PLOCAN at the closing meeting of the European project GROOM-II

The National Oceanographic Center (NOC) of the United Kingdom headquarters hosted the General Assembly of partners of the EU’s project GROOM-II (Gliders for Research, Ocean Observations and Management: Infrastructure and Innovation) convened by its coordinator, ARMINES, and to which PLOCAN, Spanish national representative, together with the rest of the consortium members (CNRS for France, CSCS for Cyprus, GEOMAR for Germany, NOC for United Kingdom, HCMR for Greece, FEUP for Portugal, UIB for Norway, OGS for Italy, etc.).

GROOM-II is a project of the H2020-INFRADEV-2018-2020 call whose main objective has been the design, implementation and sustainable management of a highly specialized distributed infrastructure dedicated to research and innovation in ocean technologies, which promotes excellence scientific, promote innovation and maritime services to support blue growth, based on glider and USV technologies, thus contributing to improving synergies and potential with reference initiatives in ocean observation such as GOOS and EOOS. More informtion at

The general assembly has enabled a final evaluation of the project execution, the main achievements and conclusions during the more than three years of the project were presented, and future actions were planned, among which the institutional and governmental agreements necessary to allow the implementation of a European research infrastructure related to glider technologies.

PLOCAN has contributed to the proper execution of GROOM-II through activities related to highly specialized training, strength relationship with the industry sector, associated services and the generation of new opportunities, trying to increase the international community of members linked to glider technologies in a future European research infrastructure as a common action framework.

The GROOM-II framework has enabled to improve and strengthen, with the leadership of PLOCAN, the roadmap and national collaboration strategy in Spain between the current user-institutions of this cutting-edge ocean-observing technologies.

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