Smart Specialisation: PLOCAN Oceanic Research Centre on the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean have seen unemployment levels skyrocket after the financial crisis of 2008. The restructuring of economic activity to enhance this remote region's competitiveness is therefore urgent.
Smart Specialisation has put the focus on the ocean. PLOCAN is a competence centre for marine issues, funded by the EU, and provides an infrastructure for developing cutting edge research and advanced ocean technology. The facility, which comprises of a scientific and an industrial test site offers its users not only data and knowledge on oceanic parameters, but also offers services and facilities like the transport of scientific equipment from origin to PLOCAN, lab space, technicians, support vessels and underwater vehicles.