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Accelerating Blue Growth through Marine and Maritime Knowledge Transfer

February 22, 2018 @ 13:00 - 16:00


February 22, 2018
13:00 - 16:00
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European Parliament (Room ASP 3H1)
Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, 1000 Belgium


EP Intergroup CCBSD and COLUMBUS Project

Hosted by:

Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP

Chair of the “Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services” Working Group of the EP Intergroup on

Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

The COLUMBUS project, funded by Horizon2020, intends to demonstrate how it is possible to capitalise on the European Commission’s significant investment in marine and maritime research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end-users such as policy, industry, science and wider society. The project began in March 2015 and will come to an end in February 2018 by organising its final event in the Parliament.

The objective was to reflect on the lessons learned in the H2020 COLUMBUS project in relation to stepping up Knowledge Transfer from European funded research and innovation projects in the marine and maritime sphere. This was achieved by demonstrating, through a number of showcases, all the steps required for successful Knowledge Transfer. Moreover, examples of bodies implementing successful Knowledge Transfer systems were provided. In addition, the event underlined the advantages of a more proactive approach for Knowledge Transfer, supported by the appropriate resources throughout the process from funding and proposal evaluation to the research implementation and industry involvement.

The event gathered involved partners such as the European Commission, Member States, industry, the scientific community, NGOs, and civil society to share their views and further discuss with policy-makers the results and guidelines moving forward.

In case you missed the event you can re-watch it here.


Introduction to COLUMBUS and an Overview of Knowledge Transfer Activities – David Murphy, AquaTT

DEVOTES – Innovative Tools to Support Quality Environmental Impact Assessments in Marine Environments – Angel Borja, AZTI Technalia

SEABIOPLAS – Exploring the Use of Seaweed-Derived Biopolymers in Biomedical Technology – Julie Maguire, Bantry Marine Research Station

Marine Physical Resources Case Study – Jennifer Fox, Aquatera Ltd

Making Publicly Funded Research Results Widely Available – Ned Dwyer, EurOcean

COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer Experience and Insights – David Murphy, AquaTT

The BONUS case The joint Baltic Sea research and development programme – Kaisa Kononen, BONUS Baltic Organisations Network for Funding Science EEIG

Knowledge Transfer Towards Excellence – Simon Gerrard, University of Southampton


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