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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Sociedad para el Fomento de la Innovación Tecnológica, INNOVATEC is an independent Spanish firm, offering knowledge and expertise to perform and coordinate Research, Development and Innovation projects. It was established in 1999 as a Spin-off from the Technology Transfer Unit of the University of Alcalá (Madrid, Spain). The areas of expertise include evaluation of R&D projects (national, European and international), R&D management tools, follow-up and evaluation of R&D activities, coordination of R&D projects, development of technology transfer programmes, design of in-house plans and strategies for promotion and financing of R&D, planning, organization and coordination of scientific events and implementation of dissemination strategies.

Contact person: Erika Sela



INNOVATEC will provide input into Work Package 1. Other inputs to Work Package 2 to 8. 

Profile of staff engaged in the project:

joaquingxDr Joaquín Guinea is the director and founder of INNOVATEC. He is an Engineer with MSc (1981, Univ. of Fisheries, Tokyo) and PhD. (1989, UPM, Madrid). At present he is Honorary Professor of Alcala Univ. (Madrid), Lecturer of “R&D Management” at the Univ. Complutense (Madrid) and the Coordinator of the project EVAL-HEALTH. Joaquín is an expert evaluator (ex ante and ex post) for EU R&D in different thematic research fields with almost 10 years’ experience. He has also worked as Expert Evaluator of R&D EUREKA Projects for the Centre of Technology Development (CDTI, within the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain) in the area of marine resources and aquaculture and for the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective (ANEP) in different thematic fields. He has also been the Spanish representatives of the former Marine Science and Technology (MAST) EC Programme, Business Development Director of the Spanish marine biotechnology company, PharmaMar and Director of the Technology Transfer office of the University of Alcala.


erika selaErika Sela is a senior consultant and co-founder at INNOVATEC with a university graduate in Biological Sciences. She is project manager of the EVAL-HEALTH project and has also participated in many other FP7 projects. She has previously worked as Technology Transfer officer at University of Alcala (Madrid, Spain), Business development assistant for the Spanish marine biotechnology company PharmaMar and Evaluator of R&D Projects (mainly from private companies) for the Centre of Technology and Industrial Development (CDTI, within the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain) in the area of marine resources and aquaculture.


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