Knowledge Transfer: What happens in an Analysis Meeting?
Funded by BIM, Intrigo have been interviewing researchers and companies from Ireland and across Europe to identify technology and innovations of relevance to the Irish aquaculture sector. They have developed profiles for 120 Knowledge Outputs during this period. Following the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer Methodology which was briefly introduced in our first blog post, once collected, the validated and more mature Knowledge Outputs are presented to experts at an Analysis Meeting. In this blog, we explain the importance of Analysis Meetings and describe what they entail.
What is the aim of an Analysis Meeting?
The objective of an Analysis Meeting is to understand the potential impact and applications of a Knowledge Output and ensure that it is of value to the receiving community – the Irish aquaculture industry. This is important to ensure the Knowledge Outputs that are shared with the community are both accurate and commercially relevant.
Those Knowledge Outputs that are deemed as having value for the community, are referred to as ‘Key Exploitable Results’. This term has been adopted from the European Commission, where “a Key Exploitable Result is an identified main interesting result (as defined above) which has been selected and prioritised due to its high potential to be ‘exploited’ downstream the value chain of a product, process or solution, or act as an important input to policy, further research or education”.
What do you do in an Analysis Meeting, and when do they happen?
The key purpose of the Analysis Meeting is to perform due diligence. Thematic experts are invited to provide their opinions on the knowledge that has been collected. The meetings offer them the opportunity to query the knowledge and ask for further clarification. They also provide insights into the potential application of the knowledge and intended user. Finally, they collectively allocate a ‘Level of Potential’ to each Knowledge Output, i.e. the breadth and depth of impact on the sector. For instance, a high potential Knowledge Output, a Key Exploitable Result, would have a “significant effect within the sector in Ireland, leading to an increase in sales volume, sales price, yield, and/or improvement in environmental impacts, fish quality and/or fish welfare practices”.
Two analysis meetings have been held so far, one on microalgae and seaweed and a second on finfish. The Knowledge Transfer process is iterative and so further meetings covering these topics and shellfish will occur in Autumn 2020.
How are the experts selected, and who are they?
The expert teams are constructed to cover a balance of scientific, technical, industrial and policy expertise on a given subject area. This ensures that all potential applications for the collected knowledge are considered. The variety of backgrounds and perspectives also helps map out the potential steps needed for successful application by end-users.
On behalf of Intrigo, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the following experts who have already volunteered their time and provided invaluable contributions to this process:
- Daragh Browne (BIM)
- Catherine Butler (BIM)
- Trish Daly (BIM)
- Richard Donnelly (BIM)
- John Fagan (BIM)
- Joanne Gaffney (BIM)
- Katie Healy (BIM)
- David O’Neill(Bantry Marine Research Station)
- Hamish Rodger (VAI Consulting)
- Geoff Robinson (BIM)
- Neil Ruane (Marine Institute)
- Vincent Ryan (BIM)
- Brijesh Tiwari (Teagasc)
- Damien Toner (BIM)
- Lucy Watson (BIM)
- Tim Yeomans (Shannon ABC)
We hope to show the value of their contribution and these activities very soon, and will continue updating you, the IATiP community, as the project progresses.
For all inquiries, please contact Intrigo Senior Project Manager, Georgia Bayliss-Brown, by email (email@example.com).