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AQUAEXCEL2020 - E-training Course: Experimental data management from generating protocols to sharing data

AQUAEXCEL2020 - E-training Course: Experimental data management from generating protocols to sharing data | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The course will deal with best practice experimental data management, including all aspects from preparing experiment protocols to sharing data. It is based on the experimental data repository system developed in FP7-AQUAEXCEL called bioWES. bioWES is a distributed, knowledge-based repository for large datasets, typically applicable in biological and related sciences. The bioWES scientific data management solution provides full control over experiments, from protocol design, through data acquisition and processing to sharing final results. Participants will learn how to use the bioWES system for their own experimental work, using their own protocols and real experimental data. The aim is that by the end of the course, each participant will be able to install the bioWES system, create his or her own account, create unique experimental protocols based on their own specific needs, store their own experimental data, create connections between experimental protocols, cooperate with colleagues through sharing and visualize the overview of individual project steps. The participants will also be introduced to the special functionality of the system: data processing modules, plugins for communication with measurement devices and standardization support. The course will be organized as an online training with active participation of the users. The organizers will guide the users through every single step of the bioWES system, from installation to sharing of experimental data, during three one and a half hour sessions. The participant will use their own protocols and experimental data to test theoretical knowledge on real examples. The course will be available through standard internet browser for each registered participant. It is believed that the course is particularly useful for researchers involved in AQUAEXCEL2020 TransNational Access (TNA) projects.

Course provider: Institute of Complex Systems, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (Czech Republic) 
Location: Online course 
Date: 25 + 27+ 29 April 2016 (3-day course, 90 minutes per day: 10.00 – 11.30hrs CEST)
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This should be interesting to any early-stage researcher and is especially recommended for anyone planning to submit an application for an AQUAEXCEL Transnational Access Project application
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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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AquaBioTech Group - Short Courses

AquaBioTech Group - Short Courses | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

As part of its sustained commitment to increase training and educational opportunities in themes related to marine biology and ecology, the AquaBioTech Group also offers a number of short, intensive, hands on courses in the marine sciences. 


Coming up is a 3-day introduction to marine biology including a scuba dive or snorkelling session. Dates are 14-16 July or 21-23 August in Mosta, Malta.

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New short course opportunities from Aqua-tnet member AquaBioTech Group....

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Providing opportunities: Government to train fish farmers

Providing opportunities: Government to train fish farmers | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Fish farming is a very attractive and profitable business, which can provide a suitable income to farmers besides creating, job opportunities and help in production of white meat

 

This was stated by Rawalpindi Assistant Director Fisheries (Training) Shaista Waqar while finalising arrangements of the six-day fisheries training course to be conducted by the Punjab Department of Fisheries. 

 

She informed that the training course, titled ‘Latest Aquaculture Techniques’, will commence from November 17 at the Fisheries Training Sub Centre, Rawal Town, Islamabad. “This course will provide better understanding of aquaculture which will enable fish farmers to improve production,” she said. 

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14th Aquafeed Platform Short Course - Europe

14th Aquafeed Platform Short Course - Europe | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Aquafeed Platform EUROPE:
14th Practical Short Course:
Trends and Markets in Aquaculture Feed Ingredients, Nutrition, Formulation and Optimized Feed Production and Quality Management. Novotel Gent Centrum, Ghent, Belgium - 1 & 2 December 2014

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Singapore Course – Recirculating Aquaculture Systems 8-9th Oct 2014 | LMC Training | Aquaculture Training | Aquaculture Courses

Singapore Course – Recirculating Aquaculture Systems 8-9th Oct 2014 | LMC Training | Aquaculture Training | Aquaculture Courses | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
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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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The Aquaculturists: 22/05/14: 21st Annual Practical Short Course on Aquaculture Feed Extrusion, Nutrition and Feed Management; Sep. 21-26, 2014

The Aquaculturists: 22/05/14: 21st Annual Practical Short Course on Aquaculture Feed Extrusion, Nutrition and Feed Management; Sep. 21-26, 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A one-week Practical Short Course on Aquaculture Feed Extrusion, Nutrition and Feed Management will be presented on Sep. 21-26, 2014 at Texas A&M University by staff, industry representative and consultants. This program will cover information on designing new feed mills and selecting conveying, drying, grinding, conditioning and feed mixing equipment. Current practices for preparing full-fat soy meal processing; recycling fisheries by-products, raw animal products, and secondary resources; raw material, extrusion of floating, sinking, and high fat feeds; spraying and coating fats, digests and preservatives; use of encapsulated ingredients and preparation of premixes, nutritional requirements of warn water fish and shrimp, feed managements and least cost formulation are reviewed.


Via Perendale Publishers (Tuti Tan)
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Sparsholt College launches Masters in Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries - Practical Fishkeeping

Sparsholt College launches Masters in Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries - Practical Fishkeeping | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Practical Fishkeeping
Sparsholt College launches Masters in Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries
Practical Fishkeeping
The combination of aquaculture and sports fisheries has not previously been offered at this level.
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Short Course: Fisheries governance

Short Course: Fisheries governance | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The number of the world's fish stocks in trouble today seems to exceed the number of those in good shape. The causes are many, but overfishing is a major one – for which fisheries managers are often blamed. Their complexity, diversity and dynamics, and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders, make fisheries difficult to govern.
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Short course announcement: 3-21 November 2014 at Wageningen University, Netherlands

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AQUAEXCEL Training Course on Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments

AQUAEXCEL Training Course on Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The main focus of this course will be on the use of advanced monitoring and communication tools in aquaculture fish experiments. Experimental methods in first feeding experiments will be introduced, with emphasis on the possibilities offered by instrumentation and control systems. Participants will learn to handle and efficiently use the available cameras, sensors and control systems at the CodTech automated first feeding rig in different types of experiments. Opportunities for applying monitoring and control tools in different production systems will be evaluated. Another objective of the course will be demonstrating how to apply remote access tools in sea-based aquaculture at the Aquaculture Engineering (ACE) exposed farming site. Course participants will visit corner stone aquaculture companies in the coastal region of Frøya, and will be given the opportunity to interact with Norwegian industry representatives.

 

Main parts of the course:

First feeding and on-growing aquacultureE-Infrastructure opportunitiesControl SystemsRemote Monitoring


The course is organised by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning (SINTEF), SeaLab, Trondheim, Norway.

 

Target audience is:

Master’s students in aquaculture, automation and process control, Information and Communications Technology (ICT)Facility operators and researchers in aquaculture research infrastructuresAquaculture staff with development and operation responsibility (producers, suppliers)

 

Course tutors are:

Elin Kjørsvik (Professor at NTNU, Dept of Biology)Jan Ove Evjemo (Senior researcher at NTNU, Dept of Biology)Jo Arve Alfredsen (Associate Professor at NTNU, Dept of Engineering Cybernetics)Morten Alver (Adjunct Associate Professor at NTNU, Dept of Engineering Cybernetics)Gunnar Senneset (Senior researcher at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture)Ep Eding (Senior researcher/lecturer at Wageningen University)


The location of the course is the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Centre of Fisheries and Aquaculture and SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture SeaLab, Brattørkaia 17C, 7010 Trondheim, Norway. Full day excursion to an exposed sea-cage salmon farming site and to the aquaculture region of Frøya.


The course commences at 8:30am Monday 19 May 2014 and concludes at 3:00pm Thursday 22 May 2014: Four days including excursion. There is no fee, but participants will need to pay their own travel and accommodation costs.

 


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An Introduction to Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms — SAMS

An Introduction to Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms — SAMS | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This course will introduce you to the primary phytoplankton in the water, along with those which give cause for concern.  We’ll share how you can use that information to monitor your water, gauge when to harvest, and spot certain environmental factors that may lead to harmful algal blooms.

Delivered by leading algae scientists from SAMS (the Scottish Association for Marine Science), this course is a practical introduction from the specialist team that analyses water collected from the shellfish growing areas around Scotland for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  Be prepared for practical laboratory sessions (and a few Latin names), as we want to ensure you have plenty of practical experience and leave knowing what to look for and how to look for it.

 

25-26th February 2014

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Bryozoans: a one-day workshop | Marine Biological Association of the UK

Bryozoans: a one-day workshop | Marine Biological Association of the UK | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Bryozoans: a one-day workshop. Marine Biological Association of the UK. http://t.co/OvH2w9MQUb
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Gent University: INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME ON HEALTH MANAGEMENT IN AQUACULTURE

Gent University: INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME  ON HEALTH MANAGEMENT IN AQUACULTURE | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
19 September - 17 December 2016, Gent University.

The training programme consists of theoretical parts: lectures, case studies, peer-to-peer teaching; and practical parts: wet lab experience (for instance on biofloc operation) and study visits. The lectures, which will include microteaching sessions, will make up the majority of the program. Over a period of 10 weeks, 4 courses will be taught: 

Diseases in Aquaculture by Prof. Peter Bossier & Prof. Annemie Decostere 
Virology by Prof. Hans Nauwynck 
Microbial Community Management by Dr. Peter De Schryver Immunology by Prof. Daisy Vanrompay
 
A number of guest lectures by international authorities is foreseen by Prof. Yoram Avnimelech, Prof. Jorge Galindo-Villegas and Prof. Olav Vadstein.
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Shrimp Farming Training Courses : Vannamei101.com

Shrimp Farming Training Courses : Vannamei101.com | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

First and foremost, we specialize in P. vannamei hatchery and broodstock multiplication and breeding technology. The techniques and management strategies that we offer (and apply in our own commercial hatcheries) are essentially a blend of the best techniques taken from the west (the Americas) and the east (Asia). These techniques, feeds, treatment protocols, and tips will be taught in all of our technical service and joint venture projects.

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Vannamei101 offer regular 5-day hands-on courses in shrimp farming from their base in Thailand - follow the link for more information.

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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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Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop - Nov. 4-8 - Apopka, FL

Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop - Nov. 4-8 - Apopka, FL | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop is a 4.5-day workshop that covers every aspect of commercial aquaponics, from system design to plant and fish production to marketing and economics. You’ll get hands-on ins
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ICES Training Course - Social Science Methods for Natural Scientists

ICES Training Course - Social Science Methods for Natural Scientists | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

13 - 16 October 2014,
ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark
Application Deadline: 29 September 2014

 

Research projects are increasingly interdisciplinary enterprises, with stakeholder processes and engagement with SMEs considered a priority. In this changing professional context, gaining relevant research skills is becoming a necessity.   Increasingly, natural scientists work with others, in our case, fishers; collaborating, communicating, and participating together to increase the knowledge base and policy relevance of our work. A consequence of this is a need for more targeted training in social science research methods, such as interviewing, observing, and mapping. This course will have a "learn by doing" set up. The facilitators provide guidance on the basics of the methods while participants develop their confidence in using them. Background information (such as the epistemology and ontology of the social sciences) and the underpinning social science theory will also be discussed for participants to learn more.

 

Objective 

Through gaining new skills, participants will be better able to work effectively with stakeholders in (cooperative) research projects, as well as having a better appreciation of the strengths of social sciences in fisheries research.

Level

It is assumed that scientists have a natural science background, have or will have experience with working in cooperative research projects, working with stakeholders or are otherwise interested in learning more about social science methods in fisheries science. No knowledge of social science is required.

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This looks a very useful course for fisheries scientist who need to know more about social science research methods and stakeholder engagement

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Singapore Course – Introduction to Aquaculture 6-7th Oct 2014 | LMC Training | Aquaculture Training | Aquaculture Courses

Singapore Course – Introduction to Aquaculture 6-7th Oct 2014 | LMC Training | Aquaculture Training | Aquaculture Courses | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
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Using Google Maps — Short Course @ SAMS

Using Google Maps — Short Course @ SAMS | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
If you want to learn how to bring your research to life and present live scientific data using Google Maps™, this course is for you.
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Short course - 28-29th October 2014 at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban. 

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MSc Aquatic Food Security - University of Stirling

MSc Aquatic Food Security - University of Stirling | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

"Food security is a complex issue of global significance and understanding the role and contribution of seafood within food security is an emerging research area. Seafood products are provided by both aquaculture and capture fisheries and are one of the most highly traded food products globally. Including seafood in our daily diet provides an affordable source of macro and micronutrients required for optimal human health and development.

 

This course is designed to introduce the global issues affecting seafood production and trading, and will promote an understanding of the key factors affecting aquatic food production, post-harvest protocols, post-mortem metabolic events and microbial/chemical processes key for food safety and quality. Sensory assessment and shelf-life extension technologies will also be covered. The course will also examine other key issues in seafood trading such as traceability systems, certifications as well as the impact of governance and legislation on the global seafood sector.

 

This is the only aquatic food security MSc currently available in the UK. It will comprehensively follow the food chain from production through to consumer health and welfare."

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New MSc Programme at the University of Stirling is now open for applications.

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Sparsholt: MSc Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries

Sparsholt: MSc Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This new one year full-time or two-year part-time MSc course is offered by Sparsholt College in Hampshire, England.

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Short Course: Ecosystem approach to fisheries

Short Course: Ecosystem approach to fisheries | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Maintaining healthy ecosystems and a vibrant fishing sector is of paramount importance to all coastal regions in the world. Making sure that the interests of the fishery sector are considered and represented versus the claims and interests of other user groups, is one of the tasks of the fisheries manager. The ecosystem approach takes the wider ecosystem and its interactions with fisheries into consideration.
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Short Course Announcement: 22 September to 10th October 2014 at Wageningen University, Netherlands.

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15th Fish Immunology/Vaccination Workshop, 21-25 April 2014

15th Fish Immunology/Vaccination Workshop, 21-25 April 2014 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The Wageningen fish immunology / vaccination workshops have been organised annually since 1998. Typically, the workshops are characterised by one-hour presentations given by experienced lecturers, taking time to thoroughly introduce each subject. This year’s (2014) subject is FISH IMMUNOLOGY/VACCINATION with extra attention being paid to the latest advances in fish immunology with emphasis on vaccination. The 2014 workshop includes two afternoons with a choice between hands-on practicals or updates on recent molecular advances in microarray analysis and gene synteny. Further, participants will be asked to send an abstract of their research and present a poster with the best one awarded the poster prize (further information will be provided upon registration). The official workshop language is English.

The objective of the present workshop is to provide participants with advanced knowledge, both theoretical and practical, on the immune system of fish. During the workshop we will discuss the latest insights in the evolution of the immune system but also related issues such as (experimental) animal welfare. The level of the workshop is targeting academic and company researchers as well as management staff in the aquaculture industry. In particular, we more than welcome PhD students, who have a reduced registration fee.

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JISC InfoKit: Managing course information

JISC InfoKit: Managing course information | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This infoKit aims to provide reassurance that the problems faced in your organisation are neither unique nor insurmountable. It does not offer ‘quick fixes’ because there is no easy answer or off-the-shelf solution. There are course information management issues that are endemic in the sector but, as a result of considerable activity in this field during the period 2009-2013, there is now a wealth of experience and good practice on which to draw in solving them.

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This is a very interesting link for anyone involved in designing and managing courses (programmes); but is only the tip of the iceberg of resources available via this site. UK focused but many ideas and principles will be relevant anywhere.

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