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Perspectives on technology enhanced teaching and learning from the AQUA-TNET Project

Presentation made to the COFASP workshop "Towards new solutions on mobility and learning tools for human capacity building on the fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing chain. Bilbao, 8th October 2015. The presentation covers a few key definitions and concepts useful in developing new training and knowledge building interventions.

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Seafood Training Academy: World Seafood Congress 2015 Training Courses

Seafood Training Academy: World Seafood Congress 2015 Training Courses | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The Seafood Training Academy is offering a selection of training courses in conjunction with the World Seafood Congress to be held in Grimsby, UK in September 2015. These include courses on HACCP, quality assessment and fish smoking.

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Short courses currently recruiting - get in touch if you are interested!

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ARRAINA Workshop on Current Challenges and Perspectives of Trout Feeding

ARRAINA Workshop on Current Challenges and Perspectives of Trout Feeding | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
We are pleased to announce that the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre, Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NARIC HAKI), in the frame of the EU-project "Advanced Research Initiatives for Nutrition and Aquaculture (ARRAINA)", will organize the ARRAINA Workshop on Current Challenges and Perspectives of Trout Feeding on 7th October 2015 in Gdansk, Poland.

The main target audience of the workshop is fish farmers of Poland and the neighboring countries, but the participation of other stakeholders (researchers, policy-makers, etc.) is also welcome. For young scientist and farmers mobility grants will be available.

The workshop will be held at Polish Trout Breeders Association, Gdansk, Poland.

Participation to the workshop is free. The language of the workshop is English and Polish, interpretation will be provided.

The workshop will consist of plenary sessions to present the project’s outputs and overviews on the current issues and challenges in trout and salmon feeding. Session will be on broodstock nutrition, larvae feeding and grow out of trout and salmon, followed by discussion to provide a representative view of the research needs of the sector.
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Deadline for registration is 20th September 2015

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Publication: The European Higher Education Area in 2015: Bologna Process Implementation Report

Publication: The European Higher Education Area in 2015: Bologna Process Implementation Report | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This new report gives a snapshot of the state of implementation of the Bologna Process across the 47 countries of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). It provides comprehensive qualitative and quantitative information on all main aspects of higher education reforms aiming at a well-functioning EHEA. The report has been developed by Eurydice, Eurostat and Eurostudent for the Ministerial Conference in Yerevan (14-15 May 2015) and the work has been overseen by the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG).

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A new comprehensive update on progress towards the European Higher Education Area from Eurydice.

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MaCuMBA: Summer School 2015

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MACUMBA SUMMER SCHOOL 2015: "SAMPLING, ISOLATION & CULTIVATION OF MARINE MICROORGANISMS"

12 – 24 July 2015, Texel, The Netherlands

The MaCuMBA consortium is pleased to announce that the project will host a summer school on sampling, isolation and cultivation of marine microorganisms in July 2015. During this two-week course, participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts in the field and obtain first-hand experience of isolation and cultivation design along with various other techniques.


Course description

Morning lectures will be given by leading microbiologists who will present their ideas about the design of culture media, single cell isolation techniques, identification, and screening for bioactive compounds and their application by the biotechnology industry.

Demonstrations and hands-on practical work related to these topics will be carried out in the afternoons. In small groups, the participants will discuss and practice different isolation techniques for microbes including open seawater, marine sediments and substrates (e.g. seaweeds). A matrix of different marine systems, isolation techniques and culturing methods will be offered to the participants. Participants will design appropriate cultivation media and growth circumstances for photoautotrophic and chemoauto- and heterotrophic microorganisms. Enrichment cultures, dilution to extinction, batch and continuous cultivation, plate and cellto-cell communication will be part of the training. Aerobic and anaerobic cultivation will be possible under different environmental conditions. State-of-the-art identification techniques will be available for processing the samples.


Target audience

Technicians, PhD students and Postdoctoral scientists with background knowledge in microbiology (required) are invited to apply. The course is open to both MaCuMBA project partners and external applicants.


Registration deadline is 16th March 2015.

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This should be of particular interest to any new entrants into the area of marine biotechnology. 

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LINQ 2015 Calls are published! | LINQ 2014 - Learning Innovations and Quality

LINQ 2015 Calls are published! | LINQ 2014 - Learning Innovations and Quality | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

LINQ 2015 has published its Calls! The motto of the international LINQ Conference 2015 is: “The Need for Change in Education: Openness as Default?” Continuing the successful series of conferences from 2013 in Rome and 2014 in Crete, LINQ returns to its birthplace in Brussels to discuss the place of open education and research in contemporary society. From 12 to 13 May 2015, LINQ will convene international learning experts and practitioners from all educational sectors. Interested parties are invited to submit research papers, project overviews, and workshop proposals on the following themes by 4 February, 2015:

- Vision and needs for change in education through open learning worldwide
- Strategies and implementations of openness in learning processes
- Global aspects of high-quality open education
- Quality indicators and methods to describe, measure and evaluate quality for open education, OER and MOOCs
- Conceptual contributions on new and innovative quality models, methodologies, standards and approaches for open education and e-learning
- Practical experiences and reports with implementations of quality approaches for open education
- Competences required by institutions as well as by learners for designing, practicing and improving the quality of open learning
- Methodologies for and experience of increased recognition of open learning in formal, non-formal and informal learning, education and training
- Certification of open education and e-learning in institutions, programs & courses
- Integrated innovation and quality approaches for opening up education
International, national and regional quality projects related to the themes of the conference

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Here are the key details for this major 2015 European conference for education professionals

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Institute of Aquaculture: The 4th PhD Research Conference - 18 Feb 2015

Institute of Aquaculture: The 4th PhD Research Conference - 18 Feb 2015 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Invitation from the University of Stirling, Institute of Aquaculture:

 

"This is the fourth postgraduate conference in what has proved a popular and interesting opportunity for our Ph.D. researchers to showcase their work, its quality and impact, and to provide a meeting place where students, staff, stakeholders, and sponsors across the aquaculture and wider sectors can liaise. What is more, it is completely free to attend! We hope you will join us for this day-long conference where you will have the opportunity to listen to a series of oral presentations on a wide range of subjects, and browse poster presentations by PhDs and young researchers from around the globe.

Conference delegates (both visitors to the university and university staff and students) are required to pre-register for the conference. Online registration will only take you a couple of minutes to complete. An early response would be appreciated to help us to plan facilities and catering for the day".

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Check the date now and join us if you can for this lively and stimulating event which must be one of the best value in the International Aquaculture Calendar! 

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Check the date now and join us if you can for this lively and stimulating event which must be one of the best value in the International Aquaculture Calendar!

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Introduction to mathematical modelling for the environmental and biological sciences

Introduction to mathematical modelling for the environmental and biological sciences | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A 5-day course at the University of Stirling, School of Natural Sciences
Monday 16th to Friday 20th February 2015


Designed for PhD students and early-stage researchers with a biological background who wish to develop interdisciplinary skills in mathematical modelling for the life sciences.

The course aims to meet the needs of students in the biological sciences who are increasingly turning to mathematical modelling in the era of big data, the three Rs of animal testing, and remote sensing, but who may lack the background necessary to create their own mathematical or statistical models.


This course, run by mathematicians, physicists and ecologists with experience in epidemiology and terrestrial and marine ecology, will provide an introduction to basic modelling concepts and a guide to using common skills. You will be guided through the key steps of researching the question, formulating the model framework, parameterising the model, and model criticism.

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This is particularly aimed at NERC funded students, but others may be eligible to participate.

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Summer School 2015 | Eco Aqua

Summer School 2015 | Eco Aqua | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

ADVANCES IN SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE PROCEDURES

26-29 October 2015 at the University of Las Palmas de Grand Canaria.


The course is aimed at early-stage researchers (e.g., Master and PhD students) and professionals from the aquaculture sector or environmental research institutions across the globe. More specifically the course will welcome research and professionals candidates from European Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories.


The four-day event will facilitate discussion and exchange of information between European Research Area members, specially the ones from Overseas Regions and Overseas Countries and territories on current aquaculture issues dealing with marine spatial planning,  ecosystem interactions and aquaculture development in coastal areas.

This scientific and technical course will be organized around specific modules focusing on:

Aquaculture Development in Coastal AreasHealth and WelfareBreeding and GeneticsMarine Spatial PlanningEcosystem Interactions


The training course will provide participants with an in-depth perception on the state-of-the art and future challenges facing aquaculture sustainable development in diverse marine environments. The course will offer technical material to facilitate the acquisition of essential knowledge required for the development of sustainable aquaculture under an ecosystem approach. The provision of scientific and technical skills will enable exchange of know-how and good practices between experts and participants.  

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This should be a stimulating course - check the website link for registration details

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Ecuador To Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course | Best Aquaculture Practices

Ecuador To Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course | Best Aquaculture Practices | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Ecuador To Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course | Aquaculture Certification, Responsible Fish and Shrimp Farming

 

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division invites new auditor candidates and returning auditors requiring refresher training to attend a BAP auditor training course in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2015.

The course is also open to industry observers, including government officials, producers and other industry stakeholders who wish to learn more about the BAP certification standards and auditing process.

The course will cover all of the BAP standards, including the seafood processing plant standards (new Issue 4); finfish and crustacean farm standards (includes land-based aquaculture systems: ponds, fresh/brackish water cage farms and marine cage farms); salmon farm standards (new Revision 2); mussel farm standards; finfish, crustacean and mollusk hatchery and nursery standards; and feed mill standards. The course will be held at The Grand Hotel Guayaquil.

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The registration deadline is Sept. 11 2015.

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eLearning Africa 2015 Report

eLearning Africa 2015 Report | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

As technology continues to drive development in Africa and fuel the economic growth of economies, the eLearning Africa Report 2015 helps paint the picture of the pace of change and how different sectors can accelerate the upward momentum.

 

With contributions from practitioners, policymakers, teachers, business leaders, activists and authors working throughout Africa, it provides a comprehensive overview of the impact technology is having on education and development throughout the continent.

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Essential reading for anyone interested in, or involved with e-learning in Africa

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Aquaculture International, Volume 23, Issue 3 - Special Issue - Advances in teaching and learning in aquaculture

Aquaculture International, Volume 23, Issue 3 - Special Issue - Advances in teaching and learning in aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Very pleased to announce the publication of the Aquaculture International Special Issue in Advances in teaching and learning in aquaculture, written and edited by members of the Aqua-tnet project. Special thanks to Margaret Eleftheriou and Sonia Seixas for all their hard work as issue editors and to Gavin Burnell the Journal Editor.

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Congratulations and thanks to everyone who contributed!

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Open Education Week: 9-13 March 2015

Open Education Week: 9-13 March 2015 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.  We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.

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Good to see continuing momentum for OER

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AQUAGAMETE | 3rd Training School, Faro (Portugal), January 2015

AQUAGAMETE | 3rd Training School, Faro (Portugal), January 2015 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Techniques in Reproductive Biology and Cryobanking
Faro (Portugal), 13th – 16th January 2015


The 3rd AQUAGAMETE Training School which will be held at the Centre for Marine Sciences, CCMAR, 13-16th January in Faro, Portugal. This training School is aimed towards young researchers (PhD students, young post-docs and MSc students) as well as representatives from industry. The course will be focused on Techniques in Fish Reproductive Biology and Cryobanking integrating aspects of different expertise and covering topics in theoretical lectures and practical classes.

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Best wishes for a great course in a lovely town...

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ISAFE2 - 2nd International Symposium on Aquaculture and Fisheries Education

ISAFE2 - 2nd International Symposium on Aquaculture and Fisheries Education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The 2nd International Symposium on Aquaculture and Fisheries Education (ISAFE2) jointly organized by Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) and Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) will be convened on SHOU campus at Lingang New City in Shanghai from Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th April, 2015.

 

The ISAFE2 will once again bring educators, students and training agencies from across the aquaculture and fisheries industries, teaching institutions and education regulatory agencies to discuss many critical issues pertaining to the needs of the industry on the one hand and the issues confronting the training, academic and education regulatory agencies in ensuring a sustainable well-educated industry sector on the other hand in the Asia-Pacific (AP) region.

 

The theme for ISAFE2 is “Better Education, Better Professionals, Better Industry”. The symposium will discuss issues highlighted during ISAFE1 and on-going issues confronting aquaculture and fisheries education in the AP region. It will:

   ● Discuss the current status of aquaculture and fisheries education in the AP countries with special reference to

     √ Curricula and courses;

     √ Accreditations, quality and certification; and

     √ Collaboration and partnership.

   ● Examine the existing and future linkages between AFS and regional educators with international agencies and institutions.

  ● Explore the on-going development of distance education and its impacts on the delivery of aquaculture and fisheries education. Presentation and working language in the symposium will be English. Welcome to Shanghai Ocean University and the fabulous city of Shanghai in April 2015!

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Good to hear about this conference - it will be an excellent opportunity to build international collaborative links, especially throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Symposium on Fish Introduction and Reservoir Management

Symposium on Fish Introduction and Reservoir Management | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Symposium announcement: Fish Introduction and Reservoir Management, 20-22 May 2015, Eğirdir-Isparta, Turkey.

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Thanks to Soner Çetinkaya for passing this on.

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