PLOCAN has created an opening for a Specialised Training Opportunities Analyst as part of the Inserta Dual Training Programme from the Fundación Universitaria de Las Palmas (FULP). A candidate is required who holds a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university qualification in a science-and-technology-related subject (more information available here). The successful candidate will support the Training and Outreach Team in the Socioeconomic Division. Their responsibilities will focus on the study of official vocational training programmes relevant to PLOCAN, as well as monitoring the current capabilities and needs for diver training at PLOCAN, collecting and collating information, and preparing reports.
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) announces the 7th edition of the Glider School, the renowned hands-on training forum on ocean-glider technology, which will be held as usual in Gran Canaria, Spain, during the second week of November.
The educational contents of the Glider School will cover both hardware and software aspects using specialised theoretical and practical sessions in the classroom, the laboratory and in open water. Using real ocean gliders of various types (Waveglider, Slocum, Seaglider and Seaexplorer), the course will focus on the features of each ocean glider technology, its capabilities and applications.
This highly specialised training week represents a great opportunity for students and professionals worldwide to learn about the main commercial ocean-glider technologies, with direct teaching support from leading manufacturers of ocean gliders, sensors and other modules that integrate with these state-of-the-art, unmanned ocean observation platforms.
Applications for registration are still being accepted, with the list of selected candidates expected to be published by September 5th.
For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.gliderschool.eu
Manuel Ruiz de la Rosa, CEO of Marine Park, a collaborative space for the innovation and development of solutions for the marine environment, will give a talk entitled “Marine Park, a Space for Marine Innovation“ on Thursday 15th September, in the conference room of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands in Taliarte. The seminar will highlight the potential of Marine Park as a place where, through the generation of ideas and sharing of resources, innovative solutions can be found.
Manuel Ruiz de la Rosa graduated in Marine Biology and worked as a researcher in the Coastal Environment and Sustainable Development Group at the Canary Institute of Marine Sciences (ICCM) for more than 5 years. In 2007 he established his own business, focussed on marine research and environmental consultancy. As a result of this, he has co-ordinated several European projects and managed numerous environmental research and consultancy projects in various parts of the globe. In 2014 he founded Marine Park at the same time as starting a doctorate on the Economics of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the marine sector. Since 2015 he has also been the president of Emerge (the Canary association of start-ups, technology-based businesses and business angels in the Canary Islands), which manages the Palet Express and Marine Park spaces.
Student Lennard Frommhold, from the University of Odenburg in Germany, has completed a three-month stay at PLOCAN, from May to July, financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. The stay was organised as part of the science and technology development for the Seventh Framework Programme European project NeXOS, which is co-ordinated by PLOCAN.
NeXOS seeks to improve the temporal and spacial coverage, resolution and quality of marine observations through the development of cost-effective, innovative and inter-operable sensors that can be deployed using various platforms and integrated with web services.