July 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.

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Final Event Presentations and Digital Teaching Skills Workshop Materials Now Available

The presentations made at the final Aqua-tnet event in Malta are now available HERE.

Materials and presentations from the Aqua-tnet Workshop on Digital Teaching Skills are available HERE.


Timesheets Reminder

Cori Crichlow-Watton is attempting to contact all members to ensure they fully account for time contributed to the project through timesheets etc. EC funding support is dependent on this, so we ask all members to cooperate fully with these administrative requirements. Please send this information to


Videos from Aqua-tnet Final Event on Youtube

AquaTT has produced a short video about the development of Aqua-tnet, which was shown at the Annual Event in Malta. You can now watch the video on the Aqua-tnet Youtube channel HERE. Please share the video with interested colleagues and connections.

A number of short video interviews were conducted with Aqua-tnet members on the future of Aqua-tnet at the 2014 annual event in Malta. These videos are also now available on the Aqua-tnet Youtube page.  


AQUACULTURE INTERNATIONAL Special Issue on Advances in Teaching and Learning in Aquaculture

The Aqua-tnet network has recently been working hard on an Aquaculture International Special Issue and the first article "The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network Aqua-tnet"; by Margaret Eleftheriou and Annie Heral has just been published and is available as an Online First article on SpringerLink HERE.

Please click on the link and help publicise the article, which is due to be followed by several more shortly. 


Lifelong Learning Workshop at Annual Event in Malta: Dr Richard Curmi Presentation

Those of you who attended the Annual Event in Malta were expecting to hear from one of Maltaʼs own experts on Maltaʼs positioning of Lifelong Learning in its educational system, Dr Richard Curmi, Senior Manager of Assessment & Accreditation at the Malta Qualifications Council.

Malta has done some ground-breaking work in referencing the Maltese Qualifications Framework to the European Qualifications Framework and Dr Curmi was very much part of its development of flexible learning pathways for individual learners.

Unfortunately, Dr Curmi fell ill on the day of the workshop and could not deliver his talk in person. However, we are very pleased to be able to share his presentation with you, albeit slightly later than intended. Click HERE to access a PDF of Dr Curmi's presentation.



To search for PhD, MSc and mobility opportunities and courses and to access information on your colleagues in Aqua-tnet3, please visit the Aqua-tnet Education Gate. If you have any further additions or would like to make changes to your institution's information please contact Marieke Reuver at

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Win an iPad Mini at Aquaculture Europe 2014! Lindsay Laird 2014 Innovation in Aquaculture Award

In 2008, AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd established an award in honour of Lindsay Laird, for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student to the annual Aquaculture Europe conference, 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

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.

The award consists of a certificate and an award of an iPad Mini, as well as a book prize sponsored by  Wiley-Blackwell.

Poster entries submitted by students at the annual EAS conference in San Sebastian, Spain from 14-17 October 2014 are eligible.

The winner will join six previous winners from Germany, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, and Malta.

Click here to learn more about the Lindsay Laird award and previous winners.

We are looking forward to seeing all the entries at this year’s event! 


Policy Brief: EQAVET Peer Learning Activity on Impact of Quality Assurance Systems in Initial VET

This policy note is based on the peer learning activity (PLA) held in Vienna on 19-20 May 2014. The PLA, which is part of the EQAVET (European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training) 2013-15 work programme, brought together colleagues from VET providers, government agencies and those with a national or regional responsibility for VET policy from 24 countries. Some of the participants represented a Member State’s Quality Assurance National Reference Point (NRP). The NRPs were established as part of the EQAVET Recommendation and have a central role in supporting the VET quality assurance arrangements in their system. 

Download the Policy Brief HERE


Scottish Funding Council Scholarships for Sustainable Aquaculture Students

International publishing and media business, 5m, and the University of St Andrews, Scotland, have announced a substantial scholarship from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) for students from the EU. This is available for enrolment onto the September 2014 Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture which has been developed in association with the Fish Vet Group. The two-year course is delivered 100 per cent online, with no attendance required. Over 70% of the £17,590 course tuition fee is paid via the scholarship fund. Applicants must reside within Scotland (rest of UK not eligible) or the EU and be eligible to study for the qualification.

The deadline for applications is the end of August 2014.

For more information, click HERE


Skills Needs Anticipation and Matching Course Announced

Cedefop co-organises a training and knowledge-sharing course on skills needs anticipation and matching with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO), the Skills Development and Employability Unit of the ILO and the European Training Foundation (ETF).

The course will take place in Turin (Italy) from 20-24 October and the deadline for applications is 15 September.

Its main objective is to help participants understand the central importance of identifying current and future skills needs and labour market imbalances in a broader policy framework, and to acquire basic knowledge.

For more information download the flyer


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Postgraduate Research in Marine and Earth Science (PRiMES) Conference 2014

Date: Wednesday 19 - Friday 21 November 2014
Organised by: Marine Studies Group, Geological Society of London
Venue: Scottish Marine Institute, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Oban, UK

Come and meet fellow PhD students from all disciplines of Marine and Earth Sciences. Find out what they are doing and how they might be getting there. As part of your PhD you are likely to present your work at international conferences. Therefore practice your presentation skills in front of a sympathetic audience and trial poster production.

This is an opportunity for new postgraduate students and early career researchers to present projects and ideas to their own peer-group in a supportive and sympathetic atmosphere. PRiMES 14 is the ideal opportunity to practice presentations and poster production, from newly started projects to full results of research. We particularly welcome cross-discipline interaction and networking within the Marine and Earth Sciences. Come and make new contacts and friends from across the marine science community and see what others are doing and how this could assist your research.

PhD supervisors: pre-register any new (2014) PhD students - simply send a brief project description as the abstract. An ideal way for new students to network beyond their immediate field.

Whether your science is microbial activity or ocean-wide hydrodynamics or something on a scale inbetween it is hoped that everyone can get an insight to many differing lead-edge science projects. Broadening one's horizons can be as important as seeing the fine detail on one's own work.

Cash prizes for both best posters and best presentation, together with citations/photographs to be published in 'Geoscientist'.

Abstract deadline: 17 October 2014

For more information, visit: 


ERASMUS+ Summer Learning Video Competition

The theme of the July and August ERASMUS+ video competition is #SummerLearning. Submit a short video clip about what you plan to learn this summer, and you could win a trip to Brussels and tickets to the TEDxBrussels event in December 2014. Click HERE for more information. Submit your videos before midnight CET 5 September 2014. The winner will be announced on 9 September 2014.


Final Call for FREE Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures: AQUAEXCEL 9th Call for Access Now Open

The ninth, and final, AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 12 September 2014. 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:


ARRAINA 'Technology for Novel Fish Feeds' Course

The ARRAINA project (, through SPAROS and Wageningen Academy is organising a course on Technology for Novel Fish Feeds.

Do you or one of your colleagues/students need an update on the theoretical and practical aspects of fish feed manufacturing process? Then the Technology for Novel Fish Feeds course might be something for you.  During this course, you will take advantage of the wide knowledge basis gathered in the ARRAINA consortium, and using SPAROS pilot-scale feed technology platform.

Upon completion of the course you will have acquired in-depth knowledge of the state-of-the art and future challenges in formulation and production of novel, sustainable and cost-effective fish feeds, with a focus on the interaction of current formulation trends (plant-rich, alternative feedstuffs, functional additives) and some feed processing constraints.

The topics will be introduced by different experts from INRA, Univ. Porto, NMBU-FôrTeck, CCMAR, FEFAC, SORGAL, CLEXTRAL, BIOMAR and SPAROS.
Interested? Find out more about the course or sign up now.

Practical information

Course dates: 26-29 October 2014
Early Bird Registration: 1 September 2014
Late Registration deadline: 29 September  2014
Contact: Malou Gosselink



First Issue of ECsafeSEAFOOD Project Newsletter Now Available

The first issue of the ECsafeSEAFOOD project newsletter is now available to download from the project’s website: ECsafeSEAFOOD is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to assess food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination (including those originating from harmful algal blooms and those associated with marine litter) and evaluate their impact on public health.

This issue of ECsafeSEAFOOD project news includes: an introduction to the ECsafeSEAFOOD project; an interview with Dr António Marques, ECsafeSEAFOOD Project Coordinator; an interview with Dr Johan Robbens, leader of ECsafeSEAFOOD Work Package 1, which focuses on establishing a chemical contaminants database and the selection of priority contaminants; profiles of ECsafeSEAFOOD partners; a selection of recent news stories relating to seafood safety; and details of some of the growing number of scientific publications acknowledging ECsafeSEAFOOD. 


STAGES Sets the Scene for Effective MSFD Implementation

Key Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) stakeholders recently gathered in Brussels, Belgium, at the final workshop of the STAGES (Science and Technology Advancing Governance on Good Environmental Status) project to discuss how research can effectively contribute to MSFD implementation.

The workshop - entitled From Knowledge Generation to Knowledge Application – How can we bridge the gap and ensure efficient management and uptake of research knowledge to support MSFD Implementation? - was held on 19 June. Key results and recommendations arising from the STAGES project were presented and discussed with the participants.

This event was extremely timely given the current status of MSFD implementation coupled with the latest discussions on the establishment of a Marine Competence Centre for Good Environmental Status (GES) hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), a partner in the STAGES project.

Speakers from the European Commission (DG Environment, DG Research and the JRC) set the scene and updated participants on the latest MSFD related developments. These presentations emphasised the need for access to scientific knowledge and a robust Science-Policy Interface for the development of common criteria and joint, coordinated action for MSFD implementation.

The STAGES project focused on identifying relevant knowledge, which had already been generated through marine environment research at both EU and national level, and analysing it so that it could be easily accessible and usable by policy makers and the wider MSFD stakeholder community.

More than 14,000 projects were reviewed, leading to the identification of over 4,000 marine projects, and almost 1,400 MSFD relevant projects. These projects were analysed, resulting in five State of the Art (SoA) Reports, an online visualisation tool showcasing the collected projects by GES descriptor and region, and a STAGES Wiki, where the SOAs will be freely available and updates by relevant scientific experts encouraged.

In a further effort to improve the current scientific understanding for assessing GES, STAGES organised three workshops to determine where knowledge gaps exist for five Thematic Areas: Biodiversity, Contaminants & Nutrients, Disturbances, Commercially Exploited Fish, and Hydrographical Conditions.

The short-, medium- and long-term recommendations for future research programmes in these areas were presented in the STAGES final event, and a draft policy brief containing these recommendations was presented to participants for review.

The concluding session of the STAGES final workshop focused on the STAGES recommendations for the development of a Science-Policy Interface and the future JRC Competence Centre for MSFD. One of the main results highlighted was the proposal and recommendations for a long-term Science-Policy Interface for MSFD, outlining an overarching architecture and components, as well as potential roles and actors involved. Experiences and case studies from a European, Regional (Black Sea) and National (France) perspective were also presented

Overall, through the key presentations and following discussions it is clear that the work already accomplished by the STAGES team is ground-breaking but efforts must be made to continue this good work and support the setting up of a rigorous, evidence-based scientific and technical advisory process to support MSFD implementing agencies.

For more information please contact the STAGES coordinator, Marisa Fernandez of CETMAR ( or visit


Sixth Issue of HEALTHY FUTURES Newsletter Now Available

The sixth issue of the HEALTHY FUTURES (Health, environmental change and adaptive capacity) project newsletter is now available and can be downloaded from the project’s website: HEALTHY FUTURES is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funded project which aims to address the risk of outbreaks and transmission of three water-related vector-borne diseases (VBDs) in eastern Africa.

This issue of HEALTHY FUTURES Project News includes: a research updates section detailing the development of a schistosomiasis and water temperature model by the University of Durham, spatial dynamical disease models being developed as part of HEALTHY FUTURES, and research carried out by Jean Pierre Bizimana, from the University of Rwanda, during a research stay at Salzburg University, Austria; information on recent meetings involving HEALTHY FUTURES researchers and stakeholders, including the Stakeholder Engagement Workshop and fifth partners’ meeting and fourth Expert Review Panel meetings held in the International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya; news stories and forthcoming events relating to climate and health.

For more information, and to keep up to date with project activities, please visit the HEALTHY FUTURES project website,, or contact David Taylor (Coordinator) or Ciara Egan (Project Officer) 


Commission Welcomes Council's Agreement to Improve How Seas and Coastal Areas are Used

The EU's General Affairs Council has recently adopted legislation to improve the planning of maritime activities. The new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive will help Member States develop and coordinate various activities taking place at sea so that they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.

The Directive is a cornerstone in the EU's Blue Growth strategy, allowing more efficient implementation of EU legislation for both economic and environmental gain. With Maritime Spatial Planning, operators and developers will have greater certainty about their investments and should also see a reduction in red tape.

Each relevant EU Member State must now transpose the Directive into their national legislation and to nominate a Competent Authority in charge of its implementation by September 2016.

Although national maritime spatial plans must comply with a number of minimum requirements set by the Directive, countries are free to tailor the content of the plans to their specific economic, social and environmental priorities, as well as to their cultural traditions and legal context.

For more information on Marine Spatial Planning, click HERE.  


Aquaculture Library Materials Seeking a New Home

Stirling Aquaculture has a large quantity of reports, journals, books, article reprints and commercial equipment brochures spanning the last 30 years for disposal. May be of interest to any organisations wishing to strengthen their resources for research on the history of aquaculture. Contact John Bostock ( for further details. 



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