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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DTU Aqua

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The National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU-AQUA) provides research, counselling and education concerning the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources including aquaculture, the biology of aquatic organisms and the development of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. This involves the biology of fish and shellfish populations, dynamics and interaction with other organisms in aquatic systems as well as relevant environmental and climatic impacts. Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of management initiatives in relation to aquaculture and fisheries are central elements as well as the development of technology for optimizing the utilization of resources and minimizing environmental impacts. The Institute conducts the Danish national monitoring on fish and fisheries for the EU. DTU Aqua has extensive experience in coordinating and managing scientific programmes, including the coordination of several EU framework programmes.

Contact person: Patrizio Mariani



Competence Node Leader for Fisheries. Providing support to Competence Node for Aquaculture. Participating across project in Work Packages 2 to 8. 

Profile of staff engaged in the project:

patrizioDr Patrizio Mariani, Senior Research Scientist, has investigated food web dynamics, predator prey interactions, migration dynamics in plankton and fish. He has considerable experience in modelling of the aquatic systems, including biological and physical processes and he is author of 20 peer-reviewed publications. He has been involved in several EU FP7 projects including EUROBASIN, EUROMARINE, and COCONET, was former member of the executive of the EUROCEANS Consortium and member of the EUROMARINE Steering Committee. He is actively involved in teaching at DTU and has organized 4 workshops and 1 advanced school.


ivo grigorovDr Ivo Grigorov is a trained Marine Scientist, currently managing European research programmes for DTU-Aqua. IG interests focus on optimising the societal impact of marine research, by using Ocean Literacy .to bridge the science-society gap (H2020 SeaChange,, and combining it with Open Science principles (through FP7 FOSTER to meet Blue Growth Agenda objectives by stimulating open innovation and citizen science.



thomasThomas Talund Thogersen has a PhD in fisheries economics and has 9 years' of experience as a fisheries economist and has participated in several large scale EU projects. He is also currently involved in the Horizon 2020 project UTOFIA, where his role is to do intellectual property dissemination of the, in development, underwater imaging system.


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