COLUMBUS Conference: Making Marine and Maritime Research Count


The COLUMBUS project will hold its final 3rd stakeholder conference in Brussels. The event will offer an opportunity to discover the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology and the project activities.

Representing the European Commission’s most substantial investment in Knowledge Transfer to date, COLUMBUS intends to capitalise on the EC’s much larger expenditure on marine and maritime research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end users, policy, industry, science and wider society.

The conference will be divided into interactive sessions, including presentation of the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer Methodology and its many applications, illustrated with a selection of case studies of transfer activity. Invited speakers and panellists will explore Knowledge Transfer to examine good practice. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion around the barriers and challenges to achieving impact in the research system to identify tangible solutions and actions required.

Examples of impactful Knowledge Transfer will also be celebrated through the Blue Society Knowledge Transfer award. This award will highlight best practice examples of successful Knowledge Transfer resulting in uptake by end-users contributing to Blue Growth and the implementation of marine and maritime policies in harmony with the principles of Blue Society. Nominations call is open here.  

Participants are also invited to join the COLUMBUS external capacity training on “Creating Impact by Knowledge Transfer for the Research Community”. Taking place on 23 January 2018 (1pm-6pm), this training course will introduce the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology and provide recommendations on how to ensure that projects are impactful from the design phase and throughout a project’s lifetime. Registration is open now here

Register to the COLUMBUS Conference here

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COLUMBUS 3rd Conference Programme 24.01.2018 Brussels (2.2 MiB)

Crowne Plaza Hotel

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