The Canary Islands Oceanic Platform (PLOCAN) has participated in the VIII International Symposium on Marine Sciences held in the Alfredo Kraus auditorium in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, between July 6 and 8. This symposium is organized by the six Spanish universities that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Marine Sciences (Alicante, Barcelona, Cádiz, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, católica de Valencia and Vigo). The symposium is also a unique meeting environment that brings together various symposia and congresses of various kinds (DINO12, EOF, SIQUIMAR, IS-AR-FIS, MSP, BAMAR).
The ISMS is organized in a biannual format, changing the venue according to the university that assumes the organization in a sequential way. On this occasion, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) has assumed this organization, taking advantage, in addition, of the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the creation of these studies, being the mentioned university the first to be established. In addition, this event is forming part of the actions of the Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). During the event, plenary sessions have been given by speakers of international prestige. Also, Citizen Science has been invited, in order to strengthen the connections between the different disciplines and between science and society.
PLOCAN has participated through several oral communications and a poster. The first one entitled “ADVANCES OF EUROPEAN MARINE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES IN OCEAN ECOSYSTEM MONITORING CAPACITY” was given by Eric Delory, being one of the communications invited by the EOF (Expanding Ocean Frontiers) symposium.
This communication focused on the work that PLOCAN is doing within the Eurosea project (https://eurosea.eu/), which seeks to create a network of autonomous surface vehicles for marine observation, in order to standardize the procedures for the use of these vehicles, as well as the data and metadata they generate. Finally, PLOCAN has participated in an oral communication entitled “SPREADING AND MIXING OF ANTARCTIC INTERMEDIATE WATER IN THE EASTERN NORTH ATLANTIC SUBTROPICAL GYRE” and another poster communication entitled “CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MARINE HEAT WAVES IN THE CANARY BASIN” through training support (co-tutoring) that PLOCAN carries out with students from different universities.
The symposium closed last Friday with a success of abstracts presented and attendance. The sessions were recorded, and the organizing committee has committed to making them available through the website (ttps://isms-canarias.com) within a short period of approximately one month.