In the framework of the FORWARD project, our partners from Madeira – ARDITI and UMA – are organising an event to promote dialogue on smart islands and transition to self-aware and cooperative hybrid islands.

The event will be be held on 26th October 2021, at the premises of the Madeira University (UMA).
The key speaker involved is one of the FORWARD Advisory Board members, Prof. Norbert Streitz.

For more information about this initiative, please find more information here.

We are glad to announce the organisation of the second project conference on 21 and 22 October 2021 by our partner Collectivité Territoriale de Guyane (French Guiana).

The event will be held in conjunction with the International Conference of LABEX CEBA, promoted by the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

On 22 October, there will be a dedicated session to FORWARD to share the project’s best practices and results to an international audience made of representatives of the academia and innovation.

You can register to the event here and consult the programme of the FORWARD session here.

FORWARD partners have presented the project during an interesting session of the Island Summit 2021, on 10th September.

Speakers presented the FORWARD project, its aims and objectives, as well as key activities and results achieved, in particular regarding WP2 diagnostics and WP3 Thematic Working Groups.

Afterwards, FORWARD partners have joined the Island Summit networking booth to meet other “islanders” and stakeholders engaged/interested in ORs.


You can watch the Forward session in replay :

The Regional Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment, through the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI), has opened the registration to participate in the virtual meeting “Possibilities for the participation of Canary Islands entities in Horizon Europe”.

This virtual event, jointly organised by the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI) and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), will take place on 15 March at 10:00 (GMT) and will be held in Spanish.

The R&D&I ecosystem of the Canary Islands is convened with the aim of promoting the development of projects eligible for European funding, boosting the research, development and innovation sector with a view to the 2021-2027 European scenario and encouraging the participation of Canary Islands companies and entities in the Horizon Europe framework programme.

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The Regional Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment, managed by Elena Máñez, has convened, through the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI), agents from the quadruple helix (R&D&I centres, universities, companies, public administrations and civil society), on December 4th at the Fuerteventura Technology Park, to hold a new edition of the “Canarias en el Horizonte” meeting.

The meeting will be held both in person and online so that everyone, institutions, entities and organisations from the training, social, economic, research, technological and entrepreneurial sectors can participate in order to advance the new R&D&I strategy and the digital transformation in the Canary Islands.

In this new edition of the meeting “Canarias en el Horizonte”, the ACIISI will present the results obtained from the implementation of the Canary Islands Intelligent Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) and the associated actions for the period 2014-2020.

Speakers at the event will include representatives from the EU, the Ministry of Science and Innovation, other Outermost Regions and regional authorities with whom they will discuss proposals for improvement, adaptation of priorities and areas of specialisation in the preparation of the new R&D&I strategy for the period 2021-2027.

At the same time, and in accordance with the governance framework established in RIS3, the Canary Islands RIS3 Steering Committee has been convened.

The GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference “Navigating the Way Forward” that took place on December 4th-7th in Terceira Island, the Azores, brought together 250 delegates from 42 countries, along with hundreds of viewers that watched the live broadcasting of the conference.

The opening ceremony celebrated the Azores as the first archipelago to be certified as a sustainable destination by EarthCheck. “It is with great proud that today we can say that the Azores are certified as a sustainable tourist destination,” said Ms. Marta Guerreiro , Regional Secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism (in the photo below). “We are the first and only archipelago in the world to have this certification. We are the only region in Portugal with this certification. It was 2 years of hard work, not always visible, and dedication to fulfill a commitment to certify the Azores as a sustainable tourist destination.”

The GSTC Annual Congress is one of the largest international events on sustainable development and brings together many countries at a time of sharing, debate and reflection, not only on this issue at international level, but especially at regional and national level and in this case, taking into account the certification process of the Azores as a Sustainable Tourist Destination, a distinction granted by the certification entity EarthCheck.

The Conference themes were: (A) Sustainable Destination Management; (B) Market Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Products; and (C) Tourism Response to Climate Change.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is an independent and neutral non-governmental organization that brings together United Nations agencies, NGOs, national and regional governments, DMCs, hotels, tour operators, people and communities striving to achieve sustainable tourism best practices.

The Azores was host of the MarSP Final Conference this 6th December, in São Miguel island – Azores, with the organization of the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT),one of MARSP partners.

The final conference aims to share the key outcomes and milestones while providing an overall approach of Maritime Spatial Planning at a Regional, European and International scale.

MARSP has 9 partners, having FRCT as the project coordinator. From those partners there are other 3 that are from Outermost regions, as the Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs (Azores – Portugal), the Regional Secretariat of the Environment – Regional Directorate of Spatial Planning (Madeira- Portugal) and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canárias – Espanha).

The MarSP partners presented the Macaronesia’s currents conditions and constraints, as well as the potential marine uses, MSP Roadmaps and implementation guidelines, MSP Platforms, tools for regional Cross-border cooperation and even a special focus on the MarSP Stakeholder Engagement Processes.

The Regional Secretary of the Sea, Science and Technology in Azores, Gui Menezes (in the photo below), who spoke at the opening session of the final conference of the ‘MarSP’ project, stressed that in recent years “the Region has compiled geographic information about marine space and developed a Geographic Information System applied to the sea”, as well as “exploratory technical work on coherent and consistent maritime spatial planning methodologies”.

All planners, researchers and communicators were invited to share insights and initiatives on MSP related issues. This conference was also a chance to promote projects, find new partners and get together MSP experts and stakeholders.

The Ponta Delgada Campus of the University of the Azores receives, from October 14 to 18, the 5th edition of the HoraProg@UAc.

The event takes place annually at the UAc, since 2015, is included in the European Commission’s initiative and is intended for students and teachers of all teaching cycles, including higher education.

In the previous edition, more than 1,200 students from 19 schools from four municipalities on São Miguel Island participated in the HoraProg@UAc.
Over the five days, seven workshops are prepared: AppInventor, Arduino, Python, Lego Mindstorm Robots, Blender, Networks and Communications and Scratch that take place in five sessions from 09:00 to 4:00 pm.

The organization of HoraProg@UAc 2019 is in charge of the Center for Research and Development in e-Health (NIDeS) and the UAc Informr’s Student Center (NESTI) and has the support of the Regional Government of the Azores, the Ponta Delgada City Council, GlobalEDA, CIVILA, ExpoLab, PROBOT and CerealGames.

The lecture “Tools and practices in the development and publication of Application Programming Interface (APIs) with PHP” is organized in the scope of the “Innovation & Development” colloquium promoted by the American Corner of the University of the Azores (UAc), and it took place on November 8, at 2:30 p.m., at the UAc.

The lecture is open to the community and aims at professionals, researchers and students who are interested in exploring the tools and practices used in the development of APIs implemented with the PHP programming language.

The speaker, Mestre Tito Costa, alumnus of the Faculty of Science sums and Technology of UAc – IT area, currently serves as Senior Software Engineer at Speakap (, in Amsterdam, and has performed major roles in several companies in Portugal, in United Kingdom and in the Netherlands.

This lecture is part of a set of colloquias, which will take place on November 7 and 8, involving students, teachers and researchers. With these actions, we intend to strengthen relations and promote scientific networks with top professionals and researchers, whose initial training was acquired at the University of the Azores.