October 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.

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ESCO Portal Launched

The ESCO (European Skills/Competences Qualifications and Occupations) EU 2020 Initiative was launched at a two-day conference held in Brussels Marriott Hotel, Belgium, on 23-24 October 2013.

Aqua-tnet WP6 partner FEAP was represented by Ms Catherine Pons, who has made many behind-the-scenes contributions to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Reference Group, in relation to the aquaculture industry.

The ESCO portal, which was launched publicly at the conference, is intended to facilitate cooperation and dialogue between education/training and labour market stakeholders. It will eventually operate in 25 European languages, and thus offer an opportunity to further European cooperation in these policy areas. ESCO has been jointly created by European and national stakeholders, and represents a great deal of hard work from the 28 reference groups which have been engaged in providing occupational profiles for all European industry sectors. These profiles will be linked to skills and competencies which are to be set out in terms of learning outcomes – all of which should be very familiar to Aqua-tnet members by now.

ESCO identifies and categorises skills, competences, qualifications and occupations in a standard way, using standard terminology in all EU languages and an open format that can be used by third parties' software. It enables users to exchange CVs and job vacancies stored in different IT systems. The ESCO portal ( allows interested parties to look at and can download documents and even to propose necessary changes.  


Upcoming Aqua-tnet Work Package Meetings

Aqua-net WP4 (Generic skills for future success) is holding a workgroup meeting in Aberdeen, Scotland, on 27 November 2013. The aim of this meeting is to review and finish writing the generic skills courses which are under development. WP3 (Aqua-tnet on the move) is also organising their core group meeting, which will take place on 29 November in Trapani, Italy.



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Rapporteur Round-up: EU Education Systems in Need of 'New Impetus'

Key rapporteurs on rethinking education Katarína Nevedalová, Milan Zver, Hannu Takkula, Malika Benarab-Attou, Inês Zuber and Kinga Göncz give their responses to parliament's adoption of the report in its Strasbourg plenary session. Click HERE to read more. 


OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

In addition to mastering occupation specific skills, workers in the 21st century must also have a stock of information processing skills and various “generic” skills, including interpersonal communication, self management, and the ability to learn, to help them weather the uncertainties of a rapidly changing labour market. The Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) was designed to provide insights into the availability of some of these key skills in society and how they are used at work and at home. It directly measures proficiency in several information processing skills – namely literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology rich environments. More information and downloads are available HERE.


Innovating Pedagogy 2013: Open University Innovation Report 2

This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, in order to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. This second report proposes 10 innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education. To produce it, a group of academics at the Open University compiled a long list of new educational terms, theories, and practices. These were then pared down to 10 that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational practice, particularly in post-school education. You can read the report HERE.


How is Education Structured in Your Country?

How is education currently organised in your country? How does one structure compare to another? The 2013/14 schematic diagrams on the 'Structure of the European education systems' will give you easy answers to these questions. The diagrams show you what mainstream schooling looks like in 33 European countries and how different levels of education, from pre-primary to tertiary, are broken down. The diagrams also indicate the general ages of students and the programme duration for each level. Names of national institutions and study programmes are listed in the language of each country. The Eurydice publication covers 39 education systems in the 28 EU Member States, the EFTA countries (Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) as well as the candidate countries (Iceland and Turkey). You can view the diagrams HERE.


Global National Qualifications Framework Inventory

This publication is a global, country-by-country, inventory of National Qualifications Frameworks. It is a co-publication, prepared by two EU agencies, the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the Section for TVET at UNESCO headquarters. It is accompanied by an inventory on Global national qualifications framework, including country cases from EU and ETF partner countries. Read more HERE


Cedefop Briefing Note: Return to Learning, Return to Work

Cedefop has published a briefing note, "Return to learning, return to work", which explores how properly targeted and designed work-based training programmes can address the employment needs of low-qualified adults. Read more HERE.


INNOQUAL Issue no. 2, October 2013: “Quality: Impact, Effect, Validation or Transformation of Learning – Where Do We Stand Today?”

The second issue of the first volume of INNOQUAL combines seven scientific papers from two sources: The second INNOQUAL Call and selected papers from the Call for Papers of the LINQ 2012 Conference. All papers published in this issue have passed the innovative review process of INNOQUAL consisting of double-blind peer reviews and open peer review, as well as online feedback facilitated on the INNOQUAL website (discussion paper section). INNOQUAL is available HERE.


VET-Alert - October 2013 Issue

Cedefop's VET-Alert for October 2013 is now available for download HERE. VET-Alert is a monthly selection of publications on vocational education and training available from Cedefop’s bibliographic database VET-Bib.


LINQ 2014 Call for Papers

The 9th EFQUEL (European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning ) Innovation Forum 2014 will take place in conjunction with the LINQ 2014 Conference to shape the 2014 Mega Event for Quality and Innovation in education and learning. LINQ is a leading annual European and international Conference on Learning Innovations and Learning Quality. Submissions of scientific papers related to the conference are now being accepted, with a deadline of 10 January 2014. Specific guidelines and requirements can be found HERE and on the conference websites at and


2FISH Project Supporting the Fisheries Sector through Innovative Short Training Courses

The partners of the EU-funded project 2FISH recently met in Dublin, Ireland, on 15 October 2013 to discuss the testing and exploitation of newly developed short training courses aimed to support the fisheries sector.

Based on a needs analysis of the sector, six topic areas have been identified by the partners to meet local needs:

  1. Business law concerning fishery related businesses (Denmark)
  2. Quality management in seafood production (Norway)
  3. Traceability of fisheries products (Spain)
  4. Developing a new seafood product (Ireland)
  5. Fundraising for the production development in the fisheries sector (Italy)
  6. Fishing tourism and boat carpentry (Spain)

Evaluation of the courses is currently being carried out by enterprises in each of the partner countries. The final outcomes of the project will be presented at a conference in Italy in 2014 to key stakeholders. While all five of the courses will be piloted face-to-face, the Irish-led course ‘Developing a new seafood product’ will be freely accessible as an open online course. For more information, visit


Promoting Diverse, Environmentally-Friendly Aquaculture: Latest Issue of SEAFARE Project News Now Available

The latest issue of SEAFARE Project News is now available to download from the project’s website:

This issue features an interview with Pedro Pousao, Head of the the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera’s Aquaculture Research Station in Olhao, Portugal; an update from the SEAFARE project meeting held in Olhao in July 2013; information about SEAFARE’s integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA) results; and details about the upcoming SEAFARE stakeholder event in Seville, Spain, regarding reclaiming wetlands for aquaculture.

SEAFARE is an Atlantic Area Transnational Programme project which 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.


Rescheduled FORCE Second General Assembly Meeting

The FP7 project FORCE (Fishing and aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt) will hold its rescheduled Second General Assembly Meeting in Rome, Italy on 6-7 November 2013.

FORCE is designed to enhance the capacity of the Egyptian National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF) to carry out research activities aimed at supporting the implementation of thorough and science-based policies for the sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture in Egypt and the whole Mediterranean North African region.

A new project brochure can be downloaded HERE as a PDF. For more information, please visit the project website or contact Suzan Kholeif (Coordinator) or the Project Management Team


Discovering the Potential of Marine Microorganisms: MaCuMBA Project Video Now Available

A short video providing an introduction to the MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project is now online. MaCuMBA is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to improve the isolation rate and growth efficiency of marine microorganisms from conventional and extreme habitats.

The video, which aims to raise awareness of the project, can be viewed by visiting the MaCuMBA project website: or via


MG4U Policy Brief Available Online

The EC-funded project Marine Genomics for Users (MG4U) ran from January 2011 until June 2013 with the aim to facilitate targeted knowledge transfer between marine genomic researchers and stakeholders involved in governance, industry and wider society.

One of the major results associated with the MG4U project was a white paper on marine genomics methods entitled, Genomics in marine monitoring: new opportunities for assessing marine health status, which was published in the Marine Pollution bulletin.

However, MG4U understands that authorities involved in marine governance might not have the time or technical knowledge to fully appreciate a published scientific paper. Therefore, a policy brief based on the white paper was developed to increase usability of this knowledge. The policy brief provides background information on the relevance of marine genomics in marine monitoring and includes a factsheet on six of the most suitable genomic techniques, containing details about their advantages, disadvantages, costs and potential applications.

The policy brief is available to download on the MG4U website ( and further distribution among relevant and interested parties is encouraged by the MG4U consortium. For more information about the policy brief and the MG4U project, please contact Cliona Ni Cheallachain (


AquaTT Research Project Management Training Workshop – November 2013 Dates Announced

AquaTT are pleased to announce the November dates for its popular Research Project Management Training Workshop. The workshop will take place from 26 to 28 November 2013 in the AquaTT offices based in Dublin.

With twenty-one years of experience in EC-funded research projects, AquaTT as part of its Mentoring, Training and Advisory Services has devised a robust three-day Research Project Management Training Workshop primarily aimed at Researchers and Communications and Project Officers. This practical three-day training workshop will focus on capacity building and will provide participants with (i) an understanding of the lifecycle of EC-funded research projects, (ii) a skillset to increase their ability to efficiently project manage their work, and (iii) the opportunity to apply these skills to real issues that occur in research projects. The training will be provided by several experienced AquaTT trainers and will encompass real case studies and scenarios.

The agenda briefly entails:
Day 1: Setting the Scene - providing a framework for the management of research projects from policy drivers during the application phase to internal relationships during the implementation phase
Day 2: Skill-based Learning - equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to understand the key challenges involved in project and financial management and also focusing on relationship management
Day 3: Applied Project Management and Project Sustainability - providing tools to successfully manage a research project while taking into consideration key issues, including performance measurement of project outputs and outcomes. The programme will conclude with an exploration of how to achieve and maintain success in the EC-funded research project environment.

For further information please see the workshop flyer. If you are interested in attending please contact AquaTT Project Officer Olivia Daly ( There are a limited number of places so an early indication of your interest is recommended.



Coordinated Efforts in Aquaculture Needed to Meet Global Demand: FAO Launches Global Aquaculture Partnership

The creation of a global partnership to help ensure that the world’s fish supplies can keep pace with booming demand has received a green light from FAO’s Sub-Committee on Aquaculture.

More than 50 countries endorsed the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GAAP) programme, which will bring together governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to find sustainable solutions to meeting the need for fish products.

The partnership will be tasked with overcoming obstacles to the expansion of the sector, which include the increasing scarcity of land and water for the development of inland fisheries and the need to step up aquaculture activities in the world’s seas and oceans.

The initiative will now go for approval to the Committee on Fisheries when it meets at FAO headquarters in Rome in June 2014.

For more information visit, click HERE


FAO Technical Manual: Construction and Installation of Hexagonal Wooden Cages for Fish Farming

FAO has produced a practical guide that provides a list and technical details of the materials to be used for constructing a hexagonal wooden cage, together with its mooring system, for fish farming within the framework of artisanal aquaculture. The instructions for assembling the different components and the technical guidelines for cage installation at the farming site are illustrated in detail. The manual can be downloaded HERE


Student Logo Competition for World Aquaculture 2015 Jeju, Republic of Korea

The Steering Committee for World Aquaculture 2015 is looking for students to enter a competition in designing the logo that will be used for the World Aquaculture Society’s annual meeting in 2015. The conference logo for this event should take into account the theme: “Aquaculture for healthy people, planet and profit” and its unique location. You do not need to be a WAS student member to submit a logo for this competition, logo submissions will be eligible for this competition from any student currently enrolled in courses or research hours.
The grand prize includes one year free WAS student membership, free student conference registration to World Aquaculture 2015 and a WA15 gift basket. Second and third place winners will receive one year free WAS student membership. For more information,
click HERE.


Picture the Future of Learning: EUCIS-LLL Picture Contest – Lifelong Learning Week 2013

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL), in partnership with the UEF/Learning for Well-Being and InterRail, is launching an image contest entitled Picture the Future of Learning – Unlocking each and everyone’s unique potential. Share your creativity and be in with a chance to win an InterRail Global Pass! The 10 best pictures will be exhibited at the European Parliament during the Lifelong Learning Week, 2-6 December 2013.

You can submit your picture until 10 November in the following categories:

  • Learning environments: learning takes place everyday, everywhere. Where and with whom would you like to learn?
  • Learning diversity: the motto of Europe is “united in diversity”. How could we include different learners and take into account different ways of learning?
  • Learning Europe: the EU is contributing to our future. How could we live, learn and shape Europe?

For more information, visit:


European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Agreement: Investing in a Sustainable Future

The European Commission has welcomed the European Parliament's vote on the 2014-2020 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This vote is a crucial step to securing political agreement by the end of the year, which would allow the fund to be in place as of January 2014. The Commission is pleased to note that the European Parliament has rejected public aid to vessel construction and has set clear limits on the amounts of public funding Member States can spend on fleets. Read more HERE



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