The Canary Island Blue Economy Group (BEG), set up in November 2017, has organised a day of meetings of the three operational study groups set up to analyse and discuss issues specifically related to Blue Growth and the contribution that this area of R+D+i is making to the Canary Islands RIS3.
Convened and co-ordinated by the Canary Island Research, Innovation and Information Society Agency (ACIISI, as it is known in Spanish) and PLOCAN, the meetings focused on three operational study groups: “Call for R+D+i grants to support the Blue Economy”; “Barriers to public and private R+D+i in the Canary Island Blue Economy”; and “Sustainability indicators for the contribution of the Blue Economy to the RIS3”.
Representatives of the different entities the comprise the Canary Island BEG took part in the meeting day: ACIISI, PLOCAN, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), the University of La Laguna (ULL), the Canary Island Institute of Technology (ITC in Spanish), the Marine Sciences Technology Centre (CETECIMA) and the Canary Island Maritime Cluster.
PLOCAN took part in the kick-off meeting for the European EUroMarineRobots –EUMR- (Marine Robotics Research Infrastructure Network) Project held on the 1st and 2nd of March in the facilities of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, the institution co-ordinating the project.
EUMR proposes infrastructure that includes a full range of marine robots, including aerial drones and surface and sub-surface gliders. The combined value of these robots is far greater than the sum of its parts and the project will offer trans-national access to major national marine robotics R+D assets throughout Europe. The partners are members of a wide variety of existing networks and co-operate with international benchmark research facilities. EUMR is the first stage in connecting these networks and assets as a world leader in supporting and growing a sound community of practise in marine-maritime robotics.
A group of 28 students from the Swedish sail training ship TS Älva visited the PLOCAN shore facilities accompanied by a teacher.
Students on this vessel spend approximately two months aboard the TS Älva during their three-year training. This way, these young people combine an extensive study programme with visits to sites in the different ports they sail to complete their training.
The TS Älva was built in 1939 at the Lödöse shipyards, close to Gothenberg, on the west coast of Sweden. Although it was originally used to carry cargo in the Baltic Sea, half a century later, it is used for training voyages. It is a beautiful ship with three masts that carry eight sails, giving a total sail area of six hundred square metres.
As in previous years, students from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) enrolled in the Masters programme in Information Technology and Communications (ITC) Solutions for Well-being and the Environment (BIMeTIC), together with three of their teachers, visited PLOCAN’s facilities.
The visit forms part of the teaching content of the Masters programme, with its principal objective being to show the students, in addition to the terrestrial headquarters of PLOCAN's infrastructure, the various capabilities, strands of work, and scientific and technological activities – both operational and educational – presently carried out at PLOCAN, in order to highlight potential professional opportunities within the scope of ITC and its applications in the marine and maritime sectors.