The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Spain, Mr Giles Paxman, accompanied by the Vice Consul of the United Kingdom in the Canary Islands, Ms Esther Martin, and Ms Pilar Moreno Martinez from PROEXCA, visited PLOCAN headquarters showing interest in the scientific and technological activities carried out in the centre.
During 3 th, 4 th and 5th February 2013 a very strong dust event occurred in the Canary Islands, reaching a total suspended particle concentration of more than 1000 μg/m3 on 4th February. These records have been obtained by daily sampling at the Tafira and Pico de la Gorra field stations by the Calidad Medioambiental research group from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It is the first significant dust outbreak since 8th March 2012, when the particle concentration rose to 1490 μg/m3.
The expert from the European Commission on RIS3 ( Smart Specialisation Strategy ) and Director of EURADA (European Association of Regional Development Agencies), Christian Saublens, has visited the premises of PLOCAN and participated in a number of meetings with his Director Octavio Llinás. This is due to the current preparation by the marine-maritime sector of the Canary Islands the smart specialisation strategy within the RIS3 of the Canary Islands. The director f of PLOCAN mentioned that PLOCAN aims at promoting the knowledge base economy in the Canary Islands facilitating the development of innovative technologies making use of the marine resources by both researchers and entrepreneurs . This, with the objective of generating and introducing in the market new solutions and services in the marine-maritime field.
The visit to PLOCAN was held on 8th January 2013 as continuation of the meeting with the representatives of both the port and maritime sectors from the Archipelago- members of the regional Maritime Cluster- organised in the premises of the Port Authority of Las Palmas in order to exchange views on the dimension of the sector in the RIS3 of the Canary Islands.
It was highlighted the huge socio-economic potential of the marine-maritime sector in the Canary Islands and the need to orient the public investment to develop mechanisms to promote the cooperation between research and private sector to provide common solutions to the new challenges and opportunities , following the European Commission´ priorities for the “Blue Economy” in the European Union.
PLOCAN took part in the V Conference on Robotics Marina, AUTOMAR, bringing together professionals from companies and research centers linked to the automation applications for the maritime and naval sectors. The conference organized by the Centre for Research in Underwater Robotics at the University of Gerona CIRS-UdG, have flocked to the main Spanish groups linked to the automatic and marine robotics.