The Minister met in Santa Cruz de Tenerife with the President of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres. Government delegate to the Canary Islands, Anselmo Pestana Padron, and Minister of Economy, Knowledge and Employment, Elena Manez Rodriguez.
After the meeting, Morant took part in the act of signing the Science and Innovation Charter for the Canary Islands, a document signed between the Government of the Canary Islands, public administrations of the community, political parties and civil society entities to put the archipelago at the forefront of science.
The Minister referred to this charter as the commitment of the Canary Islands to the future and to the scientific community, whose work is essential to protect the lives of citizens from emergencies such as the La Palma volcano. “The work of scientists and scientists is saving lives,” Morante said.
In this sense, the Minister also noted the contribution of science to active fire monitoring in northern Tenerife, through tools such as drones or the European Union’s Copernicus Earth Observation System.
Morant renewed his solidarity with the families affected by the fire and his gratitude to the Canarian administrations and authorities, as well as to all the troops and forces involved in the firefighting work, whose first alert level has fallen.
The commitment of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Canary Islands
The Minister also conveyed her Ministry’s firm commitment to promoting science and innovation throughout Spain, generating economic growth and job opportunities.
In this regard, Morant noted that between 2018 and 2021 alone, the Ministry of Science and Innovation allocated 81 million euros for research and technological development projects in the Canary Islands.
Similarly, he noted that the Ministry of Science and Innovation is working with the Canary Islands on three complementary plans to boost research, development and innovation in the areas of biodiversity, marine sciences, renewable energy and hydrogen. These plans will mobilize 31 million euros in the archipelago, of which the Ministry will contribute 17.5 million euros, within the framework of Recovery, Transformation & Resilience Plan.
Likewise, he explained that the Canary Islands are home to five Individual Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS), which conduct research of international reference and are promoted by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Specifically, the Minister referred to the Flag of Excellence implemented by the Gran Telescopio de Canarias, the Canarian Oceanic platform, the Teide and Roque de los Muchachos observatories, the RedIris (30-year high-capacity dark fiber network) or the supercomputing node of IAC La Palma.
Board of Directors of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC)
During her trip to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Minister of Science and Innovation also chaired the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) in La Laguna, where the annual report of the International Advisory Committee was released. Presented, which brings together the activity of the center and observatories in the Canary Islands, and the annual report of the International Scientific Committee.
Morant described the IAC as an international reference center and noted that this organization made an exceptional contribution of 9 million euros in 2021 and 13 million in 2022 thanks to the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, an investment that contributes to improving the center’s equipment and hiring more researchers.
The Minister specifically stressed that this engine will strengthen the Center for Advanced Optical Research, which will develop the capacity to manufacture lenses and mirrors for our country’s large telescopes. “It’s a milestone for Spain because before that we had to buy this technology from other countries.”
In this sense, he noted that European funds aim to develop capabilities that we did not have before with the aim of strengthening our country and achieving greater strategic independence.