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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

May 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

Excellent evaluation of Aqua-tnet2

Dear Aqua-tnet members,

This is to inform you that at the end of May the Aqua-tnet secretariat received the final approval of the Aqua-tnet 2 final report. An excellent evaluation of 90% was received which truly is a reflection of the effort and determination of all members over the 3 years of the Aqua-tnet 2 phase. According to the assessment, Aqua-tnet responds to a pressing need to increase cooperation in the area of aquatic resource management. To this end, Aqua-tnet is well rooted in the project partnership which has demonstrated its commitment to realising the project objectives....Aqua-tnet continues to make real and positive contributions to the establishment of a European Higher Education Area.... Please find the public report here (PDF).

This positive evaluation would not have been possible without the hard work of all members and the Aqua-tnet secretariat would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your dedication during this period. We hope to achieve a similar result for Aqua-tnet 3!

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Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2012, 28-29 June 2012, Málaga, Spain

The first Aqua-tnet3 Annual Event will be held later this month in the beautiful city of Málaga, Spain on 28-29 June 2012. The draft agenda has now been uploaded to the Aqua-tnet AE2012 website page, where you can also find further details including on logistics.
 
The secretariat are planning an icebreaking activity and would like for each of the delegates to nominate a website address to something that inspires them or is a hobby. This could be a photo, video, article, art, music, etc. Please email link to eca4@stir.ac.uk or aquatnet3@gmail.com as soon as possible and preferably by Monday 11th June. Further information will follow later and will also be published on the website (BACK to top

WP2 core group meeting, 27 June 2012, Málaga, Spain

Aqua-tnet WP2 (European PhD Collaboration) will hold their first year meeting the day before the Annual Event (27th June). Please contact WP2 coordinator Peter Bossier (peter.bossier@UGent.be) as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

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WP3 core group meeting, 27 June 2012, Málaga, Spain

Aqua-tnet WP3 (Aqua-tnet on the move (Mobility)) will hold their first year meeting the day before the Annual Event (27th June). The agenda of the WP3 meeting will be the following:

1) Welcome and introduction of assistants
2) Overview of the WP3 duties and objectives
3) Deliverables: Organisation of work and calendar
  • Course information package
  • Expand mobility capacity
  • Local contact points information package
  • Local Regional Support
  • Grants management: collating information
  • Mobility Reference Site
  • Mobility Portal
4) Any other business

Click here (Word doc) for more information on the WP3 deliverables. Please contact WP3 coordinator Lluis Tort (Lluis.Tort@uab.es) as soon as possible if you wish to attend.


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WP6 Stakeholder Think-Tank Meeting, 13 June 2012, Brussels, Belgium

WP6 core group will be holding a Stakeholder Think-Tank meeting on 13 June 2012. The objective of the meeting is to discuss and identify novel ways to effectively involve stakeholders in Aqua-tnet activities:
  • What activities or deliverables can Aqua-tnet deploy that really appeal to research institutes and industry?
  • How can these stakeholders be mobilised and motivated to participate?
For more information please contact WP6 leader Patrick Sorgeloos (patrick.sorgeloos@ugent.be).

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Calling all social networkers

Are you a Facebook or LinkedIn user? If so, you can now engage in discussions and catch up on news relating to the Aqua-tnet project whilst also staying in touch with your network and making new connections. You can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/466661380014705/ (or http://tinyurl.com/AquatnetFacebook) and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4447985 (or http://tinyurl.com/AquatnetLinkedIn). You will need to join the group before you can see the posts.
 
Discussion and feedback are also being promoted through a new Aqua-tnet blog, which is part of the main website at http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/161/blog/ (or http://tinyurl.com/AquatnetBlog). We would welcome your contributions to the wider Aqua-tnet debate through posts to the social network groups or articles for the blog. 

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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 3 please visit the Aqua-tnet 3 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
 
If you are a graduate and would like to post your request for an internship or alternatively a company seeking interns please visit http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/167/internships/.
 

3. Research & Education

Students, are you getting ready for the 2012 Innovation in Aquaculture Award?

In 2008, AQUATT along with AMC Ltd established the Lindsay Laird Award for the most innovative poster (in English) in the Aquaculture area submitted by a student. This event takes place at the annual Aquaculture Europe Conference, this year combined with the World Aquaculture meeting (WAS) in Prague, Czech Republic, from 1-5 September. Entries submitted by students for AQUA2012 are eligible for the Award.

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. The jury will be composed of an AQUATT representative, an academic representative and a representative from the industrial sector. The award will be presented by the EAS President.

AQUATT is now on the search for the 2012 entries for this prestigious Award. So let's break the record for entries for 2011. See you in Prague!

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ASSEMBLE - 7th call for applications now open

The 7th ASSEMBLE call for applications is now open. You can apply for on-site access to the ASSEMBLE infrastructure sites for the period December 2012 - May 2013. Deadline is 15 September 2012.
  •     Access to 9 marine stations in Europe, Israel and Chile provided
  •     Up to 60 person/days funded (travel, accommodation, meals)
  •     Projects to take place from December 2012 to May 2013
For more information and to apply visit http://www.assemblemarine.org/.

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Call for abstracts: ASSEMBLE Conference, 23-25 October 2012, Olhão, Portugal

The aim of the ASSEMBLE Conference is to highlight scientific outcomes resulting from research carried out in ASSEMBLE Marine Stations through on-site and remote access to marine resources. The needs of users and improvements on this Transnational Access scheme will be discussed, especially in relation to the development of ASSEMBLE into the extended and long-term ESFRI marine infrastructure EMBRC (European Marine Biological Resource Centre; www.embrc.eu). Deadline for abstract submission is 15 June 2012.

More info on the conference page at http://www.assemblemarine.org/assemble-conference-october-23-25-201/.


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Call for abstracts extended: Littoral 2012 - coast of tomorrow, Oostende, Belgium, 27-29 November 2012

Abstracts must be sent via e-mail to info@littoral2012.eu with subject line "Littoral 2012 Abstract Submission". For more information visit http://www.littoral2012.eu/index.php?p=abstract. Deadline 15 June 2012.

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FARNET Newsletter May 2012

To access the latest newsletter of this fisheries areas network visit https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/cms/farnet/files/documents/FARNET_Newsletter_2012_05_EN.pdf.

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Cedefop Newsletter no. 22 - May 2012

ECVET annual forum, Making mobility real, Financing training through loans...and more. View the newsletter online at http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/newsletter/19966.htm?WT.mc_id=NL22.

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MarineTT - From Marine RTD to Measurable Value Creation

On 23rd May 2012, the MarineTT consortium organised an Open Stakeholder Workshop to Explore the Challenges and Solutions to Effective Knowledge Capture and Transfer as a satellite event to the European Commission Green Week. The workshop focused on the barriers that are preventing the uptake of knowledge generated by European funded research and the subsequent effect this has on innovation. Participants were drawn from Industry, Research, and Policy to ensure that all stakeholders in the innovation from research life cycle were represented.

A follow up workshop will be held in early July 2012 to further develop the solutions identified during this workshop and participation from other research sectors will be highly encouraged. Coordinators from projects with a similar aim to MarineTT will be invited to participate in the follow up meeting where it is hoped that a collective response to the most common barriers to effective Knowledge Transfer and innovation from research will be identified, and solutions proposed. Further details will be provided on the MarineTT website (www.marinett.eu).

Those with an interest in improving knowledge exchange between Industry, Policy and Research are invited to join the MarineTT Marine Knowledge Transfer LinkedIn Group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/MarineTT-Marine-Knowledge-Transfer 4403470?home=&gid=4403470&trk=anet_ug_hm.

To read the full article click here (PDF).

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HEALTHY FUTURES 3rd partner meeting a success

The FP7 HEALTHY FUTURES project which launched in January 2011 held its 3rd partner meeting in Arusha, Tanzania on the 8th and 9th May 2012. The consortium, consisting of 8 African based and 7 European based partners spent two days in Tanzania discussing the progress of the work carried out to date as well as its future plans.

The project aims to construct a disease risk mapping system for three water-related, high-impact vector-borne diseases (malaria, Rift Valley fever and schistosomiasis) in Africa, taking into account environmental/climatic trends and changes in socio-economic conditions to predict future risk.

The partner meeting was followed by the 2nd meeting of the Expert Review Panel, for which a representative of the East African Community attended and the 1st Early Stage Researchers workshop which aims to complement the training HEALTHY FUTURES-funded early stage researchers receive at their home institutes and enhance their networking capabilities.

For more information on the project please visit the project website www.healthyfutures.eu or contact David Taylor (Coordinator) taylord@tcd.ie or Paul Lowen paul@aquatt.ie.  


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2Fish: Inclusion of secondary service professions within fishery to the normal VET system

Partners from the EU funded 2Fish project met in Fiskeriskolen school in Thyborøn, Denmark on the 14th and 15th May 2012 for their second partner meeting. 2Fish aims at developing 5-8 innovative training modules for service professionals connected to the fisheries sector. One of the main focuses of the meeting was a discussion on the outcomes of a recent needs analysis carried out on stakeholders which will facilitate the partners in identifying the priority training needs.

Each module will be developed and tested by the 2Fish vocational education and training providers in close collaboration with enterprises. Preparation for European credit systems for vocational education and training assessment of the new modules will form a significant part of the project.

The consortium consists of project coordinator Central Denmark EU Office (CDEU), Denmark (project coordinator)and partners; Fisheries Training Center (Fiskeriskolen), Denmark; North Cape Maritime College and Upper secondary school (NCMC), Norway; Lonxanet Foundation for Sustainable Fishing, Spain; AquaTT, Ireland; INFORCOOP (Training Institute of LEGACOOP), Italy and Lira Fishermen Association, Spain.

To keep up-to-date with project activities visit the project website at http://www.2fishproject.eu, join the LinkedIn group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/2Fish-4223600?homeNewMember=&gid=4223600&trk=&ut=1iUbp8-xnskRg1 or Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/261399957270371

 

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 4. Other

iMarine - Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources

By joining the iMarine Channel and subscribing to its eNews, you can follow progress and become part of the iMarine Community of Practice. The iMarine initiative aims at developing an innovative and sustainable data e-infrastructure that will support the challenging, cross-disciplinary needs of the Ecosystem Approach (EA) to Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources. iMarine offers a wide range of e-services to foster collaborative science on the EA through interconnecting concerned actors around common data, information and knowledge-building. Visit http://www.i-marine.eu/Pages/Home.aspx for more information. 

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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 over 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 10 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.