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Blue Hub - European Fishing Intensity Map

Blue Hub - European Fishing Intensity Map | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The Blue Hub is the JRC in-house platform to exploit big data in the maritime domain aiming at improving global maritime surveillance and the understanding of what is happening at sea. This link goes to a visualisation of marine fishing intensity.

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Photo Competition: What does social inclusion in fisheries communities mean to you? | Maritime Affairs and Fisheries – FARNET

Photo Competition: What does social inclusion in fisheries communities mean to you? | Maritime Affairs and Fisheries – FARNET | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
What does social inclusion in fisheries communities mean to you? Grab your cameras and show us because we’re launching a photo competition! Submit your photograph before March 15th and you may just win to have your photograph be a focal point in the next FARNET Guide following the transnational seminar on “Social inclusion for vibrant fishing communities”.Empty description
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Farmed in the EU: 2015 aquaculture fact sheet

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Simple information for public dissemination

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Learning theories map | HOTEL Project

Learning theories map | HOTEL Project | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This Learning Theories’ Map is a result of the research carried out by WP2 of the EU HOTEL Project led by Richard Millwood from Brunel University.

 

“Learning theory has been a contested scientific field for most of its history, with conflicting contributions from many scientific disciplines, practice and policy positions. With the continuing and disruptive influence of technology on information, knowledge and practice in all sectors of society it is no wonder that innovators, drawn to the interactive potential that computers bring to learning, are challenged by the theoretical basis for their innovations.

Formal education is also a high stakes, culturally & institutionally conservative activity, which serves more than one societal purpose, including:

learner development and fulfilment;child care;preparation for citizenship, parenthood and retirement;preparation for work;selection for jobs.

Even in the higher, informal and professional sectors of education, complexity of education is matched by complexity of learning outcomes which may include:

skills development;knowledge acquisition;improvement in strategic, analytic and creative capacities;attainment of competence;establishment of attitudes and values.

Each of these societal purposes and these learning outcomes demand different approaches and understandings for the theorist and may develop at varying rates or found to be diverse in relation to context, location and culture.”

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Do you find pedagogy and theories of learning confusing? This infographic illustrates why! However, it also helps to bring some order and provide a map of the learning theories landscape - A great starting point for any teacher to explore different ideas about the aims, objectives and methodologies of educational practice.  

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European Parliament Report: Implications of a larger EU aquaculture sector

European Parliament Report: Implications of a larger EU aquaculture sector | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This report, authored by staff of the European Aquaculture Society, The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers and University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture, examines future projections for EU aquaculture development and the potential economic and ecological consequences, and suggests further policy options.

Weblink: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2014/529084/IPOL_STU(2014)529084_EN.pdf

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I have to declare a personal interest, but this report should provide some useful perspectives for anyone with a study interest involving European aquaculture and more broadly aquatic food production

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Erasmus+ Programme Guide - European Commission

Erasmus+ Programme Guide - European Commission | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Information on the opportunities and application process for the 2015 Erasmus+ General Call for Proposals.
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Here we go... start working on your project proposals.

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EUROPEAN UNION: Call for Applications - Membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)

EUROPEAN UNION: Call for Applications - Membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The European Commission is to renew the membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). The Committee will be composed of scientific experts competent in the area of fisheries and aquaculture management.

 

It will aim to advise the Commission on matters pertaining to the conservation and management of living aquatic resources, including biological, economic, environmental, social and technical considerations. Interested candidates are invited to send an application to the Commission by 15 December 2014.

 

The call for application is addressed to highly qualified experts in fisheries management in the area of assessment of stock status, fisheries knowledge, fishing fleets dynamics, fish population dynamics, fisheries dynamics, technical measures, scientific data collection, management measures for Marine Protected Areas, management plans, fishery economics, socioeconomics, control and enforcement and aquaculture.

 

A minimum 30 and maximum of 35 members will be appointed. Members of the STECF are required to contribute to the overall work programme of the STECF and to participate in plenary meetings and relevant Expert Working Groups as appropriate.

 

The Commission shall appoint members in a personal capacity for a three-year, renewable mandate. Members shall commit to act independently and in the public interest.

 

Call for application: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/partners/stecf/call_for_applications/2014/practical-information/index_en.htm

 

STECF website: https://stecf.jrc.ec.europa.eu/

 

Legislation

 

OJ L225, 31.08.2005, p. 18: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1410446474542&uri=CELEX:32005D0629

 

 

OJ L37, 10.02.2010, p. 52:  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32010D0074

 

Call for application poster: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/partners/stecf/call_for_applications/2014/call-for-applications-poster.pdf

 

 

 

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Education and training is not up to the job, say quarter of Europeans in survey

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Education and training is not up to the job, say quarter of Europeans in survey | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A new Eurobarometer survey on the 'European Area of Skills and Qualifications' (Special Eurobarometer 417) shows also that around a quarter (23%) of EU citizens feel that their education or training has not provided them with the skills to find a job in line with their qualifications. While over half of the respondents (56%) think their qualifications would be recognised in other Member States, 6% tried to work or study in another Member State but were unable to do so, either because their qualifications were not recognised by their prospective employer or education institution, or because the respondents lacked information about recognition of their qualifications abroad.


The survey's findings are echoed by the results of a separate Commission online consultation, 'Towards a European Area for Skills and Qualifications', aimed at education and training specialists. It collated views on the obstacles faced by people in having their skills and qualifications recognised across Europe and found that there is strong support for action to simplify European tools for recognition of skills and qualifications, to make them more coherent and easier to use, and to ensure a stronger focus on the needs of pupils, students, workers and employers. Respondents also call for more emphasis in education and training on what is learnt rather than the number of hours of instruction.

 

"Our objective is simple: everyone in Europe should be able to have their skills and qualifications understood and recognised, within and across national borders, by employers and educational institutions. They need to be recognised in a fair, comparable and transparent way, so that people's skills and qualifications improve their employability or open the way for further learning," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

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Here's some background context for our discussions next week in Malta!

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AQUA-TNET Newsletter | May 2014

AQUA-TNET Newsletter | May 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This is a free e-mail news service provided by Aqua-tnet for the Aqua-tnet network and its partners. Aqua-tnet is the European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management, funded under the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, from 2011 - 2014.

In the newsletter you will find an update of Aqua-tnet and its activities, as well as information from the European Commission related to European education matters and updates from other projects including news of forthcoming events.

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I can't believe it is a month since the last one, but here is another newsletter packed with interesting items!

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OKFestival: Open Educational Resources and Policy: July 16 • 12:00 - 13:00

OKFestival: Open Educational Resources and Policy: July 16 • 12:00 - 13:00 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

"Over the last five years, Open Educational Resources (OER) policies have increasingly developed around the world, creating new opportunities and introducing new challenges. The European "Opening Up Education" initiative, launched last year, brought the idea of open education into the mainstream, while also introducing the potential for "openwashing": thinning out the standards of openness. The workshop will be targeted at people working on the development of open policies, but who are not necessarily knowledgeable about OER. We will start with a global overview of OER policy, a quick snapshot of key cases and models being adopted. In the second part, we will lead a discussion on what is a model OER policy and how it related to other open policies (for Open Access or Open Data, for instance)."

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Open Educational Resources (OER) ou Recursos Educacionais Abertos (REA)

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Aqua-tnet - Presentation at EATiP Annual Meeting, 2014

Presentation made at the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform Annual General Meeting in Brussels, April 2014. It highlights the importance of learning and skills for industry and discusses some of the challenges in better integrating the worlds of education and practice. It presents some of the ways in which the AQUA-TNET project has worked to address these over the past 9 years, and looks forward to the role EATiP can play in the future.

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Discussion welcome via the Aqua-tnet groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Open Education Europa | European MOOCs Scoreboard

Open Education Europa | European MOOCs Scoreboard | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of MOOCs and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs and open courses available on different open websites. 

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Keep your finger on the pulse of MOOCs...

 

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New reports on the economic performance of the EU aquaculture sector

New reports on the economic performance of the EU aquaculture sector | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

(06/12/2013) Two new reports on the economic performance of the EU aquaculture sector are now available on the website of  the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)

 
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Excellent data and analysis of the European aquaculture sector 

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FISHBOOST Movie

This is the official FISHBOOST Movie. It aims to briefly inform about the aquaculture production and breeding, the principles of selective breeding 

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Rising to the challenge of communicating science to the public and perhaps school children....
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Informing the public and perhaps children ~
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What future for student mobility? - Eurydice

What future for student mobility? - Eurydice | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The European Commission has recently been increasing its efforts to identify barriers to learning mobility. It recently published a Mobility Scoreboard, assessing country performance in a number of key areas that support mobility. These include information and guidance, the portability of grants and loans, linguistic preparation for mobility, and recognition of learning outcomes and qualifications – all matters which can stand in the way of a student's ambitions to study abroad. It is to be hoped that an increased focus on these issues will help to ensure wider access to learning mobility, as the experiences and outlook of younger generations will shape the future of Europe. Whichever direction the European Union takes in the coming years, promoting learning mobility must remain one of its central priorities.
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Lets hope for more policy support at national level for student mobility...
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European Environment Agency - Aquaculture production - Assessment published Mar 2015

European Environment Agency - Aquaculture production  - Assessment published Mar 2015 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Marine aquaculture production is increasing in Europe, mostly due to salmon production in Norway. Other types of production are relatively stable since the early 2000s. All aquaculture production in the EU-28 has been equally stable.In 2012, by far the most cultivated species in Europe was Atlantic salmon, followed by mussels, rainbow trout, European sea bass, gilthead sea bream, oysters and carps, barbels and other cyprinids.Finfish production accounts for the increase in European aquaculture, while shellfish production has been slowly decreasing since 1999. Aquatic plants production has been emerging since 2007.
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This recently updated site provides interactive tools for exploring data on European aquaculture production trends and issues.

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Farmed in the EU - School Project - Learning about European Aquaculture - European Commission

Farmed in the EU - School Project - Learning about European Aquaculture - European Commission | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

It may be the fastest growing sector in food production worldwide, but aquaculture, or fish farming, remains surprisingly unknown to many outside of the industry.

The “Farmed in the EU” school project has been designed to raise awareness of the aquaculture sector among Europe’s teenagers (12-18 years old). The project will bring students closer to fish farming and find out how it affects their local community. They will explore its role in food production and in preserving the environment. And they'll discover the different business and career opportunities aquaculture offers.

There is plenty of scope for student research and discovery of the different marine and freshwater fish, molluscs, crustaceans and algae which are produced and the different traditional and more modern production methods used.

The project is currently being piloted in 20 schools across 10 EU countries (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom).

It’s back to school for aquaculture producers

A key part of the project is an on-site visit by a local fish farmer, providing students with the opportunity to talk to an expert, to build on their own research, and to take part in a fun and interactive visitor session.

A project kit has been designed for teachers to give you everything you need to help them plan and run the project, from the first lesson, through the visit, to the follow up activities which can focus on anything from Nutrition & Cooking, Science & Technology, or Communication and Arts.

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Let's hope school teachers have the time and freedom to pick up this resource and find aquaculture producers ready to engage..

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Farmed in the EU - European Commission

Farmed in the EU - European Commission | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Fish farmed in the EU: a healthy, fresh and local alternative

We all know that fish is packed with protein, it’s good for the heart and a rich source of vitamins and nutrients. At the same time, it is no secret that we are overfishing our seas, and are putting our fish stocks in danger.

Fish farming, or aquaculture, can help to relieve this burden on wild fishes when it comes to satisfying our ever growing demand for fish – both in the EU and worldwide. One of the world's fastest growing food sectors, fish farming accounts for about half of the fish eaten worldwide every year with that figure on the rise. Simply put, without aquaculture there would not be enough fish to feed the world population. This would mean having to take more fish from our seas and jeopardising the long term sustainability of our wild fish stocks.

 
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The European Commission has launched a public information campaign to support EU aquaculture production - "Farmed in the EU" - look out for further materials and events...

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Better design, better targeting needed for sustainable development of aquaculture

Better design, better targeting needed for sustainable development of aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that measures to support aquaculture in the period up to 2013 were not well designed and implemented at EU and Member State level, and that the European Fisheries Fund (EFF), as the funding instrument of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), failed to deliver value for money and effective support for the sustainable development of aquaculture.

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Essential (if depressing) reading for students of European aquaculture support policies -  and even more so practitioners!  

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EDEN 2014 - Keynote Slides

EDEN 2014 - Keynote Slides | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Keynote presentations from the 2014 EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network) Conference held in Zagreb; made available via SlideShare.

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Catch up with some of the latest thinking in European distance and e-learning

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Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe: Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub - European Commission

Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe:  Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub - European Commission | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe: Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub

 

In this report policy recommendations for up calling creative classrooms are presented. Almost 150 experts participated in on line consultation and evaluated the 60 policy recommendations, that were collected at several stages of the project. The recommendations were clustered into seven dimensions presenting a holistic agenda for education reform: content and curricula, assessment, school staff professional development, research, organisation and leadership, connectedness and infrastructure. Policy on the EU level as well as on local, regional and school level should support agents of change in their mainstreaming and up-scaling innovative practices. The on-line consultation revealed the following dimensions as most important: school staff professional development, infrastructure and assessment. In general however, there was broad agreement that all the dimensions need to be addressed for further developing and mainstreaming ICT- enabled innovation for learning in Europe.

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This report from JRC is more focused on schools, but will still be of interest to teachers in further and higher education

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Eurydice Report: Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe 2014

This is the second report in a series following the evolution of the modernisation agenda for higher education in Europe, following a 2011 report on funding and the social dimension. It examines policy
and practice related to the student experience of higher education through three stages: access, which requires awareness of the offer of higher education, the requirements to be admitted, and the process
of admission; progression through the study programme, including support that may be provided when problems are encountered; and the transition from higher education into the labour market.

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Very interesting overview on how Higher Education Institutions are responding to policy objectives across Europe

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DigiSkill Network

DigiSkill Network | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The strategic guidelines of Europe 2020 put particular emphasis in strengthening horizontal cooperation and the sharing of experience and good practice among the Member States. It’s really crucial for education to fulfil its role in the knowledge triangle, research and innovation objectives and outcomes need to feed back into education, with teaching and learning underpinned by a strong research base, and with teaching and learning environments developed and improved through greater incorporation of creative thinking and innovative attitudes and approaches. Additionally there is a mainstream of eLearning in national policies for the modernisation of education and training, including in curricula, assessment of learning outcomes and the professional development of teachers and trainers.


According to the OECD survey, teachers have few incentives to improve their teaching, as while the most common types of professional development activity available to them are not the most effective. The majority of teachers would like more professional development (particularly on ICT skills, and student behaviour). It has to be mentioned that education and training play a fundamental role in achieving the ‘Europe 2020’ objectives.


All the above create a great deal of activity to ensure basic ICT skills as part of digital competence and learning to learn skills. Current developments in ICT and Web 2.0 technologies have offered the potential for new services, which has significantly transformed our day-to-day personal and professional activities; bare the potential to do the same for education and training. Known as ICT learning, using such technologies can be as simple as accessing a training timetable online, through very complex as developing virtual communities of practice for sharing and creating knowledge.

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New project to help promote and develop digital teaching and learning skills

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EIF/LINQ Conference 2014 - Presentations

EIF/LINQ Conference 2014 - Presentations | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The EFQUEL Innovation Forum & LINQ Conference held in May 2014 addressed one of the greatest challenges in today’s quality development for education and training: how to achieve quality for opening up education? This page on SlideShare provides access to the presentations from some of the key speakers.

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Further resources from the recent EFQUEL / LINQ conference

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Facts and Figures on European Education

Facts and Figures on European Education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Facts and figures about European Education compliled by Eurydice: Includes national educational budgets, national student fee and support systems, academic calendars, guides to the structure of European education systems etc.

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A great resource for the "big picture" or national comparisons.

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Facts about the EU education system.