The COLUMBUS Consortium is made up of 25 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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Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) provides a broad, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral understanding of marine science, maritime industries, public and stakeholder engagement and works closely at the science–policy interface. This experience is based on organisational ‘memory’, stretching over a hundred years, combined with state-of-the-art technological developments and continuing research applied to a range of topics of clear relevance to the European citizen. Examples include food security (sustainable fisheries & aquaculture), ecosystem services, ocean health and seafood safety (viruses, bacteria, HABs toxins), habitat protection and seabed mapping (Marine Protected Area and Marine Conservation Zones, trawling, dredging, aggregate extraction, offshore renewables), the impacts of climate change (ocean acidification, species migrations, wave climate), the effects of chemical and radioactive contaminants and marine litter.

Contact person: Paul Buckley


Role of Cefas in COLUMBUS

Cefas will provide inputs into Work Package 8 with other inputs into Work Packages 2 to 6. 

Profile of staff engaged in the project:

silvanaxSilvana Birchenough is a researcher and scientific advisor on issues related to ecology and human activities. She works on understanding of long-term benthic changes resulting from climate change and ocean acidification. Recently, her work has been targeted to understand the potential impacts of multiple-stressors (e.g. temperature, pH changes and metals) on commercial species, generating science-evidence of these expected effects under a changing climate.



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+353 1 644 9008

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AquaTT UETP Ltd., PO Box 8989
Dublin 2, Ireland

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