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The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) announces the 8th 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, Sailbuoy, 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.

For more information and to register, please visit:

Radio Nacional de España’s programme “El Verano en Radio 5” devoted one of their programmes to the Canary Island Oceanic Platform, addressing the Consortium’s activities and the prospects of the blue economy in the Canary Islands (see podcast here).

PLOCAN has advertised two vacancies on the University of Las Palmas Foundation (FULP) Inserta Dual Training Programme. The students covering both vacancies will start on the 1st of September and the courses will last 10 months.