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COLUMBUS research vessel

COLUMBUS aims to ensure that applicable knowledge generated through EU funded marine and maritime science and technology research can be transferred effectively to advance the governance of the marine and maritime sectors.

PROGRAMME: Horizon 2020
TOTAL BUDGET: €4 million
DURATION: March 2015 - February 2018 (36 months)
COORDINATOR: Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
CONSORTIUM: 27 partners from 11 countries

The EU has been funding a large number of marine and maritime research and innovation (R&I) projects spread across different programmes. Recent efforts have been made to monitor and facilitate access to information on these projects or their results. However, key tangible outputs are not always known or exploited when they could be of use to marine and maritime stakeholders, scientists and policy makers.

COLUMBUS was designed to efficiently manage knowledge and carry out Knowledge Transfer resulting in measurable uptake and application. The project carried out a process to identify knowledge needs from an end-user perspective so that all activities are focused on knowledge that has a high potential to be impactful if identified and transferred. This information fed into the Knowledge Transfer cycle of the process driven work packages (WPs) that run in three overlapping cycles for the duration of the project as it focuses on nine different thematic node-based subjects/sectors.

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Cliona Ní Cheallacháin

Cliona was the project manager of COLUMBUS responsible for the day to day management of the partnership and achievement of objectives, goals and results. Cliona is a Senior Project Manager in AquaTT and has been working with AquaTT since December 2011 mainly on knowledge management and transfer within several FP7 projects such as Aquainnova and MarineTT and project management and dissemination within others such as MG4U, Trafoon. 

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David Murphy

David held the distinguished role of Strategic and Operational Leader of COLUMBUS, responsible for steering the project and overseeing increased impact. As AquaTT Manager, David has over 13 years of EU project management experience in the areas of education, training and RTD, having coordinated more than eight projects and participated in over 40 initiatives.

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Georgia Bayliss-Brown

Georgia was the leader of Work Package 2 “Support: Methodology, Processes and Capacity Building” and the Competence Node Leader for “Marine Biological Resources”. She was responsible for driving Knowledge Transfer activity across COLUMBUS and many other AquaTT projects to ensure that the maximum potential impact is reached for EU funded projects in the marine and maritime sector.

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Keegan Porter

Keegan's work within the COLUMBUS project was that of a ‘Knowledge Fellow’ for the Marine Biological Resources ‘Competence Node’. His primary task in this capacity was to accelerate and amplify the adoption of relevant research knowledge in this area so as to encourage value creation for society. Keegan aims for tangible contributions to the EU’s stated strategy of sustainable Blue Growth by ensuring that valuable research knowledge is effectively transferred to relevant end users.

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Project Coordinator

Tom Scanlon

Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Crofton Road
Dun Laoghaire
Co Dublin



Strategic and Operational Leader

David Murphy



Project Manager

Cliona NÍ Cheallacháin






Funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme