PLOCAN is a partner of the NetBiome-CSA coordination and support action (European Commission-EC, FP7), the European network on (sub) tropical biodiversity in the Outermost Regions (OMRs) and Overseas Countries and territories (OCTs). As part of the project execution, PLOCAN participated in its final meeting in a session of the European Parliament held on 6 April 2016, convened by two Members of the European Parliament, Mr. Ricardo Serrão Santos from the Azores and Mr. Maurice Ponga from New Caledonia, both members of the parliamentary intergroup dedicated to Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development.
The session entitled “Boosting Biodiversity Research Cooperation – A NetBiome Roadmap for European (Sub) Tropical Overseas” was attended by several Members of the European Parliament as well as representatives from the EC; among them members of the Directorates General of Research, Environment, International Cooperation and Development, and BEST (Voluntary Scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in European Overseas Territories), and other guests from the OMRs and OCTs. Representatives of projects funded by the call launched by the ERA-Net NET-BIOME in 2010 were also present, as well as the project’s partners and members of the Advisory Board from 5 countries (France, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom).
Mr. Harald Kluken, Area Sales Manager at Kongsberg Maritime Simulation & Training, gave a talk on Wednesday, April 13th in the conference room of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands in Taliarte. The talk covered the Kongsberg Maritime product range, focussing in detail on their wide range of simulation products. Kongsberg Maritime provides innovative and dependable solutions for a diverse range of applications and sectors including onshore and offshore activities, the merchant navy, subsea applications, the navy, fisheries, simulation and training, port and harbour surveillance, and wind energy.
The group from GEOMAR are currently using PLOCAN’s facilities for the latest edition of the KOSMOS experiment, GC2016, which aims to study the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms in the oligotrophic waters of the region and to provide practical training for the Masters students.
Researchers, Masters students and doctoral students from the GEOMAR research institute received a guided tour of the ongoing construction work on the Oceanic Platform being carried out in the Nelson Mandela dock of the port of La Luz, Las Palmas.