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April 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 
















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

April was a busy month for Aqua-tnet as the mid-project (interim) report was due.
To date, 48 out of 124 deliverables have been completed which were documented in both a public and confidential report. In addition, a further 29 supporting documents were provided (e.g. mainly copies of presentations made at Aqua-tnet meetings). Where appropriate, documents will be uploaded to the Aqua-tnet website, with the most significant included on the publications page.

After the successful annual meeting in Istanbul, workpackage groups are continuing their activities. For workpackages 1 (MSc cooperation) and 5c (innovation in learning technologies) this involves further work on the AquaCase platform for sharing case study based learning materials. Workpackage 4 (Generic Skills) are continuing with industry research and are planning a meeting in late May (to be confirmed). Workpackage 5 (innovation in lifelong learning) are expecting to meet in late June).

Opportunities for dissemination and wider partnership building come during May when Marieke Reuver from AquaTT attends a workshop on “Knowledge and Technology Transfer in the Food Area” organised by the ISEKI Food Network (a sister network to Aqua-tnet in the EU Lifelong Learning Programme) in Kaunas, Lithuania. Meanwhile John Bostock (University of Stirling) will be attending the LINQ (Learning Innovations and Quality) conference on “The Future of Digital Resources” in Rome, Italy. The Aqua-tnet project will be represented at both events.

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


Massive Survey of MSFD-Relevant Projects Underway

The STAGES project (Science and Technology Advancing Governance on Good Environmental Status) is an EC FP7-funded project that is directly responding to a request from DG Environment to put a support action in place to facilitate the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Under the MSFD, EU Member States are expected to assess the overall status of their respective marine environments and to put in place the necessary measures to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020.

From January 2013 to date, STAGES has undertaken a significant survey and analysis of MSFD-relevant projects at EU and Member State level. The knowledge outputs collected will be made available in a user-friendly format through the EurOcean Knowledge Gate and will be used to develop state-of-the-art reports on each of the five Thematic Groups relating to the 11 GES descriptors:

  • Biodiversity Group - Biodiversity, Non-indigenous species, Elements of marine food webs and sea floor integrity (Descriptors 1, 2, 4, and 6 respectively)

  • Contaminants & Nutrients Group - Eutrophication, Contaminants and Contaminants in fish and other seafood (Descriptors 5, 8 and 9)

  • Disturbances Group - Marine litter and Underwater energy, including noise (Descriptors 10 and 11)

  • Commercially Exploited fish Group - Population of commercial fish/shellfish (Descriptor 3)

  • Hydrographical Conditions Group -  Alteration of hydrographical conditions (Descriptor 7)

So far, the European knowledge collection survey has identified and contacted 1,500 projects (dating from 2005 until the present day) from 13 funding programmes. These projects' relevance to the MSFD is being currently assessed. To date, the survey of Member State projects has identified more than 2,000 projects that have marine relevance.

If you are a coordinator of an EU or Member State project of relevance to the MSFD and have not yet been contacted about the STAGES project, please contact EurOcean as soon as possible: Maica Garriga, Science Officer, EurOcean, E: Maica.Garriga@fct.mctes.pt  T: +351 21 392 4495

If you wish to learn more about the STAGES project visit: www.stagesproject.eu

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First FORCE Newsletter: Summary of Activities of the First Year

The National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF) of Egypt are pleased to announce the release of the first newsletter for the FORCE (Fisheries and Aquaculture Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt) project.

FORCE is a coordination and support action project funded through the EC’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It will strengthen the capacity of the NIOF to carry out research activities aimed at supporting the implementation of sound policies, founded on a scientific basis, for the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in Egypt, as well as in the entire Mediterranean North African region.

The first newsletter provides an overview of activities carried out in the first year of the project and can be downloaded HERE.

If you have any questions on the FORCE project or its newsletter, please contact the project coordinator, Prof. Suzan Kholief (email:suzan_kholeif@yahoo.com) or the Project Management Team (email: force.niof@gmail.com).

If you wish to learn more about the FORCE project visit: www.forceproject.eu

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SEAFARE Project Addresses the Future of European Smelt

The SEAFARE project held a two-day workshop on the status of the European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus) on 26 March 2013 in Bangor University, Wales. During the workshop, 25 attendees reviewed the status of the European smelt across its range, the current knowledge base relating to the species and newly developed rearing techniques that will contribute to its conservation.

Dr. Nicholas Jones, Bangor University, was one of the organisers of the workshop: “The workshop was well attended by academics, aquatic consultants and fishery managers alike.  Speakers from Estonia, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and from across the UK gave some interesting presentations on the current status of the species, with subsequent discussions among attendees on the conservation and future of the European smelt.”

The European smelt, also known as the “cucumber smelt” due to its similar odour, is a small-to-medium sized fish typically ranging from 20-25cm in size. Smelt populations contribute to supporting small-scale commercial fisheries as they are fished for human consumption, animal feed and bait. The historical decline of the species, an estimated loss of 33% of known smelt populations in England and Wales and a loss of 80% of sites in Scotland, has resulted in the inclusion of the European smelt in the UK priority species list in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP).

One of the key outputs of the SEAFARE project is Conservation Aquaculture Rearing Techniques for the European Smelt, a manual which has been developed by Bangor University. Dr. Jones is a co-author of the manual: “The aim of this manual is to provide the end-user with all the necessary information required to successfully culture the European smelt for conservation aquaculture purposes. It will also be of benefit to those looking to culture this species commercially.”

The SEAFARE project aims to promote the diversification of the aquaculture industry by providing a greater range of species and alternative environmentally-friendly production systems. All the initiatives developed by the project are assessed for their commercial applicability through close collaboration with stakeholders and SMEs. The project involves 14 partners, bringing together applied R&D centres, aquaculture industry organisations and environmental agencies across the Atlantic maritime region to promote the sustainable expansion of European aquaculture.

For more information about SEAFARE and to download Conservation Aquaculture Rearing Techniques for the European Smelt, please visit www.seafareproject.eu.

The April 2013 issue of SEAFARE Project News is now also available from the SEAFARE website or by clicking HERE.

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Second AQUAMED Open Multi-Stakeholder Meeting for Mediterranean Aquaculture to be Held in Istanbul, Turkey

The AQUAMED project is organising the second meeting of the AQUAMED Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSHP) for Mediterranean aquaculture (Southern Europe and North Africa), which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 20-21 May 2013.

AQUAMED (The Future of Research on Aquaculture in the Mediterranean Region) is an EC 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.

To learn more about the AQUAMED project, visit www.aquamedproject.net.

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Visitors and Residents: Students' attitudes to academic use of social media

University of Leicester-led research has shown that university students behave very differently when using social media as part of their academic learning. Visitors and Residents: mapping student attitudes to academic use of social networks, published in the journal Learning, Media and Technology, was conducted by Fiona Wright, a graduate of the University’s School of Biosciences. Some students happily use social networking to share information about their course with their peers, in a similar way to how they might talk to friends on Facebook.
Others are much more targeted in their use of online tools, and will only log on to get the information they need, when they need it. Read more about this study on Alpha Galileo HERE. To read the full report, click HERE.

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UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning

UNESCO believes that mobile technologies can expand and enrich educational opportunities for learners in diverse settings. Yet most ICT in education policies were articulated in a pre-mobile era and they do not seek to maximise the learning potentials of mobile technology. The rare policies that do reference mobile devices tend to treat them tangentially or ban their use in schools. The “Policy guidelines for mobile learning” developed by UNESCO seek to help policy-makers better understand what mobile learning is and how its unique benefits can be leveraged to advance progress towards Education for All.
Developed in consultation with experts in over 20 countries, the guidelines have broad applications and can accommodate a wide range of institutions, including K–12 schools, universities, community centres, and technical and vocational schools. To read more about these guidelines, click HERE

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Call for Abstracts and Workshop, Tutorial, and Interactive Event Proposals: 21st International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2013), 18-22 November 2013, Bali, Indonesia

The 21st International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) 2013, will be held on 18-22 November 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. ICCE 2013 will be a meta-conference for researchers in the Asia-Pacific region to connect with international research communities for the worldwide dissemination and sharing of ideas for research in the field of Computers in Education. Abstracts for papers are being accepted until 20 May 2013. Proposals for workshops, tutorials and interactive events are also being accepted until 3 June 2013. For more details about ICCE 2013, and abstract and proposal submission, visit the conference website HERE.

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2013 ECVET Forum, 13-14 June 2013, Prague, Czech Republic

The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) aims to give people greater control over their individual learning experiences and make it more attractive to move between different countries and different learning environments. The 2013 ECVET Forum will be on 13-14 June in Prague, the Czech Republic. VET policy-makers, VET providers, practitioners, social partners and representatives from sector organisations and regions will meet to build stronger relationships and improve their knowledge of developments in ECVET and the other European instruments in education. To become a member of ECVET and to register for the 2013 Forum, click HERE.

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VET-Alert April 2013 Issue

VET-Alert is a monthly selection of publications on vocational education and training available from Cedefop’s bibliographic database VET-Bib. The April 2013 issue is now available to download HERE.

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 4. Other

Lindsay Laird Award for the Best Student Poster at 2013 EAS International Conference: Win an iPad2

Students! If you have submitted a poster for the European Aquaculture Society’s (EAS’s) 2013 International Conference, you could be in with a chance to win the coveted Lindsay Laird Award for Innovation in Aquaculture!

At the time of her early death from cancer in 2001, Lindsay Laird was a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Zoology Department at Aberdeen University. From the beginning of her career, Lindsay worked with the expanding Scottish aquaculture industry on different aspects of salmon farming. In 1998, she became the first Chairman of the Organic Fish Producers’ association. She served as Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Fisheries Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the European Aquaculture Society from 1994 to 2000, when she was obliged to retire for health reasons. Lindsay also carried out research and gave lectures in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, and Borneo, where a new species of moth (Dasychera lairdi) was named after her.

In 2008, AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd established an award in her honour for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student, which concerns research in any one of the following areas:

  • Environmental Impacts in aquaculture

  • New species

  • Hatcheries/early life history

  • Stock production

  • Fish diseases

  • New technologies

  • Genetics/genomics

The award consists of a certificate and an award in the form of the new iPad2 worth €500 and a selection of new publications in aquatic science. The winner will join five previous winners from Germany, Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

Watch this space for more information on the Lindsay Laird Award.

The 2013 EAS International Conference will take place in Trondheim, Norway, on 9-12 August 2013.

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Tablet Features Bring Seafood Businesses in Line with New Technologies

“Even in the seafood world, which may not be as quick to adapt to new technologies as other industries, tablets are pushing laptops out the door.” Read this story from Seafood Business in full HERE.

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Students! Want to Go to Aquaculture Europe 2013 in Trondheim? Need Financial Support? The EAS Student Group Can Help!

The EAS Student Group will offer three travel grants, one worth €500 and two worth €200, to support expenses for attending EAS 2013. This year, the winner of the travel grant for €500 will also give an oral presentation during the EAS-SG workshop at the conference, which is dedicated to aquaculture students. The suggested topic for this presentation is Aquaculture in My Country - Opportunities and Future Perspectives. Please note that the oral presentation should be broad enough to fit the interest of the target audience of aquaculture students. Criteria for application and other further details can be found HERE.

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Call for Applications: 3rd ESA Advanced Training Course on Ocean Remote Sensing

As part of the Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions (SEOM) programme element the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a series of advanced thematic training courses devoted to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists to use data from ESA and operational EO missions for science and applications development. Post-doctoral and graduate research scientists, PhD students and EO information users from European countries and Canada interested in ocean remote sensing and its applications are invited to attend a five day course which will be held at the National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork, Ireland on 23-27 September 2013. Research scientists and students from non-ESA member countries are also welcome to apply and participate in the course subject to space availability.
Deadline for submission of applications is 31 May 2013. For more information click HERE

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European MOOC Launched

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have been much discussed in the media and in academic circles over the last year. The major platforms to date have been based in the USA (e.g. Coursera, edX and Udacity), so there has been discussion about how European institutions should respond. One such initiative is iversity, a private MOOC platform based in Berlin which is now busy building partnerships with lecturers and institutions to develop the courses. Join in Aqua-tnet discussion on this and other current topics via the Aqua-tnet LinkedIn group.

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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 aquatnet@aquatt.ie.

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