Partners of the FORWARD Project, “Fostering research excellence in EU Outermost Regions”, visited the facilities of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands during the KickOff Meeting of the project, which was held at the Elder Museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT) has renewed PLOCAN as Unit of Scientific Culture and Innovation.
PLOCAN is accredited as an UCC+i in two modalities. On one hand, it is acreedited as an UCC+i that communicates R+D+i results which encompass all activities associated with the dissemination of information and contents that meet certain newsworthiness criteria. Specifically, they have to be new and current, and they have to be directly associated with results obtained in the centres that the UCC+i belongs to. On the other hand, it is acreedited as an UCC+i that engages in general dissemination of scientific and technological know-how. Activities of disseminating scientific and technological know-how are understood to be all activities aimed at disseminating information and contents that, while not necessarily new or current, do help to raise the level of grass-roots scientific and technological culture.
Luis Valdés Santurio, researcher of the Santander Oceanographic Center of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, proposed the development of a flow chart with the structure of the Periodic Table in order to to group all the institutions, organizations and agencies involved in the European marine governance during a conference on the relationship between science and marine policies in the EU held in the facilities of PLOCAN in Taliarte.
A delegation of EU representatives visited the facilities of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands during a journey of visits organised by the Directorate-General for Economic Affairs with Africa as part of the strategic Hexagone Project. Its objective is to support the MAC Programme 2014-2020 on the revitalisation of cooperation with the associated African countries.