AquaTT Training News - Newsletter 5 2016

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Second AQUAEXCEL2020 Call for Access Opens 13 June: Fully EC-Funded Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures

The second AQUAEXCEL2020 (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research towards 2020) Call for Access will open on Monday 13 June, with a deadline of 8 July 2016.

On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL2020 project will invite proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL2020 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 installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Transnational Access involves a research group in one country collaborating with one or more AQUAEXCEL2020 Infrastructures that are located in a different country to the applicant, and which offer facilities and expertise not available in their own country.

The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (cage, pond, recirculation, flowthrough, hatchery and disease challenge); environments (freshwater, marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmonids, cold and warm water marine fish, freshwater fish and artemia); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health & welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring & management technologies).

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or in some cases two people to the chosen research infrastructure for periods of up to three months. Access to the research infrastructures and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for under the project. The establishment of new transnational collaborations is strongly encouraged, as well as the participation by SMEs.

For more information, please visit: Detailed information, including application forms, about the 2nd Call for Access will be announced on Monday 13 June.


AQUAEXCEL2020 Distance Learning Course on “Experimental Data Management from Generating Protocols to Sharing Data

The H2020-funded AQUAEXCEL2020 project is offering an ongoing and free distance learning course dealing with best practice experimental data management, including all aspects from preparing experiment protocols to sharing data.

The course is based on bioWES, an experimental data repository system developed in FP7-AQUAEXCEL. bioWES is a distributed, knowledge-based repository for large datasets, typically applicable in biological and related sciences. This scientific data management solution provides full control over experiments, from protocol design, through data acquisition and processing to sharing final results.

By the end of the course, each participant will be able to install the bioWES system, create his or her own account and unique experimental protocols based on their own specific needs, store their own experimental data, create connections between experimental protocols, cooperate with colleagues through sharing, and visualise the overview of individual project steps.

The course will be available through standard internet browsers for each registered participant, and participants will be able to ask questions. It is believed that the course is particularly useful for researchers involved in AQUAEXCEL2020 TransNational Access (TNA) projects.

Course provider: Institute of Complex Systems, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (Czech Republic)

Location: Online course (non-live)

Course format: Three recorded lectures (each 90 minutes)

Registration: While the course is ongoing, participants will need to be granted individual access to the course material. To obtain access, email your registration request to, using the official registration form (click here). Please indicate the following in the subject: AQUAEXCEL2020 / training course # 1 (JU)

For further information about the course content, and other information of interest, please click here.



COLUMBUS Collecting Knowledge with the European Commission

On 4 May 2015, the European Commission (EC) launched an Information Sharing Platform on Marine and Maritime Research to support the "Innovation in the Blue Economy" Communication of May 2014. The EC also introduced the European Parliament's Resolution of September 2015 on "Untapping the potential of research and innovation in the blue economy to create jobs and growth". The platform, currently in its pilot stage, shares available research data and key results from EU-funded projects related to the marine and maritime research sectors.

In cooperation with the respective project coordinators of the 31 Oceans of Tomorrow projects (funded under FP7) the COLUMBUS project collected over 500 Knowledge Outputs, of which 456 exploitable results were extracted to populate this pilot platform. This collection of knowledge from research projects facilitates the uptake of new ideas, research results, data, products and services by industry, policy makers, civil society and other interested parties. This platform is an example of immediate sharing of results from European funded projects; thus supporting the concept of Open Science. 

The COLUMBUS project is focused on utilising a novel Knowledge Transfer methodology to provide support and solutions for Blue Growth and implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The Knowledge Outputs collected to support the implementation of the EC’s pilot platform will be analysed by COLUMBUS where they will be considered for further transfer to target users.

For more information on COLUMBUS, please visit the project website ( or email its project manager Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (



Finding COLUMBUS…. Where in the World?

The COLUMBUS project passed its one-year mark in March and is now augmenting its communication activities, in particular by ensuring attendance at key events across Europe. COLUMBUS’ partners are enthusiastically raising awareness of the project, with the aim of reaching as many stakeholders as possible.

This year alone, COLUMBUS has been represented at numerous major events such as the European Maritime Day in Finland, Ocean Week in Norway, European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Austria, European Seafood Expo in Belgium and Oceanology International in the UK. Project partners have successfully interacted with actors from all stakeholder groups including policy, industry, society and the scientific community. COLUMBUS is working towards measurable value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth within the timeframe of the project.

COLUMBUS has a Work Package (WP) entitled “Communication, Engagement and Knowledge Transfer towards a Blue Society”, led by Nausicaá in France, which supports the implementation of COLUMBUS through dissemination and other strategic communication/engagement activities. Objectives of this WP include enhancing the visibility and impact of marine and maritime research in society; strengthening the exploitation of knowledge and technological developments in the marine and maritime sector; and, ensuring the effective communication of the project’s objectives, activities and results.

To keep up-to-date on future events where COLUMBUS will be represented, please make sure to visit the COLUMBUS website ( regularly. To organise an introduction to one of the COLUMBUS partners at an event, please contact the Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin by email ( or telephone: +353 (0) 16449008.



1st International Conference on the Marine Microbiome - Discovery & Innovation for Science and Industry

The preliminary programme for the Marine Microbiome - Discovery & Innovation Conference is now available to download from Hosted by the MaCuMBA project, this joint industry conference and open science meeting will take place in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park, from 27-30 June 2016. The conference will focus on the biotechnological applications of marine microbes.

Featuring a jam-packed programme with speakers and attendees from around the world, this event is unmissable for science and industry stakeholders with an interest in marine microbiology. The conference will include round table and moderated panel discussions; an interactive industry exhibition featuring MaCuMBA ‘hardware’; one-to-one meetings; a plenary programme with key figures from the sector presenting the latest trends and main issues; and excellent networking opportunities.

MaCuMBA is an EU-funded project that 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.

This exciting event represents MaCuMBA’s contribution to exploring 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 commercial development and applications of these outputs will be discussed.

Registration for this unique event is now open and poster abstracts will be accepted until 13 June 2016. For more information about this event and to register, please visit, or contact

For all the latest updates as the event approaches please visit our conference webpage. Follow us on Twitter (@MaCuMBAProject) and Like us on Facebook (



ECsafeSEAFOOD Seminar - Environmental Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Seafood: Are Producers, Processors and Consumers on the Safe Side?

The ECsafeSEAFOOD project organised a seminar on environmental contaminants of emerging concern in seafood from 30-31 May 2016 in Frøya, Norway. The main objective of this seminar was to increase awareness within the aquaculture industry of the impacts of emerging chemical contaminants in seafood safety.

ECsafeSEAFOOD is an EU-funded project that aims to assess and evaluate food safety issues related to contaminants of emerging concern present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination. These contaminants are substances that are toxic, persistent and liable to bio-accumulate; and other substances which give rise to an equivalent level of concern.

The seminar included the role of diet, xenobiotic contaminants, algal biotoxins, environmental factors, climate change, microplastics and other factors on the safety of different types of seafood. Public attitudes and consumer health effects were discussed, as well as possible industry and policy responses, taking into account the development of mitigation strategies. The event particularly targeted industry, students at Master’s level, and food safety authorities.

Speakers included researchers from the ECsafeSEAFOOD project, as well as expert representatives from the Norwegian Seafood Federation, National Institute for Nutrition and Seafood Research (in Norway), Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety and Norwegian Food Safety Authorities.

This seminar was arranged by the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Blue Competence Center and Frøya videregående skole (VGS). The Norwegian Research Council provided financial support.

For more information about the event, see:

For updates on the ECsafeSEAFOOD project, visit and follow us on Twitter (@ecsafeseafood).


Robust Autonomous Sensors to Revolutionise Marine Monitoring

With the EC PF7-funded COMMON SENSE project now in its final year, impressive progress is being made towards achieving the project’s aims of developing low cost sensors that will revolutionise current marine monitoring strategies.

Representatives of the 15 COMMON SENSE partner organisations gathered at the state-of-the-art National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) ( at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland, from 6-7 April 2016 to discuss exciting results from recent sensor testing exercises. Pre-final versions of sensors, final integration steps, testing platform availability and deployment schedules were also presented.

Prof Dermot Diamond, Director of the NCSR, was keen to emphasise the remarkable breadth of the project’s vision during the Dublin meeting. He said, “Great strides have already been made towards accomplishing our ambitious objectives during the first 30 months. The final 10 months will focus increasingly on bringing the ambitions of the project together.”

The sensors being developed by COMMON SENSE will increase the supply of critically needed standardised data on: eutrophication; concentrations of heavy metals; microplastic fraction within marine litter; underwater noise; and other parameters such as temperature, pH, pCO2 and pressure. These cost-effective sensors directly respond to current marine monitoring challenges and will be a key tool for EU Member States in meeting their Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requirements and achieving Good Environmental Status (GES) of their marine territories.

COMMON SENSE logo on one of FNOB's IMOCA 60 racing boats Credit: FNOB

Sergio Martinez, COMMON SENSE Scientific Coordinator, said: “COMMON SENSE is undoubtedly developing sensors that are beyond the state of the art, but this, in and of itself, is not the greatest achievement of the project. What we are really striving to do here is to make sensors that are low cost, robust, and can withstand tough environments. These sensors transmit data through a communications and web platform, also developed by the project, which will ensure a continuous flow of much needed information on the health of our marine environments. These are practical sensors that will benefit all European citizens by helping member states to reach and maintain GES of our waters through cost effective monitoring programmes.”

The robust nature of the sensors developed by COMMON SENSE will be put to the test during a research cruise scheduled for June 2016, which will entail a non-stop trip from Gdansk, Poland, taking in Baltic and North Sea waters, sailing as far as Tromsø, Norway. During the cruise, the microplastics sensor will be tested under the guidance of The Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Science (IOPAN). Meanwhile the eutrophication sensor will also undergo testing in June on Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)’s "Dirigibile Italia" Arctic station in Ny-Alesund (Svalbard Archipelago, Norway).

These expeditions will help fulfil the project’s commitment to testing developed hardware in extreme environments, thus ensuring high quality performance in even the most changeable and challenging conditions.

Key to the project’s vision is the ability for sensors to be integrated into a variety of vessels and platforms, so a wide diversity of ships are being employed to test sensor performance. For example, the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB)’s boat, an 18m IMOCA 60 yacht, plays a crucial role in testing the COMMON SENSE microplastics sensor. This highly sensitive technology is capable of measuring the amount of microplastics such as PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) and polystyrene in surface water between depths of 20cm and 100cm. The sensor installed on FNOB’s boat will continuously transmit information via a wireless connection to the project’s servers during testing exercises. The entire data collection process is automatic with no intervention from the skipper necessary at any point.

COMMON SENSE shared its exceptional results and new sensing technologies with a diverse audience of stakeholders during a dissemination event at the Baltic Operational Oceanographic System (BOOS) Annual General Meeting in Sopot, Poland. Interactive presentations of the microplastics, underwater noise and eutrophication sensors are planned as well as scientific talks and poster sessions; panel discussions; one-to-one meetings; and excellent networking opportunities.

Further details about this exciting event will be released in the coming weeks on the project’s website ( and Twitter account (@COMMONSENSE_EU).

For further information about COMMON SENSE, please contact COMMON SENSE Scientific Coordinator Sergio Martinez ( or visit the project website at:

Members of the COMMON SENSE consortium at the projects partner meeting in April 2016 in Dublin (Ireland). Credit DCU



Training Workshop on Entrepreneurship

The TRAFOON project and the FooD-STA project are holding a workshop aimed at fostering entrepreneurship dedicated to food researchers at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria on Tuesday 5 July 2016.

TRAFOON is an EU-funded FP7 project that aims to establish a knowledge transfer network with a focus on food products made of grains, fish, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms to support traditional food producing SMEs.

FooD-STA is an ERASMUS+ Knowledge Alliance project which will establish an independent platform with local hubs in different regions, as an organisational frame for international and sustainable collaborations between industry and academia in the food sector.

The workshop will: provide the participants with innovative tools and motivate potential entrepreneurs to innovate their business; set the scene of the business potential of technological and research innovations; provide an overview about the importance of dialogue between research and business; and give some basic tools and innovative perspectives on how to approach the market.

The workshop is a certified Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event accredited by the ISEKI Food Association (IFA) in accordance with the EQAS scheme ( Participants in the course will receive a certificate of attendance and have the option to complete an assessment for possible CPD recognition.

The workshop is supported by ERASMUS+ and free of charge, but registration is mandatory. To register, click HERE

For more information about the TRAFOON project, see:


Student Corner

III UCA-CEIMAR International Summer School Course on Aquaculture in Southern Europe: Basic and Applied Aspects

The International Campus of Excellence of the Sea (CEIMAR) are holding an aquaculture course entitled “Aquaculture in Southern Europe: Basic and Applied Aspects” which will be held from 11-15 July 2016 in Cadiz, Spain, in the framework of the “III UCA-CEIMAR International Summer School”. The course will cover different aspects of the aquaculture activity in marsh ponds, focusing on the differential characteristics in these environments, the ecological impacts, and the physiological and welfare issues of the cultured species (nutrition, osmoregulation, etc). There will be a combination of lectures, field activities and laboratory sessions with well-recognised experts.

The III UCA-CEIMAR International Summer School will offer fellowships for inscription and accommodation.

Deadline for registration: 10 June 2015.

More information about the course, schedule, speakers, and fees HERE.  



First Sven Lovén International Field School for Marine Ecology

This summer school in marine ecology provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in experimental and observational ecology, sampling design and strategies under field and laboratory conditions. Participants will experience the scientific process of ecological field research. The students will learn and practice how to express a research question in terms of qualitative mathematical expressions, develop the appropriate experimental and field sampling designs and execute a small research project from scratch to finish using these skills on a topic of their own choosing. This includes the formulation of a research question, hypothesis, design and perform experiments, collecting and analysing data and communicating their findings in various ways.

The course will take place in Sven Lovén Centre in Sweden on 15-26 August 2016.

Deadline for applications: 8 July 2016.

The summer school flyer is available HERE

Summer school webpage.

Register online HERE.



Gdansk Summer School 'Upper Ocean Turbulence'

The Gdansk Summer School will take place 25 July - 12 August 2016 at the Gdansk Institute of Technology, Poland. The purpose of this summer school is to teach a group of up to 20 graduate students and scientists in the art of turbulence theory and turbulence measurements. Lectures will be given by a diverse set of international experts covering a broad spectrum of problems ranging from the application of spectral methods in turbulence data analysis to numerical methods in turbulence research. The last week of the programme includes at sea collection and hands-on experience in data analysis. This includes a one day ship expedition in Gdansk Bay to collect near surface turbulence data using the VMP200 turbulence microstructure profiler.

For more information, see the course website.  

Programme syllabus available HERE


Other News

Blue Economy Business Awards

The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) is organising the first edition of the Blue Economy Business Awards 2016 that will accompany the Blue Economy Business & Science Forum (Hamburg, 12-13 September 2016). The Awards recognise and reward individuals or organisations who have made a specific contribution to bringing and developing innovation in the Blue Economy. Deadline to apply is 8 July 2016.

For more information, click HERE



Atlantic Project Awards: Call for Submission

The Atlantic Project Awards are designed to honour outstanding success stories, achieved by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic Strategy and that are related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan. The awards will showcase and promote the individual winners and at the same time highlight the incorporation and scaling up of best practices at regional and national levels while promoting the key priorities of Atlantic Strategy.

For more information, click HERE


Funding Call Opened: Marine Biotechnology in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing

COFASP (Cooperation in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing) and MBT (Marine Biotechnology ERA-Net) have launched a Joint Transnational Call. The joint call supports research and innovative projects that facilitate the use of new biotechnological approaches and toolbox development to solve challenges and enable innovation within fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing sectors. Proposal submission deadline: 20 June 2016.

For more information, click HERE.



World Bank Report Urges Caution in Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific

A new World Bank report recommends that Pacific Island countries supporting or considering deep sea mining activities proceed with a high degree of caution to avoid irreversible damage to the ecosystem, and ensure that appropriate social and environmental safeguards are in place as part of strong governance arrangements for this emerging industry.

For more information, click HERE



Tiny Plankton Likely to Ride Out Global Warming

Plankton have evolved to survive a wide range of conditions, thanks to their unexpectedly vast ocean travels, a new study suggests.

For more information, click HERE



Catching the Tide for Marine Observation

Satellite and in situ data can tell us a lot about the state of the seas, but scientists are not yet able to exploit these data to their full potential. An EU-funded project looked into enriching Europe's marine data products and services - such as those revealing the chemical make-up of our oceans.

For more information, click HERE



World's Largest Floating Windfarm to be Built off Scottish Coast

The world’s largest floating windfarm is set to be built off the coast of Scotland after its developers were granted a seabed lease. Statoil, the Norwegian energy company, expects to have five 6MW turbines bobbing in the North Sea and generating electricity by the end of 2017.

For more information, click HERE



New Study from PML Scientists Reveals Potential Offshore Wind Farm Impacts

A new study from Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) scientists sought to fill gaps in our knowledge in relation to this field by using mathematical models to predict the impacts of offshore wind farms in coastal seas. The study investigated impacts at scales from an individual turbine to the whole shelf sea based on seven existing Irish Sea OWFs with a total of 242 turbines.

For more information, click HERE.



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