AquaTT Training News - September 2013

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Research Project Management Training Workshop – November 2013 Dates Announced

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AquaTT are pleased to announce the November dates for its popular Research Project Management Training Workshop. The workshop will take place from 26-28 November 2013 in the AquaTT offices based in Dublin.

With twenty-one 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 will focus on capacity building and will provide 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. The training will be provided by several experienced AquaTT trainers and will encompass real case studies and scenarios.

The agenda briefly entails:
Day 1: Setting the Scene - providing a framework for the management of research projects from policy drivers during the application phase to internal relationships during the implementation phase
Day 2: Skill-based Learning - equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to understand the key challenges involved in project and financial management and also focusing on relationship management
Day 3: Applied Project Management and Project Sustainability - providing tools to successfully manage a research project while taking into consideration key issues, including performance measurement of project outputs and outcomes. The programme will conclude with an exploration of how to achieve and maintain success in the EC-funded research project environment.

For further information please CLICK HERE. If you are interested in attending please contact AquaTT Project Officer Olivia Daly ( There are a limited number of places so an early indication of your interest is recommended.


Aquaculture Research Infrastructures Video Now Available

AQUAEXCEL VideoA short video has been produced which provides an introduction to the AQUAEXCEL (Aquaculture Infrastructures for Excellence in European Fish Research) project. AQUAEXCEL aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe, in order to promote their coordinated use and development.

The video, which aims to raise awareness of the project, can be viewed via or by visiting the AQUAEXCEL project website:


Reclaiming Wetlands for Aquaculture: Upcoming Stakeholder Event in Seville

Seafare smallThe SEAFARE project will hold a one-day stakeholder event in the Instituto de Investigacion y Formacion Agraria y Pesquera (IFAPA) in Seville, Spain, on 30 October 2013. The event will focus on the potential benefits of implementing wetland aquaculture in the Gulf of Cadiz area and aims to address policy makers, environmental managers and fish producers from Spain and Portugal.

The morning session will include a series of presentations outlining the work carried out by the SEAFARE project and the main outputs of the project relating to integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA) systems, fish polyculture and the ecosystem services that this type of aquaculture can offer to society. The morning will finish with a round table session during which policy makers and environmental managers will have the chance to ask more detailed questions about the specificities of wetlands aquaculture systems.

The event will include a visit to the facilities of Veta la Palma in the afternoon. Veta la Palma is an aquaculture farm located on an island in the Guadalquivir River, 10 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, and is a good example of how aquaculture can be used as a driver for wetland reconstruction. The attendees will have the opportunity to see for themselves how beneficial the implementation of wetlands aquaculture in the region can be from both economic and ecological perspectives.

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


New FORCE Project Brochure Now Available

FORCE BrochureInformation about the FORCE (Fisheries and Aquaculture-Oriented Research Capacity in Egypt) project is now available in a new brochure.

Since its launch in November 2011, the FORCE project has progressed significantly in its objectives to strengthen the capacity of the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries of Egypt (NIOF) to carry out research activities aimed at supporting the implementation of science-based policies for the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in Egypt, as well as in the whole Mediterranean North African region.

The new FORCE brochure contains information about the project’s background, objectives, structure, outputs to date and planned future activities. Further detailed information about the project can be found on its website


Successful Fifth NUI Galway Social Marketing Conference

NUIG Social Marketing 2013The Fifth NUI Galway Social Marketing Conference Leading Community Social Change took place in the Hilton Hotel Dublin, Ireland, on 16-17 September 2013.

The workshop focused on community-based social marketing (CBSM), a new concept developed by Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr, which is designed to foster sustainable behaviours.

Dr McKenzie-Mohr presented a one day introductory workshop in which he gave an overview of CBSM and the five key steps involved in carrying out a successful CBSM programme. On the second day, during the advanced workshop, the five steps were explored in more detail using engaging examples of how CBSM has been effectively employed in behavioural programmes.

Both workshops were successful with participants captivated by the unique presentation style of Dr McKenzie-Mohr. Participants were actively engaged in exercises throughout each workshop and Dr McKenzie Mohr provided many participants with useful tips for incorporating CBSM into their work.

More information about Dr Doug McKenzie Mohr and community-based social marketing can be found at


Workshop Explores Route Towards a 'Blue Society'

SEAFORSOCIETY logoStakeholders and 'influencers' in the Irish marine food sector gathered in the beautiful surroundings of Ballymaloe Country House Hotel, Co Cork, Ireland, on 18-20 September to discuss the barriers and solutions to a sustainable marine food industry for Ireland as part of the EU FP7 Sea for Society Project.

The workshop was organised by AquaTT, the Sea for Society area leader for Irish consultations, and was facilitated by Dr John Joyce. The Collective Intelligence process was used to elicit, discuss and develop ideas during the workshop. This methodology was pioneered by American social researcher Dr Benjamin Broome and has been adapted for use in the Sea for Society project by NUI Galway.

JJ SFS FoodThe results of this workshop will be fed back to the project co-ordinators in Europe and combined with the results of similar exercises in each of the 12 partner countries. This information will then be analysed at NUI Galway and used to inform the next phase of the Sea for Society Project - a pan-European information and outreach campaign on how humankind can live in harmony with the sea.

The first round of the Sea for Society project consultation forums started in May and ended in July 2013. The second round of the SFS consultation forums started in September and are expected to end in November. Detailed information on the consultations can be found HERE or by reading the national blogs for the consultations.

Further information on the Sea for Society project can be found on

The third Sea for Society Consortium Meeting and the second Steering Committee Meeting took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 30 September-3 October 2013. Both meetings were hosted by the SFS partner Ciência Viva. The meetings gathered all 28 Sea for Society partners and associated partners to discuss the status of the project.


2FISH Partners to Discuss Exploitation of Training Courses for the Fisheries Sector

2Fish smallPartners from the EU-funded project 2FISH will meet in Dublin, Ireland, on 15 October 2013 to discuss the testing and exploitation of six newly developed training courses aimed at the fisheries sector.

The training course modules are currently being evaluated and tested by enterprises in each of the partner countries. Plans for a final conference, which will take place in Italy in 2014, where the final modules will be presented to key stakeholders for uptake, will also be finalised during the meeting. Subject areas include; Business law concerning fisheries related businesses, Quality management in seafood production, Traceability of fisheries products, Developing a new seafood product, Fundraising for production development in the fisheries sector and Fishing tourism and boat carpentry.

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


Major New Publication on Integration of Activities in the European Coastal Zone

CoExist logoA significant new publication on integration of activities in the European coastal zone is now available. Guidance on a Better Integration of Aquaculture, Fisheries, and other Activities in the Coastal Zone: from tools to practical examples provides a comprehensive assessment of the conflicts and synergies between fisheries, aquaculture and other activities in the coastal zones of six case study areas: Hardangarfjord (Norway); Atlantic coast areas (Ireland and France); the Adriatic Sea coast (Italy); the Algarve coast (Portugal); the Coastal North Sea (Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands); and the Baltic Sea (Finland).

COEXIST Guidelines DocumentThe publication arises from the FP7-funded COEXIST project, which aimed to provide a roadmap for achieving better integration, sustainability and cooperation across the diverse activities now taking place in the European coastal zone. The project has now finished and the results will provide a framework to assist with the resolution of the existing and future conflicts related to interactions between aquaculture, fisheries and other sectors, and will contribute to the sustainable development of coastal zones at local and regional levels.

Guidance on a Better Integration of Aquaculture, Fisheries, and other Activities in the Coastal Zone: from tools to practical examples is a major output of the project and will be of significant interest to stakeholders in aquaculture, fisheries, coastal zone management, spatial planning, tourism, and energy, as well as policy makers.

The publication accounts for the views and expectations of stakeholders and includes descriptions of methods and tools that have been applied and tested across the case studies in order to answer specific questions addressing economic, ecological and social dimensions in marine spatial planning.

To download an electronic copy of Guidance on a Better Integration of Aquaculture, Fisheries, and other Activities in the Coastal Zone: from tools to practical examples and to access further information about the COEXIST project, please visit

For press queries, or to request a hard copy of the publication, please contact Niamh Dornan, Communications Officer, AquaTT ( Tel: +353 1 644 9008).


AQUAEXCEL 6th Call for Access Now Open

Aquaexcel logoThe 6th AQUAEXCEL Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 13 December 2013.

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 7th Framework Programme 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 3 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:


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
Borlaug LEAP Applications

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (Borlaug LEAP) is currently accepting applications from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US Government's global hunger initiative Feed the Future.  All topics related to agriculture and the Feed the Future initiative are admissible.

The Borlaug LEAP offers fellowships to enhance the quality of thesis research of graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. For more information visit:


Novus Internship up for Grabs

Novus International is offering the chance for an aquaculture student to take part in the Novus World Aquaculture Society (WAS) Internship programme in Vietnam.

The four-week internship will be scheduled from June to August, 2014. The intern will work with The Novus Aquaculture Research team on a current project being carried out at the Novus Aqua Research Center in Vietnam – the third largest aquaculture-producing country in the world. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2013. For more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply click HERE.


AquaBioTech (Malta) Offers Aquaculture Engineering/RAS Construction Intern Positions

AquaBioTech are offering internships in Aquaculture Engineering/RAS Construction in Malta. The position will involve building and commissioning several small research scale RAS over and assisting the engineering team in constructing complex systems in a short space of time to high quality standards. Preference will be given to those who can start as soon as possible. Accommodation will be supplied. Please contact for more details.


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Other News

Water Joint Programming Initiative: Joint Pilot Call for Research Proposals

The Joint Programming Initiative “Water Challenges for a Changing World” (the Water JPI) is an intergovernmental initiative aiming to strengthen European leadership and competitiveness in the field of water research and innovation whilst safeguarding water resources. The Water JPI is harmonising and mobilising National and Regional Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Programmes.

This Pilot Call for proposals aims to enable multi-national, collaborative research, development and innovation projects addressing the topic “Emerging water contaminants – anthropogenic pollutants and pathogens”. This call theme is framed within the priority theme “Developing Safe Water Systems for the Citizens”, as described in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the Water JPI.

Click HERE for more information.



The BALTADAPT Strategy and its accompanying Action Plan on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region were launched and presented during the final BALTADAPT Conference on 3-4 September 2013. The aim of the Baltadapt Strategy is a connected region with informed actors on all levels, where the specific objective of the Action Plan is to strengthen the capacity for adaptation action at all relevant levels and to enhance adaptive capacity in the region. Both documents are available for download.

The aim of the BALTADAPT project was to formulate a Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as an accompanying Action Plan with recommended actions and proposed guidelines for climate change adaptation.

Click HERE for more information.


Call for Abstracts: IMBER Open Science Conference 2014

The Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) project is an interdisciplinary global environmental change research initiative that is focused on understanding the sensitivity of marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems to global change and predicting ocean responses to global change and the effects on the Earth system and human society.

The IMBER Open Science Conference will provide a synthesis of a range of topics related to marine biogeochemistry and ecosystem research and the human dimension of global marine change. Abstracts are now being accepted for oral and poster presentations from all areas of marine and coastal research, including observational, modelling and conceptual studies, from the physical and natural sciences to social sciences and humanities.

For more information about the conference and abstract submission guidlines, visit the IMBER website.


Call for Access to JERICO Coastal Observatories and Calibration Facilities Now Open

The third Call for Access to the JERICO (Towards a Joint European Research Infrastructure Network for Coastal Observatories) Coastal Observatories and Calibration Facilities is open with activities scheduled to start early in 2014 subsequent to a formal screening and selection process. The call is open until 18 November 2013.

JERICO enables coastal observatories to compare notes and jointly boost the impact of their work. The project strives to integrate existing infrastructures and to spearhead the definition of best practices for the design, implementation and maintenance of observing systems and the dissemination of data.

For more information on the third Call for Access, visit:


Human Influence on Climate Clear, IPCC Report Says

Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident in most regions of the globe, a new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes.

Warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been observed throughout the climate system that are unprecedented over decades to millennia. Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850, reports the Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC Working Group I assessment report, Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis, approved on 27 September 2013 by member governments of the IPCC in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGI AR5) is available at or


Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast Wins Copernicus Masters Best Service Challenge

The online audience of the Copernicus Masters website has voted Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast (HAB Forecast) this year's most beneficial Earth-monitoring service for European citizens. The service provides a weekly alert primarily dedicated to fish farmers and regulators via web bulletin at It is the first forecast system of this kind and designed to combine all available information from Earth (in-situ monitoring stations), space (satellite data) and in-silico (biological and physical oceanic models) sources. The service, which is part of the FP7 project ASIMUTH, was submitted by Julie Maguire for the Irish Daithi O'Murchu Marine Research Station. ASIMUTH is using products from the pre-operational marine service of Copernicus that is currently provided through the EU-funded project MyOcean2.

Read more HERE.


Benny the Blenny’s Shallow Sea Adventure

Benny the Blenny’s Shallow Sea Adventure is a new book aimed at 7-11 year olds. This unique book introduces children to the beautiful and often unexpected undersea world around British coasts and is narrated by Benny the tompot blenny. If you thought a fish couldn't be charismatic, think again! The book features stunning photography by Paul Naylor (author of 'Great British Marine Animals') and addresses biodiversity, adaptation, variation, reproduction, food chains and food webs.

For more information, visit


Ulster Wildlife Living Seas Short Film and Interactive Map

Living Seas is The Wildlife Trusts’ vision for the future of the UK’s seas and sea life. As part of this initiative, Ulster Wildlife is aiming to work towards a healthy, productive and wildlife-rich future in Northern Ireland through four Living Seas themes: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and wildlife, Fishing and seafood, Marine planning and sustainable development, and Legislation and Policy. Ulster wildlife has produced a short film which takes you on a journey around the coast of Northern Ireland meeting some of the key species, habitats and people along the way. They have also produced an interactive map which allows you to learn more about the species in the Northern Irish coastal zone.


Virtual Marine Scientist

Do you want your secondary school students to understand how science really works in the lab and how research is carried out? Do you want them to investigate and learn about pressing marine environmental issues? In that case, Virtual Marine Scientist (VMS) is what you need! The Virtual Marine Scientist project aims to familiarise students (16‐19 years) with the concrete conditions in which scientists work and research is carried out. In this virtual environment, students discover how to design and run experiments in environmental science. Virtual Marine Scientist offers a stimulating context in which to learn about experimental work, including elements of cooperation and problem solving.

Click HERE to learn more.



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