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March 2010

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 resource management, funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, from 2008 - 2011.

In the AQUA-TNET 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.




    Research & Education


2. AquaTT Training News

3. Bibmail

4. Information of Interest

5. Pisces TT Jobs

6. Other


1. Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2010

The 2nd aqua-tnet Annual Event will be held June 2 & 3, and will be hosted by the Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation (HAKI) in Szarvas, Hungary. All Aqua-tnet members and stakeholders are invited to attend this important event to find out about the activities and results of the project and debate the hot topics in Education and Training. An e-mail invitation with further details will be send out to all partners soon.

For more information please contact the Aqua-tnet secretariat at info@aquatnet.com.
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2. The aquaculture industry invites aqua-tnet members to put forward any issues you wish to discuss

The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) will be holding their AGM in Bordeaux from 20th-23rd May and are inviting all aqua-tnet members to put forward any issues they would like FEAP to canvass with industry. This is a great opportunity to have a debate/pass round questionnaires/look for volunteers etc. FEAP will also use this opportunity to update all members on all the projects they are involved in.

If you would like to put your views forward or bring something to the attention of industry please contact FEAP member David Bassett at david.bassett@britishtrout.co.uk

4. Aqua-TNET group now on YouTube video sharing website

The workgroup on Innovation in Teaching and ITC support has established a group on the YouTube video sharing website. This is an opportunity for aqua-tnet members and others to actively collaborate by sharing relevant videos useful for teaching and learning. Please submit videos to this group that have a strong educational component so that we all have a much richer pool of resources to draw from. The web address is http://www.youtube.com/group/aquatnetshare

Also a reminder that the workgroup have established a group on Flickr promoting the exchange of digital images useful in teaching. The web address is http://www.flickr.com/groups/aqua-tnet
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5. Your PhD thesis on the AQUA-TNET PhD portal

The online PhD-portal (www.phdportal.ugent.be) has been constructed as a valuable research tool and allows users to browse through lists of submitted PhDs per institute in chronological order and provides links to further information such as full PhD manuscripts, abstracts, related articles and author information. The portal is of great benefit to current and future PhD students, radically improving their accessibility to information and acting as a sharing resource for completed PhD theses throughout Europe.

For more information please click here. If you wish to publish your PhD thesis, or those of your students on the AQUA-TNET PhD portal, please contact Peter Bossier at peter.bossier@ugent.be.

Research & Education 

1. Call for proposals on Support for European cooperation in Education and Training (ECET) EACEA/10/2010

This year a special emphasis is on the potential of lifelong learning to support social inclusion. The call is open to the countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (EU-27, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey). Beneficiaries can be national or regional ministries in charge of education and training, other public bodies and stakeholders' organisations active in the field of lifelong learning (pre-primary, schools, VET, higher education and adult learning) and European stakeholder organisations. Activities must start between 1 January 2011 and 31 March 2011.

For more information please visit http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/llp/funding/2010/call_ecet_2010_en.php

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EQF project VALLA presents interesting results on Validation of Lifelong Learning in Aquaculture at final conference in Brussels

The EC-funded VALLA project - Validation of All Lifelong Learning in Aquaculture (www.vallaproject.com) has taken some important steps towards acknowledging the value of learning and experience acquired through working in the aquaculture sector. At the VALLA final conference, held in Brussels on 30th March 2010, participants from all over Europe met to find out about the project and to use and benefit from its results.

VALLA developed a dedicated software tool based on existing European Best Practice in defining programmes and courses. The tool is able to create courses in terms of competences and learning outcomes, from any sort of non-formal training.  As it is hoped that by using the tool, units drafted in this way could be of sufficient quality to be submitted to competent bodies for validation and credit valuation, accreditation bodies from several European countries had been asked for their feedback on the VALLA methodology. Comments from participants pointed out that the VALLA methodology uses the same approach as the accreditation bodies, so it could be a very useful and valuable tool, not only for the aquaculture sector, but for any sector, as the methodology and tool are generic.

To read the full article please click here.

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VALLA occupational map for the aquaculture sector: allowing employers and training providers to develop courses meeting specific needs

The VALLA Occupational Map defines the whole range of occupations and job roles within the European Aquaculture sector. It contains information on numbers employed, key drivers in the sector, industry trends, analysis of current and future skills needs, progression routes and national occupational standards. Results of the project will be further analysed and developed by the EATIP Thematic Area "Knowledge Management" (http://www.eatip.eu/content/view/138/294/). From an industry perspective the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) we will be promoting the occupational and functional map to members and suggesting that students and academics consider these valuable results. (Picture: David Bassett (FEAP) presenting at the VALLA final conference)

To read the full article please click here.

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AquaTT - leading Irish SME engaging in pan-European research projects

Dublin-based AquaTT Ltd is a leading Irish SME engaging in pan-European research projects to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the EU, using funding from the largest European R&D funding programme ever, the Seventh EU Framework Programme. FP7 is designed to respond to Europe's competitiveness and quality. The c50 billion fund is seen as a major asset in the EU's fight against the current economic crisis with its ring-fenced budget growing every year by 13% until 2013.

AquaTT has been awarded four contracts exceeding a total of 1.1 M, having responded to the 2009 Call for Proposals, making a contribution to the national target of winning c600m in EU R&D funding by 2013. More information can be found on the AquaTT website http://www.aquatt.ie.

AquaTT has optimised this valuable opportunity to participate in high-calibre research collaborations with European counterparts, offering professional services in the area of knowledge management with an emphasis on moving new discoveries from the research stage to key stakeholder groups and the marketplace.

To read the full article please click here.

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FAO call on Codes of Practice and Better Management Practices in Aquaculture

The FAO Aquaculture Service is calling for contributions to the development of a worldwide overview and databank of Codes of Practice, Codes of Conduct, Best (Better) Management Practices, Technical Guidelines, etc. in aquaculture.

More details about this initiative are available at ftp://ftp.fao.org/FI/DOCUMENT/aquaculture/COPBMP/call.pdf

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AquaTT Training News  

AquaTT's Training News is a free monthly electronic newsletter. With the latest news from the European education community, opportunities for collaboration, announcements and a student corner, Training News is an important dissemination channel for education and training opportunities for the aquaculture and fisheries sectors.

Highlights of the March 2010 issue:

for the latest AquaTT Training News (March 2010)

CLICK HERE for the AquaTT Calendar with a comprehensive overview of all Events in the Maritime Sector 

Please email news@aquatt.ie to submit your news which will reach aover 5,000 subscribers interested in aquaculture and related sectors education.

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BibMail is a biweekly updated overview of the content tables of the major aquaculture-relevant scientific journals.

CLICK HERE for the latest Bibmail (March 2010)

To go to the BibMail website link on the AQUA-TNET site please

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Information of Interest

Information of Interest is a biweekly updated overview of interesting publications, reports, and manuals relating to aquaculture in a broad sense, with links to the respective files or information points.

CLICK HERE for the latest Information of Interest (March 2010)

To go to the Information of Interest website link on the AQUA-TNET site please CLICK HERE 

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PiscesTT Jobs

PiscesTT Jobs is a free online recruitment service used by over 200 companies globally. The innovative system, updated daily, lists jobs, PhD vacancies and student placements in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science worldwide. More than 1,000 job searchers are registered on the site and are sent e-mail alerts every time a new vacancy is posted. This service facilitates human resource development in the industry.

At the moment 14 interesting jobs are listed: 

If you are interested in posting a job vacancy or registering for the service, please go to the PiscesTT Jobs website or contact Marieke Reuver at marieke@aquatt.ie


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