AquaTT Training News - March 2013

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AquaTT Reaches Significant Milestone

AQUATT 21ST LOGOAquaTT celebrated its 21st anniversary in March with an evening reception in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin. The event was attended by current and past staff and directors as well as supporters of the organisation. AquaTT was originally founded in 1992 as a University Enterprise Training Partnership (UETP) between academia and industry. It has since grown to become a leading knowledge management partner in Europe.

AnniversaryDr Richard Fitzgerald of the Ryan Institute, NUIG, was one of the original founders of AquaTT and is a current member of its board. He spoke about the organisation's success being rooted in the quality of the people who have been involved with it in various capacities over the past 21 years: "I often wonder how many of the hundreds of UETPs that were established in the early 90s are still active today? That AquaTT is not only still active, but has grown and evolved and continues to work to help research make a difference is a testament to its past and current staff and wider family of supporters."

AquaTT's Chairman, Dr Reid Hole, Dean of Bioscience and Aquaculture, University of Nordland, Norwary, said that the organisation's role in helping research to benefit society has never been more relevant or important than in current times. "Achieving measurable value creation from research is a key concern for Europe. AquaTT's work in this area is crucial and its current staff will continue to push themselves to remain at the forefront of innovation in this area."

AquaTT's General Manager, David Murphy, said that the organisation would continue its forward momentum and build on the experiences of the past 21 years. "I believe that AquaTT can continue in its efforts to help research make a difference. We have a highly-experienced and motivated team from various disciplines and I look forward to what we can achieve together."

A video featuring a montage of photographs compiled from AquaTT's archive for its 21st Anniversary celebration is available to view on the AquaTT YouTube channel.


Aqua-tnet Annual Event 2013: Innovative and Creative Approach Continues to Inspire Aqua-tnet Network

aquatnet logo-cmykHigher Education is essential for economic growth, global competitiveness and a civil society. However, similar to other sectors, Higher Education, is having to address the challenges posed by globalisation and the growth of the Internet.

Aqua-tnet is the pan-European education network that plays a leading co-operative role between higher education institutions and other partners such as further education and training organisations, sectoral associations, research institutions, and industry in the European aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management sector.

AE2013GroupPhotoCompressedAt this year's Aqua-tnet annual event, which was held from 13-14 March in Istanbul, Turkey, over 60 people from across Europe attended to discuss lifelong learning, generic skills, pan-European accreditation of courses and much more. The two-day event provided participants with an excellent opportunity to engage with issues within the network's domain that are important for the future of education and lifelong learning at a European level.

Anthony Camilleri from the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL) was the keynote speaker. His presentation, Innovating Our Way to a Utopian Higher Education Future, highlighted changes brought about by technology and innovation in Higher Education. “Technology-linked innovations are moving the Higher Education field forwards for a new generation,” he remarked. He also emphasised that unbundled higher education is expected to be a major trend, which is currently most visibly being driven by the emergence Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) run by consortiums of leading universities, which are rapidly increasing in popularity. The question was raised as to how smaller universities would respond to free online courses such as these and how business models might need to change to focus on other elements of the traditional education package such as coaching, providing a supportive study environment, and dealing with assessment and accreditation, etc. Unbundling might also open the door to much more private provision.

Throughout the event participants were encouraged to work with new Internet tools through the use of the online discussion forums such as the backchannel “TodaysMeet” and the project’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages. The participants were also invited to respond to the Istanbul challenge which aimed to link education with the architecture of Istanbul in general and the impressive meeting venue at Istanbul University specifically. Participants were invited to upload photographs of architectural features to a blog site and to explore architectural analogies in their focus on education. The participants where challenged to draw inspiration from the legacy of earlier generations and cultures and allow this to spark their imagination as architects of future knowledge and learning. Members of the network were asked to reflect on the impact they are having on the skyline of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management education. They were also asked to consider what “architectural treasures” they will pass on to future generations of aquatic food producers.

Time was also allowed for core working group meetings on subjects such as MSc and PhD course cooperation, generic skills development, mobility, and innovation in lifelong learning. The event was brought to a close by an intriguing mix of presentations about other relevant initiatives and projects presented by individual participants. This highly productive and successful event provided partners with a great opportunity to network and establish even more useful contacts for successful future cooperation.

For more information please check the Aqua-tnet website or contact the Aqua-tnet Secretariat at


New Project Will Assess Level of Contaminants in Our Seafood

ECSAFESEAFOOD COL LOGOECsafeSEAFOOD is a new €5 million pioneering project that will address the challenge of assessing seafood safety issues relating to priority contaminants that may be present as a result of environmental contamination. The project will evaluate the impact the presence of these contaminants is having on public health, leading to improved seafood risk management and increased public awareness.

Pollution of the oceans and climate change are giving rise to concerns not just about the status of the marine environment, but also about their impact on seafood safety and public health. As there is rarely a well-defined quantitative link between levels of contaminants in the marine environment and levels in seafood, there is clearly a need for increased research on the transfer of contaminants from the marine environment to seafood. ECsafeSEAFOOD will tackle and redress this knowledge gap.

ECsafeSEAFOOD, or to give the project its official title, Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception, is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union (EU) and led by the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA, I.P.), Portugal, and will run for four years. ECsafeSEAFOOD brings together a multidisciplinary consortium of 18 institutions from nine EU countries and Norway. The project officially kicked off with a partnership meeting in February 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.

For more information about this project, please contact Federico Cardona Pons, AquaTT (email: Tel: +353 1 644 9008)


Myfish Project Presents Its First Year Results and Plans for the Future

MYFISH SmallThe second Myfish project meeting took place in Charlottenlund, Copenhagen, Denmark from 5-7 March 2013. The aim of the meeting was to present the first year project results and to focus on the challenges to be addressed in the next three years of the project. This meeting also highlighted the crucial role of stakeholders in the process of defining the objectives for fisheries management strategies. It was the first step toward the outline of an effective stakeholder engagement strategy.

This second meeting of the Myfish partnership built on the 2012 Myfish meeting in Vigo, Spain where the project partners, together with over 20 stakeholders, defined the variants of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), the constraints and the preferred management measures. The Charlottenlund meeting outlined the potential form and content of the Decision Support Tables, which will become important tools for stakeholders and fishery managers in making the trade-off between different objectives.

Myfish is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) involving 31 project partners from 12 EU countries. Myfish aims to define an operational framework for the implementation of the MSY concept in European waters. This should result in multi-species fisheries management plans for the project's regional case study areas, taking into account the environmental, economic and social constraints that are embedded within the different European and national policies.

More information and materials relating to this project are available on the Myfish website. If you would like to arrange an interview with the Myfish project team, please contact the Project Coordinator Anna Rindorf, email


MG4U Training Course: "Basics Bioinformatics for Marine Microbial Genomics", 27-31 May 2013, Bremen, Germany

logo mg4u 7-3-11color-01Applications are now being accepted for a theoretical and practical training course in bioinformatics "Basics Bioinformatics for Marine Microbial Genomics", which is being offered by the FP7 Coordination and Support Action "Marine Genomics for Users" (MG4U). The course will run from 27-31 May 2013, at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, and is supported by the FP7 project Micro B3 and operated by Ribocon, a professional provider of bioinformatics services and training.

The workshop is divided into an initial three-day module covering the basics of DNA sequence analysis through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on sessions, followed by a two-day introduction to in silico (meta) genome annotation. The course is free of charge and five nights accommodation, catering during the course days and a social event are included. Participants must organise and pay for their own travel.

For more details on the course content and programme please visit the workshop webpage. The number of participants is limited and applications must be submitted online HERE by April 15, 2013. For further information or enquiries, please contact


2FISH Partners Meet in Galicia to Finalise Training Course Modules

2Fish Spain cropped CompressedPartners from the EU-funded project 2Fish met in Galicia, Spain for a partner meeting on 12-13 March 2013. Discussions during the recent partner meeting centred on the finalisation of the training course modules which will be tested over the coming months.

2Fish is concerned with the development of training courses to support the fisheries sector. The project will culminate with a final conference which will take place in Italy in 2014 where the final modules will be presented to key stakeholders for uptake. Subject areas include regulation and legislation, developing a new seafood product, fundraising, the value chain for fish, traceability of fishery products, fishery tourism and boat carpentry.

2FishThe final modules will be freely available in all partner languages (English, Spanish, Italian, Danish and Norwegian) from the project website. To keep up-to -date with the latest activities join the LinkedIn group  and Facebook group.


AquaTT Recommends that Knowledge Transfer Should Be a Priority for the Atlantic Action Plan

AquaTT Manager David Murphy was invited by the European Commission to present his recommendations for the Atlantic Action Plan at the final Atlantic Forum workshop which was held in Cork, Ireland, on 4-5 March 2013 as part of the Irish EU presidency.

The European Commission has been organising workshops with the Atlantic Member States to ensure awareness of the Atlantic Forum, to support the Atlantic Action Plan and to assist stakeholders in coming forward with well-prepared projects. The Atlantic Action Plan will create a new infrastructure to support the blue economy and develop innovative ideas to face common challenges for the Atlantic.

In his presentation David made four key recommendations in relation to knowledge transfer:

  1. The Atlantic Action Plan should incorporate knowledge transfer as a core policy tenet for “improving cooperation between universities, observatories, research institutes and industry…”
  2. As part of the initiative to create, “a network of Atlantic knowledge centres and a Marine Knowledge and Innovation Centre (KIC) to promote research on maritime technologies and the development of an appropriate skills base”, consider establishing a dedicated knowledge transfer node within the KIC or within the other clusters to ensure that barriers are overcome and knowledge transfer is achieved, resulting in value creation.
  3. Upskill researchers so that they understand the core fundamentals of knowledge transfer and will be able to more effectively identify and understand the end-users and markets for their knowledge.
  4. Develop and maintain a central library/repository of marine research knowledge that can assist in ensuring effective knowledge transfer, reducing fragmentation and duplication of research. This will also act as a living gap analysis of marine research needs and will help to identify centres of excellence for different aspects of Marine research.

AquaTT made the recommendations based on its most recent innovative work under the EC FP7 Support Action MarineTT.

More information about the Atlantic Forum workshops and copies of all presentations can be found HERE.


COEXIST Partners Focus on Results at Final Project Meeting

CoExist colour full The COEXIST project partners met in Rome, Italy on the 13-14 March 2013 to discuss and evaluate the project's final results.

COEXIST is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) multidisciplinary project which aims to provide a roadmap for achieving better integration, sustainability and synergies across the diverse activities now taking place in the European coastal zone. At this stage in the project, six geographically diverse case studies, representing the various conditions and combinations of activities in European coastal areas, have been analysed and the main conflicts and synergies among these activities have been identified.    

COEXIST is in its last phase of development and this meeting mainly focused on the specific final results of the project and how they are going to be delivered to the relevant stakeholders. These results include tools and techniques to help policy makers at all levels manage their coastal zones, and a best practice guidance document in which these different tools and techniques have been adapted and applied to the case studies. The project results will help its stakeholders to better deal with management conflicts in the European coastal zones.

“This has been a very interactive and fruitful meeting, all partners are completely engaged with the project and we will achieve all the objectives foreseen at the proposal stage,” said Øivind Bergh, COEXIST's coordinator.

All the project results will be publicly available on the COEXIST project website in July 2013.

For further information on the COEXIST project, please visit, or contact Emma Bello Gomez, Project Officer, AquaTT ( Tel: +353 1 6449008).


AQUAEXCEL Annual Partner Meeting 2013

Final Aquaexcel logo 12-4-11 v13AQUAEXCEL project partners will meet in Brussels, Belgium, on 9-11 April 2013.

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

For more information, please visit the AQUAEXCEL project website.


PiscesTT: Job Vacancies, MSc & PhD Vacancies and Student Placements

PiscesTTjobs30If you are interested in viewing or posting a job vacancy please visit the PiscesTT website or contact Click HERE to subscribe to live RSS updates of new job postings.


Student Corner

YOUMARES 4: 11-13 September 2013 Oldenburg, Germany

YOUMARES is the name for the international conference of young marine researchers and engineers organised by the study group of the German Society for Marine Research (DGM). This event addresses all young marine scientists and engineers from all disciplines of fundamental and applied research, industry and other relevant fields coming from Germany and the rest of the world. The 4th YOUMARES conference will be held on 11-13 September 2013 in Oldenburg Germany. Abstracts are now being accepted and registration is open. For more information and to submit an abstract visit:


Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program Seeking Applications

Applications are requested from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to USAID's global hunger and food security initiative, FEED THE FUTURE, for the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP). The deadline is 14 June, 2013. The focus region is sub-Saharan Africa. All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the research strategies of the Feed the Future initiative are admissible. The Borlaug LEAP fellowship program supports engaging a mentor at a US University and at a CGIAR centre to support and enhance the thesis research and mentoring experience. Awards are made on a competitive basis to students who show strong scientific and leadership potential. Funds are available for one-year and cannot exceed US$20,000. For more information on eligibility criteria and to download the application, please visit:



Other News


Insulating Buildings with Seaweed

For many coastal dwellers, seaweed washed up on the shore is nothing but a nuisance. But German researchers have found that this raw material has the potential to keep buildings well insulated. Together with industry partners, they have succeeded in turning this substance into a viable insulation material. Read this story in full HERE.


Commission Launches Initiative on Sustainable Management of Marine and Coastal Areas

On 13 March the European Commission launched a proposal to improve the planning of maritime activities at sea and the management of coastal areas. The proposal, which takes the form of a draft directive, aims to establish a common European framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management in EU Member States, with a view to ensuring that the growth of maritime and coastal activities and the use of resources at sea and on coasts remain sustainable. To learn more about this proposal click HERE.


Free-of-Charge Access to Marine Renewable Energy Infrastructures: Third Call for Applications for MARINET Transnational Access Now Open

MARINET partner research centres are offering periods of free-of-charge access to their marine renewable energy infrastructures and expertise through the MARINET Transnational Access (TA) programme. The third call for applications to avail of this programme is now open and its period of access has been extended to 12 months, from 1 August 2013 – 31 July 2014. Full details on the programme and how to apply are available from the MARINET website.


AZTI Marine Research Division Summer School: Genomic Tools in Marine Ecosystem Monitoring, Status Assessment and Management, within European Marine Policy Legislation and Governance. San Sebastian, Spain, 15-17 July 2013

The 10th AZTI Marine Research Division Summer School will take place in San Sebastian, Spain, from 15-17 July 2013. The objective of the course is to give an overview on the genomic application to ocean and coastal management, assessment and monitoring, supporting informed ocean governance for resilience and sustainability in a changing world. It will explore the potential and recent advances in the use of genomic technologies, such as metagenomics, population genomics or transcriptomics in different monitoring and assessment networks and research projects, such as the European FP7 project “DEVOTES” (Development of innovative tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good environmental status), in which most of the teachers of this Summer School are involved. The course is aimed at PhD students, post-doc students, people working in different fields of marine research and management, etc. Registration is now open and will close on 15 July 2013. For more information click HERE.


Online Map: Maximising the Use of Research Infrastructures in Europe

A new online interactive map feauturing the locations of research infrastructures that open their doors to all researchers in Europe is now available to view. The map shows the location of some 800 research infrastructures funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) that provide transnational access to researchers. The facilities are located in over 40 countries. This EC iteractive map can be viewed HERE. The AQUAEXCEL project also has a dedicated online map for aquaculture research infrastructures in Europe which can be found HERE.


CIRCLE-MED2-2013 Joint Call: "Adaptation to Climate Change from a natural and social science perspective: Water in coastal Mediterranean areas"

CIRCLE-2 ERA-NET (Climate Impact Research & Response Coordination for a Larger Europe) is launching a new joint call for transnational research projects in “Adaptation to Climate Change from a natural and social science perspective: Water in coastal Mediterranean areas”. The aim of this call is to encourage scientific cooperation between social and natural scientists in order to find novel solutions for transnational water-related climate change adaptation challenges in support to public policies. CIRCLE-MED2-2013 is a 2013 joint call of the Mediterranean network under the CIRCLE-2 ERA-NET. The deadline for submission of applications for this call is Monday 4 May 2013. For more information click HERE.


Predicting the Future of Sea Level Rise

The melting of continental ice (glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets) is a substantial source of current sea-level rise, and one that is accelerating more rapidly than was predicted even a few years ago. Indeed, the most recent report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR4, in 2007) highlighted that the uncertainty in projections of future sea-level rise is dominated by uncertainty concerning continental ice, and that understanding of the key processes that will lead to loss of continental ice must be improved before reliable projections of sea-level rise can be produced. The ice2sea programme brings together European and international partners, to reduce these uncertainties. The project is undertaking targeted studies of key processes in mountain glacier systems and ice caps (e.g. Svalbard), and in ice sheets in both polar regions (Greenland and Antarctica) to improve understanding of how these systems will respond to future climate change. To learn more about the ice2sea project visit its website.



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