AquaTT Training News - April 2014

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STAGES Workshop: Building a  Science Policy Interface to support MSFD Implementation

STAGES FINAL COL LOGOThe Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requires that EU Member States take the necessary measures to achieve or maintain Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020. Defining what actually constitutes GES is a significant challenge for Member States. Although advances are being made in marine research which can support environmental assessment, there is a significant knowledge deficit which may influence implementation of the MSFD and the achievement of GES in European waters. Furthermore, the full uptake of this marine knowledge is being affected by the lack of efficient interfaces between science and environmental policy.

STAGES (Science and Technology Advancing Governance on Good Environmental Status) aims to improve the current scientific understanding for assessing GES and bridge the MSFD science-policy gap by offering solutions to make relevant knowledge accessible and usable by policy-makers and stakeholders across Member States.

The final STAGES workshop will be held on 19 June 2014, in Brussels. This workshop will serve to present the outputs generated from STAGES including:

  • State of the Art Reports on MSFD and its implementation (WP2)
  • STAGES knowledge included in the Marine Knowledge Gate (WP2)
  • Knowledge gaps and needs analysis workshop reports (WP3)
  • Policy brief (WP3)
  • Recommendations and report on best practice in science policy interface platforms (WP4)

The workshop will provide the opportunity for the transfer of the outputs to primary “lead users” - local, regional, national and European policy/decision makers and other stakeholders, who have the capacity to uptake the knowledge and utilise it.

For more information about STAGES, visit


Conference Announcement: Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases: Past, Present and Future

HEALTHY FUTURES is supporting the organisation of the upcoming international conference “Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases: Past, Present and Future”. The conference, hosted by the University of Rwanda, is scheduled to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from Tuesday 18 – Thursday 20 November 2014.

Sessions focusing on ‘climate information for public health decision making’, ‘statistical and dynamical disease modelling for future health’, ‘climate change related-risk analysis and vulnerability assessment’ and ‘adaptation to climate change-related health impacts’ will take place over the course of the first two days. The final day of the conference will provide a platform for cross-cutting discussions focused on the topic of how to integrate science with policy.

The conference organisers have arranged for a selection of papers delivered at the conference to be published in a special issue of Geospatial Health (, the international scientific journal of the International Society for Geospatial Health – GnosisGIS (

More information about the conference and registration is available on the conference website


Third Issue of AQUAEXCEL Project News Now Available

Aquaexcel logoThe third newsletter of the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project is now available to download from AQUAEXCEL is an EU FP7 project that aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe in order to promote their coordinated use and development.

AQUAEXCEL Newsletter Issue 3 April 2014This issue of AQUAEXCEL Project News includes: an interview with work package 6 (WP6) leader, Gunnar Senneset, about the technical solutions (e-Infrastructure) developed by AQUAEXCEL for providing remote access to highly specialised aquaculture research facilities; an interview with WP7 leader Dr Patrick Prunet on developing new methodologies or protocols to improve in vivo fish phenotyping; feedback from researchers who took part in the Contribution of Genomic Approaches to the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture for Temperate and Mediterranean Fish, and Application of Chromosome Set Manipulations and the Importance of Gamete Collection and Management in Aquaculture training courses organised by AQUAEXCEL; profiles of researchers who have availed of the Call for Access programme, in which they describe their work and experiences of using Transnational Access (TNA) to further their research; details of AQUAEXCEL’s 2014 annual meeting, which took place in in Vodnany, Czech Republic, from 3-6 March 2014; information about the Fish and Chips online tool for meta-analysis of fish genomic data funded by AQUAEXCEL; and other project news and updates.

For press queries, please contact: Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager, AquaTT, Dublin, Ireland. Email:


FREE Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures: AQUAEXCEL 8th Call for Access Now Open

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The 8th AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 13 June 2014.

On a regular basis, the AQUAEXCEL project invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating Aquaculture Research Infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These facilities are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures).

The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (recirculation, flow‐through, cage, hatchery and pond systems); environments (freshwater and marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmon, trout, sea bass, sea bream, cod, common carp etc.); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health and welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring and 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. The use of the facilities (excluding any additional costs) is covered through AQUAEXCEL partner funding and the associated travel and subsistence expenses for the visiting scientist(s) will be paid through the host institution, according to their internal rules for reimbursement.

For more information, visit:


New Resources for Fisheries Secondary Service Profession Vocational Education and Training

2Fish smallThe final conference of the 2Fish project was held on 3 April 2014 in Bellaria, Italy. The conference brought to an end the work of the 30 month long project, which was funded by the European Union under the Lifelong Learning programme. The objective of the 2Fish project was to develop innovative modules for vocational education and training for secondary service professionals connected to the fishing industry.

The conference was attended by leading representatives of the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Emilia -Romagna region, as well as national and European stakeholders. It was an opportunity for the project partners to present the results of the 2Fish project and for participants to discuss and exchange views on policies and training relating to employment in the fisheries sector.

The 2Fish project has produced course templates for six innovative training modules on topics relating to seafood product development, traceability of fishery products, quality management in seafood production, fishery tourism, fundraising, and business law. Each module has been developed and tested by the 2Fish vocational education and training (VET) providers in close collaboration with fisheries related enterprises.

The fisheries sector includes a wide range of secondary service professions which are highly dependent on skilled and qualified workers for meeting the needs of the fishing industry. These include, amongst others, fish traders, auction hall employees, aquaculture specialists, counselling and financial managers, and net binders. However, education and training provided by vocational fishery schools and training organisations is primarily concerned with teaching and training fishermen. As a result, service professions linked to fisheries are generally constrained to use low-skilled workers or workers with an educational background from other professions. The new courses developed by 2Fish therefore offer education and training possibilities within the fishery sector that are not currently available.

More information about the project is available from:


Student Corner

Atlantic Summer School 2014

Applications are now invited for the Atlantic Summer School 2014 to be held on-board the Irish National Research Vessel RV Celtic Explorer from 11-17 September 2014. The school is a collaboration between the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) and the Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) with shiptime provided by the Marine Institute, and is open to all marine-related postgraduate students (MSc and PhD) from across the island of Ireland and Germany.

The 2014 Summer School aims to build capacity in offshore marine research by providing early-stage career scientists with the knowledge and skills necessary to act as Chief Scientists on research surveys. Participants will conduct a multidisciplinary investigation of cold water carbonate (CWC) ecosystems, off the Belgica Mound Province which is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) approximately 100km southwest of Ireland. In addition to the five days of seagoing research, the school includes pre-survey meetings via Skype, pre-cruise preparation in Cork and post-survey data analysis and reporting in Galway.

Course content will include:

  • Pre-survey meetings and lectures on the study site, SACs and CWC ecosystems
  • Practical shore-based workshop designing and planning the survey
  • Deployment and operation of novel equipment and instrumentation
  • Acquisition, processing and archiving of samples
  • On-board evening survey meetings and lectures
  • Post-survey data processing, analysis and open source publishing
  • Reporting initial findings through working groups

The collaboration is designed to forge mobility pathways for early career researchers between Ireland and Germany and serve as an excellent networking opportunity for all participants.  This is the first of a series of summer schools that will alternate between Irish and German research vessels with the 2015 school taking place on the RV Heincke. Training will be overseen by experts from University College Cork, NUI Galway, University of Ulster, Alfred Wegner Institute and SMART.

Online application forms must be completed and received by 17:00hrs (CET) on Friday 6 June 2014.

For further information and an online application form please visit or contact


Practical Multidisciplinary Ship-Based Training Courses for European Graduate and Postgraduate Students in Marine Related Sciences

Multidisciplinary Ship-based training for European graduates and postgraduate students of marine related sciences – 4-9 July 2014, Messina, Italy

The RV Urania practical ship-based training course is designed to enable Postgraduates and Graduate Students to acquire the practical skills necessary to conduct offshore multidisciplinary marine science research through the core disciplines of Physical and Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biology and Geosciences. This six day course will comprise four days of multidisciplinary ship-based training, and two days of shore-based RV logistics and survey planning (pre-survey day), data processing, analysis and integration (post-survey day). Participation in this course, including on-board accommodation and subsistence, is funded through EUROFLEETS and the National Research Council of Italy.  All other expenses, including travel and land accommodation will be borne by students.

Practical shipboard training course for PhD students on new technologies for Multidisciplinary Oceanographic Research - Tallinn, Estonia, 17-22 August 2014

This training course aboard RV Salme is designed to teach PhD Students advanced practical skills in new technologies for multidisciplinary oceanographic research (including gliders, autonomous profilers, ferryboxes, and towed instruments). The six day course includes two days of ship-based training and four days of shore-based training in data processing, analysis and integration, research vessel logistics and survey planning. Participation in this course is funded by EUROFLEETS and the Technical University of Tallinn. students will be accommodated in campus hostel free of charge. Students are liable for their own travel expenses to and from Tallinn.

Online application forms (for one or both courses) are available HERE.

The deadline for applications is Friday May 23 by 17:00 hrs (CET).

For more information please visit


Second DEVOTES Summer School in San Sebastian (Spain) – “From Species to Ecosystems: Modelling Marine Ecology for Management Applications”

Dates: 15-17 July 2014

Registration dates: 12 February-14 July 2014 (30 May: end of early registration period)

Venue: Aquarium of San Sebastian (Spain)

Description: This is the 11th AZTI Marine Research Division Summer School and the second one organised within 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.

As in previous years, the aim of the course is for attendees to acquire new knowledge on recent trends in marine research, related to management of our oceans. This Summer School will explore the potential and recent advances in the use of marine modelling (some of them developed in DEVOTES), at different scales (from species to ecosystems), in management applications, including scenarios of climate change. Hence, the main objective of the school is to give an overview on the marine modelling to ocean and coastal management, with a closer view to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), especially in descriptors such as: biodiversity, fishing, food-webs and seafloor integrity.

More information (how to register, programme, etc.) is available from the AZTI webpage or the DEVOTES project webpage.


SAMS Offering Summer Bursaries for Students

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is pleased to be able to offer three paid bursary opportunities to university students this summer:

The Neil MacDougall Bursary for Practical Oceanography: postgraduate or exceptional undergraduate student to spend two months (starting June 2014) working with our Physics and Technology Department and aboard research vessels developing practical skills in physical oceanography.

TWO NERC Research Experience Placements for undergraduate students to develop their quantitative skills in environmental science over a period of 10 weeks starting in June 2014

Closing date for both applications is 16 May 2014

Click HERE for more information.


Call for Papers: Youth and the Oceans

The Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) production team invites the submission of technical papers for Volume 9, Number 3: Youth and the Oceans.

In particular, manuscripts are sought from from individuals either starting their careers or studying at university or college. The papers should describe cutting edge research and development of ocean technology in its many forms and applications. Publication is scheduled for September 2014. Papers should present the results of new (i.e. not previously published) research and development and be no more than 7,500 words in length.

All papers are subject to a rigorous peer-review process and must be submitted no later than 31 May 2014. All peer-reviewed papers in the JOT are open access.

For more information, please contact Dawn Roche on 709-778-0763 or send an e-mail to


AQUAGAMETE Training School: Molecular Basis of Fish Gamete Quality

The AQUAGAMETE COST Action is pleased to announce the 2nd AQUAGAMETE Training School. The 2nd AQUAGAMETE Training School is aimed towards young researchers (PhD students, young post-docs and MSc students) as well as representatives from industry.

The course will be focused on Molecular basis of fish gamete quality integrating different aspects and covering topics such as:

  • Transcriptomic analysis of gamete quality, including practical microarray analysis of gamete quality
  • Gamete quality assessment including practical cytometry analysis and embryonic outcome
  • Scientific conferences on genomics & toxicogenomics, epigenetics, overview of gamete quality issues in fish and shellfish

The Training School will highlight the most recent developments in each topic, promoting a strong interaction between experienced trainers working on different aspects of Molecular basis of fish gamete quality and trainees.

The course will take place from 22-27 June 2014 at the INRA Fish Physiology and Genomics laboratory (Rennes, France) facilities and will be run in collaboration with IFREMER and University of Lorraine.

The application deadline is 11 May 2014. For more information about how to apply, click HERE. 


Other News

Abstract Submission Extended: 49th European Marine Biology Symposium

Abstract submission for the 49th European Marine Biology Symposium  has been extended until 11 May 2014

The Journal of Marine Biological Association (JMBA) will provide an opportunity to publish the manuscripts based on the presentations (both oral and poster) made at EMBS49. Instructions for authors can be found HERE.


How much do you know about European seas?

The newly updated European Atlas of the Seas is an easy and fun resource for anyone interested in learning more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies.

Check out the atlas to learn about:

  • Sea depth and underwater features
  • Coastal regions geography and statistics
  • Blue energies and maritime resources
  • Tide amplitude and coastal erosion
  • Fishing stocks, quotas and catches
  • European fishing fleet
  • Aquaculture
  • Maritime transport and traffic
  • Ports' statistics
  • Maritime protected areas
  • Tourism
  • Maritime policies and initiatives
  • Outermost regions

The atlas is available in English, French and German.


From Sea to Plate: New Inseparable Campaign Video

Every small step – to eat, buy, or sell a sustainable fish product – will help ensure our children and future generations will remain inseparable from the sea and the fish it offers us. Join Inseparable, the European Commission campaign to promote sustainable fish. Watch the campaign's new video HERE.


iMarine Data Platform for Collaborations Workshop Report

A key goal of the iMarine initiative is to support stakeholders in a sustainable use of the marine ecosystem.

On 7th March 2014, iMarine organised an interactive workshop "iMarine data platform for collaborations" to showcase how its powerful data infrastructure is capable of addressing the challenges of the Ecosystem Approach.

The workshop also offered important opportunities for the participants to work together on developing plans related to iMarine sustainability, such as the public partnership model concept, as well as to engage new potential users and partners for the future.

The workshop report is now available to download HERE.


European Maritime Day: Innovation driving Blue Growth

On 19 and 20 May 2014, European Maritime Day will be devoted to innovation and maritime technologies. Europe needs to be at the forefront of the Blue economy revolution. To deliver growth and jobs to its underemployed youth, and to ensure that this is not a temporary blip. We want future generations to enjoy the fruits of the sea as much as ourselves. In Bremen, politicians, experts, CEOs and civil society representatives will discuss this challenge and submit their ideas to European policy-makers.

For more information about European Maritime Day in Bremen and other events around Europe is available HERE.


Using Ecological Indicators to Assess Environmental Status

New research shows that in the marine environment whole ecosystems need to be assessed individually rather than benchmarked against all other ecosystems. The new study, Global patterns in ecological indicators of marine food webs: a modelling approach, which was recently published in PLOS ONE, has found that ecosystem traits—such as type (for example lagoon, estuary or bay), size, depth and location—need to be taken in to account when assessing an ecosystem’s environmental status or health. The study also found that the structure and function of ecosystems differ from one to the next, posing more challenges to managing marine resources. Read more HERE.


Journal of Ocean Technology: Upcoming Issues and Call for Papers

The Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) publishes peer-reviewed technical papers that describe cutting edge research in a chosen theme area.

Papers should present the results of new research in ocean technology, science, or engineering, and be no more than 7,500 words in length. All papers are subjected to a rigorous peer-review process. 

The JOT is also interested in publishing essays that present well-informed observations and conclusions, and identify key issues for the oceans community in a concise manner. 

For more information about upcoming topics and submission dates, click HERE.


Call for Abstracts: 5th Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Symposium. 12-15 November 2014, Lucknow, India

The 5th Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries symposium and associated activities (GAF5) will be held from 12-15 November 2014 in Lucknow, India, as part of the 10th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (10IFAF) of the Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch. 

GAF5 aims to be a vital platform for examining the progress towards achieving gender equality in aquaculture and fisheries through inspiring plenary addresses, workshops involving grassroots gender/women's groups representatives, oral and poster presentations, a national session, a film showing and panel discussion, plus more. It builds on four previous successful Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries symposia and two Women in Fisheries symposia conducted in conjunction with the Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forums.

Please mark your diaries and start to prepare your abstracts, papers, posters, and videos for GAF5! Please note that the final day for abstract submission is 31 July 2014.

All registration and submissions of abstracts will be done through the main channels for 10IFAF. Click HERE for more information.


Offshore Renewable Energy Sites Provide New Habitat for Marine Species

Offshore renewable energy sites may provide new ‘stepping stone’ habitats for marine species, a recent study suggests. They could allow some species to spread beyond their present range and help vulnerable creatures survive in the face of climate change. However, they may also allow harmful invasive species to spread, the researchers warn, and the effects of such projects must be assessed by examining their impacts on the ecosystem as a whole. Read more HERE.


PiscesTT Jobs

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If you are interested in viewing or posting a job vacancy in the marine sector and related areas, please visit the PiscesTT website or contact Click HERE to subscribe to live RSS updates of new job postings.

Recently added positions:

PhD Position: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters of the University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic)

Position: Executive Director Of EurOcean (Portugal)

Professor (with Special Responsibilities): Fisheries Management (Denmark)

Position: Director Of The Oceanological Observatory in Banyuls sur mer (France)

PhD Fellowships: Biological Sciences (Italy)

Position: Reader In Applied Estuarine And Marine Sciences (United Kingdom)

Position: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Programme Officer (SFI Projects) (Ireland)

PhD Opportunities: Collaborate In EC-funded Projects (Spain)

Postdoc Position: Genome Sequencing Of Deep-sea Marine Fungal Isolates (France)

Position: Aquarium Manager (United Kingdom)



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