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All-aboard for the Final COLUMBUS Conference – Registration Now Open

The COLUMBUS project is pleased to announce that the final COLUMBUS International Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference will be held in Brussels on 24 January 2018 (10am-5pm). Partners, collaborators and interested parties are invited to join to discover and celebrate the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology and its activities.

This event, titled “Making Marine and Maritime Science Count”, will provide an opportunity to explore COLUMBUS’ Knowledge Transfer activities and products, and stimulate discussions on the barriers, challenges and potential solutions to optimise the research system and achieve measurable impact. Registration for the 3rd International Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference opened on 18 December 2017. Places are limited, so secure your place now at: 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. Outstanding 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, specifically those resulting in impactful uptake by end-users contributing to Blue Growth and the implementation of marine and maritime policies in harmony with the principles of Blue Society. To nominate a person, project or initiative for this award, please go to: Participants are also invited to join our 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 at: For specific information on the COLUMBUS project, please contact the COLUMBUS Project Manager Cliona Ní Cheallacháin ( or visit the project website ( Notes for editors The COLUMBUS project was designed and written by AquaTT, a Dublin-based SME, and is coordinated by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 652690 (COLUMBUS). Further information about the COLUMBUS project is available on its website:


knowledge transfer, KT, blue growth, marine policy, maritime policy, blue society, impact, methodology


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