AquaTT Training News - August 2013

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Research Project Management Autumn Training Workshop, Dublin, Ireland, 22-24 October 2013

Aquatt Training Web pageWith 21 years of experience in EC-funded research projects, AquaTT as part of its Mentoring, Training and Advisory Services has devised a robust three-day Research Project Management Training Workshop primarily aimed at Researchers and Communications and Project Officers.

This practical three-day training workshop provides participants with (i) an understanding of the lifecycle of EC-funded research projects, (ii) a skillset to increase their ability to efficiently project manage their work, and (iii) the opportunity to apply these skills to real issues that occur in research projects.

Over the course of the three days, experienced AquaTT trainers will guide participants through the various stages of a research project using real case studies and scenarios while simultaneously integrating the skillset to afford the participants practical experience of applying these skills to research projects.

This workshop is designed to facilitate a quality learning experience for groups in small numbers and is therefore open to a limited amount of participants.

The programme’s customised interactive approach involves a combination of facilitated learning and practical exercises that will ensure participants experience hands-on learning to better prepare them to successfully manage EC-funded contracts.

The total cost for this three day training workshops is €1,170. This figure includes learning materials, lunch and refreshments.

For further information contact: Olivia Daly, Education and Training Manager ( T: +353 1 644 9008


Last Chance to Register for Free Aquaculture Genomics Training Opportunities

Aquaexcel logoThe deadline for applications for the second training course organised by the FP7-funded AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project is 1 September 2013. Course attendance is free, thanks to EC Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding.

The course, Contribution of Genomic Approaches to the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture for Temperate and Mediterranean Fish, will be hosted by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in Rennes, France, on 16-18 October 2013. 

Participants are requested to submit their CV and a brief letter outlining their motivation for wanting to attend the course. For more information and online registration, please visit

Applications are also now being accepted for the third training course, The Application of Chromosome Set Manipulations and the Importance of Gamete Collection and Management in Aquaculture. This course will be hosted by the Institute of Aquaculture (IoA) at University of Stirling, Scotland, on 18-22 November 2013. Additional inputs will be provided by scientists based at l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France, and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway.

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NUI Galway 5th Annual Social Marketing Conference: Leading Community Social Change

Social Marketing conference NUI GalwayThe 5th NUI Galway Annual Social Marketing Conference will take place in the Hilton Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, on 16-17 September 2013.

To date, most programs to promote sustainable behaviours have relied upon disseminating information. However, research demonstrates that simply providing information has little or no effect on what individuals or businesses do. But if not adverts, brochures or booklets, then what? A new approach, known as community-based social marketing, has emerged as an effective alternative for promoting active lifestyles, water and energy efficiency, waste reduction, alternative transportation and many other sustainable actions.

The founder of community-based social marketing, Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr, will deliver a one-day introductory community-based social marketing workshop and a one-day advanced workshop on how to effectively foster sustainable behaviour.

Those who design or fund programs to encourage individuals or businesses to engage in environmentally beneficial behaviours - such as those involved in waste reduction, water and energy efficiency, watershed protection, pollution prevention, conservation, or transportation changes - will find these workshops invaluable. The workshops will also be useful for environmental education professionals who work in settings such as zoos, aquariums and parks. Public health professionals who work to foster active lifestyles will also benefit from attending.

Participant numbers are restricted so book early to avoid disappointment. Places will be confirmed on a first-come basis. Prospective participants are requested to complete an application form and submit it to before 10 September 2013.

Click HERE for more information. Please direct enquires to Ciara Egan, AquaTT 01 6449008 or


Major MSFD Workshop on Research Needs with regard to Pressures and Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

STAGES FINAL COL LOGOThe STAGES (Science and Technology Advancing Governance on Good Environmental Status) project will host its second workshop, Research needs with regard to the pressures and their impacts on marine ecosystems, from 4-5 September 2013 in Rome, Italy.

STAGES is an EC FP7-funded project that is directly responding to a request from DG Environment to put a support action in place to facilitate the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Under the MSFD, EU Member States are expected to assess the overall status of their respective marine environments and to put in place the necessary measures to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020.

The workshop is organised by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre (JRC), L’Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER), and el Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR; all of which are partners in the STAGES project.

The workshop report will form the basis of the STAGES science-policy report on needs for further research for the implementation of the MSFD. This report will be used to inform future research, as well as programme managers and decision makers.

This workshop is the second in a series of three workshops, the first (held in May) identified future research needs to support improved and more efficient monitoring programmes under MSFD. The final STAGES workshop, The Identification of Research Needs with Regard to Socio-Economic Analysis, will be held later this year (October 2013).

For more information about STAGES and Research needs with regard to the pressures and their impacts on marine ecosystems, please visit or contact Marisa Fernández Cañamero, STAGES Coordinator ( or Raquel Diez Arenas (, Centro Tecnológico del Mar - Fundación (CETMAR)


Deadline for 5th AQUAEXCEL Call for Access Approaching

Aquaexcel logoThe 5th AQUAEXCEL Call for Access will close on 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:


HEALTHY FUTURES Project Helping to Manage Human Response to Disease Risk in Eastern Africa

Healthy FuturesImportant outputs are starting to arise from the HEALTHY FUTURES (Health, environmental change and adaptive capacity) project, which aims to address the risk of outbreaks and transmission of three water-related vector-borne diseases (VBDs) in eastern Africa. HEALTHY FUTURES is now past its halfway point, with less than 18 months of the project remaining.

One of the key outcomes of HEALTHY FUTURES will be the introduction of decision support tools (DSTs) designed to assist health planners' formulation, assessment and comparison of strategies for managing human responses to disease risks for the three target diseases (malaria, schistosomiasis and Rift Valley fever) of the project.

The DSTs currently being developed through HEALTHY FUTURES will be introduced to stakeholders in preliminary form at a meeting on 24-25 February 2014 at the International Livestock Research Institute’s facilities in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the meeting is to refine the DSTs, with the end-users in mind, prior to their implementation, through consultation with stakeholders.

The development and application of DSTs aimed at facilitating adaptation to the health impacts of environmental changes present many challenges: the meeting involving stakeholders will be considered a success if progress is made towards achieving effective communication between decision makers and health researchers about the design and use of DSTs relating to the HEALTHY FUTURES project. Effective communication will provide a firm foundation for stakeholder uptake, ownership and further development of the DSTs, their dissemination and their use beyond the project end. Further details of the stakeholder meeting will be announced on the project website ( as they become available.

HEALTHY FUTURES is also now in the process of organising a major international conference targeting climate change and health, scheduled for 2014. The meeting will be hosted by the National University of Rwanda and is scheduled to coincide with release of the next (fifth) Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change Assessment report. The conference will specifically target the wider implications of findings from research projects such as HEALTHY FUTURES, with a view to translating research results to other at-risk regions and/or applying them to other diseases that might benefit from the same generic approach. Details of the conference will be posted on the project website and emailed to stakeholders in HEALTHY FUTURES as they become available.

Finally, a promotional video that summarises the HEALTHY FUTURES project is now available. The video, which aims to raise awareness of the project, can be viewed via or by visiting the HEALTHY FUTURES project website.


AQUAMED Project Impact Analysis Report Now Available

Aquamed logoThe results of the AQUAMED project are now summarised in the AQUAMED Impact Analysis report. This report provides a general overview of the key AQUAMED achievements and a description of the methodology used by the project.

This document also contains the views and expectations of stakeholders that were raised at the 2nd AQUAMED Multi-Stakeholder meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey. Based on the results from this meeting a Plan of Action was developed by the participants. The final Plan of Action, which represents the views of the project stakeholders only, can also be found in the 2nd AQUAMED Multi-Stakeholder Meeting report and constitutes a baseline document that could serve to facilitate future debate of the ideas proposed.

Find out more about the AQUAMED project at


New COEXIST Project Website and Publication

CoExist colour fullThe new COEXIST project website was launched 20 August 2013. It contains a general project description and all the outputs and deliverables obtained within the project, which are now available for all interested stakeholders and the wider public.

Check the Case Study section to find all the relevant information related to your Case Study or download all the deliverables of the project in the section Work Packages and Deliverables.

The COEXIST project results are now summarised in the Guidance on a Better Integration of Aquaculture, Fisheries, and other Activities in the Coastal Zone: from tools to practical examples. This guidance document provides a comprehensive assessment of the conflicts and synergies between fisheries, aquaculture and other activities in the coastal zone in the six COEXIST case study areas. This document also accounts for the views and expectations of stakeholders that were raised at the COEXIST stakeholder workshop held in Bergen, Norway, parallel to the ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) Annual Science Conference 2012.

COEXIST was an EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) multidisciplinary project which aimed to provide a roadmap for achieving better integration, sustainability and synergies across the diverse activities now taking place in the European coastal zone. The project ended on 30 June 2013, but a shared session on the project will be held in the next Annual Scientific Conference of the ICES in September 2013.

For further information on the COEXIST project, please visit, or contact Emma Bello Gomez, Project Officer, AquaTT ( Tel: +353 1 644 9008).


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

Winner of 2013 Lindsay Laird Award AnnouncedIMG 2769 compressed

AquaTT are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Lindsay Laird Award for the best innovative aquaculture student poster at the 2013 Aquaculture Europe Conference is Giulia Micallef from the University of Aberdeen with her poster entitled “Proteomic Investigation on the Effect of Prebiotic Dietary Supplements on the Skin Mucus of Atlantic Salmon Salmo salar”.

The aim of Giulia’s study was to investigate the effect of prebiotic dietary supplements on the skin mucus proteome of Atlantic salmon in order to identify potential biomarkers for future studies. She receives an iPad, sponsored by AquaTT, and a book prize from Wiley-Blackwell.

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

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


SMARTSkills 2013 Postgraduate Workshop

The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) is pleased to announce the forthcoming SMARTSkills 2013 postgraduate workshop on Funding Opportunities and Data Access, which will be held on 24-25 October at the Marine Institute in Oranmore, Galway, Ireland.

This two-day workshop aims to support emerging researchers by providing practical, concise information on accessing funding and data, two areas essential to developing a career in marine research. Our expert speakers will map out the funding landscape and address the data management issues and challenges that postgraduate researchers face.

The workshop is open to all postgraduate students of marine science, technology and engineering from across the island of Ireland. A fee of €75 is applicable to students from non-SMART partner institutes. Prospective attendees are asked to register online before Friday 27 September.

Registration and further information is available at:


Aquaculture Course Bursaries

A bursary scheme, funded by the Scottish Funding Council, is now available for the October 2013 intake of the MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. This part-funded bursary is available to EU and Scottish students. This postgraduate qualification is delivered via distance learning; hosted on and supplied by the University of St Andrews. The MSc covers all aspects of sustainable aquaculture including vertebrate and invertebrate species, giving students a thorough knowledge of the subject.

Candidates wishing to be considered for the Scholarship should contact Dr Neil Hazon, Scottish Oceans Research Institute (e-mail: The application deadline is 1 September 2013.

For more information, visit:


Other News

Commission Adopts Trade Measures Against Faroe Islands to Protect the Atlanto-Scandian Herring Stock

On 20 August 2013 the European Commission adopted a package of measures to address the continued unsustainable fishing of herring by the Faroe Islands. The measures include the ban of imports of herring and mackerel from the Atlanto-Scandian stocks that have been caught under the control of the Faroe Islands as well as fishery products containing or made of such fish. The measures also include restrictions on the use of EU ports by vessels fishing for the herring and mackerel stocks under the control of the Faroe Islands. This means that some Faroese vessels will not be allowed to dock in EU ports, except in cases of emergency.

European Commissioner for Maritime and Fisheries Affairs, Maria Damanaki said: "The imposition of such measures is always done as a very last resort. The Faroese could have put a stop to their unsustainable fishing but decided not to do so. It is now clear to all that the EU is determined to use all the tools at its disposal to protect the long-term sustainability of stocks."

Click HERE to read more.


LARVANET: Open Access State-of-the-Art Knowledge for Producers, Scientists and Managers

LARVANET (Critical success factors for fish larval production in European Aquaculture: a multidisciplinary network) have produced eight state-of-the-art reviews which have been published as an open-access supplementary section of Reviews in Aquaculture. These reviews cover broodstock, gamete quality, microbiology, skeletal development and abnormalities, digestion and nutrition, growth potential and juvenile quality as well as the importance of the inherent plasticity of fishes to aquaculture and fisheries. This resource is aimed at producers, managers and scientists in aquaculture, fisheries and evolutionary science. 


Second MMMPA Training Event, 22 September-3 October 2013, Murcia, Spain

The Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MMMPA) will hold its second training course on The Social, Economic and Institutional Perspectives in the Co-Management of MPAs from 22 September-3 October 2013 in Murcia, Spain. MMMPA aims to train the next generation of MPA scientists and managers, equipping them with a flexible set of skills essential within a wide range of professional environments, including public administration, local authorities, industry and academia. This event is designed for both MMMPA and external participants, including MSc and PhD students, MPA managers and technicians, practitioners, researchers.

For more information about this training event, click HERE.


The Fish Site Special Digital Magazine: Sustainable Aquaculture Digital

The Fish Site has produced a special digital magazine which focuses on the key aquaculture industry event AquaNor. It includes an exclusive interview with Liv Holmefjord the Norwegian Director of Fisheries in which she discusses sustainability in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. The theme of the report is sustainability and it features interviews and articles from leading experts in health, industry and education sectors exploring the intrinsic link between sustainability and aquaculture. Sustainable Aquaculture Digital is available online HERE.


Open Access to Research Publications Reaching 'Tipping Point'

The global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers—so-called 'open access'— has been confirmed in a study funded by the European Commission. This new research suggests that open access is reaching the tipping point, with around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free. This is about twice the level estimated in previous studies, explained by a refined methodology and a wider definition of open access. The study also estimates that more than 40% of scientific peer reviewed articles published worldwide between 2004 and 2011 are now available online in open access form. The study looks at the EU and some neighbouring countries, as well as Brazil, Canada, Japan and United States of America.

Click HERE to read more.


DG MARE Call for Proposals: Guardians of the Sea

The European Commission has published a call for proposals on Preparatory Action "Guardians of the Sea". The objective of this initiative is to promote the re-orientation of fishermen and fishing vessels towards activities outside fishing. The call will close on 18 October 2013.

Click HERE for more information.


Fisheries and Aquaculture in Europe Issue 62, August 2013

Fisheries and Aquaculture in Europe is a magazine published by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. It is distributed free on request, five times a year in all the official languages of the European Union. Issue 62 includes reports on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), European Maritime Day 2013 and the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan, which seeks to protect marine environments while creating jobs. The online version is available HERE.


SARF Calls for Proposals 2013/14

The Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for research and development projects in the following areas:

  • PAMP Refreshment Study
  • Survey of Pacific oyster in Scotland
  • Novel Treatments for Freshwater Aquaculture
  • Assessment of the viability of the different life stages of Lepeophtheirus salmonis following exposure to hydrogen peroxide
  • Assessment of the viability of Neoparamoeba perurans following exposure to hydrogen peroxide
  • Availability and use of freshwater resources in Scotland
  • Finfish Feed Ingredients
  • Modelling of the Potential for Shortening the Pen-Based Phase of the Salmon Ongrowing Cycle
  • Technology and development of Exposed/Offshore Aquaculture in Scotland

Deadline for Applications: Friday 27 September 2013. For more information, visit:


Bord Iascaigh Mhara Aquaculture Survey 2013

The Bord Iascaigh Mhara Aquaculture Survey 2012 was released on 19 July 2013. It contains statistics on production, price and employment in the primary aquaculture sector in 2012 based on BIM's annual survey of all licensed aquaculture producers within the Republic of Ireland. The report is available to download HERE.


Assessing the Sustainability of Aquaculture Production

Global consumption of seafood has risen dramatically over the last decade, due to a growing population, increased affluence and changing eating habits - many now see seafood as a healthy alternative to meat. The EU is the largest single regional importer, with many of its imports coming from Asia. The EU-funded project SEAT ('Sustainable Trade in Ethical Aquaculture') is building up an understanding of new Asian aquatic food chains - and looking into their sustainability. Read more HERE.


Final Opportunitiy to Apply for ASSEMBLE On-site Access to Marine Research Facilities

The deadline for the 9th ASSEMBLE call for applications is 5 September 2013. You can apply for on-site access to the ASSEMBLE infrastructure sites for the period December 2013-August 2014.

ASSEMBLE offers subsidiSed onsite access to researchers specialised in marine research and scientists willing to perform their research with marine models and associated state-of-the-art facilities.

Call 9 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 EMBRC – European Marine Biological Research Centre ( The number of projects to be accommodated within call 9 will depend on the remaining budget in the project.

Apply HERE.


Celtic Seas Partnership - Building on the Legacy of PISCES

Building on the success of the PISCES project, WWF-UK along with partners SeaWeb, NERC Dublin Regional Authority and University of Liverpool is now delivering the Celtic Seas Partnership project. This project runs from 2012 to the end of 2016 and the overarching aim is to bring together sea-users, scientists and governments across the Celtic Seas to find ways of implementing key European legislation designed to conserve and protect Europe’s seas while allowing sustainable use of our natural marine resources.

A workshop is being held to officially launch the project at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on Thursday 31 October 2013. Event attendees can expect to meet other stakeholders from different sectors and countries, learn about the project and share best practice. There will also be an opportunity to join a field visit to the Mersey Basin Campaign area and attend an evening reception on Wednesday 30 October. To register an interest in attending please email

To find out more about the project visit its website:


Open Stakeholder Consultation for JPI Oceans: Deadline Extended

The deadline for the open online consultation which has been launched as part of a mapping exercise carried out by the Coordination and Support Action Oceans (CSA Oceans) on behalf of the Joint Programming Initiative for Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) has been extended to 3 September 2013.

The open consultation aims to collect the views of the marine and maritime community on the potential role that JPI Oceans can play in the European and international research and innovation landscape, including infrastructures for research and monitoring, human capacities and development of science to inform policy.

The consultation is part of a broad mapping exercise that is being carried out by the CSA Oceans to provide support to the further development of JPI Oceans and is open for all interested organisations and individuals. Through this consultation, CSA Oceans is seeking inputs on gaps and knowledge needs that could potentially be relevant to JPI Oceans, and views on how to create synergies across Europe and how to collaborate with other mechanisms for European and international coordination and cooperation. The inputs provided through this consultation process will be analysed to inform the development of the JPI Oceans Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

For more information on the consultation click HERE. The online consultation itself is available HERE.


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