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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

October 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

7. AquaTT Training News and Announcements

8. PiscesTT Jobs


1. Aqua-tnet News

Techno TN 2012 - bringing together Thematic Networks in Science and Engineering

On the 4th and 5th of May 2012, the TechnoTN initiative was organised in Antwerp Belgium by the STECET project, a consortium of 12 networks, funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. Aqua-tnet is a partner of STECET and TechnoTN is a series of forums organised to bring together representatives of European networks in science and technology, dealing with educational matters. During TechnoTN 2012, held during September, three broad topics were discussed:
  1. New skills and University-Business cooperation
  2. Attracting and retaining students
  3. Tools for enhancing mobility of students and graduates
Click here (PDF) to download a short presentation on the outcomes of the meeting and click here for a meeting flyer (PDF). For more information on TechnoTN visit http://www.sefi.be/technotn/.

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Aqua-tnet welcomes new board members of the European Aquaculture Society Student Group!

The European Aquaculture Society Student Group (EAS-SG) is an integral part of the EAS and represents all of its young and student members and is a recognised platform for networking and exchange with the worldwide aquaculture community. EAS-SG is involved in Aqua-tnet through Work package 6 - Stakeholder Cooperation. The Aqua-tnet secretariat would like to welcome all of the new board members:
  • President: Tsjerk Terpstra (Netherlands), President Elect: Rob van de Ven (Netherlands)
  • Secretary: Ana Cassamo (Portugal)
  • Treasurer: Sofie Vanmaele (Belgium)
  • Aqua-tnet officer: Fabian Schafer (Germany)
  • IT-Manager: Miguel Leal (Portugal)
The EAS-SG recently co-organised a successful student workshop, which took place on the 2nd of September 2012 at Aqua2012 where Fabian Schäfer introduced Aqua-tnet. Download the outcome of the workshop here (Word doc.). 

 

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

Save the date - New Skills for a European Bioeconomy conference, 20-21 November 2013, Brussels, Belgium

The recently adopted Commission Communication "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe" aims to shift the European economy towards greater and more sustainable use of renewable resources, building on research, innovation and investment. Anticipating and upgrading of knowledge and skills and better matching of skills and jobs are key to the success of the bioeconomy strategy in delivering growth and new employment opportunities in Europe. The conference aims to outline the new skills needed for academia, industry and primary production sector; the pathways for their acquisition; as well as how those new skills, competences and capacities could be optimally put to work to drive change and develop new models for the future of the bioeconomy sectors.
 
The conference "New skills for a European Bioeconomy" hosted by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation will bring together bioeconomy stakeholders and education and training institutions. Register for free at http://EUbioeconomy.teamwork.fr. Registration will close on the 12th of November 2012.

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Save the date - Larvi 2013, 2-5 September 2013, Ghent University, Belgium

Capitalising on the previous "larvi" symposia (in 91, 95, 01, 05, 09), the Aquaculture R&D Consortium of Ghent University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the COST action "LARVANET" have joined again in the organising committee for "larvi'13" and are inviting the academic as well as the private sector to attend the 6th Fish and Shellfish Larviculture Symposium. The event will bring together European and non-European stakeholders to discuss and review the latest progress in the sector, and to identify problems and explore avenues for future collaboration. For more information visit www.aquaculture.ugent.be/larvi./preregistration.htm.

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Call for papers - AQUACULTURE 2013 "To the Next 40 Years of Sustainable Global Aquaculture", 3-7 November 2013, Palacio de Congresos de Canarias, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

AQUACULTURE 2013 "To the Next 40 Years of Sustainable Global Aquaculture" 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. The conference will be essential for helping to shape a generational change to allow new leaders to initiate the next science accomplishments needed to double global aquaculture production. Submit online now at http://www.aquaculture-conference.com/. Abstract submission deadline: Friday 24th May 2013.

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Call for papers - International Conference "New Perspectives in Science Education", 14-15 March 2013, Florence

The objective of the conference is to promote the sharing of good practice and transnational cooperation in the field of innovation for Science Education. The conference is also an excellent opportunity for the presentation of previous and current projects in the science field. For details on submission visit http://www.pixel-online.net/npse2013/callforpapers.php.

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Call for papers - Aquaculture Europe 2013 "Making Sense of Science", 9-12 August 2013, Trondheim, Norway

The AE2013 theme "Making Sense of Science" will focus on knowledge management to support technological development and innovation. Making sense of science implies setting priorities for knowledge generation; using the best people and infrastructure to create the knowledge and using the most suitable communication channels to ensure maximum impact of the results for all the different players in the value chain as well as the end users. Submit online now at https://www.was.org/easonline/Abstracts/Default.aspx.

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QALLL News - Becoming Adult Educators in the European Area, information on developments in the European thematic network netECVET

QALLL stands for Quality Assurance in LifeLong Learning with a Focus on Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education. The project aims to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training by highlighting good practice and developing recommendations. To read the latest newsletter visit http://www.qalll.net/fileadmin/qalll/Newsletter/6th_QALLL_newsletter.pdf.

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EAEA News - Erasmus for All, Active Ageing through Adult Learning, LitVoc's new reader on illiteracy

EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults) is a European NGO with 122 member organisations in 43 countries working in the field of adult learning. Click here (PDF) for their October newsletter.

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SOCIOEC Methodology Workshop

The SOCIOEC project held a methodology workshop on the 26th September 2012 in The Hague (The Netherlands). During the workshop, which took place at the Landbouw Economisch Instituut (LEI), project partners discussed possible methodologies to be used in the six case studies involved in SOCIOEC.

The participants discussed the input needs required to deal with sustainability objectives, management incentives (including fishers' behavioural responses to these incentives) and the governance structures related to the current and future Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). These three issues form the core focus of the SOCIOEC project. The workshop included plenary sessions and case study-specific sessions. Representatives from the case studies identified methodologies designed to increase stakeholder involvement.

Ralf Dӧring, the project coordinator, outlined the importance of organising this methodology workshop. "Much of the success of the project depends on stakeholder engagement and involvement. Over the course of this workshop we have presented different methodologies such as focus groups or semi-structured interviews, which will allow the different SOCIOEC case studies to maximise their interaction with fishermen and benefit from the feedback they receive." Download the full press release here (Word doc.).

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SEAFARE Project Delivers Promising Results

The SEAFARE project (Sustainable and Environmentally friendly Aquaculture for the Atlantic Region of Europe) has been working to strengthen the links between researchers and the aquaculture industry, and to influence policy development at regional and national levels. The project, which has been running for the last two years, is funded by the EU Atlantic Area Transnational Programme and has received a one-year extension to finalise its ongoing research and to ensure that an optimum knowledge transfer of its main results to society, relevant stakeholders and end-users is completed.

Since the project began in 2010, scientists from IFREMER (France), Bangor University (UK), IFAPA (Spain) and IPMA (Portugal) have been working to develop a more sustainable and environmentally friendly aquaculture. Daniel Lee, SEAFARE project coordinator, stated the success of the project relies on our capacity to develop and promote environmentally sustainable technologies. Having seen how the project's partners have been developing their work, I am happy to say we will be able to provide tools to SMEs and public authorities to help them implement sustainable and environmentally friendly aquaculture practices. Download the full press release here (Word doc.).

In addition the project will hold its 6th partner meeting in Dublin, Ireland on the 4th and 5th of December 2012. This meeting will focus on the achievements obtained by the different working groups and will pay special attention to the knowledge management procedures and knowledge transfer actions undertaken by the consortium. For more information visit the SEAFARE webpage www.seafareproject.eu or contact project coordinator Mr. Dan Lee on +44 1248 388603 or email d.lee@bangor.ac.uk.


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Stakeholders will meet in Rome to create the AQUAMED Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Mediterranean Aquaculture

The AQUAMED project is organising the first meeting of the AQUAMED Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSHP) for the Mediterranean Region (Southern Europe and North Africa), which will take place in Rome on the 20-21 November 2012.

AQUAMED, The Future of Research on Aquaculture in the Mediterranean Region, is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project which aims to develop a cross-functional strategy for sustainable aquaculture research in the Mediterranean region. The platform is being created to ensure that future research and innovation needs necessary for a sustainable Mediterranean aquaculture industry are identified and prioritised by a multi-stakeholder group.

The MSHP will contribute to the development of a common transnational Mediterranean Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), which represents the shared objectives and synergies between the different countries participating. Once a SRIA is developed, it is expected that the MSHP will become operational with a role to promote and facilitate the mobilisations of resources (financial, manpower, infrastructure) in order to implement the SRIA.

For more information please check http://www.aquamedproject.net/.

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Successful ICES/COEXIST interactive workshop in Bergen

Over 30 stakeholders from different sectors (aquaculture, fisheries, coastal zone management, tourism, energy, etc.) along with 20 members from the COEXIST project partnership and ICES representatives met in Bergen on 19th September 2012 for the joint ICES/COEXIST workshop: Best Practice Guidelines for spatial planning to integrate fisheries, aquaculture and other uses in the coastal zone.

The workshop was designed as a facilitated and interactive workshop, where the stakeholders were asked to give as much input as possible to the COEXIST results obtained so far. These inputs are to be used to adapt the results to their needs as coastal zone users and managers.

Dr. Torsten Schulze, the workshop organizer, commented, I was deeply impressed by the stakeholders. They worked very hard and concentrated until the very end of the workshop, keeping the facilitators busy taking down their ideas. From a first look at the stakeholders comments, we got plenty of valuable constructive criticisms and are happy to implement the ideas into our work. Download the full press release here (PDF). 

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Call for Abstracts for Environment and Health in Africa (Climate and vector-borne diseases) Symposium

As part of the 4th East African Community Health and Scientific Conference, scheduled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 27 29 March 2013, the EC 7th Framework Programme funded projects, HEALTHY FUTURES (Health, environmental change and adaptive capacity) and QWeCI (Quantifying Quantifying Weather and Climate Impacts on Health in Developing Countries), will jointly host a symposium. Both projects are funded through the Environment and Health component of the 7th Framework Programme, and involve several eastern Africa-based partners.

The symposium, called Environment and health in Africa (Climate and vector-borne diseases), brings together researchers at the cutting edge of research in understanding the relationships between health and environment, and in particular links between climate and vector-borne diseases, in Africa. A Call for Abstracts has been announced with the deadline for receipt of abstracts: 30th November 2012.

Further information on the symposium including the application procedure can be found here. For further information on both projects, please visit their websites: http://www.healthyfutures.eu (HEALTHY FUTURES) and http://www.liv.ac.uk/qweci (QWeCI). For more details on the 4th East African Community Health and Scientific Conference, please visit www.rbc.gov.rw.

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The Future of European Aquaculture

"The Future of European Aquaculture" launch event took place successfully on the 30th October 2012 in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels. The event focused on the unveiling of the Vision of the European Aquaculture Technology & Innovation Platform, which has been developed through the widest consultation ever made on European aquaculture and is supported by the European FP7 project 'Aquainnova'.

The Vision document, including the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and premise for the Plan of Action going forward was presented to the audience and warmly welcomed. Experts from the aquaculture profession, research and development, universities, NGOs, the European Investment Bank, the European Commission and other stakeholders debated key questions on forecasts and needs of the sector in 2030, and reiterated the commitment and need to further strengthen and grow the Aquaculture sector in a responsible and sustainable manner as laid out in the Vision document. To view the Vision document and to learn more about the European Aquaculture Technological and Innovation Platform, please visit www.eatip.eu.

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TARGETFISH - Targeted disease prophylaxis in European fish farming

TargetFish is a 6 million collaborative project funded by the European Commission 7th Framework programme (grant agreement no. 311993). The project will run for five years starting 1st October 2012. TargetFish, coordinated by Dr. Geert Wiegertjes (Department of Animal Sciences, Cell Biology & Immunology group, Wageningen University) brings together leading European research groups that are experts on fish immune systems and enterprises from the Biotech and Veterinary sectors that aim to commercialise fish vaccines for European fish farming. Download the full article here (Word doc.).

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 4. Other

New Maritime Agenda for growth and jobs adopted

A European agenda for creating growth and jobs in the marine and maritime sectors was recently adopted by European Ministers for maritime policy and the European Commission, represented by President Jose Manuel Barroso and Commissioner Maria Damanaki at a conference in Limassol organised by the Cypriot Presidency. Five years after the launch of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy, the Member States and the Commission reaffirmed that a dynamic and coordinated approach to maritime affairs enhances the development of the EU's 'Blue Economy' while ensuring the health of seas and oceans. Read more from this article at http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-1081_en.htm.

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Consultation on Marine Knowledge 2020: from seabed mapping to ocean forecasting

The oceans and seas that surround Europe offer new opportunities for growth and jobs to achieve the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. To best tap this potential, according to the European Commission, it is vital to have better knowledge of what is happening under the sea. The executive therefore proposes to create a digital seabed map of European waters by 2020 by collecting all existing data in a single coherent database accessible to everyone. With that aim in mind, the Commission launched, in a green paper on Marine knowledge adopted on 29th August, a consultation on how this objective can best be achieved.

The consultation will run until 15th December. The objective of the consultation is to understand stakeholders' opinions on options for future governance of the EU's "Marine knowledge 2020" initiative and on the possible involvement of the private sector. Visit http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/maritimeaffairs_fisheries/consultations/marine-knowledge-2020/index_en.htm to submit your contribution.

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User needs survey - Infrastructures for the needs of Marine Biology in Europe

Euromarine Integration of European Marine Research Networks of Excellence are collecting information about conditions of access and use profiles of facilities with the ultimate objective of better adjusting the offer and use of infrastructures for the needs of Marine Biology in Europe. A report will be produced as an output integrated in WP5 of Euromarine. To complete the online questionnaire visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/euromarine_IR-Users. Deadline: 9th of November 2012. Please send additional documentation e.g. 1) tables of access costs, 2) user guidelines, 3) documents with evaluation criteria of applications for access and other information that may be relevant (as PDF, doc, docx, ods, xls, xlsx or tif-File) - by e-mail to Adelino Canário (acanario@outlook.com).

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Open access to FP7 peer-reviewed articles and other publications

Are you interested in a specific EU-funded project and need quick access to all relevant information? In close cooperation with http://www.openaire.eu (OpenAIRE) - the Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe, CORDIS has enhanced its project pages. Read more from this article at http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?CALLER=EN_NEWS&ACTION=D&SESSION=&RCN=35148.

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OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer

OneZoom is committed to heightening awareness about the diversity of life on earth, its evolutionary history and the threats of extinction. The website allows you to explore the tree of life in a completely new way: it's like a map, everything is on one page, all you have to do is zoom in and out. OneZoom also provides free, open source, data visualisation tools for science and education, currently focusing on the tree of life. You can create visualisations of your own data as well as explore ones we have made. Explore the tree of mammal life at http://www.onezoom.org/. Coming soon: The tree of amphibian life with over 5,000 species.

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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 are 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 featuring the latest announcements, news, and opportunities for collaboration from the European education community. The e-newsletter also has a section dedicated to young scientists. 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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8. 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 position: Associate Professor or Professor in Veterinary Science at the University of Nordland, Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture - The Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, University of Nordland, jointly with the University Medicine and Pharmacy in Kosice, Slovakia, is offering a Joint Bachelor Degree in Animal Science. The faculty is hiring an Associate Professor/Professor to strengthen the Animal Sciences education program in the coming years, including additional courses in this field. Download further information here (Word doc.).

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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.