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August 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

Education, Extension and Technology Transfer session at AQUA 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

AQUA2012, the combined EAS and WAS event, that incorporates the "Aquaculture Europe" and "World Aquaculture" meetings, took place in the beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic, from September 1-5, 2012. One of its highly interesting sessions was the “Education, Extension, and Technology Transfer” session on the 3rd of September 2012, which was co-chaired by John Bostock (Aqua-tnet Coordinator) and Antonio Gaza (Auburn University).

John Bostock opened the session with an excellent brain-picking presentation asking whether the Aquaculture knowledge economy is in a state of boom or bust. The question was examined from the perspective of knowledge as a commodity and knowledge as a tool, taking into account current trends and indicative data. A specific presentation on the Aqua-tnet project was given by Marieke Reuver from AquaTT. Cliona Ni Cheallachain (also from AquaTT) reported on the MarineTT project
Photo: John Bostock, Aqua-tnet Coordinator, at AQUA 2012

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European Aquaculture Society Student Group at AQUA 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

The European Aquaculture Society Student Group, part of Aqua-tnet’s Work Package 6 – stakeholders, held a workshop at AQUA2012 which was attended by over 120 conference participants. Several topics highly relevant to academic and professional development were discussed under the theme of "Student professionalism and development", such as for example how to prepare for an interview for your dream job in aquaculture and how to be successful in applying for grants.
Fabian Schaefer presented the Aqua-tnet project and was appointed to the board as an EAS-SG representative and contact person for the Aqua-tnet project. Student presenters at the conference were also encouraged to make a video of their presentation for wider dissemination through the Aqua-tnet network. Further details of this are available on the
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WP6 subgroup meeting at Aqua2012

A short meeting was held between members of WP6 (Stakeholder Cooperation), WP8 (Exploitation of Results) and WP9 (Quality Assurance) to discuss the outcome of the WP6 think-tank meeting held in June 2012. During the meeting it was examined how to proceed with the proposed stakeholder evaluation of project deliverables, and from that the selection of the most important deliverables and approaches for engaging greater stakeholder involvement and exploitation of results. Minutes of the meeting will be circulated at a later date.

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

AquaTT celebrated the 5th year of the Lindsay Laird Award for the most innovative student poster in Aquaculture at AQUA2012 in Prague, where the President's Reception gave a warm reception to the winner of the 2012 award, Jiri Kristan of the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. Judges Bjorn Myrseth of Marine Farms ASA and Gavin Burnell, University of Cork, Ireland rated his work, entitled "The alcalase enzyme treatment for elimination of egg stickiness in pikeperch Sander lucioperca L." as the most innovative student poster of the 148 entries. Courtney Hough (one of the judges of the 2008 award) handed over the award certificate and prize (an iPad, donated by AQUATT) before a lively audience of 1500. In addition, he received a book prize from Wiley-Blackwell.

The Lindsay Laird Student Award for Innovation is an annual student award established by AquaTT and AMC Ltd., in honour of Lindsay Laird.

Photo: Jiri Kristan with his poster, holding the books donated by Wiley-Blackwell.

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2012 Novus WAS Internship Challenge

Novus International, Inc. is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the 2012 Novus World Aquaculture Society (WAS) Internship program. Aquaculture has a bright future, as it represents the fastest growing animal production industry. Novus recognises the need for the industry to attract and educate talented individuals to become future aqua-research scientists and nutritionists. This internship program represents an investment by Novus into the future of the aquaculture industry. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Proposals have to be submitted by the 15th of November 2012. For more information click here (PDF).

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Lecture Capture Workshop, 13th November 2012, Brussels

The lecture capture workshop will be organised before the annual Media & Learning conference (14-15 November, Brussels) in Leuven at the Media & Learning department of the University of Leuven. The workshop will include a series of presentations and discussions highlighting best-practice in lecture capture amongst a variety of European universities followed by a panel discussion with suppliers in discussion about future developments and trends in technology provision addressing the needs and requirements of the university sector. Amongst the speakers are Clive Young (UCL & REC:all), Roman Verraest (KU Leuven), Dr Daniel Tan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore,) Linda Storey (Echo360), Marci Powell (Polycom) Marko Puusaar (EITF, Estonia) and many others. For more information visit http://www.rec-all.info/events/lecture-capture-workshop-before-media-and-learning. To register for the workshop please send an e-mail to Joasia van Kooten at info@rec-all.info or If you want to register for the Media & Learning Conference (14-15 November) & workshop at once please go the special M&L registration page.

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Call for Nominations - Marie Curie Prize

The Marie Curie Actions invite their current and former fellows to participate in this year's Marie Curie Prize contest. The competition will be held in three distinct categories:

  • Communicating Science
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Promising Research Talent

The application process will be based on nomination by a peer (colleague, professor, employer, host institution representative) who has the capacity to judge the fellow. For more information visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/news-events/news/2012/marie_curie_actions_prize_2012_en.htm.

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Call for papers - Aquaculture Conference: To the Next 40 Years of Sustainable Global Aquaculture

This conference, taking place from the 3rd - 7th of November 2013 in Palacio de Congresos de Canarias, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, will not only celebrate the last 40 years of outstanding science accomplishments in aquaculture it will identify the top science challenges for the next generation of global aquaculture. For more information visit http://www.aquaculture-conference.com/. Abstract submission deadline: Friday 24th May 2013.

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AQUAEXCEL - invitation to join the newly developed online Aquaculture Research Infrastructure Directory

AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) is an EU FP7 project which aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. Through collaboration among 17 partners and 23 facilities, AQUAEXCEL offers top class research infrastructures for both basic and applied research, giving aquaculture research groups the opportunity to utilise AQUAEXCEL's facilities.

In addition, it aims to provide an integrated online infobase listing all aquaculture research infrastructures in Europe and Associated countries, including non-AQUAEXCEL partners. The infobase will be a viable European aquaculture research infrastructure directory in the long term, and a powerful tool to identify European facilities, genetic and human resources and to promote mutual collaboration.

We invite you to submit information on your aquaculture research infrastructure to the AQUAEXCEL database. By doing so, you will:
  • promote your institution and its facilities worldwide
  • allow colleagues worldwide to identify your institution, its properties and its researchers
  • provide opportunities for international cooperation
  • create networking possibilities
To add your Research Infrastructure to the AQUAEXCEL online infobase, go to: http://www.aquaexcel.eu/rimap
  1. Click on "Register to map"
  2. Complete your details and submit
  3. You will be sent a confirmation e-mail with your login details
  4. Complete the fields
  5. Send an e-mail to marieke@aquatt.ie who will check and publish the information

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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 still 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 meeting in Norway a success

Partners from the EU funded 2FISH project met in North Cape Maritime College and Upper secondary school (NCMC), Honningsvag, Norway for their third partner meeting from 27th - 29th September 2012. 2FISH aims to develop innovative training modules for service professionals connected to the fisheries sector. Each module will be developed and tested by the 2FISH vocational education and training providers in close collaboration with enterprises.

During the meeting, training module topics were decided upon. Over the coming weeks partners will start to develop the training structure using the VALLA Tool, which enables course developers to define courses in terms of learning outcomes and competences, in accordance with European Best Practice. 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.

Photo: 2FISH consortium at North Cape, Norway

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Industry training courses targeting innovation gaps in Mediterranean Mariculture

INTRANEMMA (Innovation Transfer Network for Mediterranean Mariculture) is a two year project funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme through The State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), Greece. This pioneering project is led by producers associations in Greece, Spain and Turkey. The intention is to identify shared knowledge gaps and to develop applied targeted training courses that address the training needs of the Mediterranean Mariculture industry.

The INTRANEMMA series of training courses has been developed based on an extensive needs analysis of the Mediterranean sea bass and sea bream mariculture sector. By specifically targeting sector bottlenecks, it is hoped that the courses will upskill workers, transfer latest knowledge and be a forum for sharing experiences.

The partnership consists of relevant Mediterranean actors, Federation of Greek Maricultures (FGM - Coordinator) (Greece), APROMAR (Spain), Mugla Fish Farmers Association (Turkey), AQUARK (Greece) and AquaTT (Ireland) ensuring that the outputs meet the needs of the industry.

Download upcoming course factsheets (PDF):

For a full listing of all courses and online registration visit the project website http://www.intranemma.eu

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

AquaTT at Aqua 2012, 1-5 September 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

The AQUATT stand at the AQUA 2012 Conference in Prague worked solidly over the three days of the Trade Show, promoting amongst others the new Aqua-tnet promotional leaflet as well as the updated Education Gate Leaflet. John Bostock and Marieke Reuver gave excellent talks highlighting the work of the network in the session devoted to Education, which was also chaired by John Bostock, Aqua-tnet Coordinator. Cliona Ni Cheallachain also from AquaTT reported on the MarineTT project

Photo: Emma Bello Gomez (AquaTT)

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EATIP Vision online & Presentation Event on 30th October

The EATIP Vision document is now available online at http://www.aquamedia.info/PDFFLIP/EATIPVision/index.html#/16/. The official presentation event of the vision will be made in Brussels on the 30th of October 2012, in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The document expresses the vision of the European Technology Platform and explores how the challenges facing its achievement can be addressed by using technology and innovation. Its preparation has been facilitated by the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform EATiP and much of the work described has been achieved within the European FP7 Support Action 'Aquainnova'.

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Green Paper consultation "Marine Knowledge 2020; from seabed mapping to ocean forecasting"

The European Commission last week adopted a Green Paper on "Marine Knowledge 2020; from seabed mapping to ocean forecasting". The aim is to improve competiveness in the blue economy, facilitate innovation and reduce uncertainty in knowledge of the behaviour of the sea.

It sets ambitious targets including a flagship project to prepare a seamless multi-resolution digital seabed map of European waters by 2020. The Green Paper opens a consultation that will help frame our discussions on its future direction; including its governance and the role of the private sector. They are asking you to look carefully at the Green Paper and not only to respond yourselves but also to urge other stakeholders - both public and private - to do likewise.

The Green Paper and consultation can be found here in all EU languages:


and the consultation here


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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.

Featured positions:
* PhD Controlled hydrolysis of novel protein sources to improve protein digestion in fish
* Research scientist - Marine genomics and bioinformatics

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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.