Training Course: Creating Impact by Knowledge Transfer for the Research Community


Brought to you by the Europe Commission’s flagship knowledge transfer project, Horizon 2020 funded COLUMBUS is offering a free training course as a side event to the 3rd COLUMBUS International Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference, “Making Marine and Maritime Research Count”. The Training Course entitled “Creating Impact by Knowledge Transfer for the Research Community” will take place on Tuesday 23 January 2018 (1pm-6pm) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Le Palace in Brussels, Belgium.

For over ten years, the European Commission has been highlighting the importance of achieving impact from research, in terms of environmental, economic or social development. COLUMBUS has responded by developing a tried and tested Knowledge Transfer methodology that can increase the potential of impact from funded research.  COLUMBUS has gained important insights and experiences from this process which could inform better design of proposals and project implementation so they are more efficiently oriented towards impact from the start.

Training will include:

  • An introduction to the robust and validated COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer Methodology
  • Case studies of successful Knowledge Transfer
  • Considerations on how to improve knowledge management processes

To view the draft agenda, please click here

This training course is intended for members of the research community who are invested in achieving greater impact from their projects and programmes: such as researchers, research managers and project coordinators.

To register your interest to attend this training event – please go to: Please note, this course has limited availability and spaces will be prioritised for the intended audience. Your registration should be considered as an application to attend. We will confirm your place by email, as soon as possible.

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Call for Nominations - COLUMBUS Blue Society Award 2018 for Impactful Knowledge Transfer

Is your Knowledge Transfer activity;

  • Innovative?
  • Tailored?
  • Integrated?
  • Impactful?
  • Inspiring Leadership & Community Empowerment?
  • Responsible?
  • Leaving a Legacy?

Then we want to hear from you!

COLUMBUS are accepting nominations for the COLUMBUS Blue Society Award for Impactful Knowledge Transfer. This award will highlight best practice examples of successful Knowledge Transfer, specifically those resulting in impactful uptake by end-users contributing to Blue Growth and the implementation of marine and maritime policies such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in harmony with the principle of Blue Society. The Prize will be awarded to the proposal that is most focused on highlighting best practice examples of research which has been transferred to end users and resulted in measurable impact, while supporting the Blue Society vision.

Nominations can be for a person, a project or an initiative. You can nominate yourself, your own project and/or others. To apply, complete the online form before 19 January 2018 (23:59 CET):

This winning submission will be chosen based on a scored assessment by the COLUMBUS Evaluation Committee, and announced at the 3rd COLUMBUS International Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference, which will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Brussels on 24 January 2018, entitled ‘Making Marine and Maritime Research Count’.

The COLUMBUS project, a flagship European Union-funded Blue Growth initiative, directly responds to the EU’s demand that Europe needs to get more innovation out of its research, focusing on the marine and maritime aspects. For more information on COLUMBUS, please visit the project website ( or email its Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (

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Save the date: 2018 COLUMBUS Annual Conference "Making marine and maritime science count" - January 2018

The COLUMBUS project is pleased to announce that the final COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer conference will be held in Brussels on 24 January 2018. Representing the European Commission’s most substantial investment in Knowledge Transfer to date, COLUMBUS intends to capitalise on the EC’s much larger expenditure on marine and maritime research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end users, policy, industry, science and wider society.

Partners, collaborators and interested parties are invited to join to discover and celebrate the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology and its activities. This event, titled “Making Marine and Maritime Science Count”, will highlight Knowledge Transfer case studies and lessons learned through the work performed by the COLUMBUS project. The COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer handbook will be launched, along with recommendations for European and national funding agencies to embed Knowledge Transfer systems in current and future funding mechanisms.

External capacity training on “Creating Impact by Knowledge Transfer for Scientists” focusing on the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology will take place on 23 January 2018. Registration for the training course will take place through the project website over the coming months. Winners of the COLUMBUS Blue Society award for impactful Knowledge Transfer will also be announced during the conference. Details on the nomination process will be announced on the COLUMBUS website shortly .

This event builds on the successful work from the two previous COLUMBUS annual conferences. Participants at the first conference in 2016, “Realising the Impact of Marine and Maritime Research through Knowledge Transfer”, looked at the increasingly important areas of defining impact from EU funded research and how to achieve it through Knowledge Transfer. In 2017 the second conference, “Achieving Impact from Marine Research”, provided a forum to collaboratively explore the barriers, challenges and possible solutions to achieving the impact potential of marine and maritime research at all stages of the funding cycle.

To register interest for the conference and the external capacity training, or for specific information on the COLUMBUS project, contact the COLUMBUS Project Manager Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (

COLUMBUS' 2nd Annual Conference is a roaring success - "Achieving impact from marine research" - November 2017

On 7 November 2017, over 50 participants converged in Brussels, Belgium, for the European Commission (EC) Horizon 2020 funded COLUMBUS project’s second Annual Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference. The second COLUMBUS conference titled “Achieving Impact from Marine Research” provided the forum to collaboratively explore the barriers, challenges and possible solutions to achieving the impact potential of marine and maritime research, at all stages of the funding cycle.

The conference was opened by David Murphy of AquaTT, COLUMBUS Strategic and Operational Lead, who emphasised “the need for action is now, we need to stand together as a community and work towards a future where high-quality research is more effectively transferred for measurable impact and the benefits are seen on the ground by society at large”.

The day commenced with the presentation of relevant knowledge generated by the COLUMBUS project, as well as examples of impact achieved from successful Knowledge Transfer activities performed by other initiatives, organisations and projects. This celebration of impactful Knowledge Transfer set the scene for the afternoon session where keynote speeches from representatives of industry, academia and policy informed a lively panel discussion with provocative topics being covered; such as:

• Whose responsibility is it to carry out Knowledge Transfer?
• How can funding mechanisms be improved to incorporate Knowledge Transfer mechanisms?
• What are the barriers to effective Knowledge Transfer and are they evolving?

The intense enthusiasm that resulted from these discussions only highlighted further the need for training and consultation in Knowledge Transfer to become more abundant. The participants strongly agreed on the benefits of brainstorming and debating with other attendees. The overarching consensus was that roles and responsibilities need to be clarified, as well as the terminology surrounding the topic. COLUMBUS will continue to involve all interested stakeholders as it defines recommendations and guidelines for how Knowledge Transfer could be incorporated into funded research as a key legacy output of the project, which will be presented at the final COLUMBUS conference.

On either side of the conference, COLUMBUS ran a number of other important events. On 6 November 2017, External Capacity Building Training, entitled “Creating impact by knowledge transfer to support funding agencies”, was provided to eleven participants and covered an introduction to the robust and validated COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer Methodology, as well as considerations for funding agencies to support an increase of impact from funded research projects. In parallel, the COLUMBUS External Advisory Board met to discuss the progress of the project and to provide strategic advice on how the project’s legacy could be maximised. Finally, on 8 November 2017, COLUMBUS partners met for their 6th Partner Meeting. The meeting focused on planning for the remaining months of the project which will include the final COLUMBUS Annual Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference in January 2018.

The “Making Marine and Maritime Science Count” conference will provide an opportunity to discover and celebrate the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology and its activities. This conference will be held in Brussels on the 24 January 2018, and will bring together partners, collaborators and interested parties to highlight Knowledge Transfer case studies and lessons learned through the work performed by the COLUMBUS project.

For more information on COLUMBUS, please contact the Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, AquaTT, at

COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer in Maritime Sensing Technologies - November 2017

On 23 November 2017, The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), lead the organisation of a COLUMBUS Brokerage Event, in collaboration with fellow COLUMBUS partners, Seascape Consultants, EuroGOOS, and Aquatera, as well as the related initiative, EMODnet. The event took place during the AtlantOS General Assembly in Gran Canaria, Spain. The goal of this event was to facilitate brokerage and foster partnerships between two stakeholder groups: representatives of national marine observations and data programmes, based in Europe and from across the Atlantic; and, sensor developers who have generated new technologies through their participation in EU-funded projects.

New technologies and innovations in sensor development funded through the EU framework programmes were presented and discussed to aid knowledge transfer and foster collaboration among these marine and maritime stakeholders.

The participants, including publicly-funded organisations and SMEs, comprised of:

• European companies that are focused on maritime sensing technologies and/or observing platforms and have recently participated in the development of new sensors with the support of the European Commission-funded research and innovation projects;
• Companies and institutions with expertise in marine sensor interoperability, data collection and transmission, and data sharing and use, who have developed innovative cutting-edge solutions, mostly with the support of the European Commission, in the framework of research and innovation projects;
• Potential users of these innovations amongst the AtlantOS partnership, together representing the European oceanographic observation and monitoring community.

Through its brokerage events and other initiatives, the Horizon 2020 COLUMBUS project aims to ensure that applicable knowledge generated through EU-funded projects is transferred effectively to marine and maritime sectors. The intention of this effective transfer is to capitalise on the European Commission’s investment in research and contribute to sustainable Blue Growth.

The event proved to be a significant success, and raised awareness of selected sensor technologies and innovations to end-users. The knowledge generated will now be applied by new actors in both new ways and new sectors, thus achieving measurable impact and value.

The full event report will be made available on this website. For more information on COLUMBUS, please contact the Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, AquaTT, at


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