The PLOCAN Glider School is a yearly international pioneer initiative that edition upon edition consolidates its position as reference training and networking event addressed to public and private sector interested to learn on a clearly emerging technology sector as is underwater robotics, and more specifically the one that refers to ocean gliders as autonomous and unmanned vehicles for ocean monitoring applications.
The Glider School lasts for six intense training days with theoretical and practical contents performed in both lab and open waters, and takes place at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) headquarters in Telde, Gran Canaria. The main goal of the school is to provide the opportunity to a selected group of the attendees, to start in some cases and expand in others their knowledge related to ocean glider technology.
Leading companies from marine technology sector like ocean glider and related sensor payload manufacturers, as well as international institutions as reference end-users of such technology, are all directly involved with the school, teaching some didactical contents and supporting sea operations.
Technological development linked to ocean monitoring through the latest and most innovative technology available, as well as their applications within the different socioeconomic sectors are part of PLOCAN’s strategic goals which include to become an international gliderport facility reference.