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The Sea Change consortium consists of 17 partners from nine different countries, coordinated by the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. This consortium, which comprises nine public research organisations, one SME, five non profit organisations and two higher education institutions, brings together selected experts to collectively provide the knowledge, competence, skills and facilities needed for ensuring a good project development, the achievement of project objectives and the successful delivery of project results.

Sea Change also has an International Advisory Group (IAG) which is an independent body consisting of selected high level experts drawn from a range of stakeholder communities, who have knowledge and experience of Ocean Literacy and scientific public engagement. These Key US, Canadian and EU external stakeholders will share knowledge, provide guidance and feedback to the work package structures within Sea Change throughout the course of the project.

International Advisory Group



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Contact Person: Emer Cooney
Role: WP7 leader

AquaTT is an SME founded in 1992 under the EU COMETT programme as a University Enterprise Training Partnership (UETP) for the European aquaculture industry, to coordinate the training requirements of the industry through a single body. AquaTT now has more than 20 years of experience in the successful design and management of European Commission-financed projects under a number of programmes including FP7, Interreg and Leonardo da Vinci. It works in scientific fields related to the marine, food, energy, health, genomics and environment (key sectors for Europe's sustainability) and throughout all stages of the EC project cycle.

In 2010 AquaTT co-ordinated MARINETT (Marine Knowledge Transfer Support Action), a flagship FP7 project, and has been a work package leader for 19 other FP7 projects. AquaTT services include project management, science communication and training, event planning, stakeholder consultation, impact assessment and piloting evaluation methodologies.

AquaTT also has a long track record in education and training, informing strategies and creating networks to exchange best practice. AquaTT works alongside Europe's top researchers to help tackle major societal challenges by ensuring the new knowledge generated from EU research is effectively transferred resulting in uptake and measureable impact.

AquaTT is the lead partner on the Dissemination and Communication Work Package (WP7).

Contact Person: Emer Cooney (

Key Personnel involved:

David MurphyDavid Murphy has managed AquaTT since September 2000 and has extensive experience of EC projects in Education, Training and RTD, having coordinated eight projects and participated in more than twenty-five others. He coordinated Aqua-tnet for five years, and was facilitator of the Knowledge Management Thematic Area of the EATIP, the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform, bringing together private and public stakeholders to promote and coordinate research and development to improve competitiveness in the European aquaculture industry.


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 Emer Cooney is a Project Officer with AquaTT. Prior to joining AquaTT, Emer worked as a freshwater policy analyst, and subsequently with the communications team of a large multinational environmental consultancy. Emer has also trained in broadcast video production to communicate science using visual media, as well as possessing experience in business and brand development, and a good knowledge of emerging hardware and software technologies.


John JoyceDr. John Joyce was presented with the Glaxo EC Fellowship for Science Writers by the President of Ireland in 1978 and is a Work Package / Area Leader on the FP7 project Sea for Society. He is a former board member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) and holder of its Gladys Nevin Perpetual Trophy, as well as a former Chairman of the European Science Foundation Marine Board's Communications Panel. He was Communications Manager of Ireland's Marine Institute until January 2012, where he created the Explorers marine science education programme.




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