Spanish Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, has signed the Canary Island Declaration that rolls out the “Atlantic Interactions – AIR Centre” inter-governmental initiative aimed at driving research programmes and projects around the Atlantic Ocean. Spain signed the Declaration along with Portugal, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Angola and Sao Tomé e Príncipe. This initiative, open to other countries from both sides of the Atlantic to join, will focus on five main areas: Space, Atmosphere, Climate-Energy, Ocean and Data Analysis and Computing. This is how the centre will make its contribution to the sustainable development of the Atlantic countries and regions.
AIR Centre is organised as an distributed international network in which the research facilities of the different countries will provide services for the programme initiatives. In order to facilitate governance, an Association for the Development of the AIR Centre has been created, with PLOCAN as the entity that represents Spain. The administrative head offices of the AIR Centre will be in the Azores and different thematic centres are envisaged.
Spain has supported the proposal right from the beginning. With a view to facilitating participation, a node has been organised, with the participation of PLOCAN, which acts as the co-ordinator of the node, Barcelona Super-computing Centre – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), the Centre for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT), the Centre for Technological Industrial Development (CDTI), the Supreme Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), EIT - Climate- KIC Spain, the Canary Island Institute of Astrophysics (IAC) and the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO).
The Canary Island Declaration was signed in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as part of the fourth high-level inter-governmental meeting of ´Atlantic Interactions-AIR Centre` after the meetings held in Portugal, Brazil and Cape Verde..