An underwater glider has been put into operation in Madeira archipelago waters by a group of technical specialists from PLOCAN, in collaboration with scientists and technicians from Madeira Ocean Observatory (OOM) and Instituto Hidrográfico Portuguese Navy on board the ship NRP-Zaire of the Portuguese Navy.
The initiative is framed into the EU-project AtlantOS-H2020, which PLOCAN participates as a partner, as regional contribution to international programs and the European Strategy on Atlantic Ocean Observation, fostered through the Macaronesian Marine-Maritime Monitoring Network (R3M).
In March, 57 participants from 36 organisations in 11 countries, including PLOCAN, met in Brussels for the first annual Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference organised by the COLUMBUS H2020 project of the European Commission.
This event, the first of three international annual conferences that will be be hosted by COLUMBUS, aims to bring together all parties involved in the project including both knowledge creators and end users, as well as experts in knowledge transfer. The coming together of these representatives will permit them to share their individual success stories, enabling best practices with regards to knowledge transfer to be identified and fed back to all involved parties.
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.