AquaTT Training News - October 2015

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Training News is a free e-mail news service provided by AquaTT on education, training, news and events in marine science, aquaculture and related sectors. The newsletter currently reaches more than 5,000 international recipients on a monthly basis. Please submit any relevant information for inclusion in next month's edition to news@aquatt.ie. Please CLICK HERE to go to the archives of AquaTT Training News and Announcements.

Contents

Education

Collaboration

Student Corner

Education


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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Collaboration

AquaTT at Aquaculture Europe 2015

Aquaculture Europe 2015 (AE2015) took place on 20-23 October 2015 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with over 800 participants in attendance. With the theme ‘Aquaculture, Nature and Society’, there was a strong focus on the role and contribution of aquaculture to the management of natural resources and its importance in society through the provision of high quality, nutritious and healthy food.

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AquaTT had a stand at the international trade exhibition which was very busy as usual promoting all the EC projects where AquaTT is helping to communicate and disseminate activities and results. AquaTT staff also gave two presentations, Marieke Reuver on the ECsafeSEAFOOD project and Cliona Ní Cheallacháin on the COLUMBUS project. More details on these presentations can be found below.

AquaTT manager David Murphy chaired the ‘Knowledge Management, Transfer and Extension Networks’ session which took place on 22 October 2015. The session covered a broad range of exciting topics including the new Aquaculture Infrastructure project, AQUAEXCEL2020, the BioWES platform which focused on experiment reproducibility, open data frameworks from the H2020 ICT project AQUASMART, Knowledge Transfer from the H2020 Blue Growth Project COLUMBUS, knowledge exchange at secondary schools from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway (Bridgehead Frøya) and achievements from the education network Aqua-tnet.

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AquaTT also helped organise and run a workshop of mirror platforms within the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP). It was well attended with over 30 participants who had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences and plan for how to collaborate in the future. For more information about EATiP mirror platforms click HERE.

For more information on AquaTT: www.aquatt.ie

 

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Great Interest in ECsafeSEAFOOD at Aquaculture Europe 2015

ECsafeSEAFOOD LogoThe progress of the EC-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project was presented by dissemination work package leader Marieke Reuver (AquaTT) at Aquaculture Europe 2015 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 21 October 2015.

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The ECsafeSEAFOOD project is assessing food safety issues related to non-regulated priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination (including those originating from harmful algal blooms and those associated with marine litter) and evaluating their impact on public health.

Progress has already been made by the project in the development of sensitive, rapid screening methods for targeted contaminants of emerging concern such as chloramphenicol (an antibiotic used to treat some bacterial infections), azaspiracids (marine algal toxins), tetrodotoxin (a potent neurotoxin) and sulphonamides (used in antibiotics and diuretics). These detection tools are suitable for screening of large numbers of samples and will be made available to environmental monitoring agencies, research laboratories and analytical laboratories.

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ECsafeSEAFOOD has also determined the prevalence of certain marine toxins and contaminants of emerging concern in specific commercial seafood species from different locations around Europe. As this vital information comes to light, it is communicated to local food safety authorities so that they can implement measures to help prevent adverse health effects due to contaminant consumption, and confirm/refine the European Maximum Reference Levels (MRLs) in seafood for contaminants or biotoxins that are real hazards and for which no legislation exists or information is still insufficient.

For more information on the project, see: www.ecsafeseafood.eu

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COLUMBUS Debut at Aquaculture Europe 2015

Additional-Logo COLUMBUS weThe COLUMBUS project was presented for the first time at the 2015 Aquaculture Europe (AE2015) conference last month. The conference took place in Rotterdam from 21-23 October 2015, and highlighted many different and important aspects of aquaculture as the conference title suggested “Aquaculture, Nature and Society”.

The COLUMBUS project was presented by its project manager, Cliona Ní Cheallachain, to raise awareness of the project and its objectives. This presentation took place on the morning of Thursday 22 October in the Knowledge Management, Transfer and Extension Networks session. Following the presentation there was a robust discussion on the value of such an initiative with the end conclusion being that COLUMBUS achieving its objectives will surely result in positive impact for European Aquaculture.

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The COLUMBUS project, a flagship European Union-funded Blue Growth initiative, directly responds to the EU’s demand that Europe needs to get more innovation out of its research, focusing on the marine and maritime aspects. It has successfully kicked-off recently and has moved into the first stages of managing knowledge and carrying-out Knowledge Transfer of marine research outputs to measurably increase their uptake and application by different end-users, such as industry, policy makers, and society in general.

AquaTT designed and wrote the proposal for COLUMBUS, and is the Strategic and Operational Leader of the project, as well as carrying out the project management and leadership of three work packages. For more information on COLUMBUS, please visit the project website (www.columbusproject.eu) or email its project manager Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (cliona@aquatt.ie).

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ARRAINA Resources a Hit at Aquaculture Europe 2015

ARRAINA logo smallThis year’s Aquaculture Europe conference took place on 21-23 October 2015 in Rotterdam under the theme “Aquaculture Nature & Society”. Aquaculture Europe 2015 focused on the role and contribution of aquaculture to the management of natural resources and its importance in society through the provision of high quality, nutritious and healthy food. One of the sessions was based on the important results of the ARRAINA project, where nutrition in fish feed was presented and discussed.

IMG 20151023 113741During the half day session, ARRAINA partners presented the results from almost four years of effort, looking at developing a more sustainable feed production sector. Presentations on how ARRAINA is looking at reducing the dependency on fish oil and fish meal in aquaculture diets by proposing alternative plant based ingredients were well received.

To complement the ARRAINA session on nutrition, several ARRAINA resources were available to participants including the project factsheet, information on training courses and the first of three technical booklets developed by the project. This last resource is titled “Feed Ingredients in Aquaculture” and contains a database of aquaculture feed ingredients covering the nutrient composition, functional properties and their effects on feed processing conditions and the physical quality of extruded pellets. This booklet was very popular at the AE2015 conference, with many industrial participants in particular describing it as a very useful resource. The booklet is available to download from the ARRAINA website.

For more information please visit the ARRAINA website at www.arraina.eu or contact the ARRAINA Project Coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik (kaushik@st-pee.inra.fr) or the Project Manager, Heloise Simonson (Heloise.Simonson@paris.inra.fr).

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Winner of 2015 Lindsay Laird Award Announced

AquaTT are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Lindsay Laird Award for the best innovative aquaculture student poster at the 2015 Aquaculture Europe Conference is Andrea Franke from the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) with her poster entitled “Does poly-ß-hydroxybutyrate stimulate the immune system of European sea bass larvae?”.

The aim of Andrea's study was to investigate the effect of the bacterial energy storage compound poly-ß-hydroxybutyrate on the immune response of sea bass larvae on a gene expression level. She has received an iPad, sponsored by AquaTT, and a book prize from Wiley-Blackwell and 5m Publishing.

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In 2008, AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd established an award in honour of Lindsay Laird, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Zoology Department at the University of Aberdeen, for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student at the Aquaculture Europe Conference. Past winners have come from Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Portugal. This year’s AquaTT Lindsay Laird award presentation was extra special with Lindsay's daughter Susie in attendance.

Click HERE to learn more about Linsday Laird, this award and past winners.

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Pre-Registration for Marine Microbiome Event Now Open!

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGONext summer the MaCuMBA project will host the first international marine microbiome event which will focus on the biotechnical application of marine microbes and will involve a joint industry event and open science conference.

MaCuMBA focuses on increasing the rate of isolation of marine microorganisms using novel high throughput techniques for improved isolation efficiency and cultivation of marine microorganisms and screening for bioactive compounds and biotechnological applications. The effective transfer of novel research discoveries in the field of marine biotechnology can greatly improve Europe’s capacity to generate new commercial opportunities.

MaCuMBA final conferenceThe event - ‘The Marine Microbiome - Discovery & Innovation’ - will bring the industrial and scientific worlds together. It will take place in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park, from 27-30 June 2016.

This event will be the first vehicle to explore how the European marine biotech industry could benefit from the latest research results in the area. It will be a platform for research and industry alike to diversify their cross-sectorial knowledge, strengthen their existing partnerships and build new opportunities. Target outputs of the MaCuMBA project that have potential industrial relevance will be presented and practical industrial development of these outputs will be discussed.

For more information about this event and to pre-register, please visit our conference webpage or contact info@macumbaproject.eu.

For more updates on the MaCuMBA project, follow the project on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Nagoya Protocol Update and Student Summer School of Sampling on the Island of Texel - Issue 12 of MaCuMBA Project News Now Available

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOIssue 12 of MaCuMBA Project News features an article by Thomas Vanagt, from MaCuMBA partner eCOAST Marine Research, outlining important information scientists should know about the Nagoya Protocol, an international agreement which aims to ensure that the benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources are shared in a fair and equitable way.

“While marine scientific research largely contributes to improving our knowledge of the marine environment and biodiversity contained therein, it is also a regulated activity requiring full compliance with international rules and standards. These rules and standards are all too often unknown to scientists involved in collecting biological samples in the marine environment.” explains Vanagt.

MaCuMBA NL coverMaCuMBA is an EU FP7-funded project which aims to increase the rate of isolation of marine microorganisms using novel high throughput techniques for improved isolation efficiency and cultivation of marine microorganisms and screening for bioactive compounds and biotechnological applications.

The newsletter, which can be downloaded from the MaCuMBA project website at www.macumbaproject.eu, also features feedback from students who took part in the two-week MaCuMBA Summer School on ‘Sampling, Isolation & Cultivation of Marine Microorganisms’.

The MaCuMBA Summer School took place from 12-24 July 2015 in the premises of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) on the island of Texel. The Summer School was open to both MaCuMBA partners and external participants, and students from all over the world applied to take part. During the summer school, students had the opportunity to interact with experts in the field and obtained first-hand experience through a series of lectures and hands-on practical work, facilitated by leading microbiologists.

MaCuMBA Project Coordinator, Prof Lucas Stal (NIOZ), said: “The success of the Summer School was primarily thanks to the contributions of the expert lecturers, many of whom were from our MaCuMBA consortium, which helped tremendously to keep the fee for the students as low as possible. The feedback from both the students and the lecturers has been overwhelmingly positive.”

For more information about MaCuMBA, please visit: www.macumbaproject.eu or contact Marieke Reuver, email:marieke@aquatt.ie

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ECsafeSEAFOOD Workshop: Science Supporting Policy for the Safety of European Seafood

Workshop flyer p1The EU FP7-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project is holding its policy workshop in Brussels, Belgium on 24 November 2015. ECsafeSEAFOOD aims to assess safety issues mainly related to non-regulated contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and evaluate their impact on public health. Results from the project can inform policy makers about the need for and requirements of seafood regulatory and monitoring programmes for these contaminants of emerging concern.

The aim of this workshop is to gain better insights into actions and steps that ECsafeSEAFOOD can take considering the project results on non-regulated contaminants of emerging concern for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) – Descriptor 9 (Contaminants in fish and seafood for human consumption) and Descriptor 10 (Marine litter).

This event is targeted towards EC and other policy and decision makers involved in MSFD. The workshop will consist of presentations and break-out sessions, thereby enabling fruitful discussions and exchanges. Participation will be limited to ensure optimal networking and exchange between participants.

To register, please contact Alice Tediosi (alice.tediosi@aeiforia.eu) by 13 November 2015.

For more information, click HERE

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Second Issue of ECsafeSEAFOOD Project News Now Available

ECsafeSEAFOOD LogoThe second issue of the ECsafeSEAFOOD project newsletter is now available to download from the project’s website: www.ecsafeseafood.eu. ECsafeSEAFOOD is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to assess food safety issues related to priority contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination (including those originating from harmful algal blooms and those associated with marine litter) and evaluate their impact on public health.

Newsletter2 CoverThis issue of ECsafeSEAFOOD project news includes: an update on the ECsafeSEAFOOD project; a note from ECsafeSEAFOOD project coordinator Dr António Marques; an interview with Dr Alejandro Barranco, leader of ECsafeSEAFOOD Work Package 4, which focuses on developing fast screening methods to detect environmental contaminants in seafood; an interview with Dr Wim Verbeke, leader of ECsafeSEAFOOD Work Package 3, which focuses on risk assessment, modelling of consumer exposure and mitigation strategies; profiles of new members of the ECsafeSEAFOOD team; information on the ECsafeSEAFOOD Contaminants Database, a unique tool which can be used to improve contaminant diagnostics and seafood risk assessment; a selection of stories about seafood safety that have been making the news; details of some of the growing number of scientific publications arising from the ECsafeSEAFOOD project; dates for your diary; further results expected from the project; and the ECsafeSEAFOOD Research Gallery.

To view the second issue of ECsafeSEAFOOD Project News, click HERE

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Marine Outreach and Ocean Literacy Think Tank to take place in Dublin this November

SEAFORSOCIETY logoAs part of the FP7 EU-funded Sea ofor Society project, AquaTT is organising a special ‘Marine Outreach and Ocean Literacy Think Tank’ which will take place in the Marker Hotel, Dublin from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm on Thursday 26 November 2015.

Sea for Society aims to bring about a shift in attitude and an increase in public awareness around the issue of maintaining a sustainable marine ecosystem. The ‘Marine Outreach and Ocean Literacy Think Tank’ is an opportunity for the Irish Sea for Society partners to share the findings of the project with interested stakeholders and, most importantly, to get your input into how we might develop the concept of a ‘Blue Society’, and progress and coordinate Marine Outreach and Ocean Literacy activities in Ireland into the future.

In addition, participants are invited to submit a ‘flash presentation’ of no more than five minutes and five slides if they would like to present any aspect of their own work in the areas of Marine Outreach and Ocean Literacy.

Registration for the event is free and lunch will be provided.
To view a draft agenda for the Think Tank, click HERE.

The deadline for registration for the event and submission of flash presentation proposals is 19 November 2015. To register, please email Niamh Dornan (niamh@aquatt.ie).

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the event, AquaTT would be delighted to hear from you. You can also keep up to date with latest information on the project by visiting www.seaforsociety.eu or following us on Twitter at @SeaforSocietyIE.

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Blue Society European Youth Parliament

SEAFORSOCIETY logoThe EU FP7-funded project Sea for Society is offering the opportunity to European youths, aged 18 to 25, to speak directly to some of Europe’s best marine and maritime experts during a dedicated event at the European Parliament in Brussels from 17-18 November 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

Sea for Society aims to develop a new vision for society that embraces the spirit of sustainability, well being and equity for humankind in harmony with the ocean, leading to the development of a ‘Blue Society’. The Blue Society European Youth Parliament will bring informed young people from across Europe together to debate and discuss current ocean issues in the context of the Blue Society ideal and outline their recommendations for a sustainable future.

For more information, see: www.seaforsociety.eu/np4/399.html

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Are You Ocean Literate? – New Resources Launched to Raise Awareness of Links between Ocean and Human Health

SEACHANGE Full Logo ColourDid you know that the ocean provides half of the oxygen we breathe - enough for every second breath we take? Or that the majority of marine litter is indestructible plastic which lasts virtually forever? Many European citizens are not aware of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean. In other words, many of us lack a sense of “Ocean Literacy”.

If you want to increase your Ocean Literacy, the newly launched Sea Change website (www.seachangeproject.eu) is a good place to start. Sea Change is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project which aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between ocean and human health, and to empower us, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and seas, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

The Sea Change partnership are already hard at work designing Ocean Literacy related activities and materials focused on education, community, and governance actors, and directly targeted at citizens.

The project website will be the central information hub for the project and is the place to go to stay informed about and get involved in Sea Change activities that will be taking place across Europe, including public consultations, competitions, citizen science projects, talks, training opportunities and much more. The website will also act as a repository for key outputs, materials, tools and resources that will be developed during the project.

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The first of these outputs is a short video introducing the concept of Ocean Literacy and outlining the medical, economic, social, and environmental importance of the sea to Europe and indeed to the rest of the world. The video highlights the importance of protecting the ocean by making choices that are more “ocean-friendly”. An accompanying booklet has also been produced and is available on the Sea Change website. You can watch the “Sea Change: Increasing Ocean Literacy” video and subscribe to the Sea Change Vimeo channel at www.vimeo.com/seachangeproject.

“I am really pleased and excited to announce the launch of the Sea Change website and our first video on Ocean Literacy,” said Jon Parr, Sea Change Coordinator, “The website will grow over the lifetime of the project and we hope that the planned collection of free, publicly available Sea Change materials will be of tremendous value to educators, Ocean Literacy advocates and anyone interested in learning about and communicating the links between the ocean and human health.”

If you want to learn more about what you can do to protect the health of our seas and ocean, have any questions about Ocean Literacy, or want to find out how to get involved in Sea Change’s activities, you can get in touch by following Sea Change on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeaChange_EU and liking the project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeaChangeProjectEU.

If you would like to know more about the Sea Change project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please contact its Communication Officer, Tanja Calis (email: tanja@aquatt.ie or tel: +353 1 6449008). The Sea Change project promotional materials are available to download HERE.

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New Project to Facilitate Transnational Access to Leading European Aquaculture Research Facilities

AQUAEXCEL2020 COLAQUAEXCEL2020, a research infrastructure project funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), has kicked off this month with the aim to further support the sustainable growth of the European aquaculture sector. AQUAEXCEL2020 will integrate a large group of leading European aquaculture research facilities and aims to advance aquaculture research and innovation in Europe. One of its key aspects will be to provide subsidised access to top-class aquaculture facilities, as well as numerous highly pertinent services for researchers from academia and industry.

Aquaculture provides about half of the fish for human consumption worldwide. The demand for fish is rising, but fisheries are not expected to grow due to fully or over-exploited fish stocks. Aquaculture production seeks to meet this increasing demand for fish, but while the aquaculture sector is growing in the rest of the world, it has stagnated in Europe in recent years. Sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector in Europe, based on efficient and environmentally responsible production of high value fish products, can be achieved by ensuring excellent scientific research and by the results being translated into innovation and industrial growth.

AQUAEXCEL2020 will help to achieve this target by integrating 39 top class European aquaculture research facilities that cover all relevant scientific fields, fish species and systems. The project will provide a single access portal to high-quality, harmonised services and resources tailored to the needs of the European aquaculture community, support and conduct world-class research and provide the basis for a European aquaculture innovation system from basic research to applied science.

Nearly half of the project’s €9.7 million budget will go into the provision of transnational access to research facilities and harmonised services for both academic and private sector users from industry, especially SMEs. Academic and industry researchers will then be able to perform their research projects with “free of charge” access to top EU aquaculture research infrastructures which are not available in their country of origin.

AQUAEXCEL2020 will also provide training for transnational access users, aquaculture researchers, technical staff and industry stakeholders. A series of face-to-face and distance learning courses on aquaculture technology and fish biology will be offered over the five year duration of the project.

AQUAEXCEL2020 will develop standardised guides and new tools for aquaculture research including a dedicated e-infrastructure which will support both actual and virtual research experiments. More than 10 new fish species (including Bluefin tuna, sole, perch) will be made available for aquaculture research purposes.
The AQUAEXCEL2020 coordinator, Dr Marc Vandeputte, is a researcher in fish genetics and coordinates aquaculture research at INRA. He explains: “We have gained much experience in the successful forerunner-project AQUAEXCEL, which was funded by the EU from 2011 to early 2015. The new project, AQUAEXCEL2020 will build on the outcomes of AQUAEXCEL, such as new modelling and phenotyping tools, standardised experimental fish lines and remote access solutions – and already successful transnational access. It aims to bring aquaculture research in Europe to a new level by 2020. It will do so by providing the aquaculture community with crucial tools, facilities and novel services to conduct advanced fish research.”

AQUAEXCEL2020 officially began on 1 October 2015 and will run until October 2020. From 2-4 November 2015, the project is holding its kick-off meeting in Montpellier, France. The project’s partners will convene to refine the project’s plans and start with the practical work of this promising collaboration.

For more information and press queries, please contact Marieke Reuver, AquaTT Programme Manager, email: marieke@aquatt.ie

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Student Corner

Ecosystem Based Management using Ecopath with Ecosim Course

The Scottish Association for Marine Science will hold a course on "Ecosystem Based Management using Ecopath with Ecosim" from 2-4 February 2016 in Oban, Scotland. The course will be led by Dr Sheila Heymans who has worked extensively with Ecopath, Ecosim and Ecological Network Analysis. Her research includes the use of these tools for marine spatial planning as well as ways to combine ecological and social network analysis for ecosystem based management. Ecosim allows fitting time-series to multispecies foodweb models developed using the popular and freely available Ecopath software. This course is suitable for people wishing to gain a solid introduction to the trophic modelling software, Ecopath, and its ecological network analysis interface.

Please apply for your Ecosystem Based Management Course online at www.sams.ac.uk/education/short-courses SAMSCourses@sams.ac.uk  

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Recirculation Systems and their Application in Aquaculture

This course will take place at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ) of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) in Spain, and will be given by well qualified lecturers from research centres, universities and private companies in different countries. The course will be held from 14-18 December 2015.

The objectives of the course are to review the basis of recirculating aquaculture systems and examine the different systems, designs, operations and applications, with special emphasis on Mediterranean aquaculture.

For more information, click HERE

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River Hydrology and Flood Risk Training Courses

Hydrometric analysis? Behaviour and modelling of river structures? River and urban flooding? If any of these are a key interest in your field then HR Wallingford’s two day classroom based training courses may be of benefit to you. The River Hydrology and Hydraulics course will take place from 24-25 November 2015 and the Flood Risk Analysis and Management course will take place from 26-27 November 2015. Both courses will take place in Howbery Park, UK.

For further information, click HERE

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OceanWise Marine GIS Workshop

OceanWise is hosting its 2015 Marine GIS Stakeholder Workshop which, this year, will take place on Tuesday 17 November 2015 at the School for Economic Science, Mandeville Place, London.

This free event presents a great opportunity to share knowledge and exchange ideas and network with fellow stakeholders. We will learn about the latest trends in UK data management and how these will no doubt change the way we manage, share and publish data in the future. We will also benefit from hearing how GIS applications are now driving operational efficiencies.

This event promises to be a stimulating day of discussion, debate and networking. If you are interested in attending them please e-mail janet.lockey@oceanwise.eu to reserve your place or register online at www.oceanwise.eu

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Oceans of Knowledge: Realising the Benefits of Ocean Information

IMarEST is hosting its Oceans of Knowledge event on 11 November 2015 at The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London. This one day event will explore the economic, safety and environmental benefits of improved observation and prediction of our oceans and seas. The event will conclude with the World Hydrography Day Drinks Reception.

To register, email events@imarest.org.

For more information, click HERE

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VLIZ North Sea Award 2015

Have you carried out research on the structure or the functioning of our ocean during your postgraduate or postdoctorate? Do you think your study deserves a prize? Compete with other marine scientists for the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) North Sea Award 2015 and send your file before 30 November 2015. Candidates must be affiliated to a Belgian university or research institution. The contribution has to be of postgraduate or postdoctoral level, referring to maximum three years of postdoctoral research.

Every year the VLIZ awards a scientific prize to a researcher or a research team in order to foster innovative fundamental or applied research on the structure or processes of our seas and ocean. The prize amounts to EUR 1000 and is indivisible. The North Sea Award 2015 will be granted on the 16th VLIZ Young Marine Scientists’ Day 2016 on 12 February 2016.

For more information on the selection procedure and criteria for participation, click HERE

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International course on "Biological-physical interactions in the oceans"

The course entitled "Biological-physical interactions in the oceans" will be held at the Institut de Ciències del Mar in Barcelona in Spain from 25-25 January 2016. This course focuses on linking physical and biological oceanography to further our understanding of how marine ecosystems function.

This course is well-suited for students with a biology, marine biology or biological oceanography background, who want to understand the effects of physical processes on the marine ecosystem.

For more information, click HERE.  

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PhD position in Marine Science at DTU Aqua (Denmark)

The Centre for Ocean Life is offering a three-year PhD fellowship under the project "MARine MAnagement and Ecosystem Dynamics under climate change" (MARmaED). The specific PhD project will “develop a trait-based approach for predicting fish community structure, function and services under different scenarios of climate change and exploitation”. The project will build on characterising fish community composition based on a number of key functional traits and relate spatio-temporal changes in these traits to internal (biotic) and abiotic processes and drivers.

They invite applications from students interested in marine ecology with an emphasis on trait-based ecology, and biodiversity with relevant background in statistics.

Deadline for application: 1 December 2015
For more information, click HERE.

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Other News

Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedEEC)

Scientists are launching an activity to create a network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC), with the aim to provide sound scientific information about environmental issues of concern for the Mediterranean region. MedECC is meant to be a voluntary network of individuals (not institutions) which will hopefully develop into a base for specific regional science-policy interface.

For more information, click HERE

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NAPES Workshop: From Molecule to Device

This workshop will gather speakers from various chemical, biological, engineering and environmental backgrounds discussing technologies that can produce cutting edge improvements in water quality analysis as well as commercialisation of new technologies and their potential impacts on global society. It will be held in the Netherlands on 17-18 November 2015.

For more information, click HERE

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Sunscreen Contributing to the Destruction of Coral Reefs

A new study has found that oxybenzone, an emerging contaminant of concern in marine environments which is found in sunscreen, increases the rate of coral bleaching.

For more information, click HERE.

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Microalgae Sticks to Microplastics and Transports them to the Seabed

Fragments of microplastics are readily incorporated into groups of microscopic algae, altering the rate at which the plastics move through seawater, a recent study has found. In laboratory tests, polystyrene microbeads, which usually sink to the bottom of seawater at a rate of 4mm a day, sank at a rate of several hundreds of metres a day when part of microalgae aggregates.

For more information, click HERE

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EU Access and Benefit Sharing Regulation Training Workshops

The EU Access and Benefit Sharing Regulation workshops are aimed at experienced researchers conducting R&D on genetic resources, who wish to increase their knowledge of this new legislation and how it will practically impact their work. The workshops will take place in a number of locations in Europe over the coming weeks and you can register for them HERE

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3D Printed Reefs Used to Restore Coral Reefs

With the third-ever global bleaching of coral reefs under way, six new 3D printed coral reefs have just been revealed that, once submerged 27 meters below the water’s surface, promise to maintain biodiversity and allow marine life to thrive.

For more information, click HERE.

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Global Marine Analysis Suggests Food Chain Collapse

A recent global analysis of marine responses to climbing human carbon dioxide emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems. Marine ecologists from the University of Adelaide say the expected ocean acidification and warming is likely to produce a reduction in diversity and numbers of various key species that underpin marine ecosystems around the world.

For more information, click HERE.

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Sign the Blue Society Citizen’s Promise Today

The Blue Society sets the ocean at the heart of our lives to achieve long term progress for human well-being. Blue Society recognises the essential role of the ocean in our lives and our need to conserve this irreplaceable resource. By sharing knowledge and involving citizens and stakeholders, the Blue Society can initiate innovative solutions and positive actions.

Make a Blue Society promise HERE

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