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July 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
















1. Aqua-tnet News

2. Programmes, Courses & People

3. Research & Education

4. Other

6. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

7. PiscesTT Jobs

1. Aqua-tnet News

Aqua-tnet expenses claims

Dear Aqua-tnet partners,

The following important information is a reminder about claiming expenses for the Annual Event meeting in Malaga.

1) Claim forms and guidance are available on the Members page (Members tab) on the Aqua-tnet website - http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/4/members/ There is also a link on the "useful links" page. We can only pay expense claims that have the correct form fully completed. Please note we ask for all expenses to be submitted within 45 days of the event.

2) It is essential that all partners complete a timesheet. A template (spreadsheet) is also available for download from the Members page of the website. A guidance document is now also available from the Members page. PLEASE NOTE: EXPENSE CLAIMS WITHOUT A TIMESHEET WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Without timesheets we are unable to recover the funds from the EC.

3) Timesheets and expense claims should be sent by e-mail (with scanned receipts to save time) to aquaculture@stir.ac.uk with the subject "Aqua-tnet Expense Claim". Original documents should be posted or sent by courier to Aqua-tnet, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK.

We are trying to ensure that properly made claims are processed and paid as quickly as possible. If you have already submitted both timesheet and expense claim then you should receive payment shortly (eight have been authorised and sent to our Finance Office to date). If you have submitted an expense claim but not a timesheet, please ensure you submit the latter as quickly as possible. If you have already been in touch with us about timesheets, then the advice already given stands (no need to ask again). If after reading all the guidance documents you need further assistance with completing the timesheets, please don't hesitate to ask.

Finally, don't forget we also need your feedback on the event at http://is.gd/qPPh2v  (Thanks to everyone who has already done this). The event presentations are also available via the event web page at http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/185/ae2012---malaga/.

John Bostock (Aqua-tnet Coordinator)

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Aqua-tnet on Diigo

Do you sometimes find interesting web pages, documents or videos on the Internet and wish there was an easy way to share them with other members of the Aqua-tnet network? Preferably in a way that creates a common archive of useful resources? That facilitates easy discussion around the resources? – Then head to http://groups.diigo.com/group/aqua-tnet where you can browse through the links already bookmarked as being of interest to the Aqua-tnet community. Sign up to the service and join the group to add bookmarks yourself or comment on those from other people. You can also add the “diigolet” bookmarking tool to your browser to simplify the whole process.

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Come visit us at AQUA2012 in Prague, 1-5 September 2012

Aqua-tnet will be represented at the AQUA2012 event, which will be held in Prague from 1-5 September 2012. The abstract "Aqua-tnet: taking European education to the next level" has been accepted for an oral presentation, and will be presented by Marieke Reuver at the "Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer" session, which will be held on Monday 3rd September. Aqua-tnet coordinator John Bostock will give a presentation on "The aquaculture knowledge economy: boom or bust?" at the same session.
In addition, come and meet Aqua-tnet at the AquaTT booth (number 3) at the tradeshow. For more information please contact marieke@aquatt.ie. (Photo: Marieke and Emma at AE2011)

Reminder: Update Aqua-tnet Education Gate

We now promote the Aqua-tnet Education Gate to a large public so it is ESSENTIAL that you update the information on your institution, people and courses as soon as possible. If you need any help on this, please contact Marieke (marieke@aquatt.ie).

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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-tnet3, please visit the Aqua-tnet3 interactive web portal available at http://aquatnet.djangofoo.com/. If you have any further additions 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 your company is seeking interns, please visit http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/167/internships/.

3. Research & Education

Lindsay Laird Award 2012

It’s hard to believe that it is more than 10 years since Lindsay Laird, aquaculture academic extraordinaire, passed away. Her legacy lives on, but not only in her various publications and translations.  Her work with students in Aberdeen University has been extended and sustained through the Lindsay Laird Student Award for Innovation in Aquaculture. Until now, there have been four winners, and AQUATT, the sponsors of the award, are now on the search for a fifth.

Europe is in the grip of financial turmoil with devastating effects on job prospects, particularly for young people, where unemployment is reaching unprecedented heights. The four winners, one from Germany, one from Spain, and two from Portugal, have all been able to continue with their chosen area of work, and indeed three are still working within the project, laboratory or institute which supported their award-winning poster. One has moved onwards and upwards, and is now a technical manager in the international animal nutritional company Biomin, where he has made a noticeable contribution to research in his paper entitled 'Prevalence of mycotoxins in aqua feedstuffs' presented at Aquaculture America 2012, Las Vegas, in March 2012.

So, students, make sure that your poster is up and ready for the 2012 Lindsay Laird Award, which will be judged in Prague by Bjorn Myrseth (Vitamar AS, Norway) and Gavin Burnell (University of Cork, Ireland).

(Photo: 2011 Lindsay Laird award winner Carolina de Haro, from the University of Almeria, Spain).

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INSTALL project getting ready to recruit students to help them 'Learn-to-Learn'

The successful implementation of the European Higher Education Area hinges on the social dimension of Higher Education in terms of access, participation and successful completion of studies. The EU2020 strategic objective of more cohesive growth through knowledge based economy calls for improved models to sustain the acquisition of the Learning to Learn key competence for the disadvantaged tertiary education students exposed to the risk of social exclusion. The European Commission clearly calls for “the need to develop and implement innovative approaches to teaching and learning support acquisition of key competences for those at risk of educational underachievement and social exclusion”.

INSTALL responds to these needs and challenges by developing innovative solutions to address disadvantaged students’ constraints to acquiring and developing the Learning to Learn key competence. The INSTALL innovative support service targeted at tertiary level students will be tested with at least 200 students from five EU Countries to be then deployed at full EU scale. For further information please visit http://www.installproject.eu/ or on Facebook http://facebook.com/installproject.nuimaynooth 

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Lifelong Learning Programme Info day

An upcoming LLP Programme Info day will be held in Brussels on the 12th November 2012. The event is an opportunity to obtain useful information on the priorities of the 2013 call and what's new to the programme. Practical advice on the preparation and submission of proposals and on the management of grants will also be available. Online participation is strongly encouraged. Participants will be able to ''chat'' directly with key players from the Lifelong Learning programme, and use the online project partner search tool to get in touch with other people organising projects. To find out more about the Lifelong Learning Programme 2013 visit http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/llp/events/infodays_2013/infoday_llp_2013_en.php.

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Aquaculture Product Quality and Consumer Demands - The jungle of Labelism: Do we need to label the labelors?

Product quality, quality control and consumer safety are of prime interest to society. During the pioneering phase, modern aquaculture development has seen little standardisation of production processes and was largely depending on pioneers working by trial and error. With increasing production and global trading, consumer awareness and demands for quality control and safety measures, a new market evolved to develop certification systems in response to the growing consumer demand for transparency in and reliability of, aquatic food production systems. National, regional, and global attempts to regulate and control product quality have evolved often in parallel and also independently with little effort for standardisation of procedures. The issue has also been differently handled in various jurisdictions. Several guidelines have been developed to trying to help structuring the process.

On the 15th and 16th of October 2012 a workshop titled 'The jungle of Labelism: Do we need to label the labelors?' will attempt to address these issues through keynote lectures, presenting the views of the certification industry, the regulatory authorities, the producers and the consumer organisations. Additionally, the processing industry and distribution chains are invited to present their views. The workshop will formulate specific recommendations that will form part of the "Bremerhaven Declaration on Aquaculture Product Quality and Consumer Demands". For more information and registration visit http://www.aquaculture-forum.de/en/workshop-ii/program.html.

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ASEM Aquaculture Platform Panel Discussions, 2nd September at AQUA2012

The ASEM Aquaculture Platform, established in 2003, facilitates the Asian-European dialogue on a common research strategy serving sustainable, safe and healthy aquaculture production. The network brings together experts from research, industry, policy makers and consumers from both regions in an effort to reconcile mutual interests and formulate recommendations for a future common research strategy in response to shared problems in aquaculture development. The Aqua 2012 meeting in Prague will undoubtedly bring together representatives of all players in aquaculture. However, whereas the regular oral sessions offer the opportunity to participants to present new developments, the ASEM Aquaculture Platform session will consist of thematic discussions.

The session will take place between 11:20 - 12:40pm on the 2nd September where one speaker per issue will give a brief account of the status and outlook of the issue at stake, followed by open discussion between the public and an expert panel. For more information download the agenda (Word doc.).

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Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer session, 3rd September at AQUA2012

There will be a dedicated session on Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer at AQUA2012 in Prague, Czech Republic. The session will take place on the 3rd of September between 9:00 and 12:50. View the full conference brochure here (PDF).

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Cedefop Newsletter no. 24 - June/July 2012

Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training - view the latest newsletter at http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/newsletter/Cedefop_Newsletter_no._23_-_June-July_2012.pdf

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MarineTT – How to get more Innovation from Research

The MarineTT consortium hosted a workshop, “How do we get more Innovation from Research? Bringing together and learning from pioneering initiatives and novel approaches”, in Brussels on the 19th July 2012. Representatives from over 16 different initiatives debated the critical barriers for getting innovation from research. The workshop's outcomes will contribute to the development of a practical set of recommendations that can potentially be used to overcome these barriers by making adjustments to the research governance system.
MarineTT is a timely FP7 Support Action that pilots new methodologies and tools for capturing, analysing and transferring knowledge from past and in-progress EC projects. The overall aim is to develop improved systems that can measurably demonstrate value creation from research investments.

There are several initiatives at EC and Member State level running in parallel to MarineTT that also aim to develop methodologies, tools and processes for managing and transferring knowledge from RTD. Coordinators and representatives from these initiatives as well as policy-makers participated in the workshop. The workshop format was highly engaging and required contributions from all participants via a series of intense brainstorming sessions on different aspects of the research governance system.

Participants were presented with 12 critical barriers to innovation from research, which had been identified by survey before and validated during the first MarineTT workshop, “From Marine RTD to Measurable Value Creation” (Brussels - 23rd May). Participants were asked to propose possible actions and solutions to overcome each barrier, with each participant having the option to validate or refute actions based on their own experiences and findings.

David Murphy, manager of AquaTT and coordinator of MarineTT said: “During the course of MarineTT we have gained a number of insights into how knowledge is currently managed and how this is affecting innovation. We believe that a collective set of recommendations co-authored from a broad range of initiatives will provide the basis and evidence for change and be better able to influence the existing research governance system.”

Presentations from the workshop will be available shortly from the MarineTT website www.marinett.eu where you can also find the list of barriers identified in the first MarineTT workshop. For further details on the workshops or any aspect of the MarineTT project contact David Murphy (david@aquatt.ie, +353 1 644 9008).



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AQUAEXCEL - 3rd Call for Transnational Access

On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL project invites 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 Union 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures). Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or two people to the chosen Research Infrastructure for periods of up to three months. The research work and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid under the project. The third Call for Access is officially open. Deadline is 14 September 2012. For more information visit http://www.aquaexcel.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=42:call-for-access.

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2Fish: Newsletter no.1

The EU funded 2Fish project has been very active carrying out a needs analysis on service professionals connected to the fisheries sector which will facilitate the partners in identifying priority training needs. Based on the outcomes of the analysis 5-8 innovative training modules will be developed and tested by the 2Fish vocational education and training providers in close collaboration with enterprises. The partners will meet at an upcoming partner meeting in Honningsvàg, Norway from the 28th-31st August 2012 to discuss the selected training modules to be developed.

For more information on the project download the dedicated newsletter here (PDF) http://www.2fishproject.eu/public//immagini/doc/doccat8973.pdf. 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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Industry training courses targeting innovation gaps in Mediterranean Mariculture

INTRANEMMA (Innovation Transfer Network for Mediterranean Mariculture), a Lifelong Learning project coordinated by the Federation of Greek Maricultures (FGM), is developing six targeted training courses and a high-level CEO event which will be rolled out over September, October and November this year.

INTRANEMMA partners recently carried out a survey in Greece, Spain and Turkey on innovation gaps in Mediterranean Mariculture and based on the results have designed innovative training courses led by industry experts. The INTRANEMMA CEO event is planned for mid November 2012 in Greece and will be an exclusive event for CEOs in the Mediterranean Mariculture value chain. Upcoming training courses for September include:

Innovative solutions in Feeding Management for sea bass and sea bream                                         
Bodrum, Turkey, 12th September 2012 │ Valencia, Spain, 20th September 2012                                                                         

Innovative Vaccination strategies for sea bass and sea bream                   
Bodrum, Turkey, 12th September 2012 │ Valencia, Spain, 20th September 2012 

Innovative solutions in increasing predictability in sea bass and sea bream hatcheries
Athens, Greece, 17th September 2012            

For further information on the course outlines, experts involved and details on registration (to be announced shortly) visit the project website http://www.intranemma.eu or contact Panos Christofilogiannis (Coordinator at panos@aquark.gr) or Olivia Daly (Project Officer at olivia@aquatt.ie).

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 4. Other

Innovative Marine Uses at a Glimpse

The SUBMARINER project partners are building the road for furthering environmentally friendly and economically appealing innovative uses within the Baltic Sea Region. A 12 page bulletin "Innovative marine uses at a glimpse" gives a short overview on the possible innovative uses of Baltic marine resources that will be assessed in detail in SUBMARINER's compendium, which is expected to be published in fall 2012. For example, did you know that algae and mussels may reduce nutrient concentrations in the water while at the same time providing a source for bioenergy? Download the bulletin at http://www.submariner-project.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=233&Itemid=384.

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SeaHealth Issues 1-3

SeaHealth-ucd is a newsletter produced as part of the outreach programme from University College Dublin, Institute of Food and Health (UCD-IFH). UCD-IFH is strategically placed at the interface of food and health and is extensively researching both areas. For more information visit http://www.ucd.ie/foodandhealth/.
SeaHealth-ucd is aimed at all those in the seafood sector including consumers. Its purpose is to promote the consumption of seafood based on healthy properties but in a more informed way. There will be five issues per annum. View the first three issues (PDF): Issue 1 - Fish for Health and Life, Issue 2 - Be Brainy: - Eat Fish!, Issue 3 - Oil Your Heart: - Eat Oily Fish!

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FARNET Newsletter 2012-07

To access the latest newsletter of this fisheries areas network visit https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/cms/farnet/files/documents/FARNET_Newsletter_2012_07_EN_0.pdf.

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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. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

AquaTT's Training News is a free monthly e-newsletter featuring the latest announcements, news, and opportunities for collaboration from the European education community. The e-newsletter also has a section dedicated to students. Training News is an important dissemination channel for education and training opportunities for 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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7. PiscesTT Jobs

PiscesTT Jobs is a free online recruitment service used by over 300 companies globally in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science. 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 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.