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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

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25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading

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Usable ideas, remember to start small and keep adding.

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Literacy and school libraries: an inextricably team to ensure children will be prepared for the future.

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Article stressing the importance of school wide commitment to encouraging life long reading skills....to allow for choice and enjoyment as well as rigor.  

 

Some great practical suggestions as to how this might look and work in a school.

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Provision of Components for Information Technology or Broadcasting or Telecommunications [TendersInfo (India)]

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- World University Rankings 2012-13: Asia's high-flyers challenge Western supremacy

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Losses for UK and US as the East's excellence drives start to bear fruit.

Outside the elite Golden Triangle of Oxbridge and London, the relative performance of the UK's research-intensive universities is slipping, analysis of the 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings shows. (...) - by Elizabeth Gibney, Times Higher Education, 3 October 2012


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Entrepreneurship education in the research-intensive entrepreneurial university

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This paper examines the evolution of the entrepreneurship education initiative of a single research-intensive institution—the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom—and the ways in which that initiative has or has not contributed to the broader entrepreneurial and commercial engagement objectives of the university. The Manchester case suggests that research-intensive universities wishing to bring entrepreneurship education and knowledge commercialisation and commodification into effective and beneficial alignment—that is, in a broader model of the “entrepreneurial university” than characterizes conventional thinking today—face significant challenges that require determined strategies to overcome.

Source: Edward Feser. 2012. "Entrepreneurship education in the research-intensive entrepreneurial university" Working paper
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/edwardfeser/23

Fulltext: http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1045&context=edwardfeser


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U.K. Devotes £10 Million to Open Access Shift - ScienceInsider

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Following up on recommendations to make more research freely available to scientists and the public, the U.K. government today pledged £10 million toward making scientific papers open access. The funding will help 30 research-intensive universities develop open access policies and pay the author fees charged by publishers to make a paper more freely available to the public. Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, welcomed the investment in a statement: 

It is good news that the Government has managed to find an additional £10 million to help aid the transition to open access publishing of publicly funded science. The move towards making research results as widely available as possible is the right thing to do but it will take time. It will be important that during the transition years funds are not drained from actual research and this £10million is a step in the right direction.

 

-by John Travis, ScienceInsider 7 September 2012


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Global universities will collaborate on language assessment research

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LARN will be the first research network on language assessment in the world that brings together research-intensive universities at this scale. The member institutions will collaborate on a wide range of research areas, practices and outreach in the study of language assessment, which requires expertise in linguistics, statistics, psychology, psychometrics, human learning and instruction, and assessment technologies, just to name a few. According to estimates, nearly 4 million students are enrolled in universities and colleges outside of their home country, with 42 percent enrolled in major English-speaking countries. China is the leading country of origin for international students, with the number of Chinese students rising substantially in recent years.


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Argumentative and trustworthy scholars: the construction of academic staff at research-intensive universities

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The European Research Area: of carrots and sticks… and some Knowledge Transfer - LERU : League of European Research Universities

The European Research Area: of carrots and sticks… and some Knowledge Transfer - LERU : League of European Research Universities | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) makes new recommendations for the development of a more effective and efficient European Research Area (ERA).

 

My view: There is some attention for Knowledge Transfer (KT), but it is not sufficiently 'impactelligent' and impact driven to become a major innovation force.

 

LERU: Key points in Knowledge Transfer:
• Promote permissive, incentive-led KT environments ensuring flexible interactions inside and outside of the university.
• Support the development of a culture of KT awareness and value by building experienced KT offices and personnel.
• Increase volume market demand in Europe by providing incentives to stimulate university-industry KT interaction, including patent boxes, targeted tax incentives, leveraged funding for commercial development of academic origin technology and well-managed patent pools.

 

LERU: Conditions for effective Knowledge Transfer:
a) high quality intellectual property (supply side);
b) skilled, knowledge transfer professionals with
commercial experience;
c) a significant base of sophisticated and engaged
industrial consumers (demand side);
d) business leaders, technologists, and business
development people willing and able to engage
with technology and transaction types appropriate
to the academic world;
e) explicit long-term encouragement from government;
f ) a culture of engagement and valuing KT within
industry, universities and public research organisations
and;
g) a permissive environment to allow flexible interaction.

 

Fulltext report: http://www.leru.org/files/publications/LERU_AP9_ERA.pdf


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The Governance and Performance of Research Universities: Evidence from Europe and the U.S

The Governance and Performance of Research Universities: Evidence from Europe and the U.S | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
We investigate how university governance affects research output, measured by patenting and international university research rankings. For both European and U.S. universities, we generate several measures of autonomy, governance, and competition for research funding. We show that university autonomy and competition are positively correlated with university output, both among European countries and among U.S. public universities. We then identity a (political) source of exogenous shocks to funding of U.S. universities. We demonstrate that, when a state's universities receive a positive funding shock, they produce more patents if they are more autonomous and face more competition from private research universities. Finally, we show that during periods when merit-based competitions for federal research funding have been most prominent, universities produce more patents when they receive an exogenous funding shock, suggesting that routine participation in such competitions hones research skill.

by Philippe Aghion, Mathias Dewatripont, Caroline Hoxby, Andreu Mas-Colell, Andre Sapir :: SSRN, 2009

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1376154


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European universities need to think global, says Commission

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European universities need to think global, says Commission

The international higher education landscape is changing dramatically in shape and size, with greater competition from countries such as China and India. This calls for an overhaul in the way Europe's 4 000 universities operate - not only internationally, but also in how they deliver education to European students in their home countries. Today, the European Commission launches a new strategy, 'European higher education in the world', aiming to ensure European graduates gain the international skills they need to work anywhere in the world and that Europe remains the most attractive destination for international students. Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, will allocate more than €400 million a year to support international student exchanges and increased cooperation between European universities and their partners worldwide.

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "European universities need to think global. They must act strategically to capitalise on Europe's reputation for top quality higher education. They need to promote international mobility of students and staff, provide world-class innovative curricula, as well as excellence in teaching and research. While many European universities have good links inside the EU, many lack a clear strategy for strengthening ties with non-European partners. This urgently needs to change. The Commission will support Member States so that they can develop their international higher education networks. There is no one-size-fits-all model for this: countries need to play to their strengths."

 

more here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-678_en.htm

 


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Experimental evolution of nodule intracellular infection in legume symbionts.

Soil bacteria known as rhizobia are able to establish an endosymbiosis with legumes that takes place in neoformed nodules in which intracellularly hosted bacteria fix nitrogen. Intracellular accommodation that facilitates nutrient exchange between the two partners and protects bacteria from plant defense reactions has been a major evolutionary step towards mutualism. Yet the forces that drove the selection of the late event of intracellular infection during rhizobium evolution are unknown. To address this question, we took advantage of the previous conversion of the plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum into a legume-nodulating bacterium that infected nodules only extracellularly. We experimentally evolved this draft rhizobiuminto intracellular endosymbionts using serial cycles of legume-bacterium cocultures. The three derived lineages rapidly gained intracellular infection capacity, revealing that the legume is a highly selective environment for the evolution of this trait. From genome resequencing, we identified in each lineage a mutation responsible for the extracellular-intracellular transition. All three mutations target virulence regulators, strongly suggesting that several virulence-associated functions interfere with intracellular infection. We provide evidence that the adaptive mutations were selected for their positive effect on nodulation. Moreover, we showed that inactivation of the type three secretion system of R. solanacearum that initially allowed the ancestral draft rhizobium to nodulate, was also required to permit intracellular infection, suggesting a similar checkpoint for bacterial invasion at the early nodulation/root infection and late nodule cell entry levels. We discuss our findings with respect to the spread and maintenance of intracellular infection in rhizobial lineages during evolutionary times.

 

Guan SH, Gris C, Cruveiller S, Pouzet C, Tasse L, Leru A, Maillard A, Médigue C, Batut J, Masson-Boivin C, Capela D (2013).  ISME J. Feb 21. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2013.24. [Epub ahead of print]

 

 

  


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This is a really neat study.  I saw this work presented in Munich at the ENFC. It is truly a testament to what you can do when technology and good science are crossed.  It wasn't that long ago that questions like this would be thought of as hypothetical.  

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New comprehensive work on Setswana launched | Royal Bafokeng Nation

New comprehensive work on Setswana launched | Royal Bafokeng Nation | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

20 April 2012
Macmillan Setswana and English Illustrated Dictionary Sponsored by Royal Bafokeng
The first major scholarly resource on the Setswana language was launched in Phokeng today at Lebone II, College of the Royal Bafokeng. The product of 15 years of research by Professor Desmond T. Cole and Lally Moncho-Warren, and sponsored by the Royal Bafokeng Nation, the dictionary includes some 25,000 entries in Setswana and English, as well as over 150 illustrations by Naureen Cole.
Professor Cole is Professor Emeritus of African Languages at the University of the Witwatersrand, and a noted expert on Setswana. His passion for flora and fauna in southern Africa is reflected in the many original illustrations of plants in the dictionary, together with their Setswana names.
The Macmillan Setswana and English Illustrated Dictionaryis intended for use by scholars and academics, students of life sciences, physics, and chemistry, as well as indigenous knowledge systems. The dictionary represents Setswana as it is spoken in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia.
The Royal Bafokeng Nation, in sponsoring the first print run of the dictionary, affirms its commitment to celebrating the vibrant oral and written traditions in the Setswana language, and the importance of mother-tongue learning for children in their first years of schooling.
His Majesty Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, King of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, praised the dictionary, saying that: “knowledge and preservation of Bafokeng history, knowledge of indigenous plants and animals, the rich verbal traditions that are expressed through the Setswana language, as well as rituals, beliefs and practices that have been passed down through the generations, are essential to document, preserve, and promote, if we are to remain true to our heritage and values.”
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Notes to Editors: The Royal Bafokeng Nation: A Forward-Thinking Traditional Community
The Royal Bafokeng Nation is a vibrant African community where tradition meets modernity in Big Five country. Located in the Rustenburg Valley in South Africa’s North West Province, the 150,000 people who reside in the Royal Bafokeng Nationare beneficiaries of some of the most innovative approaches to development. These include holistic education reform, the use of sport to generate social and economic momentum, and converting dividends from a single mineral resource into the world’s leading community-based investment company.
The king of the Royal Bafokeng Nation is Kgosi Leruo T. Molotlegi, 36th in a long line of visionary traditional leaders. Thanks to the pioneering spirit of the king’s ancestors, the Bafokeng community owns 1000 km2 of land situated on part of one of the largest reserves of platinum group metals in the world. PLAN ‘35, the strategic blueprint for the community’s future, aims to uplift an impoverished community, using long-term strategic interventions to create a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable region true to its African heritage and traditions.


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Press release: Online learning at research-intensive universities needs a strategic approach - LERU : League of European Research Universities

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Postgraduate scholarship scheme massively over subscribed - University of Sheffield News

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University of Sheffield News Postgraduate scholarship scheme massively over subscribed University of Sheffield News Over 1,700 people applied for the 350 places on offer, the flagship initiative of a joint project by six research-intensive Russell...
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Press release: Online learning at research-intensive universities needs a strategic approach - LERU : League of European Research Universities

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The Technology Transfer Office TTO as a university engine transforming science in innovation

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Hoping it can help Europe to conquer the economic crisis and to secure Europe’s future position in the global economy, EU policy makers clearly aim for innovation. On different occasions the League of European Research Universities (LERU) has emphasized the particular role universities play in the innovation process. Crucial for that role are the universities’ technology transfer offices, whose functioning is investigated in LERU’s new advice paper The TTO, a university engine transforming science in innovation.

In a first part the paper focusses on the role and relevance of the TTO in academia. It presents a model of three stage development, from TTOs as isolated islands of technology transfer activity within the university (stage 1) to an inclusive TTO operation operating across the research, teaching and innovation dimensions of the knowledge triangle (stage 3). “It is clear”, says Koen Debackere, Executive Director of KU Leuven Research & Development and author of the paper, “that strong and unambiguous university leadership support is critical to the continuous growth and development of a professional TTO operation.”

In a second part of the paper the governance and organisation of the TTO are analysed. Governance aspects such as autonomy are crucial for the TTO to develop its activities successfully. Finally ten critical success factors (CSF) for an effective TTO operation are identified. They focus on the degree of autonomy of the TTO from the university and the mandate a TTO might need to operate in its region to build an effective spin-out operation, but also on the need for a supportive external environment. Other CSFs set out the incentives and code of conduct schemes TTOs can install for the academic community and give recommendations for TTO staff, the internal organisation of the office and the position of the TTO in the university.

 

Source: LERU.

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is as an association of leading research-intensive universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research.

Fulltext: http://www.leru.org/files/publications/TTO_paper_final.pdf


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Best University Practices on Outreach and public engagement

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The focus of this report is to examine the ways in which universities can achieve successful outreach, highlighting current effective strategies that can be used and the challenges faced in engaging stakeholders of all ages and interests in the research and teaching activities of the university.

 

The Ulab Project, “European Laboratory for modelling the technical research University of tomorrow”, is an innovative think-tank of five leading Technical and Research-intensive European Universities, committed to work together to renew University policies in research, valorisation, entrepreneurship and outreach..

 

Project title European Laboratory for Modelling the Technical Research University of Tomorrow

Call identifier FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2010-UNIV Funding Scheme Coordination and Support Action Document ID Document reference D5.1

Title Best Practices on Outreach Due Date 30th September 2011 Delivery Date 13th October 2011 Document Author/s Monica Bulger, William Dutton, and Rebecca Eynon Document Reviewer David Sutcliffe Version 1.0 Dissemination level Public Abstract This document reports on current practices, difficulties and challenges for the future on Outreach (or Public Engagement) for European Universities and compiles different best practices of Ulab partners on these activities.

 

Fulltext report: http://www.ulab-fp7.eu/images/stories/misc/publicdeliverables/d5.1_best%20practices%20in%20outreach.pdf


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New OECD paper on US innovation - The Intangible Economy

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A new working paper from the OECD looks at Strengthening Innovation in the United States. According to the abstract:  The US innovation system has many strengths, including world class research universities and firms that thrive in innovation-intensive sectors. However, fissures have begun to appear, notably in the areas of...

 


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Launch event: Online Learning at Research-Intensive Universities - LERU : League of European Research Universities

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Launch event: Online Learning at Research-Intensive Universities (Crucial to set thresholds for quality in online learning http://t.co/OCiRJ2gYgi)
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EUROPEAN UNION: Aquaculture

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In Europe, aquaculture accounts for about 20% of fish production and directly employs some 70 000 people. EU overall output has been more or less constant in volume since 2000 whereas global production has been growing at nearly 7% per year. Concerning the products, EU aquaculture production is renowned for its high quality, sustainability and consumer protection standards. The excellent quality of EU seafood should constitute a major competitive advantage for EU aquaculture; however, European aquaculture is stagnating by contrast with increasing rates of aquaculture production at world level and, in particular, in Asia.

 

 

The European Commission tried to boost the sector through the Common Fisheries Policy Reform and last year published Strategic Guidelines presenting common priorities and general objectives at EU level. Four priority areas have been identified in consultation with all relevant stakeholders: reducing administrative burdens, improving access to space and water, increasing competitiveness, exploiting competitive advantages due to high quality, health and environmental standards.

 

This keysource gathers information about aquaculture in Europe. You will find an overview of the sector in the first part, followed by a selection of analysis, some EU country files, the stakeholders’ views about the future of the sector and statistics and other useful information in the last part.

 

Overviews

 

EC fisheries webpage dedicated to aquaculture / European Commission
On this page, you will find an overview of the sector at the European level, including the recent EU legislation concerned.

 

EP fact sheet / European Parliament
This factsheet gives a good overview of the aquaculture sector and the role of the EP on that particular issue.

 

Strategic guidelines for aquaculture in the EU / EPRS briefing, Sarah Sheil, 2013, 6 p.


The aquaculture sector in the EU faces a number of challenges which hamper its development or expansion. These include the difficulty of competing with third countries with lower costs and less stringent regulatory standards, the fragmented nature of the sector, competition between economic actors for space, difficult administrative procedures in relation to licensing/start-up and obstacles in accessing finance and investment. Measures to give more prominent support to aquaculture as a separate pillar in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), and the publication in April 2013 by the European Commission of strategic guidelines on the development of sustainable aquaculture in the EU, aim to address these issues and provide a fresh impetus for development of the sector.

 

The Economic Performance of the EU Aquaculture Sector (STECF – 13-29) / STECF, JRC Scientific and Policy Reports, 2013, 383 p.


This report, on the Economic Performance of the European Union (EU) Aquaculture sector, is the third report of this type produced for the sector. It provides a comprehensive overview of the latest information available on the structure, social, economic and competitive performance of the aquaculture sector at both national and EU level. The data used in this publication was collected under the Data Collection Framework (DCF). In 2011, the aquaculture sector production in the EU-28 accounted for 1.28 million tonnes, with an estimated value of 3.51 billion Euros. In the EU there are about 14 to 15 thousand companies whose main activity is the aquaculture production, producing a Gross Value Added of more than 1.5 billion Euros.

 

Summary of the 2013 Economic Performance Report on the EU Aquaculture Sector (STECF 13-30) / STECF, JRC Scientific and Policy Reports, 2013, 54 p.


This summary report serves to highlight some of the key findings of the 2013 Aquaculture report.

 

European Aquaculture Production Report 2003-2012 / Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP), 2013, 52 p.


The information and figures used for the preparation of this report have been provided, for the most part, by the Member Associations of the FEAP while additional data has been sourced from National statistical offices and/or other national sources.

 

Analysis

European Aquaculture competitiveness: limitations and possible strategies / Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B Structural and Cohesion Policies, Fisheries, 2009, 136 p.


This study examines the competitiveness of the EU aquaculture sector, as a contribution to the wider review of EU aquaculture policy being carried out by the European Community institutions. EU aquaculture competes with its international equivalents, with outputs from capture fisheries, and more fundamentally within global food markets.

 

Regulatory and legal constraints for European Aquaculture / Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B Structural and Cohesion Policies, Fisheries, 2009, 97 p.


This study reviews key regulatory and legal constraints in aquaculture policies in the EU and in Member States, focussing on the EU’s main producers – France, Greece, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Identified constraints and burdens are assessed against both the needs of the EU aquaculture industry and contemporary principles of better regulation and recommendations to lessen, rationalize or remove the constraints and proposed.

 

Members States

 

National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO) Fact Sheets / FAO.
Each fact sheet gives in I) the characteristics, structure and resources of the sector, in II) the sector performance, in III) the promotion and management of the sector, in IV) trends, issues and development and in V) references.
You will find below a list of EU countries with recent information (factsheets dated from 2010 until 2012).

 

Croatia (2012)

 

Cyprus (2012)

 

France (2012 – updated version in FR)

 

Greece (2010)

 

Malta (2011)

 

Romania (2012)

 

Slovenia (2010)

 

Spain (2012 – updated version in ES)

 

Stakeholder views

 

Science in support of the European fisheries and aquaculture policy /Strategic Working Group on Fisheries and Aquaculture (SCAR-Fish), 2013, 35 p.


SCAR-Fish is a policy driven strategic group advising Member States and the Commission on how to make research policies and research themes instrumental in the delivery of the new European fisheries policy. This first report delivers an early input for the new European framework programme Horizon 2020.

 

The Future of European Aquaculture / European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP), 2012, 41 p.


EATiP is the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Aquaculture that began in 2007 when stakeholders in the European aquaculture industry met to identify gaps and needs in knowledge, technology, skills and policy within their sector. This document expresses the Vision of EATiP and explores how the challenges facing its achievement can be addressed by using technology and innovation.

 

Key topics for scientific support to the European aquaculture strategy / European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Organisations (EFARO), 2013, 12 p.


EFARO – association of research institutes active in the field of scientific support to fisheries and aquaculture policies- proposes priorities in research that will strengthen the European aquaculture sector. A strategic working group was convened that developed a list of topics relevant to support the European Aquaculture Strategy.

 

Statistics

 

 Agriculture, forestry and fishery statistics 2013 edition / Eurostat pocketbooks, 2013, 249 p.

 

The chapter 8 is dedicated to fisheries, on p. 215-228. The aquaculture part is on pages 225-226.

 

Fishery statistics Data 1995-2008 / Eurostat pocketbooks, 2010, 56 p.
Aquaculture production is available on p. 26-27.

 

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture – 2012 / FAO, 2012, 209 p.
This edition presents a global analysis of the sector’s status and trends. The report highlights the vital role of fisheries and aquaculture in both food and nutrition security as well as economic expansion. It also examines issues such as gender, emergency preparedness and the ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture. Selected highlights, from ecolabelling and certification to the effects of fisheries management policies on fishing safety, provide insights on specific topics. Finally, the document looks at the opportunities and difficulties for capture fisheries in the coming decades. The link allows to access other language version as well as the fulltext or individual chapters.

 

FAO yearbook. Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics. 2011/ FAO annuaire. Statistiques des pêches et de l’aquaculture. 2011 /FAO anuario. Estadísticas de pesca y acuicultura. 2011 / FAO, 2013, 76 p.


The FAO Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics Yearbook contains all the most updated data on: • capture production, fleet and employment • aquaculture production • commodities • food balance sheets. This booklet provides general notes and summaries for each.

 

Useful sources

 

Aquaculture in motion 2013 / FEAP, November 2013


FEAP organised the 2nd edition of ‘Aquaculture in Motion’, Wednesday 6th of November in Brussels. This year the event focussed on the ‘Strategic Guidelines for the Sustainable Development of European Aquaculture’ that were published by the European Commission in April 2013. You will find on that page the different presentations given with european national examples.

The future of European Aquaculture / EATiP, Octobre 2012


Experts from the aquaculture profession, research and development, universities, NGOs, the European Investment Bank, the European Commission and other stakeholder interests debated key questions on forecasts and needs of the sector in 2030.

 

Advancing the Aquaculture Agenda Workshop Proceedings, OECD, 2010, 428 p.


Aquaculture now provides more than 50% of the global supply of fisheries products for direct human consumption. This conference proceedings addresses key policy challenges of the aquaculture sector. Policy makers, academics, industry representatives, NGOs and international organisations gathered to discuss the critical economic, environmental and social aspects of aquaculture. This publication presents a selection of key issues covered by the workshop and includes a large number of country case studies, which provide specific examples of national approaches to aquaculture management.

 

Workshop on Advancing the Aquaculture Agenda, 15-16 April 2010, OECD.


On this page, you will find the agenda and presentations given at this workshop:Session 1 – Overview of the latest developments in aquaculture, Session 2 – Best practices in aquaculture management and development, Session 3 – Enhancing economic conditions for aquaculture, Session 4 – Lessons for policy makers: What future for aquaculture?.

 Working for a well-informed European Parliament: http://epthinktank.eu/2014/04/16/aquaculture-in-the-eu/ ;

 

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Ranking-system doubts

Research institutions opt out of European Union's rankings scheme.

Members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) do not plan to support the U-Multirank university ranking system launched last month by the European Union (see Nature 494, 273; 2013). LERU, which is based in Leuven, Belgium, and represents 21 universities across the continent, objects to what it calls a lack of reliable and objectively verifiable data in U-Multirank, problems in comparing institutions between countries, the temptation for universities to change policies or practices to improve their rankings and the burden on universities to collect data, says Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general of the league. He says that such problems plague all existing university ranking systems, and notes that LERU pulled out of a U-Multirank advisory group in 2010 because its concerns were not addressed. “Since then, we have not seen any evidence of a substantive change of course which could lead us to revisit that decision,” says Deketelaere. Individual member universities can still participate in the programme if they choose, he says, but he notes that none has opted to join so far. -


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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, March 8, 2013 5:41 AM

Nature's description of the situation is objective: LERU was part of the advisory group of U-Multirank but recanted. From my (U-Multirank team) perspective, there must have been an commnication problem, because I think my colleagues did try to get the best (reliable, valid and wherever possible verified) data base for it, and tried to communicate that with participants and advisory group. How to get back to better relations between LERU and U-Multirank?

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Publications - LERU : League of European Research Universities

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LERU (The League of European Research Universities) publishes its views on research and higher education in several types of publications, including position papers, advice papers, briefing papers and notes.


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3 Dutch Universities in selective European Research Council list of Organisations hosting at least 25 ERC Principal Investigators

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The annual ERC report contains a very selective performance list containing organisations hosting at least 25 ERC Principal Investigators by funding scheme. Only 3 Dutch universities are able to perform in this high level of top grants: Leiden University, University of Amsterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen.

In the previous list in the ERC annual report 2011containing organisations hosting at least 15 ERC Principal Investigators by funding scheme, 6 Dutch universities were listed.

In the previous list in the ERC annual report 2010 containing organisations hosting at least 10 ERC Principal Investigators by funding scheme, 5 Dutch universities were listed.

 

Annual report ERC 2012: http://erc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/document/file/erc_annual_report_2012.pdf

 


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LERU launches statements on Open Access and Open data

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The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has launched two statements on the importance of Open Scholarship: ‘Open Access to Research Publications’ and ‘Open Research Data’.

 

 

Download the LERU statement on Open Access to Research Publications

 

Download the LERU statement on Open Research Data


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Reputations at risk as platforms fail to screen Moocs - Times Higher Education

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Times Higher Education Reputations at risk as platforms fail to screen Moocs Times Higher Education The Leru paper, “Online learning at research intensive universities”, cites a number of Mooc failures that have led to reputational damage,...
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Top UK universities oppose global comparison tests, says OECD - Financial Times

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The Russell Group, which represents research-intensive universities, said Ahelo had not been brought to its attention by members or by the OECD.
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