Bringing the Ocean to Society
6 Mar 2017
Knowledge transfer activities focus of COLUMBUS partnership meeting
Reaching its final year, the H2020 project meeting focused on the upcoming Knowledge Transfer and Legacy activities to ensure the accessibility and use of the knowledge generated by past and current EU funded marine research projects.

Held on February 23rd and 24th in Lisbon, Portugal thanks to the kind support of EurOcean’s Founding Member FCT (Fundação para a Ciênca e a Tecnologia), the 5th Partnership Meeting gathered all 26 project partner organisations and a representative of the COLUMBUS External Advisory Board.

The meeting focused on the upcoming Legacy and Knowledge Transfer activities in each of the project’s Competence Nodes: Fisheries; Aquaculture; Biological Resources; Monitoring & Observation; Marine biological Resources; Marine Transports & Logistics; Marine Physical Resources; Marine Governance & management and Marine Environment & Futures.

EurOcean Focus for 2017

With a wealth  of relevant knowledge Outputs (KOs) already collected (under the EurOcean lead Work Package), the project will now focus on the transfer of the most promising knowledge so as to obtain Case Studies.

EurOcean will however ensure that the pool of relevant knowledge will be made publically available through its EurOcean_KG - Marine Knowledge Gate contributing therefore to Blue Growth by promoting accessibility to EU funded marine research projects results and, possible future Knowledge Transfer activities.

EurOcean will also actively contribute to the COLUMBUS legacy activities in particular in the development of a COLUMBUS Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Handbook, containing methods, good practices, case studies and standards developed so as to allow others to adopt and replicate methods and, in the assessment and development of Recommendations addressed to funding agencies on a national, regional and European level.

More on COLUMBUS – Monitoring, Managing and Transferring Marine and Maritime Knowledge for Sustainable Blue Growth

COLUMBUS aims to capitalise on the EC’s significant research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end-users (policy, industry, science and wider society) and therefore to ensure measurable value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth

For this purpose a specific three step Knowledge Transfer methodology to create measurable impact (evolving since the FP6 MarineTT and FP7 STAGES projects, among others) is used, aimed at actively Collecting relevant knowledge; understanding its potential application and impact through an Analysis process and, Transferring the knowledge to its target end-user.

For more information on the COLUMBUS project methodology please visit the project website and/or check out its promotional video.