Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Organisation Contact Details

Contact First Name: Martha

Contact Surname: Papathanassiou

Contact Address:

36 Ifikratous Street, Pangrati, Athens, Greece

Telephone Contact Number: 6944752220

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: info@indigo-med.com

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: SME

Higher Education Organisation Name:

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: Indigo-Med

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Indigo-MED is a Science Communication & Education consultancy, based in Athens, Greece. Effective science communication solutions are at its core, aiming to communicate scientific issues to the public through novel and entertaining means. INDIGO-MED was founded in 2016 and it consists of science communicators, scientists, and an IT team ready to provide you with tailor-made ideas and solutions to suit your needs.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
science communication, dissemination, education, outreach, ocean literacy, ocean science

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change


Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

 Moving towards Reliable Decadal Climate Predictions

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Water


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Other areas of expertise:


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Improve the understanding of climate change and the provision of reliable climate projections

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

 Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Cultural heritage

 Identifying resilience levels via observations, monitoring and modelling

 Providing for a better understanding on how communities perceive and respond to climate change and seismic and volcanic hazards

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

 Nature-based Solutions

 Climate services

 Earth Observations

 Cultural Heritage

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

 Social Sciences & Humanities

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

For over 10 years, the members of INDIGO-MED have provided professional and efficient communication services to a variety of clients. Some of the achievements we are proud of are the following: a. SESAME Project: Southern European Seas: Assessing and modelling ecosystem changes: 1 November 2006 – 30 April 2011 The general scientific objectives of SESAME were to assess and predict changes in the Mediterranean and Black Sea ecosystems as well as changes in the ability of these ecosystems to provide goods and services. The Mediterranean and Black Sea were approached as a coupled climatic/ecosystem entity, with links and feedbacks to the world ocean. The assessment of ecosystem changes was based on the identification of the major regime shifts in ecosystems that occurred during the last 50 years. Mathematical models, validated and upgraded using existing and new observations, were used to predict ecosystem responses to changes in climate and anthropogenic forcing during the next five decades. The innovative character of SESAME is reflected in the close merging of economic and natural sciences to study the changes in the western and eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea within the period from 50 years in the past to 50 years in the future. SESAME created a platform for disseminating the research results to all levels of society. It stimulated and strengthened international cooperation in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions through the participation of research organisations from Member States, Associated States, Associated Candidate countries, non-EU Mediterranean and NIS countries as well as international organisations. To read more on SESAME, please visit http://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/52938_en.html b. The Sea for Society Project: 1 June 2012 - 30 November 2015 (http://seaforsociety.eu/np4/home.html) Sea for Society (SFS) was a European Project funded by DG Research & Innovation under the Theme Science in Society. The project engaged stakeholders, citizens and youth in an open and participatory dialogue to share knowledge, forge partnerships and empower actors on societal issues related to Ocean. In doing so, the project developed and enriched the concept of "Blue Society", preparing at the same time mechanisms for cooperation. Public Engagement in Research (PER) as it relates to European maritime policy is at the core of the process. SFS mobilizes marine researchers, Civil Society Organisations - CSO's and individual citizens and youth through mutual learning and open dialogue to debate key societal questions related with the Ocean, extract cross-cutting issues and propose challenge-driven solutions to fostering the sustainable management of marine eco-system services. The project brought together a multidisciplinary partnership of 20 partners from 10 countries representing marine research institutes, funding agencies, science museums and aquaria, CSO's, higher education institutes and business networks. From 2012 to 2015, SFS aimed to shape the new concept of "Blue Society" and improved the governance of research related to the oceans and seas. It was a first step for a cross-sectorial dialogue in Europe on the relation between the Ocean and the citizen’s daily life activities. The project was coordinated by NAUSICAÄ, in France. For more information, please see www.seaforsociety.eu c. PERSEUS: Policy-oriented Marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas: January 2012 – December 2015 (http://www.perseus-net.eu/) Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS) was a research project that assesses the dual impact of human activity and natural pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Seas. PERSEUS merged natural and socio-economic sciences to predict the long-term effects of these pressures on marine ecosystems. The project designed an effective and innovative research governance framework, which provided the basis for policymakers to turn back the tide on marine life degradation. PERSEUS organised a series of Summer Schools, training courses and training visit schemes. The project’s website and the communication & outreach activities were very effective in communicating the results to scientists, policy makers and stakeholders. PERSEUS launched innovative public engagement campaigns (e.g. jellyfish spotting, litter watch, PERSEUS@schools) thus disseminating its results to the wider public, while focusing mainly on the younger generation. To read more about PERSEUS and the communication and dissemination activities, please see http://www.perseus-net.eu/ d. Sea Change The Sea Change project aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and seas, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet. Sea Change aims to educate the public on marine issues to promote responsible behaviour towards the marine environment and its resources. Formal and informal education is an important channel to reach young citizens and promote Ocean Literacy within society. More specifically, the following activities were coordinated and carried out by INDIGO-MED staff members: Consultations Sea Change held consultation workshops for education stakeholders to gain a deeper insight into the perceived barriers of stakeholders and solutions towards identifying the barriers to teaching teenagers (12-19 years of age) about the Ocean. The workshops were held in the following European countries: Sweden, Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Greece and Spain. Blue Schools The goal is to develop the theoretical concept of Blue Schools in eight countries (Greece, Sweden, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Spain), which are holding consultation workshops with relevant education stakeholders to discuss the feasibility of such a concept. The aim of Blue Schools is to foster marine environmental awareness, not only in each individual school but also by promoting Ocean Literacy across Europe in an impactful way. The Blue Schools programme aims to link the ocean to the curriculum and will show the way in which this could happen. To find out more about the project, please see http://www.seachangeproject.eu/

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

a. SESAME Project: Southern European Seas: Assessing and modelling ecosystem changes: 1 November 2006 – 30 April 2011 The general scientific objectives of SESAME were to assess and predict changes in the Mediterranean and Black Sea ecosystems as well as changes in the ability of these ecosystems to provide goods and services. The Mediterranean and Black Sea were approached as a coupled climatic/ecosystem entity, with links and feedbacks to the world ocean. The assessment of ecosystem changes was based on the identification of the major regime shifts in ecosystems that occurred during the last 50 years. Mathematical models, validated and upgraded using existing and new observations, were used to predict ecosystem responses to changes in climate and anthropogenic forcing during the next five decades. The innovative character of SESAME is reflected in the close merging of economic and natural sciences to study the changes in the western and eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea within the period from 50 years in the past to 50 years in the future. SESAME created a platform for disseminating the research results to all levels of society. It stimulated and strengthened international cooperation in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions through the participation of research organisations from Member States, Associated States, Associated Candidate countries, non-EU Mediterranean and NIS countries as well as international organisations. To read more on SESAME, please visit http://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/52938_en.html b. The Sea for Society Project: 1 June 2012 - 30 November 2015 (http://seaforsociety.eu/np4/home.html) Sea for Society (SFS) was a European Project funded by DG Research & Innovation under the Theme Science in Society. The project engaged stakeholders, citizens and youth in an open and participatory dialogue to share knowledge, forge partnerships and empower actors on societal issues related to Ocean. In doing so, the project developed and enriched the concept of "Blue Society", preparing at the same time mechanisms for cooperation. Public Engagement in Research (PER) as it relates to European maritime policy is at the core of the process. SFS mobilizes marine researchers, Civil Society Organisations - CSO's and individual citizens and youth through mutual learning and open dialogue to debate key societal questions related with the Ocean, extract cross-cutting issues and propose challenge-driven solutions to fostering the sustainable management of marine eco-system services. The project brought together a multidisciplinary partnership of 20 partners from 10 countries representing marine research institutes, funding agencies, science museums and aquaria, CSO's, higher education institutes and business networks. From 2012 to 2015, SFS aimed to shape the new concept of "Blue Society" and improved the governance of research related to the oceans and seas. It was a first step for a cross-sectorial dialogue in Europe on the relation between the Ocean and the citizen’s daily life activities. The project was coordinated by NAUSICAÄ, in France. For more information, please see www.seaforsociety.eu c. PERSEUS: Policy-oriented Marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas: January 2012 – December 2015 (http://www.perseus-net.eu/) Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS) was a research project that assesses the dual impact of human activity and natural pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Seas. PERSEUS merged natural and socio-economic sciences to predict the long-term effects of these pressures on marine ecosystems. The project designed an effective and innovative research governance framework, which provided the basis for policymakers to turn back the tide on marine life degradation. PERSEUS organised a series of Summer Schools, training courses and training visit schemes. The project’s website and the communication & outreach activities were very effective in communicating the results to scientists, policy makers and stakeholders. PERSEUS launched innovative public engagement campaigns (e.g. jellyfish spotting, litter watch, PERSEUS@schools) thus disseminating its results to the wider public, while focusing mainly on the younger generation. To read more about PERSEUS and the communication and dissemination activities, please see http://www.perseus-net.eu/ d. Sea Change The Sea Change project aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and seas, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet. Sea Change aims to educate the public on marine issues to promote responsible behaviour towards the marine environment and its resources. Formal and informal education is an important channel to reach young citizens and promote Ocean Literacy within society.


LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Environmental Governance and Information


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:


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