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AQUALABS - Advanced Laboratory Training Courses in Aquaculture for Early-Stage Researchers


AQUALABS consists of seven events, six state-of-the-art advanced courses for early-stage researchers emphasising the acquisition of practical skills and incorporating a substantial element of hands-on laboratory and field experience, with the seventh event being an innovative multidisciplinary workshop. Each training course is a collaborative effort between four or more European universities, facilitating up to 30 participants at centres recognised for expertise.Training course titles: (1) Quality of Fish P roducts, (2) Molecular Biology and Ecology, (3) Design and Operation of Recirculation Technologies, (4) Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnostics, (5) Freshwater Aquaculture and the Environment, (6) Fish Welfare.The series of events will conclude with the ?Early-Stage Researchers Workshop?, held in conjunction with the largest European Aquaculture industry tradeshow and conference for added value. The workshop aims will be three-fold: 1. Examine scientific content (relative to course title), prediction of future n eeds2. Review of current and potential future research issues3. Acquisition of non-research competencies. The workshop will enable researchers to develop synergies, collaborate and, in particular, allow early-stage researchers to engage in debates regardin g the sustainable and ethical development of the sector whilst developing complimentary skills required for a successful research career.Coordination by AquaTT, a European network for education and training, will ensure cost effective, efficient management , publicity and dissemination. AQUALABS targets early-stage researchers working in aquaculture; however, the multidisciplinary nature of the courses will appeal to scientists from related fields. Each course will consist of three periods: 1. Preparation: centralised internet-based system 2. Training: 5 to 7 days of intensive training (lectures, practical experience, field trips)3. Sustainability: tutorial support; online assessment

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