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The Blue Economy represents all economic activities related to oceans, seas and coastal areas and includes industries such as fishing, shipbuilding, tourism and ocean energy. This growing sector is hugely important to Europe, and currently provides jobs for nearly 3.5 million people. Improving transnational cooperation and synergies between triple helix players (academia, industry and policymakers) is essential to foster innovation and competitiveness in the Atlantic Area’s Blue Economy. The challenge is that Early Stage Technologies (EST) developed by academia often do not reach the market. By focusing on upgrading academia skills for knowledge transfer (KT) and innovation, sustainable growth in the Atlantic Area can be achieved.

TITLE: Empower academia for knowledge transfer for value creation in the Atlantic Area
PROGRAMME: Interreg Atlantic Area European Regional Development Fund
TOTAL BUDGET: €2.3 million
DURATION: March 2019 – February 2022
CONSORTIUM: 14 partners from five countries
COORDINATOR: NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon (FCT NOVA), Portugal


  • Identify and share best practices in Knowledge Transfer (KT) and innovation
  • Focus on the role of academia to foster cooperation between triple helix players
  • Develop a Joint Action Plan to enhance KT and innovation capacity to foster the AA’s Blue Economy competitiveness at regional, interregional & transnational level
  • Develop advance risk assessment and cost effectiveness tools to de-risk EST that respond to a Blue Economy market need
  • Develop and share an operational tool to build capacity in academia in KT and innovation
  • Positively influence policy through assessment of regional RDI capacity and funding tools to mature EST for KT, ensuring cost efficient exploitation of resources, so that best value for money on investment made by public and private bodies is achieved




Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager

Marieke is WP leader of EMPORIA4KT’s WP2 – Communication, and is responsible for the overall WP management, leading the communication and outreach aspects of the project and leading the marketing campaigns to engage stakeholders.

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Keegan Porter, Project Officer

Keegan is AquaTT’s Project Officer working on EMPORIA4KT, dealing with the day to day running of WP2 – Communication. He can be contacted for all communication and press queries in relation to EMPORIA4KT and its outputs and activities. He sits on the EMPORIA4KT Steering Committee. Keegan also represents AquaTT at consortium meetings.

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Funded by the European Union Interreg Atlantic Area European Regional Development Fund. Project code: EAPA_842/2018