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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CETMAR is a non-profit Public Foundation promoted by the Regional Government of Galicia together with the former Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, currently the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. CETMAR aims to improve the conditions for a more sustainable use of marine resources and environment and in this framework, to increase the efficiency of related economic activities, considering both traditional business and those that in the context of the Blue Growth Strategy are expected to yield better opportunities for a more sustainable economic growth, better jobs and welfare. It is plays key role in engaging and mobilising stakeholders of the marine economy through research, innovation, policy support and technology transfer networks.

Contact person: Rosa Fernandez



Work Package Leader for Work Package 5. Competence Node Leader for Marine Governance and Management. Participating across the project in Work Packages 2 to 6 and 8.

Profile of staff engaged in the project:

rosaRosa Fernández is Head of the Technology Promotion and Transfer Area in CETMAR. She has a M.Sc. in Economy by the University of Santiago de Compostela and a Master degree in Business Management and Administration. Her professional background, starting in 1996, has been always linked to research and innovation management, particularly under FP6, FP7, Life+, Interreg and other structural funds. Since 2000, most of her professional experience has been linked to marine research and technology transfer related activities. She has worked as WP leader on “Innovation, communication and dissemination activities” for FP7 KBBE-Parasite Project and as Project coordinator for FP7- SME project OYSTERECOVER. She has also been involved in a number of FP6 projects including WOPER, OATP, Life BeFair and FAROS. She played an active role in promoting, setting up and acting as secretariat for various networking initiatives such as the Galician Fisheries Technology Platform and the European Fisheries initiative for the establishment of the EFTP ( among others. She has an extensive experience as external evaluator, being involved in evaluation processes for the European Commission (FP5 and FP6), the Spanish National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP) and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.


marisaMarisa Fernández holds a PhD in chemistry and specializes in marine pollution. She was in charge of the coordination of the Network of European National Reference Laboratories for Marine Toxins for more than nine years at the EU Community Reference Laboratory on Marine Toxins, where she was Chairman of EU Working Groups related to marine toxins hosted by the EU Commission. She is currently the Head of the Department of Control and Management of Marine Environment & Resources in the CETMAR where she is developing and coordinating a number of regional, national and EU projects of different programs related to marine pollution, maritime safety, aquaculture and fisheries. She is, or has been, the project leader of STAGES (VII FP); ARCOPOL (Atlantic Area), DRIFTER (Ampera Eranet), and GESTINMER (Life Environment). Marisa was work package leader in VALBIOMAR (Interreg IIIB), EROCIPS (Interreg IIIB), GASD (Interreg IIIB), ANCORIM (Interreg IIIB), BEFAIR (Life environment), FAROS (Life Environment), and SPREEX (CSA, VIFP). She is the coordinator of the Spanish Technological Platform for Protection of Coast and Marine Environment PROTECMA (Ministry of Science and Technology) and MARENDA project (Europeaid Programme). PROTECMA includes a working group on WFD and MSFD.


monicaxMónica Incera will be acting as the Knowledge Fellow for the Marine Governance and Management Competence Node. She has a professional background in the field of marine ecology. Her main interests are patterns of distribution of intertidal organisms, factors affecting this patterns and factors affecting the establishment and spread of invasive seaweeds.


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