April 2014

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.

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Aquaculture Europe 2014: Session on Knowledge Management, Transfer and Extension Networks

AE2014 will address the theme of Adding Value – to products, processes, to research and to resources. The event will take place from 14-17 October 2014 in San Sebastián, Spain.

Submit your abstracts now for the session on "Knowledge management, transfer and extension networks". This includes education and training, informal learning, communities of practice. knowledge sharing and innovation management. Presentations on new initiatives, case studies, need assessments or research outputs are welcome.

For more information regarding AE2014 and submission of abstracts, click HERE.


EATiP Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the European Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) was held in Brussels on 3–4 April. The event was attended by several Aqua-tnet members and included a presentation from John Bostock as Coordinator. There was lively debate about how EATiP can work effectively with all stakeholders and with other projects and platforms to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of research and knowledge sharing activities. It was appreciated that Aqua-tnet is a key asset for the sector in the area of education, training and lifelong learning. Details of the meeting and the presentations that were made are available HERE


Aqua-tnet Annual Meeting

Arrangements are now well in hand for the Annual Meeting on 26-27 June in Malta. Further details are available on the project website. To help celebrate the achievements of the project we are keen to collect photographs or video that will help bring back memories of meetings and activities across the years of the project. Please send material to or upload it to one of the photo albums in the Aqua-tnet Facebook Group



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Adult Education Made Accessible 

Equal access to adult education is a key factor that is affecting participation rates across Europe. The AEMA Network, consisting of 12 organisations from 11 European countries, aims to change this, by developing a shared network and quality framework on accessibility issues in adult education provision

The network, funded with support from the Grundtvig programme of the European Commission, will reach out to people with disabilities, accessibility experts, disability organisations, Governmental organisations, funding bodies and Adult Education providers, with the overall aim of increasing the accessibility, participation, transparency and quality of Adult Education in Europe

The network will provide further visibility to accessibility practices by awarding Accessibility Quality Badges for Adult Education Providers and Accessibility Competency Badges for experts on Accessibility

For more information visit:


Manage your MOOCs Using New Mobile App!

GroupMooc is a free mobile app that helps users to create and manage course schedule with MOOCs from various providers.

The app creates a study planner based on the MOOCs you have registered for to help you keep track of your assignments and deadlines. It syncs automatically with the MOOC providers, so any changes in the course schedule will be reflected in your personal calendear. In addition to individual study plans, the app also allows users to set up study groups for collaboration. The group functionality could also be used for organisations or SMEs to implement employee training programmes with MOOCs.

The app is compatible with courses from Coursera, EdX, Udacity, and FutureLearn. Other MOOC providers will soon be available.

For more information, visit:


LLinE Journal: PIAAC - Voices Behind the Study

Lifelong Learning in Europe (LLinE) is a combination of a scientific journal and a magazine and, unlike any other publication in Europe, is directed at the whole of the adult education field: researchers, advocates, decision makers and educators. LLinE therefore is a bridge builder across the different sectors of the adult education field.

The most recent issue of LLinE focuses on the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which is the largest adult skills survey ever performed.

LLinE editor Markus Palmen describes the content: “The subtitle of this issue reveals what we have tried to achieve through this collection of materials. Give a voice - and a face - to an otherwise easily faceless mass survey. We want to share the experiences of the people who designed the study. Listen to the very people whose skills the survey wants to measure. Give a forum to those critical of the survey. Hear from the decision makers whose task it is to use the study's findings to draft policy."

You can read the latest issue HERE


On the way to 2020: Data for Vocational Education and Training Policies

European policy-making in vocational education and training (VET) needs to be supported by sound quantitative information.

Cedefop has selected a set of 32 statistical indicators to quantify key aspects of VET and lifelong learning, based on their policy relevance and importance for achieving the Europe 2020 objectives. The aim is to help describe, monitor and compare countries. Read more HERE


New Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

EPALE is a multilingual open membership community funded by the European Commission, as the latest development in an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe.

EPALE is still being developed, and adult learning professionals are invited to help shape the content of the site by completing a short survey. Click HERE and share your thoughts!


Survey for New EAEA Adult Education Country Reports

Recently, EAEA launched a survey asking members to contribute information and reflection on the state of Adult Education in their respective countries. The aim of the survey is to gain a bigger understanding for current conditions across Europe in order to strengthen advocacy efforts, both on a European and local level.

The prerequisites for Adult Education providers vary greatly between European countries, a fact that is not always recognised on the European level. After receiving feedback through the new survey, EAEA hopes to put together specific country reports that provide accessible and succinct information on the state of AE in relevant countries – a sort of overview for the European context.

Once finalised, the country reports will become a useful tool for influencing the European Semester, the cycle of yearly economic and structural policy coordination from the European Commission.

You can read more about the survey, the country reports and the European Semester – as well as partake in the survey itself – HERE.


Open Praxis Vol 6, No 2 (2014): Selected Papers from the OCWC Global 2014 Conference

Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education. It is published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education - ICDE

The latest issue (Vol 6, No 2 (2014)) includes selected papers from the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) Global Conference which was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from April 23-25 2014.


Atlantic Summer School 2014

Applications are now invited for the Atlantic Summer School 2014 to be held on-board the Irish National Research Vessel RV Celtic Explorer from 11-17 September 2014. The school is a collaboration between the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) and the Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) with shiptime provided by the Marine Institute, and is open to all marine-related postgraduate students (MSc and PhD) from across the island of Ireland and Germany.

The 2014 Summer School aims to build capacity in offshore marine research by providing early-stage career scientists with the knowledge and skills necessary to act as Chief Scientists on research surveys. Participants will conduct a multidisciplinary investigation of cold water carbonate (CWC) ecosystems, off the Belgica Mound Province which is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) approximately 100km southwest of Ireland. In addition to the five days of seagoing research, the school includes pre-survey meetings via Skype, pre-cruise preparation in Cork and post-survey data analysis and reporting in Galway.

Course content will include:

  • Pre-survey meetings and lectures on the study site, SACs and CWC ecosystems
  • Practical shore-based workshop designing and planning the survey
  • Deployment and operation of novel equipment and instrumentation
  • Acquisition, processing and archiving of samples
  • On-board evening survey meetings and lectures
  • Post-survey data processing, analysis and open source publishing
  • Reporting initial findings through working groups

The collaboration is designed to forge mobility pathways for early career researchers between Ireland and Germany and serve as an excellent networking opportunity for all participants.  This is the first of a series of summer schools that will alternate between Irish and German research vessels with the 2015 school taking place on the RV Heincke. Training will be overseen by experts from University College Cork, NUI Galway, University of Ulster, Alfred Wegner Institute and SMART.

Online application forms must be completed and received by 17:00hrs (CET) on Friday 6 June 2014.
For further information and an online application form please visit or contact


Practical Multidisciplinary Ship-Based Training Courses for European Graduate and Postgraduate Students in Marine Related Sciences

Multidisciplinary Ship-based training for European graduates and postgraduate students of marine related sciences – 4-9 July 2014, Messina, Italy

The RV Urania practical ship-based training course is designed to enable Postgraduates and Graduate Students to acquire the practical skills necessary to conduct offshore multidisciplinary marine science research through the core disciplines of Physical and Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biology and Geosciences.

This six day course will comprise four days of multidisciplinary ship-based training, and two days of shore-based RV logistics and survey planning (pre-survey day), data processing, analysis and integration (post-survey day).

Participation in this course, including on-board accommodation and subsistence, is funded through EUROFLEETS and the National Research Council of Italy. All other expenses, including travel and land accommodation will be borne by students.

Practical shipboard training course for PhD students on new technologies for Multidisciplinary Oceanographic Research - Tallinn, Estonia, 17-22 August 2014

This training course aboard RV Salme is designed to teach PhD Students advanced practical skills in new technologies for multidisciplinary oceanographic research (including gliders, autonomous profilers, ferryboxes, and towed instruments).

The six day course includes two days of ship-based training and four days of shore-based training in data processing, analysis and integration, research vessel logistics and survey planning.

Participation in this course is funded by EUROFLEETS and the Technical University of Tallinn. students will be accommodated in campus hostel free of charge. Students are liable for their own travel expenses to and from Tallinn.

Online application forms (for one or both courses) are available HERE. The deadline for applications is Friday May 23rd by 17:00 hrs (CET). For more information please visit


Second DEVOTES Summer School in San Sebastian (Spain) – “From Species to Ecosystems: Modelling Marine Ecology for Management Applications”

Dates: 15-17 July 2014

Registration dates: 12 February-14 July 2014 (30 May: end of early registration period)

Venue: Aquarium of San Sebastian (Spain)

Description: This is the 11th AZTI Marine Research Division Summer School and the second one organised within the European FP7 project “DEVOTES” (Development of innovative tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good environmental status), in which most of the teachers of this Summer School are involved. As in previous years, the aim of the course is for attendees to acquire new knowledge on recent trends in marine research, related to management of our oceans.

This Summer School will explore the potential and recent advances in the use of marine modelling (some of them developed in DEVOTES), at different scales (from species to ecosystems), in management applications, including scenarios of climate change. Hence, the main objective of the school is to give an overview on the marine modelling to ocean and coastal management, with a closer view to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), especially in descriptors such as: biodiversity, fishing, food-webs and seafloor integrity.

More information (how to register, programme, etc.) is available from the AZTI webpage or the DEVOTES project webpage.


SAMS Summer Bursaries for Students

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is pleased to be able to offer three paid bursary opportunities to university students this summer:

The Neil MacDougall Bursary for Practical Oceanography: postgraduate or exceptional undergraduate student to spend two months (starting June 2014) working with our Physics and Technology Department and aboard research vessels developing practical skills in physical oceanography.

TWO NERC Research Experience Placements for undergraduate students to develop their quantitative skills in environmental science over a period of 10 weeks starting in June 2014.

Closing date for both applications is 16 May 2014

Click HERE for more information.


New Resources for Fisheries Secondary Service Profession Vocational Education and Training

The final conference of the 2Fish project was held on 3 April 2014 in Bellaria, Italy. The conference brought to an end the work of the 30 month long project, which was funded by the European Union under the Lifelong Learning programme. The objective of the 2Fish project was to develop innovative modules for vocational education and training for secondary service professionals connected to the fishing industry.

The conference was attended by leading representatives of the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Emilia -Romagna region, as well as national and European stakeholders. It was an opportunity for the project partners to present the results of the 2Fish project and for participants to discuss and exchange views on policies and training relating to employment in the fisheries sector.

The 2Fish project has produced course templates for six innovative training modules on topics relating to seafood product development, traceability of fishery products, quality management in seafood production, fishery tourism, fundraising, and business law. Each module has been developed and tested by the 2Fish vocational education and training (VET) providers in close collaboration with fisheries related enterprises.

The fisheries sector includes a wide range of secondary service professions which are highly dependent on skilled and qualified workers for meeting the needs of the fishing industry. These include, amongst others, fish traders, auction hall employees, aquaculture specialists, counselling and financial managers, and net binders. However, education and training provided by vocational fishery schools and training organisations is primarily concerned with teaching and training fishermen. As a result, service professions linked to fisheries are generally constrained to use low-skilled workers or workers with an educational background from other professions. The new courses developed by 2Fish therefore offer education and training possibilities within the fishery sector that are not currently available.

More information about the project is available from:


AQUAGAMETE Training School: Molecular Basis of Fish Gamete Quality

The AQUAGAMETE COST Action is pleased to announce the 2nd AQUAGAMETE Training School. The 2nd AQUAGAMETE Training School is aimed towards young researchers (PhD students, young post-docs and MSc students) as well as representatives from industry.

The course will be focused on Molecular basis of fish gamete quality integrating different aspects and covering topics such as:

  • Transcriptomic analysis of gamete quality, including practical microarray analysis of gamete quality
  • Gamete quality assessment including practical cytometry analysis and embryonic outcome
  • Scientific conferences on genomics & toxicogenomics, epigenetics, overview of gamete quality issues in fish and shellfish

The Training School will highlight the most recent developments in each topic, promoting a strong interaction between experienced trainers working on different aspects of Molecular basis of fish gamete quality and trainees.

The course will take place from 23-27 June 2014 at the INRA Fish Physiology and Genomics laboratory (Rennes, France) facilities and will be run in collaboration with IFREMER and University of Lorraine.

For more information about the Training School and how to apply, click HERE.  



FREE Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures: AQUAEXCEL 8th Call for Access Now Open

The 8th AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 13 June 2014.

On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL project invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating Aquaculture Research Infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These facilities are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures).

The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (recirculation, flow‐through, cage, hatchery and pond systems); environments (freshwater and marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmon, trout, sea bass, sea bream, cod, common carp etc.); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health and welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring and management technologies).

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or in some cases two people to the chosen Research Infrastructure for periods of up to three months. The use of the facilities (excluding any additional costs) is covered through AQUAEXCEL partner funding and the associated travel and subsistence expenses for the visiting scientist(s) will be paid through the host institution, according to their internal rules for reimbursement.

For more information, visit:


Third Issue of AQUAEXCEL Project News Now Available

The third newsletter of the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project is now available to download from

This issue of AQUAEXCEL Project News includes: an interview with work package 6 (WP6) leader, Gunnar Senneset, about the technical solutions (e-Infrastructure) developed by AQUAEXCEL for providing remote access to highly specialised aquaculture research facilities; an interview with WP7 leader Dr Patrick Prunet on developing new methodologies or protocols to improve in vivo fish phenotyping; feedback from researchers who took part in the Contribution of Genomic Approaches to the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture for Temperate and Mediterranean Fish, and Application of Chromosome Set Manipulations and the Importance of Gamete Collection and Management in Aquaculture training courses organised by AQUAEXCEL; profiles of researchers who have availed of the Call for Access programme, in which they describe their work and experiences of using Transnational Access (TNA) to further their research; details of AQUAEXCEL’s 2014 annual meeting, which took place in in Vodnany, Czech Republic, from 3-6 March 2014; information about the Fish and Chips online tool for meta-analysis of fish genomic data funded by AQUAEXCEL; and other project news and updates.


STAGES Workshop: Building a  Science Policy Interface to support MSFD Implementation

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requires that EU Member States take the necessary measures to achieve or maintain Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020. Defining what actually constitutes GES is a significant challenge for Member States. Although advances are being made in marine research which can support environmental assessment, there is a significant knowledge deficit which may influence implementation of the MSFD and the achievement of GES in European waters. Furthermore, the full uptake of this marine knowledge is being affected by the lack of efficient interfaces between science and environmental policy.

STAGES (Science and Technology Advancing Governance on Good Environmental Status) aims to improve the current scientific understanding for assessing GES and bridge the MSFD science-policy gap by offering solutions to make relevant knowledge accessible and usable by policy-makers and stakeholders across Member States.

The final STAGES workshop will be held on 19 June 2014, in Brussels. This workshop will serve to present the outputs generated from STAGES including:

  • State of the Art Reports on MSFD and its implementation (WP2)
  • STAGES knowledge included in the Marine Knowledge Gate (WP2)
  • Knowledge gaps and needs analysis workshop reports (WP3)
  • Policy brief (WP3)
  • Recommendations and report on best practice in science policy interface platforms (WP4)

The workshop will provide the opportunity for the transfer of the outputs to primary “lead users” - local, regional, national and European policy/decision makers and other stakeholders, who have the capacity to uptake the knowledge and utilise it.

For more information about STAGES, visit 


How Much Do You Know About European Seas?

The newly updated European Atlas of the Seas is an easy and fun resource for anyone interested in learning more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies

Check out the atlas to learn about:

  • Sea depth and underwater features
  • Coastal regions geography and statistics
  • Blue energies and maritime resources
  • Tide amplitude and coastal erosion
  • Fishing stocks, quotas and catches
  • European fishing fleet
  • Aquaculture
  • Maritime transport and traffic
  • Ports' statistics
  • Maritime protected areas
  • Tourism
  • Maritime policies and initiatives
  • Outermost regions
The atlas is available in English, French and German.


From Sea to Plate: New Inseparable Campaign Video

Every small step – to eat, buy, or sell a sustainable fish product – will help ensure our children and future generations will remain inseparable from the Sea and the fish it offers us. Join Inseparable, the European Commission campaign to promote sustainable fish. Watch the campaign's new video HERE



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