Dr Martin Johnson – Lecturer in Marine Science, ENV
The Marine Knowledge and Exchange Network (M-KEN) was founded in 2014 as a collaboration between academic research staff at the University of East Anglia and Cefas, regional industry and local SME’s with the aim of developing a regional stakeholder marine network to inform research delivery and generate research impact. Now at two years old, M-KEN has gone from strength to strength. The network has grown to almost 1200 stakeholders with 4 academic directors, and provides a regional hub for marine communications and stakeholder engagement. A new website was launched in 2015 at www.marineknowledge.org.uk, which includes blogs and a members zone for the benefit of a wide range of stakeholder groups. M-KEN facilitates the Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Network, a recently established network of coastal management practitioners and policy-makers from over 30 individual organisations. This network is working to develop a long-term (c.100 yrs) evidence based management plan for the East Anglian coastline which is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of climate change and sea level rise. M-KEN initially funded via the NERC Impact Accelerator grant, has subsequently submitted successful applications for additional funding to the ESRC Impact Accelerator Fund and the UEA Strategic Fund. More recently M-KEN was thrilled to be awarded NERC innovation funding for our project ‘Blue Opportunities from the future: knowledge and tools to inform sustainable growth for an integrated terrestrial, coastal and marine zone economy.’ This collaborative project between the University of East Anglia, Blue Ltd., the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Norfolk and Suffolk Coastal Councils, the Environment Agency, Orbis Energy and the RSPB, is driven by a desire to better utilize NERC funded research to drive innovation and forward thinking in the delivery of future sustainable coastal management and economic growth. As we grow from strength to strength, M-KEN is also providing valuable relevant work experience for UEA students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as support for Pathways to Impact submissions for marine-related research grant applications. More information is available on our website and we’re always keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved (firstname.lastname@example.org).
#MKENBigData - 26th March 2015 Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, Norwich
A showcase event showcasing work from the first year of MKEN with keynote speaker Nathan Cunningham, Associate Director, UK Data Archive.
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#MKENFutures - 27th March 2015 UEA
A day of debate and relationship building with keynote speaker Gregory Darling, Chairman, Gardline and plenary sessions with executives from Cefas, Emodnet European Commission, NIRAS UK and Marsh Marine Practice
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