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 (cliona@aquatt.ie).

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 cliona@aquatt.ie.

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 cliona@aquatt.ie.

COLUMBUS Brokerage Event in Maritime Sensing Technologies 23 November, 2017

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PLOCAN, partner in the COLUMBUS project, is leading the organization of a brokerage event on 23 November 2017, alongside several other COLUMBUS partners including Seascape Consultants, EuroGOOS, and Aquatera, as well as related initiative EMODnet. The event will take place during the AtlantOS General Assembly, Gran Canaria, Spain. The goal of this event is to facilitate brokerage and foster partnerships between representatives of national marine observations and data programmes in Europe and 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 will be presented and discussed to aid knowledge transfer and foster collaboration among marine and maritime stakeholders, including publicly-funded organizations and SMEs. Participants will include:

  • - European companies, focused on maritime sensing technologies and/or observing platforms that have recently participated in the development of new sensors, with the support of the European Commission-funded research and innovation projects;
  • - Expert companies and institutions in marine sensor interoperability, data collection and transmission, and data sharing and use that will provide innovative cutting-edge solutions mostly developed with the support of the European Commission in the framework of research and innovation projects;
  • - Many of their potential users, including AtlantOS partners, representing the European oceanographic and ocean

The Horizon2020 COLUMBUS project aims to ensure that applicable knowledge generated through EU-funded projects can be transferred effectively to marine and maritime sectors. To capitalise on the European Commission’s investment in research COLUMBUS is investigating the accessibility and uptake of research outputs by end-users (policy, industry, science and wider society) and will help ensure that measurable value is derived from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth.

Science and technology have a vital role to play preserving the marine environment as well as supporting the European Blue Growth strategy to enhance the economic potential of our seas and oceans. This is a key component of the Europe 2020 goal of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth for Europe.The Europe 2020 Innovation Union initiative (2010) states: “We need to get more innovation out of our research”.

Please click here for the Brokerage Event Programme. 

To register interest for the brokerage event please contact Ayoze Castro at ayoze.castro@plocan.eu.

For specific information on the COLUMBUS project, contact the COLUMBUS Project Manager Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (cliona@aquatt.ie) and visit the project website (www.columbusproject.eu). 

COLUMBUS facilitates the pathway from research outputs to aquaculture industry products - October 2017

The ongoing Horizon 2020 initiative COLUMBUS is pioneering a new technique to better understand how to optimise the use of knowledge derived from research. Through the COLUMBUS project’s process of identification of Knowledge Outputs (KOs), and the development of Knowledge Transfer plans to facilitate the increase of Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to bring this knowledge to market, COLUMBUS partners organised a special event at European Aquaculture Society’s Aquaculture Europe 2017 (AE2017) conference on 18 October 2017, Dubrovnik, to present several aquaculture case studies that are currently going through the process.

Case studies were presented which consisted of innovative knowledge being effectively transferred and applied with measurable impact. These presentations were broad and varied, examples include:

• A sensor whose technology originated from the oceanographic sector, where it was used to measure ice-melt but was now finding new applications in waste water, drinking water and Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS).
• An app, called Fish Shape, whose unique selling point lies in the opportunity to pick up the onset of juvenile fish malformations before they become visible.

Following the presentations, an open forum was held and moderated by COLUMBUS partner and owner of AQUARK, Panos Christofilogiannis. As well as identifying end-users and ‘knowledge amplifiers’ for the knowledge that was presented, and discussing important related subjects such as intellectual property, the attendees also brainstormed on new ideas and projects.

In total, the half-day workshop attracted around 60 participants from ten countries, representing a fair cross-section of the stakeholder participation of AE2017.

In addition, COLUMBUS partners and Knowledge Transfer experts were also present at the COLUMBUS Brokerage Stand during the rest of the conference to allow interested parties to set up individual meetings to review their project and its potential. For those wishing to go further, this would be the start of a process towards impact, and a relationship with COLUMBUS, that could include: mentorship in the protection of intellectual property; development of a business plan; identification of end-users and development partners; and, assessment of appropriate channels to market.

Over the years, Aquaculture Europe has developed into an event to share and communicate the latest scientific research and attracts a dynamic and multi-disciplinary audience. AE2017 attracted a total participation of 1700 from more than 60 countries, with 92 exhibitors present at the trade show. Following the success of COLUMBUS’ Brokerage Event, the European Aquaculture Society has decided to adopt brokerage events as an integral part of its Aquaculture Europe events – to stimulate knowledge transfer between researchers and exhibitors, to mentor students and to develop B2B contacts between companies in attendance.

For more information on COLUMBUS, please contact the Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, AquaTT, at cliona@aquatt.ie.


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