COLUMBUS “Achieving Impact from Marine Research” Conference to Navigate Towards Horizons of Impact

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The COLUMBUS project is hosting its 2nd International Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference, “Achieving Impact from Marine Research” on 7 November 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Brussels, Belgium. Free to register, this conference is intended to be an international forum to bring together actors interested in sharing best practice and learning about initiatives and sectoral progress in Knowledge Transfer.

Through a wide array of innovative and insightful presentations and talks, attendees will be provided with the opportunity to collaboratively explore the barriers, challenges, and possible solutions to achieving the impact potential of marine and maritime research, at all stages of the funding cycle. Register at:

During this event, COLUMBUS will celebrate people and projects who are exemplar in achieving research impact through targeted knowledge transfer, by awarding the very first “Blue Society Award for Impactful Knowledge Transfer”. The award is currently open for submissions, with the winner to be announced at the event. The winning entry will receive a ticket to attend the world’s leading business and self-empowerment summit, the prestigious Pendulum Summit in Dublin, on 10-11 January 2018.

“We want to highlight those who are making marine research count. This award will not only acknowledge their efforts but the prize will give them the opportunity to mingle with some of the world’s leading inspirational minds. To incentivise impact creation we need to show organisations that there is reward in transferring research outside of the academic community”, said Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, COLUMBUS Project Manager, based at AquaTT, Dublin, Ireland.

“Whilst there are those who are successfully achieving impact from their research, we recognise that it is not always easy and that capacity in Knowledge Transfer needs to be built. With this in mind, we have organised an afternoon of training on the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology before the event for those that hold supporting roles for research. We need to see a culture change in the way we use research findings, but also in how research is funded”, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin concluded.

This one-day training course targeting funding agencies, evaluators, national contact points and decision makers who are invested in achieving greater impact from the research that they support, will take place from 2pm until 6pm on Monday 6 November at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Registration is free but places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for the conference and/or training course, or to nominate a person or project for the COLUMBUS Blue Society award, please visit the conference page:

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