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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

November 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

EU NEW INITIATIVE: ESCO - Skills/Competences, Occupations and Qualifications - Aqua-tnet Cooperation with ESCO

The European Commission is coordinating, in collaboration with stakeholders, a multilingual classification (taxonomy) of skills, competences, and occupations called ESCO. The only European multilingual taxonomy linking skills and competences to occupations, it will be available free of charge to all labour market and education institutions in 30 EEA (European Economic Area) countries.

The first version of ESCO, introduced during 2010, and based on the structure of ISCO and ISCED, contained 6000 skills and 5000 occupations. The ESCO Reference Groups are now working on new occupations and skills, including soft skills and competences such as team work, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Aqua-tnet has worked for several years on new generic and competences approaches throughout Europe, and has conducted a comprehensive survey of university provision of generic/transversal skills training in aquaculture, fisheries and marine sciences. The survey questionnaires mapped out a wide range of transversal skills, including sections not only on team work, communication (scientific and general) and interpersonal (career and life) skills, but many others such as IT skills, management skills (project, time, team, budget).

As all interested parties have been encouraged to contribute throughout its development,
Aqua-tnet (via the AquaTT representative in the ESCO Reference Group for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) has been able to make just such an active contribution. The ESCO Cross-Sectoral Group, responsible for mapping transversal skills, has benefited from the wide-ranging and detailed Aqua-tnet generic skills questionnaire in drawing up its own questionnaire.

We look forward to seeing the evolution of the ESCO initiative (though it may take some time for this to follow through) and applaud the efforts of the
Aqua-tnet WP 4 team. 

Margaret Eleftheriou


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Internship Opportunities

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 is 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.

 

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

AQUAINNOVA Final event - Presentations online

On Tuesday, 30th October 2012, the EATiP (European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform) presented its Vision for European Aquaculture in 2030 at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.

Through the widest consultation ever made on European aquaculture - supported by the European FP7 project 'Aquainnova' - the development of sectoral growth forecasts and accompanying challenges and needs of the sector in 2030 have been prepared. The Vision is accompanied by the identification of a range of goals within a comprehensive Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda whose achievement will contribute to reaching the targets described. These are summarised in the document 'The Future of European Aquaculture' that was prepared by the EATiP and which was presented in detail for discussion during this meeting.

Download the full press release here (PDF).

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Fish farmers associations roll-out innovative training to the Mediterranean Mariculture industry

Over the past two months, a total of eight innovative training courses aimed at the Mediterranean Mariculture industry were delivered across Greece, Spain and Turkey through the EU Lifelong Learning Project INTRANEMMA (Innovation Transfer Network for Mediterranean Mariculture).

This pioneering project led by the fish farmers associations of Greece (FGM), Spain (APROMAR) and Turkey (Mugla fish farmers Association), along with AQUARK (Greece and AquaTT (Ireland), recently developed the training based on identified shared knowledge gaps. The series of training courses aimed to upskill workers, transfer latest knowledge and be a forum for sharing experiences. The courses raised a lot of interest and were well attended by Fish Vets, Health Managers, Production Managers, Hatchery Managers, Feed Company Managers, R&D Managers and PhD Students amongst others. Overall the participants rated the courses highly, finding the courses not only informative but useful for their own practices. Information on all courses is available online:

To access videos of the expert presentations and also course material register through the website http://www.intranemma.eu/index.php?option=com_user&view=register&lang=en. For more information on the project contact Panos Christofilogiannis - INTRANEMMA Project Manager (panos@aquark.gr).

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New EU Project to Explore Unknown Potential of Marine Microorganisms

Take a glass of seawater. Pour a drop onto your hand. Take a closer look. You are looking at a genetically diverse environment potentially containing over one million different microorganisms. A small-scale gigantic world in the palm of your hand.

The total biomass and genetic diversity of microorganisms on earth is many times higher than that of all other organisms, including man, put together. The number of species is unknown but must number in the many tens of millions. A new EC-funded project has started to explore these unknown microorganisms in the marine environment. MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) is a four-year project with a budget of over 12 million, of which 9 million is funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme. The project held its kick-off meeting in Amsterdam in October.

Download the full press release here (PDF).

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AQUAMED 1st Open Multi-Stakeholder Meeting

On the 20th and 21st of November 2012, the AQUAMED 1st Open Multi-Stakeholder Meeting took place in Rome. The aim of the meeting was to identify the research priorities in the Mediterranean aquaculture sector and to explore the potential benefits of setting up a Mediterranean Stakeholders Platform (MSHP). Around 60 stakeholders from the industry, government and research sectors from 13 Mediterranean countries participated in the meeting (Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey).

AQUAMED is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) supporting the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean region. Stakeholders from 13 Mediterranean countries were invited to join the project's researcher partners in order to develop a common Action Plan to support the establishment of a MSHP. The purpose of the MSHP will be to avoid duplication and fragmentation of research efforts, and to stimulate long-term cooperation and coordination between policy-makers, the aquaculture industry and RTD performers in the Mediterranean. Download the full press release here (PDF).

 

 

Photos: AQUAMED 1st Open Multi-Stakeholder Meeting, 20-21 November 2012, Rome, Italy

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AQUAEXCEL Newsletter 2012

The AQUAEXCEL project has released its first newsletter. Project News features an interview with Dr. Marc Vandeputte, AQUAEXCEL coordinator, an interview with three researchers who have used the project to access aquaculture infrastructures in Europe, and details about the AQUAEXCEL-ATOl Ontology and AQUAEXCELs online Aquaculture Research Infrastructure map.

Project News can be accessed at: http://www.aquaexcel.eu/images/aquaexcel_newsletter_november_2012.pdf

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ARRAINA - 2nd Partners Meeting, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, 11th 13th December 2012

The FP7 project ARRAINA (Advance Research Initiatives for Nutrition and Aquaculture) which launched in January 2012 and runs for 60 months will hold its 2nd Partners Meeting in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, from the 11th 13th December 2012.

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 factsheet can be downloaded here as a PDF and for more information, please visit the project website http://arraina.eu/ or contact Sadasivam Kaushik (Coordinator) kaushik@st-pee.inra.fr or the Project Manager elodie.laurencon@paris.inra.fr

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AquaTT Working with EURAXESS to Keep Researchers in Motion

The training was provided through AquaTT's Mentoring, Training and Advisory services. The bespoke training session was designed to complement and enhance the participants' abilities and skills to interact with industry and convey the EURAXESS' 'Researchers in Motion' message.

The training was participative and included an interactive multimedia module on profiling industry end-users of EURAXESS' services as well as identifying and overcoming potential communication barriers between EURAXESS and industry. A second module used group-based activities to identify the most effective channels, tools and content for EURAXESS representatives to use in order to increase their interaction with industry. For more information about EURAXESS log onto http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/.

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TACCLE 1st course 2013: Creating your own e-learning content in school education and adult education

Registration is now open for the 5th edition of the TACCLE course. This fifth in-service training, which will run from the 5th until thr 12th of May 2013 in Urbino, Italy (reference number: BE-2013-268-001 Comenius or BE-2013-267-001 Grundtvig), aims to help teachers to develop state of the art content for e-learning in general and for learning environments in particular. TACCLE try to achieve this by training teachers to create e-learning materials and raising their awareness of e-learning in general.

TACCLE will help to establish a culture of innovation in the schools in which they work. The training is geared to the needs of the classroom teachers but teacher trainers, ICT support staff and resource centre staff may find it useful too. This course is not aimed at advanced users of ICT. For information on the content of the course and on how to get a grant to cover all costs, please have a look at the flyer online at https://dl.dropbox.com/u/14634968/Flyer_TACCLE_2013_ISTcourse.pdf. For both participation fee and travel expenses to Italy you can request a grant from the LLP National Agency in your country, which will cover all costs. You can find the address of your LLP national agency at http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/national_en.html.

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Free e-book: Game Changers - Education and Information Technologies

How can we reach more learners, more effectively, and with greater impact? Education changes lives and societies, but can we sustain the current model? New models and new technologies allow us to rethink many of the premises of educationlocation and time, credits and credentials, knowledge creation and sharing.

"Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies" is a collection of chapters and case studies contributed by college and university presidents, provosts, faculty, and other stakeholders. Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher educations mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations. Find out who is changing the game and what we can learn from their different approaches in Game Changers. Download the entire book or individual chapters and case studies at http://www.educause.edu/research-publications/books/game-changers-education-and-information-technologies.

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International Summer School - Invitation

The Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (FFPW USB) would like to invite bachelor, master and Ph.D. students to an International Summer School which will be held in the Czech Republic, in July 2013. The Summer School lasts four weeks and includes many excursions and lectures, but mostly work on a small research project under the guidance of experienced researchers in very well-equipped faculty laboratories. The FFPW USB provides hotel accommodation and full board to all participants for free. In addition, each student gets some "pocket money". For more information download the flyer (PDF).

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 4. Other

EC publishes EU aquaculture performance report

The European Commission has published its first study of how the aquaculture industry has fared, concluding that its success has been hampered by environmental policies. The report adds that the EU aquaculture sector has obtained several achievements in the last few decades, but the sector is currently suffering from a period of stagnation. Read more at http://stecf.jrc.ec.europa.eu/documents/43805/218925/12-03_STECF+EWG+11-14+-+EU+Aquaculture+Sector_JRC70424.pdf.

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Nominations open for ICES Awards 2013 - Recognising the work of our peers

Each year, ICES Awards recognise those who have made notable contributions to the ICES community and the wider marine science world. The recipients of ICES awards are some of the most deserving and distinguished people in their fields, proud in the knowledge that an ICES award is a sign of appreciation and respect from their colleagues. Read more at http://www.ices.dk/iceswork/awards.asp.

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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. Aquaculture Europe 2013 encourages the submission of high quality oral and poster presentations. Read more at https://www.was.org/easonline/Abstracts/Default.aspx.

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Upcoming events - AQUACULTURE 2013 and ASIAN PACIFIC AQUACULTURE 2013

AQUACULTURE 2013, 21-25 February 2013, Nashville, Tennessee, United States - AQUACULTURE 2013 is the place to learn about the latest in aquaculture and see the newest technology in the trade show. It is part of a triennial event which combines the annual meetings of the Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries Society, the World Aquaculture Society and the National Shellfisheries Association. Read more at https://www.was.org/WasMeetings/meetings/Default.aspx?code=AQ2013.

ASIAN PACIFIC AQUACULTURE 2013, 10-13 December 2013, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2013 will be the next chance for the international aquaculture community to visit Vietnam and see the rapidly expanding aquaculture industry. Attendees will be able to see what is happening in Vietnamese aquaculture to create this growth as well as aquaculture developments in the rest of Southeast Asia. Read more at https://www.was.org/WasMeetings/meetings/Default.aspx?code=APA2013.

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Preparation survey for the 2014-2020 Atlantic Area Programme

This year the Atlantic Area Programme has started looking at its future for the 2014-2020 period in the framework of the new cohesion policy and the Europe 2020 strategy. Through this survey, the Programme seeks to identify the challenges, needs and existing potential in your region, institution or the Atlantic area, which could be addressed by means of transnational cooperation in the 2014-2020 programming period. Your answers will provide the programme with valuable information on the Atlantic Area regions and will contribute to the definition of priorities for the 2014-2020 Atlantic Area Programme. Access the survey at http://www.coop-atlantico.com/.

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Worlds first QR-code sushi gives art lovers a taste for sustainability

Octobers Frieze Art Fair in London seen the worlds first QR-code sushi firmly on the menu. A select number of art lovers were invited to take part in a trial, scanning edible QR-codes on their salmon bento boxes to discover the sustainability story behind their sushi. Read more at http://www.msc.org/newsroom/news/world2019s-first-qr-code-sushi-gives-art-lovers-a-taste-for-sustainability?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=enews-international-in-english_msc-international-news-november-2012&utm_source=newsletter.

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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.

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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.