The COLUMBUS Consortium is made up of 26 Partners across 14 countries and has been specifically designed to address the call topic and achieve the intended impacts. The Consortium is a balanced, multidisciplinary partnership, containing Pan-European organisations which represent a broad constituency of stakeholders in the marine and maritime areas.

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 call topic. Understanding that strategic changes are needed in how the marine and maritime community interact and collaborate for mutual benefit, the partnership has been constructed to represent all aspects of the research lifecycle (funding bodies, researchers, communications experts and end-users) and all regional sea basins in Europe.



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Societé d’Exploitation du Centre National de la Mer (National Sea Centre), Nausicaá, is a marine science centre and aquarium in Boulogne sur Mer, France, that shows marine biodiversity on a 6000 m2 exhibition area to 620.000 visitors per year, from North West Europe (Benelux, France, Germany, and UK). It is among the top ten tourist and cultural attractions in France with over 13 million visitors since its opening in 1991. The permanent and temporary exhibitions highlight the relationship between man and marine environment. Nausicaá disseminates scientific information and develops educational programme, outreach activities, communication tools and events. Nausicaá was recognized as the world’s first Centre of Excellence for ocean education by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in 1999 and after a series of specific collaborations, now signed a global corporation agreement with the UNESCO in 2014. The mission of Nausicaá is to raise awareness of the importance of the world's oceans, educate general public about how to better manage marine resources and invite everyone to take action to protect the marine environment.

Contact person: Manuel Cira


Role of Nausicaá in COLUMBUS

Work Package Leader for Work Package 7. Providing support to Competence Node for Marine Environment and Futures. Participating across project in Work Packages 2 to 6.

Profile of staff engaged in the project:

manuel ceraManuel Cira is Head of Cultural Activities and International Partnerships with degrees in Law, Languages and Communication and a European Certificate of Cultural Projects. With Nausicaá since the opening in 1991, he started the cultural and educational activities and now manages a team creating exhibits and awareness activities, in link with other scientific museums and aquariums. Director of the World Ocean Network. Coordinator of EU funded projects such as DG Research funded project OCEANICS (2003-2005), and cross-border projects (UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, France), and since 2012 Sea for Society MMLAP. He is also a member of the Policy advisory board of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands.


gaelleGaëlle l’Hermitte is a Project officer in Nausicaá. Gaëlle was working in NGOs in Haiti and joined Nausicaá in 2013 to work on international partnerships and project development. In Nausicaá, she first worked on the Sea For Society project. She is now in charge of the day-to-day management of Work Package 7 in COLUMBUS and she follows up actions related to knowledge management, citizen engagement and innovation toward a Blue Society. She holds a degree in geography and urban planning.


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