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 – 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 

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

COLUMBUS insights - Knowledge Transfer to Impact - March 2016

On 1-3 March 2016, 60 participants representing 38 organisations and 11 countries converged in Brussels, Belgium for the EC H2020 COLUMBUS project’s1st External Advisory Board Meeting, 1st Annual Conference and 3rd Partner Meeting.

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.

Coming together for the first time, the External Advisory Board spent a productive afternoon in lively discussion about how their vocational responsibilities, expertise and experience might best be utilised to contribute to COLUMBUS achieving its objectives, and imprint legacy on Blue Growth and Knowledge Transfer methodologies.

Opened by Dr Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP and Ms Sigi Gruber (Head of Marine Unit for DG Research and Innovation), COLUMBUS’ first Annual Conference was equally vibrant. All those in attendance, including representatives from every partner organisations, explored external Knowledge Transfer initiatives to draw lessons within the marine and maritime sector which could inform and improve COLUMBUS’ five-step knowledge transfer methodology. The afternoon’s enthusiastic and participatory expert panel discussions looked at the increasingly important areas of defining impact from EU funded research and how to achieve it through Knowledge Transfer.

On the final day of meetings, COLUMBUS consortia met for a partner meeting, to review the first twelve months of the project and to plan for the next year. With nine full-time Knowledge Fellows in place and having already collected over 500 Knowledge Outputs, COLUMBUS is well on its way towards ensuring measurable value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth within the timeframe of the project.

The COLUMBUS project was designed and written by AquaTT, a Dublin-based SME, and is coordinated by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM). To achieve the above ambitious objectives, COLUMBUS has carefully constructed a multi-stakeholder, multidisciplinary partnership comprising strategic marine and maritime organisations with past experience, relevant mandates and extended networks.

COLUMBUS ambassadors driving impact for Blue Growth - February 2016

For the first three days of March 2016, over 50 participants will converge in Brussels to review and learn from the first year of the COLUMBUS project, the European Commission’s flagship Blue Growth initiative and representative of their most substantial investment in Knowledge Transfer to date. This event is the first of three annual international conferences hosted by COLUMBUS that will gather project partners, knowledge generators and end users, as well as Knowledge Transfer specialists, to discuss on-going COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer. This event represents the first time that COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer Fellows and partners meet the newly-formed External Advisory Board. Boasting 14 members, the External Advisory Board comprises members with abundant experience in the challenges affecting the EU’s Blue Growth agenda, representing a vast range of highly-relevant backgrounds and organisations: AZTI Tecnalia, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Dublin City University, the European Fisheries Control Agency, the European Marine Board, European Parliament, the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM), JPI-Oceans, Marcom, Nord University, the OSPAR Commission, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, Researchfish, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

“As ambassadors to the project, the members of the External Advisory Board will promote COLUMBUS’ goals to relevant policy, industry, scientific and societal actors to ensure visibility and consequence”, explains Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, COLUMBUS Project Manager, “This will guarantee that COLUMBUS meets its overarching objective, to ensure that applicable knowledge generated through EC-funded science and technology research is transferred effectively to advance the governance and economic growth of the European marine and maritime sectors.”


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