AquaTT Training News - June 2013

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Navigating the Future for European Marine Research

20130619 marineboardlaunch w-020AquaTT Manager David Murphy attended the launch of Navigating the Future IV, a new position paper from the European Marine Board, on 20 June 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.

Navigating the Future IV outlines how innovative marine research can solve some of Europe’s greatest policy challenges. European policy makers have some big issues to grapple with: climate change, food and energy security, human health, and a loss of economic momentum resulting from the financial crisis. The seas and oceans, with their vast resources, can provide a sustainable supply of food; energy from wind, wave and tide; new drugs through marine biotechnology; valuable raw materials from the ocean floor; and much more.

According to the EC Communication on Blue Growth 1, the EU blue economy delivers a gross added value of €500 billion per year and supports 5.4 million jobs. There is a clear recognition that to make maritime activities sustainable, will require a significant investment in collaborative and cross‐disciplinary marine research. Navigating the Future IV is available to download HERE. To read more about the launch, click HERE


AquaTT Attendance at Aquaculture Europe 2013, 9-12 August 2013, Trondheim, Norway

Aquaculture Europe 2013 (AE2013) is scheduled to take place in just over one months’ time at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. With the theme ‘Making Sense of Science’, there will be a strong focus on knowledge management to support technological development and innovation and to ensure maximum impact of the results through suitable communication channels. As AquaTT’s experience and expertise is strongly rooted in the area of knowledge management, we are eagerly looking forward to attending AE2013. AquaTT will have a table display at AE2013 as well as a dissemination table located at the entrance to the Industry forum during AquaNor and you are all very welcome to come visit us (Marieke Reuver and Cliona Ní Cheallacháin).

As in previous years, AquaTT will also be co-organising (together with Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd) the Lindsay Laird Award for Innovation in Aquaculture, awarding the best student poster at AE2013. The award consists of a certificate and the new iPad2 worth €500, as well as a selection of new publications in aquatic science.

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Second Issue of AQUAEXCEL Project News and AQUAEXCEL Key Achievements Booklet Now Available

Aquaexcel logoThe second newsletter of the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project is now available to download from AQUAEXCEL Newsletter May June 2013This issue of AQUAEXCEL Project News features: an interview with work package 4 (WP4) leader, John Bostock, about AQUAEXCEL's Call for Access programme; feedback from researchers who took part in the recent Recalculating Aquaculture System (RAS) Technology course held by Wageningen University; 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 second annual meeting, which took place in Brussels from 9-11 April 2013; and the latest news from AQUAEXCEL's project partners.

AQUAEXCEL Key achievements bookletAQUAEXCEL Key Achievements 2011-2013 is the first in a series of four booklets that will introduce the project, its core functions and its progress to date. The booklet focuses on AQUAEXCEL’s key achievements and provides detailed summaries of each. The aim of this booklet is to communicate to a general public how AQUAEXCEL’s work is benefitting the research community and industry as well as helping to achieve significant value creation. The booklet can be downloaded from the AQUAEXCEL website and hard copies can be obtained by sending a request to

For more information about the AQUAEXCEL project, visit or contact Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager, AquaTT (email


FORCE Holds Training Seminar on ‘How to Internationalise Your Research’

Force final logoOn 11-12 June 2013 representatives from AquaTT, in collaboration with a representative from the Forum for Euro-Mediterranean Innovation in Action (FEMIA), held a two day training seminar on ‘How to internationalise your research’ at the Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Egypt, as part of FORCE (Fisheries and aquaculture-oriented research capacity in Egypt).

Participants from different faculties of Alexandria University and the various branches of the Egyptian National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF), the coordinating institute of FORCE, attended the seminar which had the following objectives:

  • To provide an overview of the European funding system, in particular the upcoming Horizon 2020 programme
  • To help understand the policy driving the European strategy
  • To help develop skills in networking
  • To understand the key characteristics of competitive consortia and their funding applications
  • To help individuals and institutions develop a funding procurement strategy in line with their institutional strategies

Feedback from the event was positive, with participants appreciative of the information provided and experiences of the European funding landscape shared by their more experienced European counterparts.

If you have any questions about the FORCE project, please visit the project website, or contact the project coordinator, Prof Suzan Kholief (email: or the Project Management Team (email:


EPA STRIVE Environmental Science to Policy Interface Workshop

EPA logoOn 19 June 2013, AquaTT and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) held a joint workshop on the Irish environmental science to policy interface. Participants included policy makers, researchers and intermediaries involved in environmental protection in Ireland, including members of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s Science, Technology, Research and Innovation (STRIVE) programme has funded both organisations to complete desktop studies to improve the transfer of knowledge and communication between researchers and policy makers regarding Irish environmental issues and challenges. The two studies have taken different approaches to improving the interface but both were combined to inform the workshop.

This one day event was split into two sessions with AquaTT taking participants through their innovative and novel Knowledge Management and Transfer methodology. AquaTT’s methodology consists of enabling a researcher with knowledge of policy relevance to assess the Irish policy system and to develop a successful knowledge transfer strategy. TCD’s session assessed network engagement tools considered to have potential to improve communication between scientists and policy makers.

The entire process was very well received with all participants agreeing that there was a definite need for both approaches with tangible tools.

The workshop will inform the development of AquaTT’s final toolkit due by the end of August. The toolkit will then be trialled at a researchers’ training workshop to guide them through the process. Further information on the toolkit for communication with policy, the EPA funded desk study or on the upcoming training event, can be provided by Cliona Ni Cheallachain (


AQUAEXCEL at Aquaculture Europe 2013, 9-12 August 2013, Trondheim, Norway

Aquaexcel logoKey points of the AQUAEXCEL project will be presented at Aquaculture Europe 2013 (AE2013) in Trondheim, Norway.

Poster presentations will focus on the functions of AQUAEXCEL as it coordinates and integrates aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe, providing opportunities for interested researchers with limited available facilities to access other European facilities for a period of up to three months, with associated travel and subsistence expenses paid for under the project. The development of e-infrastructure for remote access to research facilities in aquaculture will also be presented and both the methodology and results of this research will be discussed. Oral presentations will discuss important features of the AQUAEXCEL project, including the online aquaculture research infrastructure map. Other aspects of the AQUAEXCEL project, such as the transnational access and training courses will be presented at the EAS-SG Student Forum on 10 August 2013.

For more information on the AQUAEXCEL project, please visit


Sea for Society: Successful Irish Public Consultations

SEAFORSOCIETY logoCitizen/Youth consultations were carried out in Ireland under the Sea for Society project on 18 May 2013 in Salthill, Co Galway and on 25 May 2013 in Dublin. Participants between 18-28 years of age took part in the consultations, which were led by Michelle Devaney of National University of Ireland, Galway, and John Joyce of AquaTT, assisted by Olivia Daly of AquaTT.

SFSGalwayIdeas related to the six Sea for Society topics of Leisure & Tourism, Human Health, Transport, Energy, Marine Food and A Place to Live were generated, with additional time being given to consider the last two topics since they are to be considered as national priority subjects. Participants reported that they enjoyed the events and that they broadened their knowledge and understanding of the Seas. In particular, the 'Collective Intelligence' methodology employed, where participants are asked to consider themselves as individual cells in a gigantic collective 'brain', was very much appreciated as a way of creating and exploring new ideas.SFSDublin

Similar citizen/youth consultations are currently being carried out across the rest of Europe. In Ireland, these consultations will be followed in the autumn by focused discussions with marine stakeholders on the two nationally allocated subjects of Marine Food and A Place to Live. Further information, including national blogs, can be found at


Aqua-tnet Presentation at Aquaculture Europe 2013, 9-12 August 2013, Trondheim, Norway

aquatnet logoThe work and achievements of the EU-funded education project Aqua-tnet will be clearly visible at Aquaculture Europe 2013. There will be two oral presentations about Aqua-tnet at the Communication & Transfer session on Monday 12 August. These presentations will focus on the accomplishments of Aqua-tnet, which is the only multidisciplinary European education network of its kind and which has played a leading co-operative role between higher education institutions and other partners from academic organisations, research institutions and industry in the aquaculture and related sectors. Through providing a unique forum for debate and structures for cooperation, Aqua-tnet has established excellent networks and channels for communication and knowledge transfer.

For more information please visit and


AQUAEXCEL Second Training Course: 16-18 October 2013, Rennes, France

Aquaexcel logoThe AQUAEXCEL project is organising four new pioneering technical Training Courses that focus on different aspects of aquaculture experimentation. These Training Courses are the only of their kind putting emerging aquaculture infrastructure centres of excellence at the forefront. This is a unique chance for researchers and technicians in this field as course attendance is free, thanks to EC FP7 funding. Participants are expected to pay their own travel, subsistence and accommodation.

The second course, entitled Contribution of Genomic Approaches to the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture for Temperate and Mediterranean Fish, will be provided by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France, on 16-18 October 2013 in Rennes, France. Registration for the course will open in mid July 2013. Further information is available from the AQUAEXCEL website.


MaCuMBA Annual Meeting, 23-27 September 2013, Roscoff, France

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGOThe MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project is currently coming to the end of its first year. Progression into its second year will be marked by the MaCuMBA Annual Meeting. This is scheduled to take place from 23-27 September 2013 at the Biological Station in Roscoff, France, and provides an opportunity for all members of the consortium and partner organisations to come together. The main areas of focus which will be covered during the meeting include an overview of the developments and progress made to date, individual work package meetings, site visits, lab work and sampling.

MaCuMBA aims to improve the isolation rate and growth efficiency of marine microorganisms from conventional and extreme habitats through applying innovative methods and using automated high-throughput procedures.

For more information, please visit 


AQUAEXCEL Fifth Call for Access: 15 July 2013-13 September 2013

Aquaexcel logoThe fifth AQUAEXCEL Call for Access will open on 15 July 2013 with a deadline of 13 September 2013. The AQUAEXCEL project regularly 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 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (Infrastructures).

Interested researchers can propose projects that are compliant with the EATIP Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda, and that involve visits of one or two people to a Research Infrastructure that provides facilities not available in their own country, for periods of up to three months. Access to the research facilities and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for under the project.

For more information, visit the AQUAEXCEL website.


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

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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.

Student Corner

Call for Applications: Accredited Postgraduate Module in Applied Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection, 30 September-25 October 2013, Ireland

The call for applications for the applied postgraduate module in Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is now open. The module features four days of intensive offshore training on the RV Celtic Voyager and the RV Celtic Mist, in waters off Cork and the Shannon Estuary. Seagoing surveys and supporting laboratory practicals and lectures in Galway take place from 7-13 October 2013. All other elements of the module are accomplished through student centred distance learning. The entire module runs from 30 September-25 October 2013. Places are limited to 20 and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Fees for the module are €750. Further details including a module descriptor and staff biographies can be downloaded HERE. Application forms may be completed online HERE.


Daniel Jouvance Foundation Young Researcher Award

The Daniel Jouvance Foundation was founded in 2008 to promote the study and preservation of the marine environment. It presents an annual Young Researcher Award of €4000 which recognises the work of a young scientist in the areas of marine biology, marine chemistry, marine biotechnology or oceanography. The topic for the 2013 prize is Marine Life and Symbiosis. Applicants (less than 30 years old) should submit their applications before 15 September 2013, including: a CV (2 pages maximum), a short abstract of the scientific work (4 pages maximum), and a copy of the title page of published papers and theses. Submissions and enquiries should be sent to: ylegal@mnhn fr or


Win an iPad2: Lindsay Laird Award for the Best Student Poster at 2013 EAS International Conference

Students! If you have submitted a poster for the European Aquaculture Society’s (EAS’s) 2013 International Conference, you could be in with a chance to win the coveted Lindsay Laird Award for Innovation in Aquaculture!

lindsay lairdAt the time of her early death from cancer in 2001, Lindsay Laird was a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Zoology Department at Aberdeen University. From the beginning of her career, Lindsay worked with the expanding Scottish aquaculture industry on different aspects of salmon farming. In 1998, she became the first Chairman of the Organic Fish Producers’ association. She served as Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Fisheries Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the European Aquaculture Society from 1994 to 2000, when she was obliged to retire for health reasons. Lindsay also carried out research and gave lectures in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, and Borneo, where a new species of moth (Dasychera lairdi) was named after her.

In 2008, AquaTT and Aqualex Multimedia Consortium (AMC) Ltd established an award in her honour for the most innovative poster (in English) submitted by a student, which concerns research in any one of the following areas:

  • Environmental Impacts in aquaculture
  • New species
  • Hatcheries/early life history
  • Stock production
  • Fish diseases
  • New technologies
  • Genetics/genomics

The award consists of a certificate and an award in the form of the new iPad2 worth €500 and a selection of new publications in aquatic science. The winner will join five previous winners from Germany, Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

Click HERE to learn more about the Lindsay Laird award and previous winners.

The 2013 EAS International Conference will take place in Trondheim, Norway, on 9-12 August 2013.


Other News

9th ASSEMBLE Call for Access Now Open

The 9th ASSEMBLE (Association of European Marine Laboratories) call for applications is now open. ASSEMBLE is an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research infrastructure initiative comprising a network of marine research stations. Access is provided to a comprehensive set of coastal marine ecosystems, to research vessels, state-of-the-art experimental facilities and to a wide variety of marine organisms across European waters as well as on the Red Sea and Pacific Ocean. You can now apply for on-site access to the ASSEMBLE infrastructure sites for the period December 2013-August 2014. Deadline for applications is 5 September 2013. This is the last call for on-site access as the ASSEMBLE project is ending in October 2014. Future calls will be launched within the framework of the European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC) ( The number of projects to be accommodated within Call 9 will depend on the remaining budget in the project. For more information, and to submit an application, visit


MEDCOAST Foundation Announces First Coastal and Marine Bi-annual Photography Competition

The purpose of MEDCOAST Foundation's Coastal and Marine Photography Competition is to bring attention to the beauty and bounties of the coastal and marine environment of the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and highlight the prevailing management issues. Photographs depicting different types of coastal and marine environments (physical, biological), humans and the coast/sea (human activities, development) and striking management needs are appropriate. MEDCOAST aims to contribute to coastal and marine conservation in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, through improved coastal management practices. This goal is pursued by enhancing scientific and professional collaboration among individuals and institutes (networking) in the Mediterranean and Black Sea countries, or elsewhere. For more information about the competition, its rules and how to submit your entry, click HERE.


Changing Sea Surface Temperatures and Water Circulation Patterns Affecting Food Supply for Young Atlantic Cod

Changing ocean water temperatures and circulation patterns have profoundly affected key Northeast US Continental Shelf zooplankton species in recent decades, and may be influencing the recovery of Atlantic cod and other fish stocks in the region. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers have examined the distribution and abundance of important zooplankton species, sea surface water temperatures, and cod abundance. They found that zooplankton species critical for the survival of Atlantic cod larvae have declined in abundance in the same areas where Atlantic cod stocks have struggled to rebuild after an extended period of overfishing. To read more, click HERE.


Lab Reproduction of a Marine Compound with Antibiotic Properties

Chemists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), Barcelona, Spain, have synthesised baringolin, a substance isolated from the depths of the sea by the pharmaceutical company BioMar SA. At very small doses this compound inhibits the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These results open up the possibility to better understand how this substance works and to design derivatives to turn into a viable drug in the next 10 years. Bacterial resistance to drugs leads to pharmaceutical labs constantly searching for new antibiotics to treat the same diseases. For the last thirty years, the sea bottom has yielded a wealth of substances with properties of interest to the pharmaceutical industry. To read more about this story, click HERE.


Marine Protected Area Networks Hold the Key to Resilient Marine Ecosystems

A new European Marine Board position paper presents key scientific priorities for Marine Protected Area (MPA) management and calls for the rapid implementation of MPA networks in Europe. Political drivers to halt the loss of marine biodiversity have led to an increase in MPAs, with global coverage estimated to be 8.3 million km2 in 2012 and rising. However, the establishment of MPAs in Europe has lagged behind terrestrial equivalents and has taken place in an ad hoc and largely uncoordinated way. In a new position paper, the European Marine Board presents ten scientific priorities for MPA management, calling for urgent action to inform, engage and empower stakeholders in planning connected networks of MPA. The position paper is available to download HERE. To read more, click HERE.


FEAP Dublin Declaration: ‘Streaming Sustainability’ – European Aquaculture for the Next Generation

Within the framework of celebrating European Maritime Day 2013, the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Simon Coveney TD, officially witnessed a  Declaration on ‘Streaming Sustainability in Aquaculture’ made by the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP). This event was organised in Malahide, Co Dublin, Ireland, prior to the 45th Annual General Meeting of the FEAP on 23 May 2013, where 42 delegates from 16 European States were present. For more information, and to download a copy of the declaration, click HERE.



The Virtual Open Access Agriculture and Aquaculture Repository (VOA3R) is a three-year European project launched in June 2010 and funded by the EC under the seventh framework ICT Policy Support Programme. It brings together 14 organisations from 10 European countries and three collaborators from external organisations. The VOA3R platform will integrate existing open access repositories as well as digital libraries. The most important aim of the effort is to improve sharing of scientific and open access research related to agriculture, food, and environment. VOA3R is dedicated to providing a community-oriented platform based on social networking, micro-blogging and social bookmarking. The users of this platform are researchers and academics, but also students and practitioners who either want to carry out research or publish scientific research results. The technology developed will itself become open source so that the model of the service can be adopted by enterprises (including SMEs) or other institutions as a value-added, community oriented model for open access content. For more information, visit:


TEDWeekends: Mysteries of the Deep... Revealed

TED and The Huffington Post present TEDWeekends, curated weekend programmes that introduce a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk, which is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new articles, thoughts and responses from The Huffington Post community. For the weekend of 31 May 2013 the theme was Mysteries of the Deep... Revealed, and centred on a blog post by David Gallo, who works to push the boundries of oceanic discovery. Watch his TEDTalk What You Don't Know About Life at the Bottom of the Ocean, and read the accompanying discussions HERE.


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