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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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This looks a very useful short course - especially for PhD students involved in fish immunology

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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.


Via Andreas Link
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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.


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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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Previous AQUAEXCEL training courses have been very popular so with numbers limited you are advised to apply early if interested.

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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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