AquaTT Training News - July 2012

Author: AquaTT

Date: 31 Jul 2012


July 2012

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1. Education and Events

To search for MSc programmes, MSc and PhD courses, and other training opportunities (short courses, online courses, work placements, etc) in aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management, please visit the Aqua-tnet Education Gate @ This interactive web portal is the one-stop-shop for education in your field.


For information on all educational opportunities (courses, workshops, etc), as well as general events (conferences, meetings, etc) please refer to the AquaTT Announcement newsletter which is sent out with Training News. A comprehensive overview of all events is given in the AquaTT Calendar.

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    2. Collaboration

    3. Other

    4. PiscesTT Jobs

    5. Young Scientist Corner

    2. Collaboration

    MarineTT – How to get more Innovation from Research

    The MarineTT consortium hosted a workshop, “How do we get more Innovation from Research? Bringing together and learning from pioneering initiatives and novel approaches”, in Brussels on the 19th July 2012. Representatives from over 16 different initiatives debated the critical barriers for getting innovation from research. The workshop's outcomes will contribute to the development of a practical set of recommendations that can potentially be used to overcome these barriers by making adjustments to the research governance system.

    MarineTT is a timely FP7 Support Action that pilots new methodologies and tools for capturing, analysing and transferring knowledge from past and in-progress EC projects. The overall aim is to develop improved systems that can measurably demonstrate value creation from research investments.

    There are several initiatives at EC and Member State level running in parallel to MarineTT that also aim to develop methodologies, tools and processes for managing and transferring knowledge from RTD. Coordinators and representatives from these initiatives as well as policy-makers participated in the workshop. The workshop format was highly engaging and required contributions from all participants via a series of intense brainstorming sessions on different aspects of the research governance system.

    Participants were presented with 12 critical barriers to innovation from research, which had been identified by survey before and validated during the first MarineTT workshop, “From Marine RTD to Measurable Value Creation” (Brussels - 23rd May). Participants were asked to propose possible actions and solutions to overcome each barrier, with each participant having the option to validate or refute actions based on their own experiences and findings.

    David Murphy, manager of AquaTT and coordinator of MarineTT said: “During the course of MarineTT we have gained a number of insights into how knowledge is currently managed and how this is affecting innovation. We believe that a collective set of recommendations co-authored from a broad range of initiatives will provide the basis and evidence for change and be better able to influence the existing research governance system.”

    Presentations from the workshop will be available shortly from the MarineTT website where you can also find the list of barriers identified in the first MarineTT workshop. For further details on the workshops or any aspect of the MarineTT project contact David Murphy (, +353 1 644 9008).


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    AQUAEXCEL - 3rd Call for Transnational Access

    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 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures). Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or two people to the chosen Research Infrastructure for periods of up to three months. The research work and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid under the project. The third Call for Access is officially open. Deadline is 14 September 2012. For more information visit

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    Come visit AquaTT at AQUA2012, Prague, Czech Republic, 1-5 September 2012

    EAS and WAS will meet in 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic this year combining the very popular AQUACULTURE EUROPE with the highly successful international WORLD AQUACULTURE. AQUA 2012 will draw on Europe and Africa, Canada, USA and Latin America as well as the Middle East and Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world to create one of the largest aquaculture trade shows in the world. The trade show definitely will have one of the widest varieties of products of any trade show ever! AquaTT will be present at the tradeshow and you are all very welcome to visit us (Marieke, Emma and Cliona) at stand no.3.

    (Photo: Marieke and Emma at AE2011).

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    2Fish: Newsletter no.1

    The EU funded 2Fish project has been very active carrying out a needs analysis on service professionals connected to the fisheries sector which will facilitate the partners in identifying priority training needs. Based on the outcomes of the analysis 5-8 innovative training modules will be developed and tested by the 2Fish vocational education and training providers in close collaboration with enterprises. The partners will meet at an upcoming partner meeting in Honningsvàg, Norway from the 28th-31st August 2012 to discuss the selected training modules to be developed.

    For more information on the project download the dedicated newsletter here (PDF) To keep up-to-date with project activities visit the project website at, join the LinkedIn group at or Facebook group at

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    Industry training courses targeting innovation gaps in Mediterranean Mariculture

    INTRANEMMA (Innovation Transfer Network for Mediterranean Mariculture), a Lifelong Learning project coordinated by the Federation of Greek Maricultures (FGM), is developing six targeted training courses and a high-level CEO event which will be rolled out over September, October and November this year.

    INTRANEMMA partners recently carried out a survey in Greece, Spain and Turkey on innovation gaps in Mediterranean Mariculture and based on the results have designed innovative training courses led by industry experts. The INTRANEMMA CEO event is planned for mid-November 2012 in Greece and will be an exclusive event for CEOs in the Mediterranean Mariculture value chain. Upcoming training courses for September include:

    Innovative solutions in Feeding Management for sea bass and sea bream                                           
    Bodrum, Turkey, 12th September 2012 │ Valencia, Spain, 20th September 2012                                                                         

    Innovative Vaccination strategies for sea bass and sea bream                                           
    Bodrum, Turkey, 12th September 2012 │ Valencia, Spain, 20th September 2012  

    Innovative solutions in increasing predictability in sea bass and sea bream hatcheries
    Athens, Greece, 17th September 2012    

    For further information on the course outlines, experts involved and details on registration (to be announced shortly) visit the project website or contact Panos Christofilogiannis (Coordinator at or Olivia Daly (Project Officer at

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    3. Other

    Innovative Marine Uses at a Glimpse

    The SUBMARINER project partners are building the road for furthering environmentally friendly and economically appealing innovative uses within the Baltic Sea Region. A 12 page bulletin "Innovative marine uses at a glimpse" gives a short overview on the possible innovative uses of Baltic marine resources that will be assessed in detail in SUBMARINER's compendium, which is expected to be published in fall 2012.
    For example, did you know that algae and mussels may reduce nutrient concentrations in the water while at the same time providing a source for bioenergy? Download the bulletin at

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      Commissioner champions research at Dublin event to launch new FP7 call

      EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn presented the final and largest call under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) at a special information session hosted by the European Commission Representation in Ireland on the 11th July.

      The Dublin-based event was attended by key players from the worlds of research, academia, industry, media and government as well as a plethora of FP7 participants. This final FP7 call, which acts as a bridge to Horizon 2020 (the next funding programme for EU research that will run from 2014-2020), sees €1.2 billion set aside for SMEs, including €970 million available under the Cooperation Theme and €250 million for the dedicated SMEs programme 'Research for the benefit of SMEs'.

      To read the full article visit For more information on the new FP7 call visit;efp7_SESSION_ID=H17kQXnKGhC5yj15SdyvDmGBSnMtThxcqSLvJNc6jkLPFBvnLyXB!-1295268198.

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      SeaHealth Issues 1-3

      SeaHealth-ucd is a newsletter produced as part of the outreach programme from University College Dublin, Institute of Food and Health (UCD-IFH). UCD-IFH is strategically placed at the interface of food and health and is extensively researching both areas. For more information visit
      SeaHealth-ucd is aimed at all those in the seafood sector including consumers. Its purpose is to promote the consumption of seafood based on healthy properties but in a more informed way.
      There will be five issues per annum. Download the first three issues (PDF): Issue 1 - Fish for Health and Life, Issue 2 - Be Brainy: - Eat Fish!, Issue 3 - Oil Your Heart: - Eat Oily Fish!

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      FARNET Newsletter 2012-07

      To access the latest newsletter of this fisheries areas network visit

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      4. PiscesTT Jobs

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

      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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        5. Young Scientist Corner

        Lindsay Laird Award 2012

        It’s hard to believe that it is more than 10 years since Lindsay Laird, aquaculture academic extraordinaire, passed away. Her legacy lives on, but not only in her various publications and translations.  Her work with students in Aberdeen University has been extended and sustained through the Lindsay Laird Student Award for Innovation in Aquaculture. Until now, there have been four winners, and AQUATT, the sponsors of the award, are now on the search for a fifth.

        Europe is in the grip of financial turmoil with devastating effects on job prospects, particularly for young people, where unemployment is reaching unprecedented heights. The four winners, one from Germany, one from Spain, and two from Portugal, have all been able to continue with their chosen area of work, and indeed three are still working within the project, laboratory or institute which supported their award-winning poster. One has moved onwards and upwards, and is now a technical manager in the international animal nutritional company Biomin, where he has made a noticeable contribution to research in his paper entitled 'Prevalence of mycotoxins in aqua feedstuffs' presented at Aquaculture America 2012, Las Vegas, in March 2012.

        So, students, make sure that your poster is up and ready for the 2012 Lindsay Laird Award, which will be judged in Prague by Bjorn Myrseth (Vitamar AS, Norway) and Gavin Burnell (University of Cork, Ireland).

        (Photo: 2011 Lindsay Laird award winner Carolina de Haro, from the University of Almeria, Spain).

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        New call for STSM in LarvaNet

        The COST network "LarvaNet" is pleased to announce the 7th call for STSM applications. They encourage all potential applicants to consider the objectives of LarvaNet and to apply according to the STSM guidelines. The aim of a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) shall be to contribute to the scientific objectives of the LARVANET COST Action. The STSM shall directly contribute to one of the specific objectives set by one of the workgroups. These Missions are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST Country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. They are particularly intended for young scientists. Only persons working in COST members countries can apply for STSM Missions. Deadline for submitting applications: 28th August 2012. For more information visit

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        10 Masters Scholarships and 12 PhD grants - Campus do Mar, Spain

        SCHOLARSHIPS: Campus do Mar has announced ten scholarships for pursuing Masters studies at any of the three universities of the Galician University System (Universities of Vigo, Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña), promoters of the Campus do Mar - International Campus of Excellence.

        These scholarships are available to students of any nationality who are admitted to a Masters program at the Universities of Vigo, Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña, and whose dissertation is focused on the marine and maritime environment.

        Closing Date: 6th August 2012. Application, terms and conditions can be viewed on the Campus do Mar website at

        PhD GRANTS: The Department of Culture, Education & University Planning of the Xunta de Galicia (Spain) has announced 99 PhD grants within the framework of the 2011-2015 Galician Plan for Research, Innovation and Growth (Plan I2C) for the year 2012, with a view to promoting the entry of university graduates into the PhD programs of Galician universities.

        Ninety-nine grants will be financed and twelve are specifically destined for the Campus do Mar within its lines of specialisation. The grants for the Campus of Excellence are mentioned in the 9th strategic axis for unique projects, which seeks to promote high impact initiatives in strategic sectors in which Galicia has a proven track record. The sea is one such sector and it is so stated in section 9.2: a sea of innovation.

        The grants destined for the International Campus of Excellence shall be for an annual amount of €22,000 Euros gross and will be for a duration of one year, renewable up to three years, conditional to a favourable report from the academic commission of the program. The link to the grant requirements is:

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