AquaTT Training News - November 2015

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Real Sea Conditions to put COMMON SENSE Marine Monitoring Sensor Prototypes to the Test

COMMON-SENSE Logo RGBThe EC-funded COMMON SENSE project is making continuous progress towards a new future for marine monitoring. The project is developing prototypes for innovative, next generation sensing technologies that will contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and therefore support the protection of the marine environment in Europe.

Sensors being developed by the COMMON SENSE project will increase the availability of standardised data on: eutrophication; concentrations of heavy metals; micro plastic fraction within marine litter; underwater noise; and other parameters such as temperature, pH, pCO2 and pressure. These cost-effective sensors directly respond to current marine monitoring challenges and will be a key tool for EU Member States in meeting their MSFD requirements and achieving Good Environmental Status (GES) of their marine territories.

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Sergio Martinez, COMMON SENSE Scientific Coordinator, said: “COMMON SENSE is now entering one of the most crucial phases in the project as we conclude the development of our sensors in the lab and begin to test them in real sea conditions. This represents a very exciting time for all partners as we wait to assess their performance in these very changeable and challenging environments. At present our eutrophication and underwater noise sensors are being tested in the Mediterranean and Baltic seas and these will be followed by more prototype deployments in the spring of next year.”

The COMMON SENSE innovative prototype sensor for monitoring underwater noise was first deployed in September 2015, and is currently undergoing further testing having being deployed in the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, a peristaltic pump (an integral component of the microplastics sensor), and eutrophication, heavy metal, pH and pCO2 sensors will be tested for the first time before the end of 2015. The full microplastics sensor prototype will shortly follow and is expected to be tested at sea in early 2016.

These deployments represent the first testing of these ground breaking sensors in real sea conditions. The sensors will be deployed from fully equipped research vessels under the guidance of project partners Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council of Italy, CNR) and The Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Science, (IOPAN).

Progress on the development of these sensors was presented at the project’s recent partner meeting held in Barcelona, Spain, from 6-7 October 2015. All sensors are now in their final stages of development and functional prototypes of all sensors are expected early in 2016. The meeting was hosted by COMMON SENSE partner The Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB, Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona) at their interactive educational and exhibition space and conference venue “The Barcelona World Race Interpretation Centre”. The meeting brought the COMMON SENSE consortium together to discuss the progress of the project and to decide on future actions as the project now enters its final 16 months.

During the meeting, partners reviewed and evaluated the progress of each of the project’s activities. As the work nears the pivotal sensor integration stage, a specific session focused on integration and interoperability was high on the agenda. The partners also discussed how to maximise effective collaboration and knowledge sharing with other EC-funded projects with a similar focus on marine environmental monitoring, in particular with the SCHeMA, NeXOS and SenseOCEAN projects.

For further information about COMMON SENSE, please contact COMMON SENSE Scientific Coordinator Sergio Martinez ( or visit the project website at:


Pre-Registration for Marine Microbiome Event Now Open!

MACUMBA FINAL COL LOGONext summer the MaCuMBA project will host the first international marine microbiome event which will focus on the biotechnical application of marine microbes and will involve a joint industry event and open science conference.

MaCuMBA focuses on increasing the rate of isolation of marine microorganisms using novel high throughput techniques for improved isolation efficiency and cultivation of marine microorganisms and screening for bioactive compounds and biotechnological applications. The effective transfer of novel research discoveries in the field of marine biotechnology can greatly improve Europe’s capacity to generate new commercial opportunities.

MaCuMBA final conferenceThe event - ‘The Marine Microbiome - Discovery & Innovation’ - will bring the industrial and scientific worlds together. It will take place in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park, from 27-30 June 2016.

This event will be the first vehicle to explore how the European marine biotech industry could benefit from the latest research results in the area. It will be a platform for research and industry alike to diversify their cross-sectorial knowledge, strengthen their existing partnerships and build new opportunities. Target outputs of the MaCuMBA project that have potential industrial relevance will be presented and practical industrial development of these outputs will be discussed.

For more information about this event and to pre-register, please visit our conference webpage or contact

For more updates on the MaCuMBA project, follow the project on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


New Project Aims to Develop Advanced Tools and Research Strategies for Parasite Control in European Farmed Fish

ParaFishControl Logo ColourParaFishControl is a new €8.1 million EU Horizon 2020-funded research project that aims to improve our understanding of fish-parasite interactions and develop innovative solutions and tools to prevent, control and mitigate harmful parasites which affect the main fish species farmed in Europe (Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, common carp, turbot, European sea bass, and gilthead sea bream).

Aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing sector worldwide, currently providing half of all fish for human food. Fish disease prevention and management are essential for the sustainability of the aquaculture industry. ParaFishControl aims to improve the productivity, economic performance and image of European aquaculture through improved biosecurity, health and welfare of farmed fish.

Dr Ariadna Sitjà-Bobadilla, ParaFishControl project coordinator, explains: “This project is very timely, as parasitic diseases constitute a key constraint for sustainable finfish aquaculture in Europe. Parasites and related infections are increasingly responsible for severe damages in farmed fish, which significantly reduces aquaculture production and economy.”

ParaFishControl will increase our knowledge of parasite biology, their life-cycles and interactions with fish hosts of commercial interest. The project will develop prophylactic measures, diagnostic tools and methods to detect parasites in fish and the environment. It aims to improve current treatments, and develop new products and advanced strategies for parasite treatments. An innovative Food Safety Programme will be established to decrease and avoid risks of transfer of parasites from farmed fish to humans, and to strengthen the competitiveness and public image of European aquaculture. The outcomes of the project will benefit the whole aquaculture chain, from fish farmers to the consumer.

The project held its kick-off meeting in Benicàssim, Spain, in May 2015. At the meeting, the project’s partners discussed the vision, goals and planned methodologies of the project, and a promising exchange between the participating scientists and aquaculture industry partners was initiated.

The project’s work is now ongoing. To stay informed about the progress and results of ParaFishControl, visit the project’s website at

For more information and press queries, contact Marieke Reuver, AquaTT Programme Manager, email:


ARRAINA Represents High Potential Marine Bioeconomy

ARRAINA logo smallThe European Commission recently held a high level Bioeconomy Summit to better understand how to create a favourable environment in which to foster investment in this area. More than 400 participants gathered in Brussels from 9-10 November to discuss how investment can bring progress and expand the European bioeconomy. More than 20 EU-funded projects were invited to present their results in parallel sessions and to meet with attendees by participating in the bioeconomy exhibition.

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ARRAINA was requested to attend and showcase its results as a prime example of the innovative European marine sector. ARRAINA was presented in the marine parallel session by its coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik of INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique). The impressive results of the ARRAINA project were defined for the participants through the development of a key achievements booklet, which identifies and clearly describes the key outputs of the project. A short video introducing the project added extra value to the ARRAINA stand. Over the course of the summit, ARRAINA garnered a significant amount of interest and attention. The valuable new ARRAINA resources will soon be available through the project website, The ARRAINA presentation in pdf format can be found through the Bioeconomy summit website HERE

For more information please visit the ARRAINA website at or contact the ARRAINA Project Coordinator, Sadasivam Kaushik ( or the Project Manager, Heloise Simonson (


ARRAINA Course - Long Term Effects of Diets Low in Fish Oil and Fish Meal

ARRAINA logo smallARRAINA will hold an informative course on the long term effects of diets low in fish meal and fish oil on the lifecycle of key species, hosted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), from 13-15 January 2016.

This course will focus on the most recent advances on the effects of long term feeding with low fish meal and fish oil diets over the life cycle of key aquaculture species of commercial importance. The course will review the existing knowledge in this area and will include the most recent advances produced by the ARRAINA project. The participants will also benefit from the modern aquaculture facilities of ULPGC when undertaking practical lessons.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Growth performance of fish who have been fed low fishmeal and fish oil diets over a long term,
  • Physiological and metabolic consequences,
  • Utilisation of effective indicators to predict fish performance, fish welfare and health fillet quality and environmental impacts,
  • Micronutrients relevance,
  • Broodstock nutrition and larval development.

Target group:

The course is directed toward professionals from the industry and students from research institutions and universities related to fish farming and feed production. To view the agenda and further details, please click here.

The course fee for PhD candidates is €595 and €1,485 for participants from industry. The price includes tuition, course materials, coffee/tea, lunches, drinks and a closing dinner on Friday.

Mobility Grants:

ARRAINA will offer up to 20 grants of €500 each. Applicants should contact Ms Geertje Schlaman ( before October 30 2015.
CIHEAM (Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes)) will offer up to four grants of travel and lodging to non-EU participants from Mediterranean countries. Requests should be sent to Prof. Marisol Izquierdo, contact details below.

Registration: You are invited to request your registration (before 15 November 2015). After this date you will receive details about location, payment, programme and participants list. The host organisation will assist in organising accommodation for all participants. Please contact Ms Natalia Carqué (

Further information: Prof. Reda Saleh ( or Prof. Marisol Izquierdo (


TRAFOON Second Annual Conference

TRAFOON BANNERThe partners of TRAFOON converged in Athens for its Second Annual Meeting on 12-13 November 2015. The meeting was held alongside the 29th EFFoST conference titled “Innovations in Attractive and Sustainable Food for Health” ( As well as having a partner meeting, TRAFOON also co-hosted a session with its sister project TRADEIT ( on “Innovation and sustainability for traditional food small‐scale producers”.

TRAFOON will focus on four different traditional food product sectors: grains, fish, fruits and olive oil, vegetables and mushrooms; and general topics such as quality assurance and entrepreneurship. The aim is to link traditional food SMEs with specific needs with the relevant science actors who could have a promising solution, thereby helping to bridge the gap that is often present between scientists and relevant stakeholders.

The objective of the second partner meeting was to review the status of each work package representing a food sector. In particular, focus was on defining the Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas based on the needs of the traditional SMEs which cannot be solved through available research results. As TRAFOON enters its final year of funding, the emphasis is on ensuring that all activities carried out are standardised and robust.

Within the project, needs of SMEs have been investigated all over Europe. These needs have been matched with available innovations. More than 35 training workshops for SMEs and for food researchers will be carried out in 14 European countries.

For more information on the TRAFOON project and its fish sub-network, please visit



COLUMBUS Celebrates Oceans of Tomorrow Project Collaboration

Additional-Logo COLUMBUS weOn 11 November 2015, the European Commission held its annual Oceans of Tomorrow conference in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting, aptly named “Results so far for healthy and productive seas and oceans”, showcased the key exploitable results that have been generated by the projects funded under the call.

The meeting was chaired by Ms Sigi Gruber, Head of the Marine Resources Unit of DG Research and Innovation. As part of the opening plenary presentation, Ms Gruber highlighted the importance of increasing the communication, dissemination and, critically, Knowledge Transfer of all results from EC-funded research. In particular, she spoke of the Marine Information Sharing Platform that the EC are planning to set up by the end of the year (2015). This platform will appear as an extension of CORDIS and will present Knowledge Outputs of EC-funded projects in an easy-to-access portal. To facilitate this plan, the EC collaborated with the COLUMBUS project (March 2015 – February 2018) whose key objective is to identify, collect and transfer marine Knowledge Outputs to stimulate increased uptake and impact.

Over the last few months, COLUMBUS has been fortunate enough to work with all 31 Project Coordinators of the Oceans of Tomorrow projects. This has enabled over 500 Knowledge Outputs to be identified and described; where a Knowledge Output is a single “unit of knowledge or learning generated by or through research activity”. The sheer volume of collected highlights the huge potential of additional impact that could be generated through Knowledge Transfer processes.

COLUMBUS would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the Project Coordinators for their patience and collaboration. The coordinators should expect to observe the benefit of this collaboration with increased exposure of their results in a more digestible format. Furthermore, the COLUMBUS Knowledge Fellows should be congratulated for carrying out this immense task with professionalism and enthusiasm.

If you would like to find out more about COLUMBUS’ methodology and the expected impacts of the project, please visit, For more general information on COLUMBUS or if you would like to receive regular updates on the project’s progress, please contact the Project Manager Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (

For more information about the COLUMBUS project, see


First Issue of Sea Change Project News Now Available

SEACHANGE Full Logo ColourThe first issue of the Sea Change project newsletter is now available to download from the project’s website:

Newsletter 1Sea Change is a three-year EU H2020 funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and seas, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

The first issue of Sea Change Project News includes: an introduction to the Sea Change project; an interview with Sea Change project coordinator Jon Parr on the importance of creating a more Ocean Literate society and how the project intends to tackle the issue; an introduction to the concept of Ocean Literacy; Ocean Literacy in the news; some top tips for protecting the ocean; recent Sea Change events; and dates for your Ocean Literacy Diary.


Communications Officer Vacancy with AquaTT

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Position: Communications Officer
Type: Full-time 18 month contract (initial 6 month probation), available immediately
Location: AquaTT’s Dublin city centre office

With 23 years of experience, AquaTT has proven itself as an expert at managing European scientific projects, with a strategic focus on knowledge management and transfer, communication, dissemination and training. Over the past five years AquaTT has demonstrated a track record in successfully pursuing, acquiring and managing a significant amount of grants (27 European Commission (EC)-funded projects across the 7th Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, Interreg and Lifelong Learning Programmes), enabling it to build a knowledge-based organisation with key networks among national and European stakeholders. As a result, AquaTT has become one of the most successful organisations in Ireland in securing EC funding.

Across its vast network, AquaTT collaborates with more than 250 institutions in more than 40 countries. Research domains in which it currently operates include: Marine, Environment, Water, Health, Climate Change, Energy and Food. Through numerous projects, AquaTT works with Europe’s top researchers for the entirety of each project’s life cycle, from project conception right through to delivery, to ensure positive societal impact.

AquaTT has built an experienced and multidisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds and now we have an opening for an individual that is passionate about science and able to communicate its merits to different audiences. The successful candidate will have excellent writing skills, strong website management and social media experience, and will be able to generate new innovative ideas and content.

The Communications Officer will assist in the development and implementation of AquaTT’s internal and external communications strategies and delivery of roles in EC-funded scientific projects. The Communications Officer will play an integral role in disseminating the results and significance of EC funded scientific projects to a diverse range of audiences and partners. This will include maintaining key communication channels as well as generating and editing content across all of AquaTT's activities.

For more information, click HERE


Student Corner

FREE IMarEST Student Membership

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) are now offering FREE membership for all students for the duration of their studies.

The benefits of student membership include access to:

  • Marine Technical Notes
  • The Marine Professional Magazine
  • Awards, scholarships and intern programmes
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • NEXUS – an online working environment for members only
  • Use of post nominal ‘SIMarEST’
  • The Virtual Library-access to thousands of academic journals, trade magazines, market reports, news, eBooks.
  • e-Marine-bimonthly industry newsletter
  • 25% off selected books
  • Regular networking opportunities through your local branch

For more information and details of how to join, see:


Global Food Winter School at Wageningen University

Are you a BSc student and curious about food innovations dealing with sustainable production and global consumption?

  • When? February 1-5, 2016
  • Where? Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • For whom? 40 Bachelor students from food science or related programmes worldwide

During the Winter School students will have the opportunity to get a taste of the global perspectives and insights into the interdisciplinary nature of the food industry.

During these 5 days students will have an intensive programme. Daily lectures and workshops by internationally recognised leading experts in the field ensure provision of in-depth analysis on core issues on food science, such as product development, sustainability, international food law and consumer behaviour. 

The Global Food Winter School is targeted at Food Science students at BSc level, who are interested in a position in the global food market and have an international mindset.

For more information, see:


Third Food Law Winter School

Are you a law student and want to stand out from the rest? Are you a food science student and are you curious about the relation between science and law?

When? February 1-5, 2016
Where? Wageningen University, The Netherlands
For whom? 50 students from law and food programmes worldwide

During the winter school students will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the regulations governing food. They will be introduced to the basic principles of European food safety policy such as the “farm to fork” approach.

The Food Law Winter School is the only such summer- or winterschool in the field of food law. Food law is a small discipline in the field of law, and is rarely taught at law or food faculties in Europe. The Winter School thus is an excellent opportunity for law and food science students to get to know a bit of this field. 

The Winter School is mainly targeted toward students in Law, but also open for food science students to enhance interdisciplinary activities and discussions. The target group is students on bachelor/undergraduate level, but some places are reserved for MSc and PhD students.

For more information, see:


Registration is Open for Mares Conference 2016 Training Workshops

The registration for the Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation 2016 training workshops is now open at

The Mares Conference 2016 will commence with two days of MARES Consortium/EuroMarine Network training workshops on 1-2 February 2016.

The courses are aimed at students, doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows and researchers. Workshops include:

Effective Outreach Workshops:
• Presentation skills
• Media skills for researchers
• Advantages of Open Science to research career
• Dos and don’ts in manuscript submission and review: An editor’s perspective

Research Tools Workshops:
• Are You Ready for R
• Non Statistics in R
• Scientific Illustration
• Dredging and the Environment

For more information, see:


Other News

Oceans 2015 Initiative

Translations and new policy-relevant materials have been made available in order to try to raise the profile of the ocean at COP21. Dissemination of these documents is encouraged.

Links to the English, French, Spanish and Chinese versions can be found HERE.


Webinar: Maximising the Impact of H2020 Projects

Learn more about exploitation of Intellectual Property rights in H2020 projects. This webinar gives an overall view of the creation and the development of IP rights both through and after the duration of an H2020 project. 

For more information, click HERE


Researchers Sound Alarm on Acidification of Seas

Scientists have long suspected that the acidification of the ocean may harm its flora and fauna, but the likely impact in the Mediterranean was a mystery - until now. The knowledge on acidification gained by EU-funded researchers is of great concern. The team is now calling for urgent action to protect the Mediterranean Sea's precious biodiversity and its many other benefits.

For more information, click HERE


Strengthening of Mediterranean Regional Cooperation in Maritime Economy

Ministers of Maritime Affairs from 43 Mediterranean countries have agreed to work more closely together and promote growth, jobs and investments in the marine and maritime sectors.

For more information, click HERE


Make Your Voice Heard and Contribute to Blue Growth!

The BioSTEP project has launched a stakeholder consultation on the future development of the European bioeconomy.

Participate in the consulatation HERE


Cefas Leads Marine "Open Data" Revolution

Decades’ worth of data revealing the health of our seas and marine wildlife, has been made freely available to the public for the first time, following the launch of a new ‘Data Hub’ by the UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

For more information, click HERE


Belgium Compendium for Coast and Sea 2015 – Launched

This document, internationally recognised as a blueprint for other countries, maps the Belgian marine sciences and highlights many socio-economic, environmental and institutional aspects of the Belgian coast and sea. This national overview underpins the transition towards a Blue Economy.

For more information, click HERE


Blue Society Arrives at the European Parliament

On 18 November 2015, in the European Parliament Ricardo Serro Santos MEP gathered policy makers, the scientific community, youth and other stakeholders to launch the concept of a Blue Society, that aims to make the Ocean an integral part of society and put it at the heart of decision making.

For more information, click HERE




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