AquaRing sets up an online resource repository for educational and general information on aquatic sciences.
The objectives of AquaRing are to:
• bring together existing online collections on marine and aquatic sciences, showing the rich contribution Europe has made in this area;
• enrich science centre programmes with a collection of digital material, allowing visitors to learn online and onsite;
• support innovative education and informal learning experiences for individual learners and groups;
• raise awareness about aquatic environment and conservation issues.
To reach these aims, AquaRing has set up a thematic Internet portal for digital content on the aquatic world. The content is provided by Europe’s aquariums, natural history museums and science centres.
The AquaRing portal also collects virtual exhibitions produced by the collaborating institutions.
Country: Belgium, France, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Spain
Coordinator: Aquarium of Genoa, Italy, www.acquariodigenova.it
Target groups: college students, education authorities, general public, parents, policy makers, primary school students, researchers, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, under school-age kids, university students, university lecturers, vocational school students, youth clubs
Topic: Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, Environmental sciences, Fisheries science, Geography, Oceanography, Education
Start year: 2006
End year: 2009
Contact person: Bruna Valettini, bvalettini (at) acquariodigenova.it
AquaRing aims to disseminate current research papers, articles and reports on aquatic sciences. Science centres, museums and aquariums can also share their documents and collections through the AquaRing portal, making them easily accessible to a wider audience.
AquaRing offers teachers a wide range of multimedia digital material and documents, to help them plan their lessons. The materials have a particular focus on sustainable use of the world’s oceans.
These materials include:
• images, videos, audio files
• interactive software and e-books
• digital collections
• articles and papers