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Job opportunity at the University of Stirling – Research Assistant for the Erasmus+ BlueEDU project 

Job opportunity at the University of Stirling – Research Assistant for the Erasmus+ BlueEDU project  | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The successful applicant will work within the Institute of Aquaculture on an Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance project “BlueEdu” (Fostering growth in the Blue Economy by developing an action plan for Innovative European Aquaculture VET and harmonised qualifications – www.blueedu.eu). This project is coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and involves 4 other European partners including the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP). The BlueEDU project was developed in response to growing concerns about the difficulties many European fish producers are facing when trying to recruit qualified staff with up to date aquaculture knowledge and skills. The skills needs and future demand for education and training will be established for cage farming operatives (husbandry and supervisor). The application of new learning and communication technologies that can improve the quality and accessibility of education and training for remote work based learners, will be demonstrated and explored. The supply of ‘formal’ aquaculture education and training by the public sector and private trainers will be evaluated alongside the un-certificated short courses and in company provision which serve such a valuable role. 
The BlueEDU project partners believe that a new working relationship between the education and training sector and industry can be catalysed, leading to a more responsive aquaculture education and training system in Europe. The University of Stirling is leading on the initial literature review concerning previous and current aquaculture training provision and prior work on training needs assessment or evaluations of effectiveness. This will cover all European countries with cage-based marine aquaculture and also consider the education and training frameworks of those countries. The selected candidate will also be involved in other aspects of the project, in particular the conduct of industry stakeholder surveys in the UK and Ireland and contribute to analysis and report writing. Whilst mostly office-based, there may be a need for travel within the UK and Ireland to interview stakeholders or attend meetings. There may also be a need to attend project consortium meetings in Scotland or other European countries.
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This could be for you if you have an interest in vocational education and training in the European cage-based aquaculture industry
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AARM Asia Link Project - Internship Opportunities

AARM Asia Link Project - Internship Opportunities | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
It is our great pleasure to inform you that we assisted 145 MSc students of Asian partner institutions through internship to work and get
experience from the real world. Nearly 20 students from Europe, USA and other countries have also got benefit of internship in Asia.
We are expecting many more. Every month, our project page receives over 1,000 hits.

We offer a wide range of opportunities of experiential learning. A number of placements and their services and facilities are offered by
our partners for you. You can do your research (experimental trials or questionnaire surveys) or simply community services working on
a day-to-day basis.
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Excellent programme providing internship opportunities for students of aquaculture and related topics.

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Czech Republic: International Summer School

Czech Republic: International Summer School | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS – BACHELOR´S, MASTER´S AND Ph.D. STUDENTS

University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic -
Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, Vodňany. 29 June to 24 July 2015.

The Summer School is a four-week course within which you are involved in a small research project, working in very well-equipped laboratories under the guidance of experienced researchers of the FFPW USB. The work in laboratories will be supplemented by many excursions to fish farms and visits to other interesting places. Professional, perfectly prepared lectures of leading Czech and foreign researchers represent another part of the Summer School´s program.

Another interesting aspect of the course is a stay in the international team. That is why we expect candidates with at least partial knowledge of the English language.
An accommodation (room + separate shower and toilet) and a full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are also provided by the FFPW USB.

Only 10 projects are available with registrations open until 28th March and notification of outcome no later than 15th April. 

Further details from http://web.frov.jcu.cz/en/ieeaic/international-school. ;

 

 

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This looks like an excellent opportunity and I can highly recommend the staff and facilities.  

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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre | Transforming Scottish Aquaculture

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre | Transforming Scottish Aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will provide transformational change in the relationship between the aquaculture industry, the research community and Government to overcome these issues and release Scotland’s potential. Investment in the SAIC will help transform aquaculture’s already substantial contribution to the Scottish economy, with many of the benefits concentrated in fragile rural communities. The Scottish Government has adopted industry targets for increased production. In the salmon industry alone, meeting these targets would contribute an additional £500 million to the Scottish economy per year. If we consider the wider sector, including trout, shellfish, supply chain and all supporting businesses, then the overall financial contribution to the Scottish economy could exceed £1 billion. SAIC will bring together the key players in this strategically important industry, focusing on removing current and future obstacles, creating wealth and long term employment.
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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation website launched today.

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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre - Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre - Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The industry’s commitment to supporting scientific research to underpin growth and development is set to move ahead with the formal launch of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) in June 2014.

 

Five years of funding for the SAIC have now been secured from the Scottish Funding Council, in partnership with Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise and the aquaculture industry. The SAIC will bring thirteen Scottish Higher Education Institutions together with a large number of aquaculture businesses to support problem solving research specifically designed to deliver economic development.


The Centre will also focus on knowledge exchange and training.  All of the SAIC’s activities will promote collaboration between Scottish aquaculture businesses and the Scottish academic and research community.

 

 

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Looking forward to seeing this initiative up and running 

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The Rising Cost of Not Going to College

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

For those who question the value of college in this era of soaring student debt and high unemployment, the attitudes and experiences of today’s young adults—members of the so-called Millennial generation—provide a compelling answer. 

 

On virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment—from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time—young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education. And when today’s young adults are compared with previous generations, the disparity in economic outcomes between college graduates and those with a high school diploma or less formal schooling has never been greater in the modern era."

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This study is from the USA, but suggests the qualification bar for accessing better paid employment is by and large going up. (Thanks to Sonia for passing this on...)

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The CRAAP test for Evaluating Web Resources

The CRAAP test for Evaluating Web Resources | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
This is a multidisciplinary guide on evaluating research sources, especially resources found on the World Wide Web.

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This should be in every student's bookmarks

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Brilliantly named framework.  Glad I didn't see it in time to recommend to Yifan for her dissertation!

carldowse's curator insight, November 13, 2013 4:33 AM

A checklist to help trainers (and learners) think critically about online resources

lisa waxman's curator insight, January 25, 2015 9:50 PM

This is very helpful for teaching students about web literacy. If you teach middle school, you will appreciate the memorable acronym.

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Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

Overview of the Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. This program is recognized world wide as one of the best. The E.W. S...

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No sound on the video, but the scale of facilities is impressive

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Open access to research publications reaching 'tipping point'

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Open access to research publications reaching 'tipping point' | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 August 2013 The global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers—so-called 'open access'—was confirmed today in a study funded by the European Commission. This new research suggests that open access is reaching the tipping point, with around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free. .

 

The Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020. As of 2014, all articles produced with funding from Horizon 2020 will have to be accessible:

articles will either immediately be made accessible online by the publisher (“gold” and “hybrid” open access) - up-front publication costs can be eligible for reimbursement by the European Commission; or

researchers will make their articles available through an open access repository no later than six months (12 months for articles in the fields of social sciences and humanities) after publication (“green” open access).

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Progress...

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AQUAEXCEL PROJECT: Short Training Courses

AQUAEXCEL PROJECT: Short Training Courses | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

AQUAEXCEL organises 4 new pioneering technical Training Courses that focus on different aspects of aquaculture experimentation. These Training Courses are the only ones of their kind, putting emerging aquaculture infrastructure centres of excellence at the forefront.

 

This is a unique chance for researchers and technicians in this field as course attendance is free, thanks to EC FP7 funding. Participants are expected to pay their own travel, subsistence and accommodation.


Remaining courses are:


Course 2: Contribution of Genomic Approaches to the Development of Sustainable Aquaculture for Temperate and Mediterranean Fish


Course 3: The Application of Chromosome Set Manipulations and the Importance of Gamete Collection and Management in Aquaculture


Course 4: Efficient Utilisation of New Monitoring and Control Systems in Fish Experiments.

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These are high quality one-off specialist courses that will be particularly interesting to early career aquaculture researchers

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Fisheries Innovation Platform - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Fisheries Innovation Platform - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
A new platform connecting researchers and policy makers The platform is a source of information on innovation in OECD countries, identifying policies, research centres, projects and plans. You can use it to connect with potential research partners across the OECD or simply to learn more about what is happening in fisheries innovation. It also provides indicators that characterise innovation systems: qualitative indicators, which focus on policy and institutional settings, and quantitative indicators related to the performance and impact of policies that are quantitatively measurable.
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Some nice interactive tools and access to information on aquaculture and fisheries development
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ASEAN-FEN

ASEAN-FEN | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The ASEAN-FEN is a team of university-based consortia representing the fisheries and aquaculture oriented institutions within the Southeast Asia region. The ASEAN-FEN is established by agreement of its principal members namely Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Malaysia), Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia), Can Tho University (Vietnam), Nong Lam University (Vietnam), Kasetsart University (Thailand), Prince of Songkla University (Thailand), Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (Thailand) and Universitas Air Langga (Indonesia) for the purpose of supporting and enhancing the fisheries and aquaculture through education, research, and public outreach in the region. The ASEAN-FEN supports and facilitates the activities of educators, scientists, and agencies responding to local, regional, national, and international issues on fisheries and aquaculture. Annual activities include International Fisheries Symposium 2015.

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Overdue to give this Asian network for aquaculture and fisheries education and research a mention.

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Institute of Aquaculture: The 4th PhD Research Conference - 18 Feb 2015

Institute of Aquaculture: The 4th PhD Research Conference - 18 Feb 2015 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Invitation from the University of Stirling, Institute of Aquaculture:

 

"This is the fourth postgraduate conference in what has proved a popular and interesting opportunity for our Ph.D. researchers to showcase their work, its quality and impact, and to provide a meeting place where students, staff, stakeholders, and sponsors across the aquaculture and wider sectors can liaise. What is more, it is completely free to attend! We hope you will join us for this day-long conference where you will have the opportunity to listen to a series of oral presentations on a wide range of subjects, and browse poster presentations by PhDs and young researchers from around the globe.

Conference delegates (both visitors to the university and university staff and students) are required to pre-register for the conference. Online registration will only take you a couple of minutes to complete. An early response would be appreciated to help us to plan facilities and catering for the day".

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Check the date now and join us if you can for this lively and stimulating event which must be one of the best value in the International Aquaculture Calendar! 

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Check the date now and join us if you can for this lively and stimulating event which must be one of the best value in the International Aquaculture Calendar!

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Grieg Funds State of the Art UV Disinfection System to Aid Lumpsucker Cultivation | Aquaculture Directory

Grieg Funds State of the Art UV Disinfection System to Aid Lumpsucker Cultivation | Aquaculture Directory | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Limited has donated UK£25,000 (US$42,441.003) to the NAFC Marine Centre. This money will be used to purchase an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system that will treat the seawater supply at the Marine Hatchery.

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Good to see industry engaging with and supporting local research and learning organisations

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Open Access to research | EU Portal

Open Access to research | EU Portal | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The librarians in the EU Central Library created this portal to users find freely accessible results of scholarly research on the Internet.

 

More content is being added with the help of the librarians of Directorate General Research and Innovation and Open Access experts of Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

 

The portal presents a selection of Open Access search tools, gives examples of Open Access repositories, gathers the latest news on Open Access, and lists the latest Economics Papers by topic. There are also several linked portals including one for journal articles and research papers on education.

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A useful bringing together of resources and links to help people locate and use open access research.

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John Bostock's curator insight, June 15, 2014 6:05 AM

A useful bringing together of resources and links to help people locate and use open access research.

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Submit a Social Media Guideline

Submit a Social Media Guideline | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Please help me build a comprehensive social media guideline database for higher education. If you have social media policies, guidelines, rules, tips, beliefs, strategies, or other documents that s...
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If you are at all familiar with your organisation's policies and practices on the use of social media in higher education, please help Laura Pasquini from the University of Texas with her research.

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ICORE - International Council for Open Research & Education | Press Releases

ICORE - International Council for Open Research & Education | Press Releases | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

ICORE, the International Council for Open Research and Education (www.ICORE-online.org), is bringing together interested experts and stakeholders from the fields of open education and open research.

 

ICORE is completely non-profit, requires no membership fees to join, and is open to both representatives of organizations as well as individuals.

 

Three press releases are now available summarising the progress made and plans for the future.

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Aqua-tnet is pleased to support this initiative

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Creative Commons | Public Access to Publicly Funded Materials: What Could Be

Creative Commons | Public Access to Publicly Funded Materials: What Could Be | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. This blog post was written by Teresa Sempere Garci­a, CC's Community Support Intern June-August, 2013.

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The argument for open access - in simple infographics

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Mobility of researchers: how open is Europe?

Mobility of researchers: how open is Europe? | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
A European Commission study aims to provide data to inform policies on further opening of labour market


A stated policy of the European Union is that, by the end of this year, there should be an open labour market for researchers. This is a core part of the European Research Area and recognises the need for knowledge transfer. To understand the movement of researchers and their reasons for moving it is essential to have high-quality data. A major survey by the European Commission sought to provide internationally comparable data to support further evidence-based policy development on the research profession at European and national level. It was carried out across the 28 member states and five other countries, including Norway, Iceland and Turkey.

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Some interesting insights into the patterns and obstacles to PhD and researcher mobility

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Virtual Marine Scientist - Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande, IPKL, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Virtual Marine Scientist - Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande, IPKL, University of Gothenburg, Sweden | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Do you want your secondary school students to understand how science really works in the lab and how research is carried out? Do you want them to investigate and learn about pressing marine environmental issues? In that case, Virtual Marine Scientist (VMS) is what you need!


The Virtual Marine Scientist project aims to familiarise students (16‐19 years) with the concrete conditions in which scientists work and research is carried out. In this virtual environment, students discover how to design and run experiments in environmental science. Virtual Marine Scientist offers a stimulating context in which to learn about experimental work, including elements of cooperation and problem solving.

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This looks to be a very useful project ... get in touch and give it a try if you are teaching marine science to the target age group.

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