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H2020 New Call for Access

H2020 New Call for Access | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
The AQUAEXCEL2020 project invites proposals from European research groups for scientific research that utilises the facilities of any of the participating aquaculture research infrastructures. The AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Transnational Access involves a research group in one country collaborating with one or more AQUAEXCEL2020 Infrastructures that are located in a different country to the applicant, and which offer facilities and expertise not available in their own country. The facilities available cover the entire range of production systems (cage, pond, recirculation, flowthrough, hatchery and disease challenge); environments (freshwater, marine, cold, temperate and warm water); scales (small, medium and industrial scale); fish species (salmonids, cold and warm water marine fish, freshwater fish and artemia); and fields of expertise (nutrition, physiology, health & welfare, genetics, engineering, monitoring & management technologies). Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or in some cases two people to the chosen research infrastructure for periods of up to three months. Access to the research infrastructures and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for under the project. The establishment of new transnational collaborations is strongly encouraged, as well as the participation by SMEs.

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John Bostock's curator insight, June 20, 8:20 AM
The Second Call for AQUAEXCEL Transnational Access Projects is now open with a deadline of 8th July.
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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 | Aquaculture Directory | 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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John Bostock's curator insight, December 17, 2014 8:30 AM

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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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 | Aquaculture Directory | 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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John Bostock's curator insight, June 17, 2014 9:19 AM

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

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European Commission Publication - Young People and Entrepreneurship

European Commission Publication - Young People and Entrepreneurship | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

For the sake of its own citizens, as well as if it wants to stay competitive, Europe needs to invest in people, in their skills, in their ability to adapt and in their ability to innovate. The challenges of modern society can be met only when its members develop a sense of what it is to be an active, critical and responsible citizen of Europe, and when they are equipped to make the best choices for themselves in a constantly changing world.

 

To achieve this, there is a need to encourage young people, to instil a spirit of entrepreneurship from early on in life — initiative, confidence, calculated risk-taking, creativity, organisation, tenacity — and to help them in the transition from school to adulthood. This booklet demonstrates some of the wide range of pioneering projects in Youth in Action programme that nurture the development of such entrepreneurial skills.


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John Bostock's curator insight, September 8, 2013 3:37 PM

Here's a useful new resource from the European Commission for anyone seeking to encourage and foster entrepreneurship in young people

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European Environment Agency - Aquaculture production - Assessment published Mar 2015

European Environment Agency - Aquaculture production  - Assessment published Mar 2015 | Aquaculture Directory | 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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John Bostock's curator insight, March 29, 2015 2:35 PM

This recently updated site provides interactive tools for exploring data on European aquaculture production trends and issues.

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Revision of the legal framework for veterinary medicinal products - European Commission

Revision of the legal framework for veterinary medicinal products - European Commission | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

On 10 September 2014 the European Commission has adopted a pair of proposals on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed.

The proposal on veterinary medicinal products aims to:

Increase the availability of veterinary medicinal products;
Reduce administrative burden;
Stimulate competitiveness and innovation;
Improve the functioning of the internal market; and
Address the public health risk of antimicrobial resistance


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AQUAEXCEL 8th Call for Transnational Access Proposals

AQUAEXCEL 8th Call for Transnational Access Proposals | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
The 8th Call for proposals for free access to leading European aquaculture research infrastructures is now open with a deadline of 13th June - http://lnkd.in/deVqy7U

 

The AQUAEXCEL programme funds short (up to 3 month) visits of researchers from one EC or associated state to carry out collaborative research at a facility in another EU Member state. See the weblink for further details.


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John Bostock's curator insight, May 19, 2014 6:58 AM

This is the last year of the current AQUAEXCEL project, so act now if you are interested!