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The OCEANERA-NET Project to create a Network to co-ordinate the activities of national and regional research of the Member States and the Associate States of the European Commission (EC) in the field of ocean energy, held its final conference in Edinburgh (United Kingdom) on the 30th and 31st of January, entitled “Breaking Through: Innovation & Collaboration in Ocean Energy”, bringing together international representatives from the industry, politics and academe in the marine renewable energy industry.

PLOCAN took part in the events organised to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Lanzarote Fishery School with an extensive presentation of the blue economy and the main activities of the Outstanding Scientific Technological Infrastructure and the educational initiatives that it is currently engaged in: the EDUROV marine robotics initiative y la Educational Passages initiative.

The visit by PLOCAN offered the students of the Fisheries School an insight into the marine professions of the future, based on the growing blue economy. The event was also attended by other education centres of the island of Lanzarote, thus propitiating a connection between the different initiatives presented during the programme.

The Lanzarote Fishery School (also known as the Professional-Fishery Training Institute) has been a national benchmark for fishery-related teaching for 75 years now. Its cutting-edge resources attract hundreds of candidates each year and it takes in 150 students from vocational training, training cycles and adult education centres.

The COLUMBUS project, which aims to ensure that applicable knowledge generated through EU-funded projects can be transferred effectively to marine and maritime sectors, organises in the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) headquarters, a workshop on Maritime Sensing Technologies.

The workshop will address the challenges companies face in advancing technology readiness levels during initial R&D funding, and in bridging the gap between the end of the funding and reaching the market. Opportunities to overcome these challenges will be discussed.

MaRINET2, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is composed of 39 organisations who collaborate to progress offshore renewable energy technologies in Europe. It aims to accelerate the development of wave, tidal and offshore wind energy technologies and infrastructure by opening up access to 57 test facilities across 13 European countries.

The first MaRINET2 call provided €1.3m in funding for 48 R&D projects. This will provide 95 weeks of testing free-of-charge at the MaRINET2’s network of facilities.

The project is now in its second iteration, and it is supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The second call for proposals opened on 15 January 2018. To find out if you’re eligible for support, contact directly the related infrastructure, or visit the MaRINET2 website:

www.marinet2.eu/

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