AquaTT Training News - April 2010

Author: AquaTT

Date: 30 Apr 2010


April 2010

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1. Education

2. Announcements

Announcements supplement is sent out with Training News. Please CLICK HERE to go to the archives. Please CLICK HERE for the AquaTT Calendar which gives you a comprehensive overview of events in the sector.

    3. Collaboration

    4. Other

    5. PiscesTT Jobs

    6. Student corner


    VALLA project case studies

    As the VALLA project nears completion, one very interesting feature has emerged. As readers of this newsletter will know, one of the aims of the project was to develop a user-friendly online tool which would help users in the difficult task of describing their courses in terms of Learning Outcomes, in order to comply with both specific National Qualifications Framework requirements, as well as the more general European Qualification Framework recommendations.

    The project has succeeded in this aim, and more than twenty short courses (including work placements, mobility exchanges and other informal learning opportunities) have been re-aligned in a format suitable for submission to the appropriate awarding bodies. The results (and the courses themselves) will very soon be available to the public on the VALLA website In the meantime, for further information or help with the process, please contact Margaret Eleftheriou at

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    Aqua-RET 2 – Identifying the labour market needs of the Marine Renewables sector

    Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies 2 (Aqua-RET 2) is a Leonardo da Vinci funded project, which aims to identify the labour market needs of the Marine Renewables sector and ancillary businesses to ensure that training is more responsive to changes in labour market needs. The previous project, Aqua-RET 1, produced numerous graphics and illustrations and also a series of eye-catching posters which are available for download at

    Aqua-RET 2 is currently carrying out a needs analysis of the sector and would appreciate if you could forward this link to interested colleagues:

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    Vocational Aqualabs – Calling all aquaculture researchers for input into needs analysis

    The overall aim of Vocational Aqualabs is to improve vocational education and training (VET) systems in the European Aquaculture sector to ensure researchers receive continual professional development training in generic skills which will a) result in increasing the quality, attractiveness and security of research career pathways b) increase the relevancy of researchers and their research to the sector c) improve knowledge transfer to industry for exploitation contributing to a sustainable sector in Europe. The Vocational Aqualabs consortium are currently carrying out a needs analysis which aims to identify the key generic skills which are required by aquaculture researchers.

    If you are a researcher in the sector and would like to participate please click here. If you are an industry stakeholder and would like to participate please click here. For more information please visit

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    COEXIST – Interaction in European coastal waters; a roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries

    The new COEXIST project supported by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will address the sustainable use of Europe’s seas and oceans and a roadmap for integration of aquaculture and fisheries in the coastal zone will be published. With the participation of 13 institutions from 10 European countries, the partnership will provide ecosystem modelling tools to support decision-makers on maritime matters when it comes to managing our maritime space.

    Several case studies will be undertaken in separate maritime regions, demonstrating conditions and combinations of activities of European coastal areas of particular importance for aquaculture and coastal fisheries. To read the full article please click here.

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    Changes in multilingual administration in the Commission

    The current recession has had many serious and perhaps unforeseen consequences. One of these is the disappearance of the separate Multilingual portfolio, ably fronted by Mr Leonard Orban, since it was set up in 2007. In the new Commission lineup, multilingualism is now in the brief of Ms Androulla Vassiliou, the new Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. While appreciating the need for cutbacks in the present deeply serious economic situation, this is a real blow for those who work in this difficult and time-and-resources-consuming area.

    The PESCALEX project will continue its work to provide quality content for the aquaculture sector in some of the least widely spoken languages such as Hungarian, Polish, Turkish, Greek, Norwegian and Swedish. Towards this aim, the project will unveil its new website ( in early May 2010.

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    The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) offers courses led by high-profile scientists and instructors


    Launch of the EUROFLEETS Ship-time ´Ocean´ and ´Regional 1´ 2010 Call

    Under the umbrella of EUROFLEETS a transnational call is launched for access on 18 European research vessels. The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2010. For more information please visit

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    Call for papers - Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2011, 17 – 20 January, Kochi, India

    Authors are strongly encouraged to consider poster presentations because poster sessions will be an integral part of the program. Deadline for submission is 1 July 2010. For further information please visit 

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    Call for papers - 2010 Forum on Fishery Science and Technology, 10-12 October 2010, Wuxi (China)

    The theme for the 2010 Forum is focused on the fishery environmental evaluation and ecological rehabilitation. Deadline for submission  is 1 September 2010. For further information please visit

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    NWWRAC - Reference Documents from European Commission

    The European Commission has announced this week the publication of the following reference documents:
    1) COMMISSION´S WORK PROGRAMME FOR 2010: Communication (2010) 135 final adopted on 19th of April 2010.
    2) CFP REFORM - Report on the results of the consultation in the framework of the reform of the CFP
    3)  IMPACT ASSESSMENT: IA Roadmaps for the initiatives programmed by DG MARE and the other Directorates General and Services of the Commission

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    Glossary of marine aggregate terms published

    The British Marine Aggregate Producers Association and The Crown Estate have produced a glossary of marine aggregate terminology. An intelligent, interactive pdf version of the document is available to be downloaded from the BMAPA website ( or The Crown Estate website (

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    New EurOcean Poster: European Underwater Vehicles

    Based on the information displayed on the EurOcean Underwater Vehicles Infobase EurOcean has created a new product called ´European Underwater Vehicles´. For more information and to download the poster please visit 

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    Multilingual CD-ROM of FAO cultured aquatic species fact sheets

    This CD-ROM contains 50 cultured aquatic species fact sheets produced by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The fact sheets are written in simple technical language and focus on the practical aspects of aquaculture. All fact sheets are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish. For further information please contact Mr Valerio Crespi – E-mail:

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    PiscesTT Jobs

    Job vacancies, MSc & PhD vacancies and student placements on WWW.PISCESTTJOBS.COM

    PISCES TT jobs is a valuable free tool for employers, employees & students in the aquatic resources. Its service aims to foster an efficient means by which to link job-seekers, students, graduates and others seeking work and placements in the aquaculture, fisheries, and related sciences sectors with companies and organisations seeking qualified employees. Employers can post job vacancies (including permanent, temporary job vacancies, MSc/PhD and student placement positions) facilitating human resource development in the industry.

    At the moment there are 9 new vacancies. If you are interested in viewing or posting a job vacancy please go to or contact Subscribe at for live
    RSS updates of new job postings.

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    Student corner

    Call Open: EUROFLEETS Multidisciplinary Ship-based training for European Postgraduate Students of Marine Related Sciences, August 2010, Cork (Ireland)

    These practical ship-based training courses, with one shore-based day, will allow post-graduate students to acquire the practical skills necessary to conduct scientific surveys at sea, and will focus on survey design and planning, deployment and operation of equipment and instrumentation, sample collection and processing, and safety at sea. Applications must be received via e-mail or post by Friday May 14th at 18:00hrs (CET). For more information please click here.  

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    The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) offers courses led by high-profile scientists and instructors

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