COLUMBUS drives forward on a wave of activity - July 2016

Representing the EC’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.

Recently, the project partners came together for their 4th Partner Meeting, held in Vigo, Spain on the 12th and 13th of July 2016. The aim of the meeting was to facilitate our Knowledge Fellows and partners to come together for focused Knowledge Transfer workshops - making science count! COLUMBUS brings together a new extended multi-stakeholder, multidisciplinary, transnational partnership with the experience, strategic positioning and track record in the marine and maritime sectors to achieve the ambitious impacts of the project.

To keep up-to-date on COLUMBUS visit this website often or contact the Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (email: cliona@aquatt.ie or tel: +353 (0) 1 644 9008).

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The attendees of the 4th Partner Meeting, Vigo, Spain

COLUMBUS first Knowledge Transfer activity : The NEAT workshop - June 2016

Fundacion CETMAR in Vigo, 30th of June of 2016. The purpose of this meeting was to assess and validate, from an end-user perspective, the validity and utility of the tool NEAT (Nested Environmental Status Assessment Tool) in different contexts of marine EIA studies.

CETMAR are the Node Leader and Knowledge Fellow for the COLUMBUS Marine Governance and Management Node, where sustainable implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, as well as other marine related policies, is the main focus. The NEAT software was developed through the FP7-Oceans of Tomorrow Project DEVOTES. This Knowledge Output was identified by CETMAR through the application of the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology as one of the knowledge outputs from the DEVOTES project with a clear potential impact if transferred correctly to identified end-users.

In its first 18 months, COLUMBUS has already established a “Knowledge Fellowship”, a network of nine full-time Knowledge Transfer Fellows whose role it is to carry out Knowledge Transfer, each with a specific focus area, including as above Marine Governance and Management. Trained in the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology, developed by AquaTT, this remote team has identified knowledge gaps relating to Blue Growth within their nodal areas and is proactively collecting knowledge from EU-funded research projects which have the potential to fulfil, or contribute towards filling, these gaps.

During the workshop, all participants made numerous and valuable contributions for the improvement of the tool in the future, and CETMAR will continue working with DEVOTES to ensure the Knowledge Output is transferred and applied as quickly as possible, ensuring it achieves maximum potential.

If you would like to know more about the COLUMBUS project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please contact the Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (email: cliona@aquatt.ie or tel: +353 (0) 1 644 9008).

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The attendees of the 1st COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer workshop on the NEAT software, Vigo, Spain

COLUMBUS – Collecting knowledge with European Commission - May 2016

On 4 May 2015, the European Commission (EC) launched an Information Sharing Platform on Marine and Maritime Research to support the "Innovation in the Blue Economy" Communication of May 2014, as well as the European Parliament's Resolution of September 2015 on "Untapping the potential of research and innovation in the blue economy to create jobs and growth". The platform, currently in its pilot stage, shares available research data and key results from EU-funded projects related to the marine and maritime research sectors.

In cooperation with the respective Project Coordinators of the 31 FP7 Oceans of Tomorrow projects, the COLUMBUS project collected over 500 Knowledge Outputs, of which 456 exploitable results were extracted to populate this pilot platform.  This collection of knowledge from research projects facilitates the uptake of new ideas, research results, data, products and services by industry, policy makers, civil society and other interested parties. This platform is an example of sharing results from European funded projects as soon as possible; thus supporting the concept of Open Science.

The COLUMBUS project is focused on utilising a novel Knowledge Transfer methodology to provide support and solutions for Blue Growth and implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The Knowledge Outputs collected to support the implementation of the EC’s pilot platform will be analysed by COLUMBUS where they will be considered for further transfer to target users.

If you would like to know more about the COLUMBUS project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please contact its Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (email: cliona@aquatt.ie or tel: +353 (0) 1 644 9008).

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The front end of the EC's "information sharing" searchable tool for exploring exploitable results in marine and maritime research 

Finding COLUMBUS...Where in the world? - May 2016

The COLUMBUS project passed it’s one-year mark in March, and is ramping up its communication activities; in particular, by ensuring attendance at key events across Europe. COLUMBUS’ partners are enthusiastically raising awareness of the project, with the aim of reaching as many stakeholders as possible. COLUMBUS is working towards measurable value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth within the timeframe of the project.

This year alone, COLUMBUS has been represented at major events such as the European Maritime Day in Finland, Ocean Week in Norway, European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Austria, European Seafood Expo in Belgium and Oceanology International in the UK; and has successfully interacted with actors from all stakeholder groups including policy, industry, society and the scientific community.

COLUMBUS has a dedicated Work Package entitled “Communication, Engagement and Knowledge Transfer towards a Blue Society”, led by Nausicaá in France, which supports the implementation of COLUMBUS through dissemination and other strategic communication/engagement activities. Objectives include enhancing the visibility and impact of marine and maritime research in society; strengthening the exploitation of knowledge and technological developments in the marine and maritime sector; and, ensuring the effective communication of the project’s objectives, activities and results.

To keep up-to-date on future events where COLUMBUS will be represented, make sure to visit the COLUMBUS website often. To organise an introduction to one of the COLUMBUS partners at an event, please contact the Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (email: cliona@aquatt.ie or tel: +353 (0) 1 644 9008).

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Designing end-user specific knowledge transfer activties is essential to maximising potential impact

COLUMBUS – Navigating towards impactful Knowledge Transfer - March 2016

On 2 March 2016, 57 participants from 36 organisations and 11 countries converged in Brussels, Belgium, for the European Commission (EC) Horizon 2020 funded COLUMBUS project’s first annual Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference.

Representing the EC’s most substantial investment in Knowledge Transfer to date, COLUMBUS aims to measurably increase uptake and application of outputs arising from publicly-funded marine research projects by different end-users, such as industry, policy makers, and society in general.

This event was the first of three annual international conferences to be hosted by COLUMBUS with the common objective of bringing together project partners, knowledge generators and end users, as well as Knowledge Transfer specialists, to discuss on-going COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer. Bringing these specialists together and highlighting success stories in this way will allow the Knowledge Transfer process that is implemented within COLUMBUS to be fine-tuned and ensure that COLUMBUS best practices in marine Knowledge Transfer become well-known by relevant stakeholders.

Opened by Dr Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP and Ms Sigi Gruber (Head of Marine Unit for DG Research and Innovation), the conference stimulated lively discussion. The attendees, including representatives from all 26 COLUMBUS partner organisations, explored external Knowledge Transfer initiatives to draw lessons from within the marine and maritime sector which could inform and improve COLUMBUS’ existing five-step Knowledge Transfer methodology.

Georgia Bayliss-Brown, Senior Knowledge Transfer Officer at AquaTT (Dublin, Ireland) who manages the application of the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology, said, “We really are sitting on the crest of a wave and exploring new horizons under the COLUMBUS project. As public spending on research and development continues to grow; funding providers need to see a return on their investment. In COLUMBUS, we use a tried-and-tested methodology to maximise the potential of knowledge to have real, quantifiable impacts on policy, industry, science and society.”

Hosted by some of COLUMBUS’ External Advisory Board members – invited from AZTI Tecnalia, the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM), Marcom Defence, Nord University, Researchfish, the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - the afternoon’s enthusiastic and participatory expert panel discussions looked at the definition of impact and the associated barriers to achieving it, e.g. organisational, linguistic, educational and cross-cultural obstacles.

“The sheer extent of interest that the European Commission and high-level experts have displayed by continuously engaging with COLUMBUS and participating so actively in the conference is not only gratifying, and a proud moment for the project, but it signifies the importance of Knowledge Transfer, Blue Growth and achieving impact across a vast range of sectors,” said Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, COLUMBUS Project Manager, “Not only is it exciting to imagine the potential reach and impact that COLUMBUS’ work is likely to have in the next two years, but the capacity that we are building, in transferring knowledge successfully, will also be an invaluable contribution to research culture and future methodologies.”

In its first year, COLUMBUS has already established a “Knowledge Fellowship”, a network of nine full-time Knowledge Transfer Fellows whose role it is to carry out Knowledge Transfer, each with a specific focus area. Trained in the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology, developed by AquaTT, this remote team has identified knowledge gaps relating to Blue Growth within their nodal areas and is proactively collecting knowledge from EU-funded research projects which have the potential to fulfil, or contribute towards filling, these gaps.

With more than 600 Knowledge Outputs collected to date, the scale of COLUMBUS can be easily recognised. All Knowledge Outputs, defined as units of knowledge generated by or through research, will be made publicly available through the Marine Knowledge Gate and the soon to be launched EU Marine Information Sharing Platform.

If you would like to know more about the COLUMBUS project or would like to receive regular updates on its progress, please visit www.columbusproject.eu or contact its Project Manager, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin (email: cliona@aquatt.ie or tel: 0035316449008). Presentations from the conference are available on the project website.

COLUMBUS Strategic and Operational Leader David Murphy presenting at the projects first annual Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference

COLUMBUS Strategic and Operational Leader, David Murphy, presenting at the project's first annual Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference


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