application. In the case of cost share applications (only for partners in Taiwan, France, Ireland, China & Russia), a relationship between both parties should already be established prior to making an application. Results are available approximately 4 months after the round closes (there are 3 Royal Society rounds a year closing in February, June and October)

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit. Applicants may request:

  • up to of £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months
  • up to £6000 for multiple visits to be completed within 1 year (including a maximum of £1000 for research expenses)
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years and cost share projects fixed at 2 years (including a maximum of £2000 for research expenses)
  • Note about Cost-share programme - if you intend to collaborate with partners in Taiwan, France, Ireland, China or Russia, your proposal can also be considered as a cost share application but you must apply to the correct Royal Society round.  The cost-sharing entails the UK applicant submitting a proposal to the Royal Society for up to £12,000 AND the overseas applicant simultaneously submitting a proposal for an additional amount up to/equivalent to £12,000 to a partner organisation, with whom the Royal Society has a funding agreement (note their deadlines may be different so your overseas partners should check their funders deadlines). 
For the Royal Societys 18th June 2012 deadline, only cost-share proposals with French partners should be submitted. Cost-share proposals with partners in Ireland and Taiwan can apply to the Royal Societys 18th Oct 2012 deadline. The deadline for cost share proposals with Chinese partners has yet to be confirmed and the next deadline for Russian collaborations is likely to be in 2013. Further information about the current funding round can be found at: http://royalsociety.org/uploadedFiles/Royal_Society_Content/grants/schemes/2011-03-30-International-Exchanges-Cost-Share.pdf and at http://royalsociety.org/grants/schemes/international-exchanges/

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 4. Other

Call for abstracts: 2012 ICES Annual Science Conference, 17-21 September 2012, Bergen, Norway

ICES Annual Science Conference provides a forum in which an international community of marine scientists, professionals, stakeholders, and students gather to share their work. For more information visit http://www.ices.dk/iceswork/asc/2012/abstract.asp Deadline for abstracts: 20 April 2012.

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Call for papers: 4th Offshore Mariculture Conference, 17-19 October 2012, Izmir, Turkey

Abstracts are invited on the following topics: 1) Overview of the latest developments in aquaculture, 2) Doing business offshore, 3) Management and husbandry, 4) Innovative Technologies and 5) Environmental impacts: measuring, modeling and policy implications for offshore mariculture. Deadline for papers: 18th April 2012. For more information visit http://www.offshoremariculture.com/about-the-conference/call-for-papers

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New FAO web-based products

FAO Aquaculture Information Products 2010-2011 This publication available both online and as CD-ROM is the third issue prepared by the Aquaculture Service, provides a list of FAO aquaculture information products published during the biennium 2010-2011. More than ninety products related to aquaculture, including CD-ROMs and newsletters have been published and distributed worldwide during that time, in both hard and electronic versions. All titles are available as PDF file or online). To receive a copy of the CD-ROM contact Mr V. Crespi.

     National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO)
     National Aquaculture Legislation Overview (NALO)
     Cultured Aquatic Species Fact sheet
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FAO Aquaculture Photo library

The Aquaculture Service is pleased to announce the publication on the Internet of the FAO Aquaculture Photo library. The photo library contains more than 1600 high resolution photos. This online photo library is especially addressed to extension services, aquaculture research centres and educational institutes that can use the photo library to learn more on aquaculture by means of a visual approach. View the library at http://www.fao.org/fishery/photolibrary/home/en/

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FARNET (Fisheries Area Network) Newsletter March 2012  

For the March edition of FARNET's newsletter visit https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/cms/farnet/files/documents/FARNET_Newsletter_2012_03_EN.pdf

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ICES Newsletter Inside Out, No.1 2012

The latest issue of ICES Inside Out is ready to download at http://www.ices.dk/InSideOut/No1%202012/Insideout2012-No.1%20main.pdf

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Public Consultation on the "Blue Growth: sustainable growth from the oceans, seas and coasts"

The Blue Growth initiative is aimed at highlighting the sustainable potential of marine and coastal resources, which will also contribute to the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. This consultation aims at gathering the opinion of individuals and stakeholders that have an interest in and would like to shape EU actions in this respect. The public consultation will last 8 weeks from 16/03/2012 to 11/05/2012 and you can contribute online at http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/partners/consultations/blue_growth/index_en.htm

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5. Aqua-tnet Calendar

Please check the Aqua-tnet calendar for a live update of upcoming events, courses and workshops

 

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6. BibMail & Information of Interest 

BibMail is a monthly overview of the content tables of the major aquaculture-relevant scientific journals. Information of Interest is a monthly overview of interesting publications, reports, and manuals relating to aquaculture in a broad sense, with links to the respective files or information points. From January 2012 the BibMail & Information of Interest will be combined into one PDF document. For the latest editions and archive of BibMail CLICK HERE and Information of Interest CLICK HERE

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7. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

AquaTT's Training News is a free monthly e-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 related sectors. CLICK HERE for the latest edition.

Please email news@aquatt.ie to submit your news which will reach 6,000 international subscribers.

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8. PiscesTT Jobs

PiscesTT Jobs is a free online recruitment service used by over 300 companies globally in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science. At the moment there are 7 interesting jobs/study opportunities. If you are interested in viewing or posting a vacancy please go to http://www.piscesttjobs.com/ or contact aquatt@aquatt.ie Subscribe at http://www.piscesttjobs.com/feeds/ for live RSS updates.

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About Aqua-tnet

This update is published by the Aqua-tnet Secretariat. For further information e-mail aquatnet@aquatt.ie Previous editions are archived on 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.