Fostering research excellence
in EU Outermost Regions
| Public Project
Macaronesia is a biogeographical region of five archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean of which four are inhabited: Azores (Portugal), Canarias (Spain), Madeira (Portugal) and Cape Verde (Cape Verde). These islands share common geographical traits and cultural heritage, and have undergone a similar history since the beginning of the 15th century, when they were discovered by Portuguese and Spanish sailors. Once major strategic outposts now they are considered as outermost regions of the EU. The population of Macaronesia is around 3 million inhabitants, corresponding to the size of a smaller EU country.
The overall objective of this project is to organise a shared Researchers’ Night for the Macaronesia Region, connecting the population of these islands under the umbrella of the universal language of science.By focusing on the scientific and technology areas identified in the Smart Specialization Strategies for the Canaries, Madeira and the Azores we will aim at raising public awareness for research areas that could be the greatest benefit for the Region.
The project will support the public recognition of researchers, creating an understanding of the impact of researchers’ work on citizen’s daily life and showing the Science behind Tradition. It also intends to raise interest to youngest society to the Science and Technology areas.
Biodiversity conservation & restoration
Earth system & universe sciences
Social science and social innovation
Marine sciences & technologies
Health and applied medical technologies, diagnostics and therapies
Agriculture, applied life sciences, biotechnology, and biosystems engineering
Information & communications technology
Tourism, eco-tourism, nature tourism, cultural tourism