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AQUA-TNET NEWSLETTER

January 2013

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

Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2013, 13-14 March, Istanbul, Turkey

This year's Aqua-tnet Annual Event will take place between the 13th-14th of March in Istanbul, Turkey. All Aqua-tnet members and stakeholders are invited to attend to find out about the activities and results of the 2nd year of the current phase (2011-2014) and debate the hot topics in Education and Training. More information will also be posted on the project website http://www.aquatnet.com/index.php/196/ae2013-istanbul/.

WP leaders should consider holding pre- or post-meetings for their Work Package. Please contact John Bostock as soon as possible if you are thinking to do so (j.c.bostock@stir.ac.uk).


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WP3 core group meeting, 12 March 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

The WP3 working group (Aqua-tnet on the move - Mobility) plan to have a core group meeting on the 12th of March 3013 during the afternoon prior to the Aqua-tnet Annual Event. For further information contact WP leader Lluis Tort (Lluis.Tort@uab.es).

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WP5 core group meeting, 12 March 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

The WP5 working group (Innovative Lifelong Learning) plan to have a core group meeting on the 12th of March 3013 for a full day prior to the Aqua-tnet Annual Event. For further information contact WP leader Margaret Eleftheriou (margaret@hcmr.gr).

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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

FREE course: AQUAEXCEL / Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) Technology - register now!

The AQUAEXCEL consortium is very pleased to announce the first AQUAEXCEL Training Course which will be held at Wageningen University in the Netherlands from the 22nd to 25th of April 2013.

Course 1: Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) Technology
Course provider: Aquaculture and Fisheries Group, Wageningen University (the Netherlands), with the expertise of NOFIMA, IFREMER, IMARES, Technical University of Denmark and the University of California
Deadline for registration: 1st March 2013

Course attendance for this unique course is free, thanks to EC FP7 funding. Participants are expected to pay their own travel, subsistence and accommodation. For further information on the course, and how to enrol, please check the promotional leaflet (PDF) and registration form (Word doc.), which you can also find on the AQUAEXCEL website: http://www.aquaexcel.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=87&Itemid=277   

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AQUAEXCEL: giving aquaculture researchers the unique opportunity to carry out research at a key European aquaculture research facility

European aquaculture researchers are offered the unique chance to undertake specialised research at 23 top aquaculture research facilities all around Europe. AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) is an EU FP7 project that aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development.

Through collaboration with 17 partners and 23 facilities, AQUAEXCEL offers access to top class research infrastructures for both basic and applied research, giving aquaculture research groups the opportunity to utilise AQUAEXCELs facilities. Interested researchers can propose projects that are compliant with the EATIP Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda, and that involve visits of one or two people to a Research Infrastructure that provides facilities not available in their own country, for periods of up to three months. Access to the research facilities and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for under the project, that is supported by the European Union 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures).

The 4th Call for Access opened 21st December 2012. Deadline is 15th March 2013. For more information: www.aquaexcel.eu/call_for_access. The project will hold its Annual Meeting 2013 in Brussels from the 9th till the 11th of April 2013. For more information on the project
download the brochure here (PDF)

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EU project aims to realise a new vision for the oceans

EXPERTS GATHER IN DUBLIN TO PROMOTE DIALOGUE ON SUSTAINABLE USE OF THE SEAS

Educators, trainers, European Commission members, and marine and social scientists from 11 countries across Europe met in Dublin in January for an important meeting of the Sea For Society project which aims to develop a sustainable relationship between humankind and the oceans.
The Sea For Society project is funded through the European Commissions Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project's 28 partners represent universities, funding agencies, government marine research organisations, NGOs, business networks, science museums and aquaria, and the media.
For the first time, the project aims to bring together a wide range of participants (stakeholders, citizens and youth) across Europe to examine the issues surrounding the development of a new concept for sustainable use of the seas called the Blue Society. This concept explores how humankind can coexist with, and benefit from, the oceans without harming them.

Sea For Society Project Manager, Ludovic Frère Escoffier, of the Nausicaá aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, said that the Blue Society was founded on "an unprecedented economic, technological and social approach which involves taking advantage of new resources, innovative solutions and positive experiences that the oceans offer.

The aims of the Sea For Society project will be accomplished through a series of forums held in nine European countries and will involve key stakeholders, youth and citizens. Each forum meeting will be based on a mutual learning, open-dialogue process, bringing together researchers, the general public and other actors to consider one of six allocated themes regarding what the sea provides to human beings in their daily lives: food supply, human health, a place to live, transport, energy, and leisure and tourism. The results of these consultations will be the basis of a European mobilisation towards a Blue Society.

"As a result of this process, citizens, including young people, stakeholders, marine experts and scientists will all learn from each other and, in turn, the Sea For Society project will learn from these groups," said Dr. Christine Domegan, Senior Lecturer in Marketing at NUI Galway, who has been working on the methodology of the consultation process alongside Dublin-based project partner AquaTT.

The forums will use a facilitation process called Collective Intelligence, an idea and value structuring methodology that helps groups to deal with complex issues. To instruct project partners on how the Collective Intelligence consultations could be effectively carried out, Professor Benjamin Broome of the Arizona State University and Dr. Michael Hogan of NUI Galway conducted a two-day practical workshop as part of the Dublin meeting.

The workshop was followed by a day-long partnership meeting of all participating groups, and a half-day workshop on communications for the project.
Further information on Sea For Society can be obtained from the project's dedicated web site at www.seaforsociety.eu or from Karine Marié, Sea For Society Communications Officer, Nausicaá: seaforsociety@nausicaa.fr.

 

 

 

 

Photos: Sea For Society Workshop January 2013, Dublin, Ireland

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MaCuMBA newsletter - uncovering the untold diversity of marine microbes

The first MaCuMBA newsletter features an interview with MaCuMBAs coordinator Professor Lucas Stal (NIOZ, UvA) who explains in a clear way why a project like MaCuMBA is important and in what way the research carried out by the project will eventually benefit society. Other interesting topics include other projects relating to the study of marine microorganisms who have been receiving high profile coverage in the European press and the projects kick-off meeting. Download the newsletter here (PDF).

The MaCuMBA project has been established on the premise that unknown microorganisms may hold the key to unlocking knowledge that could contribute to the development of new medicines and energy solutions, and could also potentially help mitigate climate change and control disease. The vast majority of marine microorganisms have not been cultivated and are often considered as unculturable. Today, one of the main challenges for microbiologists is to develop strategies to cultivate the uncultured majority of marine microorganisms. The projects 2nd Steering Committee will be held in Dublin on the 25th of February 2013.

If you have any questions on the MaCuMBA project or its newsletter, or if you have any suggestions for contributions to the newsletter, please contact Marieke Reuver @ marieke@aquatt.ie

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2FISH - Developing free training courses to support the fisheries sector

Partners from the EU funded 2Fish project will meet in Galicia, Spain for a partner meeting from the 11th to 13th of March 2013. The consortium, consisting of 7 European partners, is currently developing training courses aimed at supporting the fisheries sector.

Subject areas include regulation and legislation, developing a new seafood product, fundraising, the value chain for fish, traceability of fishery products, fishery tourism and boat carpentry. The consortium have used the VALLA tool which is a very useful online tool that course developers can use to define learning experiences where competence is acquired, in terms of learning outcomes.

For more information visit http://tool.vallaproject.com. The courses will be ready for a testing phase from May 2013 and the final courses will be freely available from the project website www.2fishproject.eu. Access the project's 2nd newsletter at http://www.2fishproject.eu/public/immagini/doc/doccat6940.pdf

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Call for abstracts: EAS Aquaculture Europe 2013, 9th-12th 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 for the end users. AE2013 will target all persons and institutions engaged and/or interested in aquaculture.

AE2013 will be held in Trondheim, Norway from the 9th to 12th of August 2013 just prior to the AQUA NOR 2013 Exhibition (13th-16th of August 2013). The AE2013 brochure contains the full list of sessions that are open for abstract submission. The submission of high quality oral and poster presentations may be submitted online at https://www.was.org/easonline/Abstracts/Default.aspx. The deadline is the 31st of March 2013.

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Call for posters: European Marine Science Educators Association conference, 3rd-5th September 2013, Plymouth, UK

The European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) was established to facilitate the exchange of success stories and good practices in marine education across Europe, to provide a networking directory for marine educators and organise conferences to allow educators and scientists to share their vision for effective and innovative learning in both formal and informal education.

The inaugural EMSEA conference will take place in Plymouth, UK from the 3rd to 5th of September 2013. This will be a mix of plenary sessions, workshops and field trips with plenty of opportunity for networking. The aim of the conference is to facilitate the exchange of ideas for the teaching of marine education in both formal and informal education, the use of new and innovative teaching practices, discuss the development of Ocean Literacy across Europe, develop links between scientists and educators and increase the network of marine educators across Europe. Educators and scientists are invited to either present or submit a poster in one of the three themes:
  •     Ocean Literacy in a European context progress and European experience
  •     Marine Education in Practice
  •     Linking science with marine education
Please submit an abstract with a title and the content of your presentation by the 1st of March 2013 on http://www.emseaplymouth2013.org.

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LINQ 2013: Extension of submission deadline

LINQ is the leading European and International Conference on Learning Innovations and Learning Quality. It will take place on the 16th and 17th of May 2013 at the Global Headquarters of United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. The final submission deadline for both Call for Papers and Call for Projects has been extended until Monday 4th of March 2013. For more information visit www.learning-innovations.eu.

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 4. Other

Parliament adopts CFP reform position with strong majority

Astonished commentators used plenty of exclamation marks and grabbed for words such as historic, exceptional, revolutionary and paramount as they tried to describe what happened today: The European Parliament voted with a large majority of 502 against 137 (and 27 abstentions) to overhaul the Common Fisheries Policy.

If you had told me this yesterday I would have thought you were crazy. I had expected a narrow majority but not this large victory, said the rapporteur Ulrike Rodust (S&D, Germany). Read the full article at http://cfp-reformwatch.eu/2013/02/parliament-adopts-cfp-reform-position-with-strong-majority/ and follow the news and discussion on twitter, #CFPreform.

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SeaHealth Issue 5 - Global Fish Oil Summit in Ghent

This e-bulletin is aimed at personnel in fisheries and aquaculture, at fish packers, processors, distributors, retailers, and finally consumers. Download here (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. 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.