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1 Unlocking Marine Knowledge

2 Overview of the MarineTT Initiative Dr. Gill Marmelstein AquaTT Scientific Project Officer RAC Coordination Meeting – Brussels 21 st February 2012

3 MarineTT – In Brief Type of Funding Scheme: Coordination and Support Action (supporting) Work programme topics addressed: ENV.2009. - Knowledge transfer and uptake of EU research results Partners: Budget: €782,000 Duration: 30m (Feb 2010 – July 2012)

4 Partnership (Coordinator) – a specialist in marine-related scientific knowledge management and transfer activities (Partner) – manages an Online Portal which is a focal point for Marine Science and Technology Information on marine research infrastructures & RTD projects

5 Policy Drivers “We need to get more innovation out of our research. Cooperation between the worlds of science and the world of business must be enhanced, obstacles removed and incentives put in place.” Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative Innovation Union COM(2010) 546 final

6 Timeliness of MarineTT There is a demand to show demonstrable impact from EC-funded research EC is looking for improved systems and methodologies for knowledge capture and transfer MarineTT is a pilot, where we intend to provide new methodologies, tools, insights and measurable impact

7 EC RTD funding has different target user groups To help facilitate and accelerate the commercial application of research results ( industry ) To help support evidence-based policy making ( policy makers ) To help inform and direct further research ( research community )

8 How is MarineTT different? Change of focus: Promotion of research projects Identification of individual “Knowledge Outputs” The clustering, analysis and validation of “Knowledge Output” potential Customised Knowledge Transfer through appropriate positioning of Knowledge Outputs in the value chain (end user focused) Measuring the outcome of Knowledge Transfer and Impact(s)

9 MarineTT Definition What is a “Knowledge Output” A "Knowledge Output" is the term used to describe a unit of knowledge that has been generated during a scientific project. It is not limited to de-novo or pioneering discoveries but may also include new methodologies/ processes, adaptations, insights, alternative applications of prior know-how or knowledge Knowledge differs from data or information in that new knowledge may be created from existing knowledge by extension of logic.datainformation

10 Phases of MarineTT 1. Knowledge Collection 3. Knowledge Transfer 2. Knowledge Analysis

11 Phase 1 Knowledge Collection

12 Phase 1: Knowledge Collection Process 1. Identification of marine-related projects Official Source – EC CORDIS online database Criteria and supporting elements (panel of EurOcean experts, project coordinators) Quality Control (EC websites and official documents) 2. Collection of information – 2 main types and sources: Standard Project Details  CORDIS Project Fact Sheet, project websites Knowledge Outputs  Project Coordinators complete online survey 3. Validation by Project Coordinators

13 Main Figures Total Number FP6 projects in CORDIS10.490 FP6 MARINE projects in EurOcean MaP Infobase470 FP6 MARINE Marie Curie Actions in EurOcean_MaP Infobase 147 FP6 MARINE Projects Surveyed323 EurOcean_MaP Infobase with FP6 marine projects in place FP6 Non-Priority Instruments for MarineTT Marie Curie Actions: Less potential for knowledge transfer (scholarships for individual researchers) Collection Process Standard Project Details in place Knowledge Outputs Online Survey Identification & Collection of marine projects & KOs: FP6 figures

14 Identification & Collection of marine projects & KOs: FP7 figures FP7 Main Figures Total Number FP7 projects in CORDIS (31-05-2010)6.680 FP7 projects reviewed (excluding non-priority areas) 3.017 FP7 MARINE projects identified/surveyed184 FP7 Priority Areas for MarineTT Identification Process FP7 Non-Priority Programmes for MarineTT People & Ideas Programmes: Less potential for knowledge transfer (scholarships for individual researchers) Fission & Fusion Programmes: Atomic Energy-related (~NO MARINE) Collection Process Standard Project Details CORDIS Knowledge Outputs Online Survey

15 Phase 2 Knowledge Analysis

16 Phase 2 4 Comprehensive Steps to Analyse Knowledge: 1.Primary Analysis 2.Internal Validation 3.Validation by Project Co-ordinators 4.Validation by Marine Experts MarineTT Phase 2: Knowledge Analysis

17 Knowledge Analysis Process 1.Primary Analysis: Review of Coordinator survey & any additional material (publications, website, results, etc.) Completion of missing information for compilation of Knowledge Output Tables (KOT) Interaction with coordinator for clarifications 2. Internal Analysis : Proofing of KOT content Primary Assessment of KOs Clustering of thematic related projects/KOs Finalisation of KOTs for External Validation Phase 3. Project Coordinator Review : Approval of revised completed KOTs by project coordinators 4. External Expert Assessment of Marine Thematic Groups: Desk top study review of KOTs Validation Meeting for each thematic group (Fisheries, Aquaculture, Water Resource Management, Environmental Monitoring, Ocean Energy, Climate Change) Identification of high potential outputs for Transfer and Uptake

18 All Knowledge Outputs were collected in a “Knowledge Output Table”

19 Knowledge Outputs Selection Process Cordis: 13,507 FP6 & FP7 Projects Surveyed: 507 FP6 & FP7 Project Valid Surveys: 147 FP6 & FP7 Knowledge Outputs: 592 High Potential Knowledge Outputs 53

20 Knowledge Output Distribution Marine ThemeNumber of Projects Number of Knowledge Outputs in Theme Aquaculture31121 Fisheries23132 Water/Resource Management36154 Ocean Energy1642 Climate Change1663 Environmental Monitoring2480 Total147592

21 Stock Assessment Participatory research New gears Consumer Health MPAs Fisheries Management FP6 & 7 Fisheries Projects – Research topics by area of investigation

22 FP6 & 7 Fisheries Projects – Regional involvement

23 Step 4: External Expert Validation Expert groups established to validate the Knowledge Outputs: Each group consisted of at least three experts; policy expert industry expert RTD expert Each group carried out a desk study, followed by a one day group validation meeting External Validation was an essential step in analysing the Knowledge Outputs

24 Key Observations on Phase 2 Analysis can only be done based on what is in the Knowledge Output descriptions (limitation of exercise) Initial indications ---> relevant knowledge to shift into the Knowledge Transfer phase Innovative Knowledge Analysis Methodology developed - adaptable to any discipline/field of research There is cross fertilisation between domains (e.g. Environmental monitoring outputs of relevance to aquaculture/fisheries)

25 Phase 3 Knowledge Transfer

26 Dissemination vs. Knowledge Transfer Dissemination: one-way, distribute knowledge, assume audience will take up and use Knowledge Transfer: -two-way, iterative process. -Requires engagement and networking. -Understand primary end-users and tailor make transfer to ensure successful delivery of knowledge. -Measure if there is an impact You need to know why you are transferring the knowledge, what is the relevance to the end-users, what would you like them to do?

27 Knowledge Transfer Case Studies A major objective of MarineTT is to demonstrate that customised knowledge transfer is more effective than “classical” dissemination 15 Knowledge Transfer case studies will be taken forward on “high potential” outputs as identified by experts in Phase 2 Measurement of transfer and uptake of knowledge are integrated into the studies

28 Knowledge Transfer “Due Diligence” Approach coordinators of high potential outputs to establish willingness to help in MarineTT Knowledge Transfer Establish exact details on “Knowledge Output” Clarify Intellectual Property rights (IP) Assess willingness, ability of Project Coordinator (or owner of output?) to work with us Identify exact “Primary End User(s)” and assess capacity for uptake Identify if knowledge can be clustered or stand-alone for transfer Identify suitable technical level, medium and channel for transfer

29 Measuring Impact Outcome of Transfer - amount of participants, feedback, surveys, measures of transfer activity etc. Impact of Transfer MarineTT will measure - next action taken - indicators of follow on impact down value chain

30 MarineTT Knowledge Gate

31 7/6/2011MarineTT: Added Value and Benefits An infobase of EU funded marine projects  Provides information and statistics on funding, countries, institutions involved in marine research A Knowledge Management tool  A searchable Knowledge Outputs Listing One central location for searching – with links to projects & project documents Describes each Knowledge Output in clear language Sortable by types of knowledge (prototypes, software tools, products) Suggests potential Next/End Users of the Knowledge Output


33 Next Steps

34 Complete Knowledge Transfer Case Studies Attend major events to showcase project methodology and results of Knowledge Transfer Two Major Events Scheduled 1) MarineTT Environment Workshop (April 2012) 2) Knowledge Management Workshop (June 2012) - Bring together experts in Knowledge Management to discuss state of the art in field related to EC projects - Provide insights and recommendations on the way Knowledge Management could be improved

35 Conclusions

36 Some Key Insights from MarineTT -COLLECTION -The way knowledge is managed and stored at the end of projects could be improved -It is possible to share knowledge without compromising IP -ANALYSIS -A multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder team is able to assess the potential applications of Knowledge Outputs and correctly identify the “next users” of the knowledge -TRANSFER -Dissemination Knowledge Transfer (machine gun vs. sniper) -By taking a customised approach focusing on the “next user”, it is possible to transfer knowledge effectively and measure impact

37 Conclusions -The MarineTT methodology has attracted major interest and has already been adopted by other EC projects and is being piloted at a national level in Norway -By using a systematic process (MarineTT methodology) it is possible to collect, analyse and transfer relevant knowledge to relevant users who can take it up and use it -The experience gained from the process has identified structural challenges in the way knowledge is currently managed in EC projects and we hope to shortly publish our findings and recommendations on how to improve the system and thereby make RTD investment measurably impactful -Please help us develop suitable resources by providing feedback and informing your members

38 Role of RAC’s Please make your members aware of the MarineTT initiative and resources Help us to transfer relevant knowledge to your members within case studies (act as multipliers) We would be happy to present to individual RACs Please have a look at the “Knowledge Gate” and give us feedback as users Any other feedback?

39 Contact us Thank you for your attention Website: Tel: +353 1 644 9008

40 Disclaimer The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no 244164. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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