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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EurOcean - The European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology - was established in 2002 as a result of a joint French-Portuguese initiative, is an independent, scientific, nongovernmental organisation of leading European marine organisations whose aim is to develop information exchange and drive products in the field of marine sciences and technologies between a wide range of governmental and non-governmental bodies. EurOcean, a clearing house for information on marine science and technology in Europe, through its internet portal ( facilitates access to information on topics related to marine science and technology in Europe with priority given to three main domains: Marine Research Infrastructures, Marine Knowledge Management and Ocean Public Outreach and Education Activities. EurOcean also contributes to initiatives aiming to implement a European Marine Research Area and the European Maritime Policy.

Contact person: Cristina Costa


Role of EurOcean in COLUMBUS

Work Package Leader on Identification and Collection of EC funded Knowledge. Other inputs to Work Packages 1, 2, 5 to 8.

Profile of staff engaged in the project:

NedNed Dwyer is the Executive Director of EurOcean. Ned has a degree in electronic engineering and an MSc and PhD in satellite remote sensing applications. He has more than 25 years’ of professional experience, much of which is in marine research and information management. From 2002 to 2014, he worked at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre of University College Cork, Ireland, as team leader of the Applied Remote Sensing and GIS group and, from 2010, as the Centre´s Deputy Director. He has worked on numerous FP6 and FP7 projects in relation to marine environmental management and also led the development of the Marine Irish Digital Atlas. He was co-chair of the IOC/IODE International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) Project from 2008 to 2014 and is still actively involved in its Steering Group.


cristina costaCristina Costa is the EurOcean Office Coordinator and a EurOcean Project Manager.  Cristina has been working with EurOcean since September 2009, mainly on knowledge management within several FP7 European projects such as MarineTT and STAGES as well as on the development and maintenance of the EurOcean Marine Knowledge Gate. Cristina, with a degree in Environmental Engineering, is also knowledgeable on the European marine policy. In COLUMBUS, Cristina will be the operational leader on the identification and collection of EC-funded knowledge (WP4) and will contribute to all other Work Packages.



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