Training News November 2005

Author: AquaTT

Date: 11 Nov 2005

November 2005

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Contents
1. Education
- AQUALABS - "Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnostics" - Stirling, Scotland 15th - 20th January 2006
- Training course on administrative, contractual and fiscal aspects of FP6 - Rome, Italy 30th November - 1st December 2005
- SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department hosts ASEM Workshop on Education and Training - Tigbauan, Ilolio, Philippines 25th - 27th September 2005

2. Collaboration
- International Conference on Coastal Oceanography & Sustainable Marine Aquaculture (ICCOSMA) – Confluence & Synergy - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia 2nd - 4th May 2006
- The 10th Aquaculture Insurance & Risk Management Conference - Vigo, Spain 6th - 7th April 2006
- Economics of Poverty, Environment and Natural Resource Use International Conference - Wageningen, The Netherlands 17th - 19th May 2006


3. Announcement
- Third International Meeting “Acting Together for the Future of the Blue Planet? - World Ocean Network - Boulogne, France 29th January - 2nd February 2006
- Seminar on European Project Development - Energy and Environment - Costa Adeje, Spain 16th - 17th February 2006
- The 10th Fish International Trade Fair - Bremen, Germany 12th - 14th February 2006
- Norway Fish & Aqua International - Bergen, Norway 20th - 22nd April 2006
- AQUA 2006 "Linking Tradition & Technology - Highest Quality for the Consumer" - Firenze (Florence), Italy 9th - 13th May 2006

4. Other/Vacancies
- Post your student placement, MSc/ PhD positions and temporary/permanent vacancies in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science on WWW.PISCESTTJOBS.COM
- EUCenter Website
- European Institute of Technology "EIT" - Public Consultation on line

5. Student Corner
Aquaculture in Ireland - Elizabeth Cotter


Education

AQUALABS - "Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnostics" Stirling, Scotland 15th - 20th January 2006

The call for participation in a new and exciting laboratory-based training course “Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnostics? was launched today at www.aquatt.ie The course, the fifth in the AquaTT-led, Marie Curie funded series known as AQUALABS, will be hosted at the University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland. Targeted at PhD level students and early-stage researchers, a significant number of funded places are available on the course and thus, all interested parties are invited to apply early in order to be able to benefit from this generous offer.

Through the media of formal lectures, practical demonstrations, and case studies the course hopes to give participants an understanding of the role and context of diagnosis of aquatic animal diseases. The integration of available investigative techniques with diagnostic pathology and epidemiology to understand and control diseases will be introduced, using specific diseases from finfish, molluscs and crustaceans as examples. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of techniques as both diagnostic and research tools. These techniques will be discussed and demonstrated using the following case-studies Mycobacteria, Nodavirus, ISAV, Parasites and Shellfish.

A summary of the curriculum includes:
• Context and approach to aquatic animal disease diagnosis
• Fundamental pathology
• Advanced histopathology and histochemistry
• Biochemical and enzyme profiles for bacterial identification
• Immunological tests including latex agglutination, IFAT immunohistochemistry (IHC) and ELISA techniques
• Molecular methods including PCR, RT-PCR and reverse cross dot blot PCR
• Methods for viral research and identification including cell culture and electron microscopy
• Numerical techniques and modelling in parasite identification and epidemiological studies
• Communicating aquatic animal disease issues to the public

The closure date for applications is indicated absolutely as December 2, 2005. The complete application form with training course programme and guidance notes are available to download on the AquaTT website. Please send complete applications (application form, motivation letter, recommendation letter, CV and Proof of Identity) via e-mail to lorraine@aquatt.ie

The next AQUALABS Training Course will take place at the University of Wageningen, Wageningen in the Netherlands, 27th February - 3rd March 2006 addressing Design and Operation of Recirculation Technologies. Please visit the AQUALABS link on the AquaTT website for future updates and registration details for this course: www.aquatt.ie.

Source: AquaTT

For further information visit: www.aquatt.ie or contact: Lorraine Rafferty, Project Officer, AquaTT at lorraine@aquatt.ie

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Training course on administrative, contractual and fiscal aspects of FP6, Rome, Italy 30th November - 1st December 2005

The Italian agency for the promotion of European research (APRE) is organising a training course on administrative, contractual and fiscal aspects of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), to take place in Rome, Italy, from 30 November to 1 December.

The objective of the training course will be to guide potential project proposers through the different administrative, accountancy and financial phases of project management. The course will address budget drafting in the proposal phase, compiling negotiation modules and reporting activities. The various types of projects under FP6 will also be reviewed.

Source: Cordis

For further information visit: http://www.apre.it/serviziapre/forma/corsi.asp

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SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department hosts ASEM Workshop on Education and Training - Tigbauan, Ilolio, Philippines 25th - 27th September 2005

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Aquaculture Platform held its Workshop 4 on Education and Training (E&T) at the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department, Tigbauan, Ilolio, Philippines, from 25th to 27th September. Thirty participants came from Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (AquaTT), Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

The ASEM Workshops aim to:

- To formulate very specific recommendations (for the European Commission) on future directions in research, trade and production between Asia and Europe

- To forge new alliances or reinforce existing ones between the European Union and Asian partners for joint research, trade policies and production methods (Ref: Internal newsletter of the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department Vol: 2, No. 9, 30 September 2005)

Source: Internal newsletter of the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department


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Collaboration

International Conference on Coastal Oceanography & Sustainable Marine Aquaculture (ICCOSMA) – Confluence & Synergy - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia 2nd - 4th May 2006

The ‘International Conference on Coastal Oceanography & Sustainable Marine Aquaculture – Confluence & Synergy’ which will take place in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, from 2nd to 4th May 2006. The conference will focus on how to build on recent scientific knowledge to foster synergy between coastal oceanography and sustainable development of marine aquaculture, to find solutions to the problems facing seafood production and to determine feasible approaches that recognize the importance of understanding issues holistically on which the long-term future of marine resources will depend.

The conference is organised by the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Inter Islamic Sciences & Technology (INOC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation - MOSTI and Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing. The language of the Conference will be English, French and Arab. There will be no translation service. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1st December 2005.

Source: University Malaysia Sabah

For further information and guidelines for submitting presentations and registration details visit: http/www.ums.edu.my/ipmb/iccosma or e-mail: Dr. Shahbudin Saad - iccosma@yahoo.com or Prof. Abdelouahab Chouikhi - a.chouikhi@deu.edu.tr

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The 10th Aquaculture Insurance & Risk Management Conference - Vigo, Spain 6th - 7th April 2006

The Conference is the only specialist one in the field. It brings together leading insurers, reinsurers, brokers, loss adjusters, insurance buyers, risk management surveyors, university specialists, and others interested in the field. It is sponsored by the following companies: Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company, Munich Reinsurance Company, GE Insurance Solutions, Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Company, Aquarius Insurance Services Ltd. and NEMI Norway Energy & Marine Insurance ASA. The Conference addresses the aquaculture losses the industry has suffered as well as methods of handling the risks and hazards it faces. It is regularly attended by delegates from the main aquaculture production areas of the World, many of whom have unrivalled experience of aquaculture's problems and difficulties.

Source: EAS

For further information please register on the aquaculture insurance website at www.aquacultureinsurance.com or Philip AD Secretan AUMS Ltd. (Aquaculture Underwriting & Management Services) - secretan@aums.com

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Economics of Poverty, Environment and Natural Resource Use International Conference - Wageningen, The Netherlands 17th - 19th May 2006

The scope of the conference stretches from theoretical to empirical and policy studies, including cooperation for natural resource management, economics of property rights and institutions, bio-economic modelling, economics of agro-biodiversity and studies linking international trade, poverty and the environment.

The conference is organised by the Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group of Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and FRONTIS Wageningen International Nucleus for Strategic Expertise in collaboration with the Research Programme ‘Environment & Economics’ of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and supported by the Wageningen Institute for Environmental and Climate Research (WIMEK/SENSE), the Mansholt Graduate School and the Social Sciences Group.

The programme committee invites contributed papers. You are kindly asked to submit your paper electronically as a PDF file attachment before 31st January 2006 and addressed to conference.enr@wur.nl

Source: Wageningen University

For further information visit: http://www.socialsciences.wur.nl/enr/

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Announcements

Third International Meeting “Acting Together for the Future of the Blue Planet? - World Ocean Network - Boulogne, France 29th January - 2nd February 2006

This innovative international meeting will take place in Boulogne, France from the 29th January to 2nd February. Participants at the meeting and experts from the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands will be asked to share issues regarding sustainable use of the ocean that they consider important. This event aims to further develop a global campaign to raise public awareness and an action plan for the sustainable use of the ocean.

Source: World Ocean Network

For further information contact: World Ocean Network - meeting@nausicaa.fr

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Seminar on European Project Development - Energy and Environment - Costa Adeje, Spain 16th - 17th February 2006

The first seminar that presents the EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), and the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) together with existing funding sources for energy and environment projects will take place at the Costa Adeje in Spain from 16th to 17th February 2006.

The program is recommended for both decision makers and high-level project managers representing companies and other organisations planning to take an active part in the development of future energy and environmental projects in Europe. The training has been tailored to suit the needs of small and medium sized enterprises, NGOs, and universities although we also foresee the participation of municipalities and other organisations.

Source: EUCenter

For further information visit: http://www.eucenter.org/index.php?action=trainings or contact: Ms. Judit Gabosy, Europa Media PSC - info@europamedia.hu

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The 10th Fish International Trade Fair - Bremen, Germany 12th - 14th February 2006

The trade fair ‘fish international 2006’ in Bremen (12th to 14th February 2006) will once again make clear the extent to which aquaculture and farmed products shape the fish industry, shopping lists and restaurant menus. In what direction is German aquaculture heading? How are farmed products changing the market? And what does this mean for quality, supply reliability, and traceability? What opportunities open up for the out-of-home market? And what familiar, what new products from sea cages and ponds can industry and trade offer the market? The product ranges displayed by a lot of the exhibitors at fish international will give answers to these questions. And the fair organizers will also be picking up the theme in a two-day aquaculture forum and a special panel discussion on German aquaculture.

Source: Fish International

For further information visit: http://www.fishinternational.com/

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Norway Fish & Aqua International - Bergen, Norway 20th - 22nd April 2006

DanFish in Aalborg and Hawfisk in Hanstholm are organising the new international trade fair in Bergen and the Danish Export Association co-organizes the event. Norway Fish & Aqua International is expected to immediately become the largest meeting place in Scandinavia relating to Fishery Process and Aqua equipment. Bergen is centrally located for North Atlantic fishery, and there is also a great deal of fish farming - aquaculture in large enclosures - in the deep fjords of the area.

Source: EAS

For further information visit: www.norwayfish-aqua.com

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AQUA 2006 "Linking Tradition & Technology - Highest Quality for the Consumer" - Firenze (Florence), Italy 9th - 13th May 2006

AQUA 2006 will take place at the Fortezza Da Basso Convention Centre, Firenze (Florenze), Italy from the 9th - 13th May 2006. This conference is a fantastic opportunity for aquaculturists to come together and find common ground and solutions for situations facing all segments of the industry. AQUA 2006 offers an exciting opportunity to create one of the largest trade shows in the world. The international technical program for this course covers the latest research in every aspect of aquaculture such as

- Sustainable Environment
- Society & Aquaculture
- Consumer Issues
- Economics & Business
- Shrimp
- Juvenille Production - Fish/Invertebrates
- Nutrition
- Health & Welfare
- Production

Source: EAS

For further information visit:
www.was.org or www.easonline.org

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Other/Vacancies

Post your student placement, MSc/ PhD positions and temporary/permanent vacancies in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Marine Science on WWW.PISCESTTJOBS.COM

AquaTT's human resource service PISCES TT Jobs (www.piscesttjobs.com), which has more than 550 registered candidates with comprehensive CVs, has recently been revamped with innovative features such as e-mail alerts for all registered candidates when a new vacancy is posted. This is an exciting and valuable free online service for employers and potential employees in aquaculture and related science sectors. Using a secure and innovative site format, employers and job searchers can post job vacancies and CVs, respectively, thus facilitating human resource development in the industry.

Upon registration, employers can post and instantaneously edit job vacancies, including permanent, temporary, MSc/PhD and student placement positions. Companies and farms will only receive CVs of those applicants who are qualified for the position requirements. To ensure privacy and lessen the hassle of unsolicited calls and queries, company/organisation contact details will not be published online. Companies can also post positions on the website with their contact details if they wish to handle the applications and queries.

Prospective employees can use the online registration facility to obtain a username and password, post and edit their employee profile, upload a CV and apply online for positions. The website will soon host a number of new sections such as the Career Centre with CV tips and interview techniques and preparation.

If you are interested in posting a job vacancy or registering for the service, please contact Lorraine Rafferty at lorraine@aquatt.ie

AquaTT, the European Network for Education and Training, is providing the site as an additional service to compliment their flagship project, PISCES TT, found on the web at www.piscestt.com, host to a comprehensive education database, occupational profiles, virtual tours, a discussion forum, and marine sciences activities for children.

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EUCenter Website

EU CENTER is a non-profit initiative and it is maintained and managed by the Budapest based EUROPA MEDIA Public Service Corporation. The primary aim of this website is to provide practical assistance to institutions of higher education, municipalities and small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe about EU funding opportunities. EU CENTER is a totally independent forum, mainly for potential project proposers and it is not linked neither related to the European Commission.

Source: EUCenter

For further information on funding programmes for your organisation visit: www.eucenter.org

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European Institute of Technology "EIT" - Public Consultation on line

A public consultation on whether and how to create a European Institute of Technology (EIT) has been opened by the European Commission today. It will gather the views of stakeholders on how an ‘EIT’ could strengthen research, education and market innovation in Europe. The public consultation will run until mid-November, and will feed into a wider analysis by the European Commission services.

Source: European Commission

For further information & online consultation refer to: http://europa.eu.int/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=EIT or http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/eit/index_en.html.

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Student Corner

Aquaculture in Ireland - Elizabeth Cotter

I am a post-doctoral researcher based in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Centre, University College Cork, Ireland. Currently, my research interests are in shellfish health and disease. I studied for my B.Sc. (Zoology) at U.C.C. and subsequently my Ph.D. (Title: The ecology of the serpulid worms, Pomatoceros lamarckii (Quatrefages) and Pomatoceros triqueter (L.) (Annelida, Polychaeta)). My research focused primarily on the gametogenic cycles, patterns of recruitment, and growth rates of the tubeworm species and was carried out at sites of commercial rope-grown mussel culture where fouling by Pomatoceros causes considerable economic losses to the aquaculture industry.

At present, I am coming to the end of a 3 year project investigating the causes of ‘summer mortality’ in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas). This is funded by the EU Ireland-Wales INTERREG 111A Community Initiative Program (Ref. 54169/54154). The project adopts a multi-factorial approach examining the effects of environmental factors, presence of pathogens, in particular Herpes-like viruses, and animal physiology (growth, biochemical content, gonad maturation) on oyster immunocompetence and disease susceptibility. I attended the AquaTT-led laboratory-based ‘Molecular Biology and Ecology in Aquaculture’ AQUALABS training course at the University of Kuopio, Finland from May 23-30 2005. All round, this was a really excellent course. I thoroughly enjoyed it, while gaining valuable knowledge of important up-to-date technologies which will certainly contribute very positively to the quality of my future research career in aquaculture.

In Ireland, aquaculture is becoming increasingly important, both in terms of increased production and employment. Aquaculture employs an estimated 2,200 people on a full and part-time basis in Ireland. Combined production from finfish and shellfish is projected to increase from 46,203 tonnes valued at €87.5 million in 1999 to 97,023 tonnes valued at €175.6 million in 2008. Shellfish farming is carried out in all of the coastal counties to some extent while there are currently 20 fin-fish farms in operation on the west coast of Ireland. Rope mussel, bottom mussels, Pacific oysters (Gigas), native oysters (Edulis), clams and scallops are the main shellfish species being produced in Ireland at present. Other species, including abalone and purple urchins, are being reared on a smaller scale.
The figures given above are courtesy of the Marine Institute (See www.marine.ie).

Elizabeth Cotter
AFDC, Dept. Zoology, Ecology & Plant Science,
University College Cork

If you would like to write an article for the student corner please contact Lorraine Rafferty at lorraine@aquatt.ie

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