AquaTT Training News - August 2012

Author: AquaTT

Date: 31 Aug 2012


August 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.

Please CLICK HERE to go to the archives of AquaTT Training News and Announcements.

    2. Collaboration

    3. Other

    4. PiscesTT Jobs

    5. Young Scientist Corner

    2. Collaboration

    AQUAEXCEL – invitation to join the newly developed online Aquaculture Research Infrastructure Directory

    AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) is an EU FP7 project which aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development. Through collaboration among 17 partners and 23 facilities, AQUAEXCEL offers top class research infrastructures for both basic and applied research, giving aquaculture research groups the opportunity to utilise AQUAEXCEL's facilities.

    In addition, it aims to provide an integrated online infobase listing all aquaculture research infrastructures in Europe and Associated countries, including non-AQUAEXCEL partners. The infobase will be a viable European aquaculture research infrastructure directory in the long term, and a powerful tool to identify European facilities, genetic and human resources and to promote mutual collaboration.

    We invite you to submit information on your aquaculture research infrastructure to the AQUAEXCEL database. By doing so, you will:

    • promote your institution and its facilities worldwide
    • allow colleagues worldwide to identify your institution, its properties and its researchers
    • provide opportunities for international cooperation
    • create networking possibilities

    To add your Research Infrastructure to the AQUAEXCEL online infobase, go to:

    1. Click on “Register to map”
    2. Complete your details and submit
    3. You will be sent a confirmation e-mail with your login details
    4. Complete the fields
    5. Send an e-mail to who will check and publish the information

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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 for under the project. The third Call for Access is officially open. Deadline is the 14th of September 2012. For more information click here (PDF) or visit

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    2Fish meeting in Norway a success

    Partners from the EU funded 2FISH project met in North Cape Maritime College and Upper secondary school (NCMC),  Honningsvåg, Norway for their third partner meeting from 27th - 29th September 2012. 2FISH aims to develop innovative training modules for service professionals connected to the fisheries sector. Each module will be developed and tested by the 2FISH vocational education and training providers in close collaboration with enterprises.

    During the meeting, training module topics were decided upon. Over the coming weeks partners will start to develop the training structure using the VALLA Tool, which enables course developers to define courses in terms of learning outcomes and competences, in accordance with European Best Practice. To keep up-to-date with project activities visit the project website at, join the LinkedIn group at or Facebook group at

    Photo: 2FISH consortium at North Cape, Norway

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    Industry training courses for the Mediterranean Mariculture industry

    IINTRANEMMA (Innovation Transfer Network for Mediterranean Mariculture) is a two year project funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme through The State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), Greece. This pioneering project is led by producers associations in Greece, Spain and Turkey. The intention is to identify shared knowledge gaps and to develop applied targeted training courses that address the training needs of the Mediterranean Mariculture industry.

    The INTRANEMMA series of training courses has been developed based on an extensive needs analysis of the Mediterranean sea bass and sea bream mariculture sector. By specifically targeting sector bottlenecks, it is hoped that the courses will upskill workers, transfer latest knowledge and be a forum for sharing experiences.

    The partnership consists of relevant Mediterranean actors, Federation of Greek Maricultures (FGM – Coordinator) (Greece), APROMAR (Spain), Mugla Fish Farmers Association (Turkey), AQUARK (Greece) and AquaTT (Ireland) ensuring that the outputs meet the needs of the industry.

    Download upcoming course factsheets (PDF):

    For a full listing of all courses and online registration visit the project website

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    EATIP Vision online & Presentation Event on 30th October

    The EATIP Vision document is now available online at The official presentation event of the vision will be made in Brussels on the 30th of October 2012, in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The document expresses the vision of the European Technology Platform and explores how the challenges facing its achievement can be addressed by using technology and innovation. Its preparation has been facilitated by the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform EATiP and much of the work described has been achieved within the European FP7 Support Action 'Aquainnova'.

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    3. Other

    Call for papers - Aquaculture Conference: To the Next 40 Years of Sustainable Global Aquaculture

    This conference, taking place from the 3rd - 7th of November 2013 in Palacio de Congresos de Canarias, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, will not only celebrate the last 40 years of outstanding science accomplishments in aquaculture it will identify the top science challenges for the next generation of global aquaculture. For more information visit Abstract submission deadline: Friday 24th May 2013.

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      Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe

      OpenAIREplus (2nd Generation of Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is a project funded by the EC 7th Framework Programme which will work in tandem with OpenAIRE. It will facilitate access to the entire Open Access scientific production of the European Research Area, providing cross-links from publications to data and funding schemes. The project will capitalise on the successful efforts of the OpenAIRE project, which is rapidly moving from implementing the EU Open Access Pilot project into a service phase, enabling researchers to deposit their FP7 and ERA-funded research publications into Open Access repositories. For more information visit

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      Healthy balance of nutrients for healthy reefs

      Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems on Earth and, much like human habitats, they provide shelter and food for a large variety of marine species. However, despite their apparent toughness they are also very fragile - they can be damaged through human handling, chemical contamination and changes in the saline levels. When they are stressed in this manner, they release algae, lose their colour, turning white or 'bleached', and if it continues they could die. New research has discovered that the instances of bleaching susceptibility of reef corals could be increased as a result of an imbalance in nutrients in reef waters. To read the full article visit  

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      Scientists put spotlight on marine power

      A team of researchers from Israel and the United Kingdom has discovered that energy produced from the planet's oceans can increase twofold when novel methods for predicting wave power are used. Presented in the journal Renewable Energy, the results could help scientists drive and make marine renewable energy research an optimal source of power. To read the full article visit

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      ‘Something to Chew on: Challenging Controversies in Food and Health’

      We all eat to live but many of us also live to eat. Everyone is a ‘food scientist’ as consumers have strong opinions about foods they like/dislike and the underlying reasons for this.  Many are also conscious of the effect of the foods they eat on their health. This 2012 book (177 pages) is a must, therefore, for enquiring consumers/general readers and also for students of food and health as it covers most of the so-called hot topics and controversies in food and health in a user-friendly and informative way. Click here for more information (Word doc.).

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      Call for Nominations - Marie Curie Prize

      The Marie Curie Actions invite their current and former fellows to participate in this year's Marie Curie Prize contest. The competition will be held in three distinct categories:

      • Communicating Science
      • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
      • Promising Research Talent

      The application process will be based on nomination by a peer (colleague, professor, employer, host institution representative) who has the capacity to judge the fellow. For more information 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.

      Featured positions:
      * PhD Controlled hydrolysis of novel protein sources to improve protein digestion in fish

      * Research scientist – Marine genomics and bioinformatics

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        5. Young Scientist Corner

        EAS-SG: Newsletter August 2012

        Download the latest European Aquaculture Society Student Group (EAS-SG) newsletter at

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        2012 Novus WAS Internship Challenge

        Novus International, Inc. is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the 2012 Novus World Aquaculture Society (WAS) Internship program. Aquaculture has a bright future, as it represents the fastest growing animal production industry. Novus recognises the need for the industry to attract and educate talented individuals to become future aqua-research scientists and nutritionists. This internship program represents an investment by Novus into the future of the aquaculture industry. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Proposals have to be submitted by the 15th of November 2012. For more information click here (PDF).

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