- Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2013 - Innovative and Creative Approach Continues to Inspire Aqua-tnet Network
- New Project Will Assess Level of Contaminants in Our Seafood
- Myfish Project Presents Its First Year Results and Plans for the Future
- MG4U Training Course: "Basics Bioinformatics for Marine Microbial Genomics", 27-31 May 2013, Bremen, Germany
- 2FISH Partners Meet in Galicia to Finalise Training Course Modules
- COEXIST Partners Focus on Results at Final Project Meeting
- AQUAEXCEL Annual Partner Meeting 2013
- YOUMARES 4: 11-13 September 2013 Oldenburg, Germany
- Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program Seeking Applications
- Call for Contributions: European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL) Innovation Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 26-27 September 2013
- Call for Abstracts: The International Conference "Re-Conceptualising the Professional Identity of the European Teacher: Sharing Experiences", Sevilla, Spain, 12-14 June 2013
- Registration Open for Online Training Courses on the Use of Social Media for LLP Project Managers
- Call for Applications: Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection Course
- e-Learning Undergraduate Level Certificate Course in Sustainable Aquaculture
- Commission Launches Initiative on Sustainable Management of Marine and Coastal Areas
- Insulating Buildings with Seaweed
- Guardian Higher Education Network
- An Avalanche is Coming: New Report on the Future of Higher Education
Members of the network were asked to reflect on the impact they are having on the skyline of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management education. They were also asked to consider what “architectural treasures” they will pass on to future generations of aquatic food producers.
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 email@example.com
Pollution of the oceans and climate change are giving rise to concerns not just about the status of the marine environment, but also about their impact on seafood safety and public health. As there is rarely a well-defined quantitative link between levels of contaminants in the marine environment and levels in seafood, there is clearly a need for increased research on the transfer of contaminants from the marine environment to seafood. ECsafeSEAFOOD will tackle and redress this knowledge gap.
ECsafeSEAFOOD, or to give the project its official title, Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception, is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union (EU) and led by the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA, I.P.), Portugal, and will run for four years. ECsafeSEAFOOD brings together a multidisciplinary consortium of 18 institutions from nine EU countries and Norway. The project officially kicked-off with a partnership meeting in February 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.
For more information about this project, please contact Federico Cardona Pons, AquaTT (email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +353 1 644 9008)
This second meeting of the Myfish partnership built on the 2012 Myfish meeting in Vigo, Spain where the project partners together with over 20 stakeholders defined the variants of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), the constraints and the preferred management measures. The Charlottenlund meeting outlined the potential form and content of the Decision Support Tables, which will become important tools for stakeholders and fishery managers in making the trade-off between different objectives.
Myfish is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) involving 31 project partners from 12 EU countries. Myfish aims to define an operational framework for the implementation of the MSY concept in European waters. This should result in multi-species fisheries management plans for the project's regional case study areas, taking into account the environmental, economic and social constraints that are embedded within the different European and national policies.
More information and materials relating to the project are available on the Myfish website. If you would like to arrange an interview with the Myfish project team, please contact the Project Coordinator Anna Rindorf, email email@example.com.
MG4U Training Course: "Basics Bioinformatics for Marine Microbial Genomics", 27-31 May 2013, Bremen, Germany
Applications are now being accepted for a theoretical and practical training course in bioinformatics "Basics Bioinformatics for Marine Microbial Genomics", which is being offered by the FP7 Coordination and Support Action "Marine Genomics for Users" (MG4U). The course will run from 27-31 May 2013, at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, and is supported by the FP7 project Micro B3 and operated by Ribocon, a professional provider of bioinformatics services and training.
The workshop is divided into an initial three-day module covering the basics of DNA sequence analysis in lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on sessions, and a two-day introduction to in silico (meta) genome annotation. The course is free of charge and five nights accommodation, catering during the course days and a social event are included. Participants must organise and pay for their own travel.
For more details on the course content and programme please visit the workshop webpage. The number of participants is limited and applications must be submitted online HERE by April 15, 2013. For further information or enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners from the EU-funded project 2Fish met in Galicia, Spain for a partner meeting on 12-13 March 2013. Discussions during the recent partner meeting centred on the finalisation of the training course modules which will be tested over the coming months.
2Fish is concerned with the development of training courses to support the fisheries sector. The project will culminate with a final conference which will take place in Italy in 2014 where the final modules will be presented to key stakeholders for uptake. 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 final modules will be freely available in all partner languages (English, Spanish, Italian, Danish and Norwegian) from the project website. To keep up-to-date with the latest activities join the LinkedIn group and Facebook group.
COEXIST is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) multidisciplinary project which aims to provide a roadmap for achieving better integration, sustainability and synergies across the diverse activities now taking place in the European coastal zone. At this stage in the project, six geographically diverse case studies, representing the various conditions and combinations of activities in European coastal areas, have been analysed and the main conflicts and synergies among these activities have been identified.
COEXIST is in its last phase of development and this meeting mainly focused on the specific final results of the project and how they are going to be delivered to the relevant stakeholders. These results include tools and techniques to help policy makers at all levels manage their coastal zones, and a best practice guidance document in which these different tools and techniques have been adapted and applied to the case studies. The project results will help its stakeholders to better deal with management conflicts in the European coastal zones.
“This has been a very interactive and fruitful meeting, all partners are completely engaged with the project and we will achieve all the objectives foreseen at the proposal stage,” said Øivind Bergh, COEXIST's coordinator.
All the project results will be publicly available on the COEXIST project website in July 2013.
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 AQUAEXCEL’s facilities.
For more information, please visit the AQUAEXCEL project website.
Applications are requested from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to USAID's global hunger and food security initiative, FEED THE FUTURE, for the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP). The deadline is 14 June 2013. The focus region is sub-Saharan Africa. All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the research strategies of the Feed the Future initiative are admissible. The Borlaug LEAP fellowship program supports engaging a mentor at a US University and at a CGIAR center to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience. Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show strong scientific and leadership potential. Funds are available for one year and cannot exceed US$20,000. For more information on eligibility criteria and to download the application, please click HERE.
Call for Contributions: European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL) Innovation Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 26-27 September 2013
The EFQUEL Innovation Forum (EIF) is the leading conference for practitioners in international quality and innovation in e-learning, training and development. The 8th EIF takes place at the Open University Catalunya in Barcelona on 26-27 September 2013. It will be a unique opportunity to meet other experts from Europe and other regions of the world. EFQUEL welcomes different types of contributions to the EIF2013: presentations (papers, best practices, results), interactive formats (workshops, learning cafés, discussion panels, etc), and posters. Read more about the topic to be addressed and download the form for submitting your contribution HERE. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2013.
Call for Abstracts: The International Conference "Re-Conceptualising the Professional Identity of the European Teacher: Sharing Experiences", Sevilla, Spain, 12-14 June 2013
The International Conference "Re-Conceptualising the Professional Identity of the European Teacher: Sharing Experiences" is intended for researchers and professionals in the field of Education, and aims to analyse from a international and interdisciplinary perspective the new skills that are required for teachers at those educational levels, as well as to discuss the problems in their daily teaching practice. Consequently, the conference attempts to stimulate the transfer of knowledge about teaching practice through the creation of common ground between the researchers and other professionals in Education in order to raise a useful proposal, and to encourage networking and international work groups for further study of the issues addressed during the Congress. Abstracts addressing the conference theme are invited from all fields of research on internationalisation and teacher training.
Contributions focused on EU context from colleagues all around the world are also welcome. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 14 April 2013. For more information about the conference and the submission of abstracts, visit the conference website HERE.
Web2LLP project partners are launching a series of free online training courses about the use of web strategies and social media tools on 19 April, aimed at anyone involved in European projects supported under the Lifelong Learning Progamme. These courses are made up of five modules each lasting two hours which will be delivered via webinar sessions taking place at different times in April and May. There will be three such courses in English, French and Italian. To find out more and to register for one of these courses please visit the online course information. The number of people who can be accommodated is limited so early registration is encouraged.
Applications for the Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection Course, which is being offered by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) from 30 September to 25 0ctober 2013, are now being accepted. The course features four days of intensive offshore training on the national research vessel RV Celtic Voyager and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s vessel the Celtic Mist in waters south of Cork and the Shannon Estuary. Seagoing surveys are supported by three days of preparatory laboratory practicals, lectures and demonstrations in GMIT. All other elements of the module are accomplished through student centred distance learning using online resources.Applications will be evaluated on the basis of attainment of an honours degree in a relevant subject area, postgraduate programme of study or research, or significant professional experience.
Places are restricted to 20 and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis Fees for the module are €750. For further information and submission of applications click HERE.
The School of Biology of the University of St Andrew's and TheFishSite.com offer an e-learning undergraduate level Certificate course in Sustainable Aquaculture. This Certificate Course is aimed at those who wish to develop their skills and knowledge of the aquaculture industry, and those looking to enter the aquaculture industry who wish to gain a greater knowledge and a recognised qualification in order to promote their career prospects. The certificate course is available part time via a specific e-learning platform to allow maximum flexibility for students to complete their studies. Further information is available HERE. If you would like to sign up for this introductory course from the University of St Andrews, please ensure you submit your application by Friday 5 April.
On 13 March the European Commission launched a proposal to improve the planning of maritime activities at sea and the management of coastal areas. The proposal, which takes the form of a draft directive, aims to establish a common European framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management in EU Member States, with a view to ensuring that the growth of maritime and coastal activities and the use of resources at sea and on coasts remain sustainable. To learn more about this proposal click HERE.
For many coastal dwellers, seaweed washed up on the shore is nothing but a nuisance. But German researchers have found that this raw material has the potential to keep buildings well insulated. Together with industry partners, they have succeeded in turning this substance into a viable insulation material. Read this story in full HERE.
The Guardian Higher Education Network aims to provide an online meeting place, discussion hub and resource of industry intelligence for the professionals that work in and with the Higher Education industries. It is an online space where higher education professionals can talk to one other and get advice and insight from peers and industry experts. The network features guest blogs, advice, and interviews, as well as regular live Q&As, bringing together panels of industry experts, innovative and market-leading practitioners and support agencies. To sign up to the network, click HERE.
An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead, is a new report from the UK Institute for Public Policy Research on the future of higher education.
“An Avalanche is Coming sets out vividly the challenges ahead for higher education, not just in the US or UK but around the world. Just as we’ve seen the forces of technology and globalisation transform sectors such as media and communications or banking and finance over the last two decades, these forces may now transform higher education. The solid classical buildings of great universities may look permanent but the storms of change now threaten them,” said Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University, USA in his introduction to the report.
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