According to their website the COLUMBUS project intends 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: policy, industry, science and wider society. COLUMBUS will ensure measurable value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth within the timeframe of the project.



Location map of partner states


PARTNERS - A map showing the location of the Columbus consortium. The consortium is made up of 26 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. It is claimed that 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.





•  Explore the challenges facing both the European marine and maritime sectors and create a priority list of our most urgent challenges and important knowledge needs.

•  Discover results of past and current research projects on marine and maritime subjects, in particular those which could provide the solutions to overcome the highlighted identified challenges. 

•  Pioneer a new technique to better understand who can make use of this under-utilised knowledge and make sure that it is used for the benefit of all society.

•  Ensure the innovative transfer of discovered knowledge to those that can use it.

•  Make citizens aware of marine and maritime related research results that have an impact on their own daily lives.

•  Leave a COLUMBUS legacy which will provide recommendations on how to improve the use of knowledge from research in the marine and maritime sectors.



The marine environment constitutes two-thirds of our planet and offers huge potential for citizens' well-being, with extensive resources that form the basis for many economic activities. Europe is emerging from the worst financial crisis in recent history and rebuilding our economy demands that we identify sustainable opportunities for jobs and economic or blue growth. The ocean is a source of food, water, energy and raw materials; a medium for tourism, transport and commerce; and, can provide solutions to many societal challenges. Nevertheless the ocean is neither inexhaustible nor immune to damage. Marine and maritime research has a critical role to play in developing our understanding of the seas and advancing technology so that we can grow their economic potential in a sustainable manner. However, key substantial research results are not always known or exploited when they could be of use to marine and maritime stakeholders (e.g. scientists and policymakers).







The Columbus External Advisory Board (EAB) provides objective advice and guidance on project methodology, quality assurance, progression and best practices, including highest compliance with ethical guidelines. 

The role of the EAB in COLUMBUS

• To provide expert advice and feedback on Knowledge Transfer activities within COLUMBUS 

• To provide input into Work Package 8 “Legacy” particularly with regard to developing a comprehensive understanding of the barriers facing effective Knowledge Transfer of EU-funded projects 

• To build relationships with stakeholders in Europe; and internationally where relevant

• To promote and enhance the external communication activities of the COLUMBUS project in order to ensure visibility on a political level; endorse COLUMBUS' authority on Knowledge Transfer; and, support the objective of highlighting the importance of marine and maritime research in Europe.








AquaTT UETP Ltd., PO Box 8989
Dublin 2, Ireland


Phone: +353 1 644 9008

EAB: Georgia Bayliss-Brown


EurOcean_KG Marine Knowledge Gate  - 
The Marine Knowledge Gate is an innovative tool which provides an inventory of European and national-funded marine science and technology projects and their Knowledge Outputs.




PROJECT AIMS - The overall objective is to foster the development of Blue Growth.



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