For the benefit of the Atlantic societies
A new long-term platform for scientific and economic cooperation across and along the Atlantic, based on existing research capacities and infrastructures.
The AIR Centre is a knowledge and data driven organization, enabling innovative work through bottom-up initiatives that will face new and greater challenges and R&D gaps within the 6 Societal Benefit Areas aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It works for the benefit of the people, adressing global challenges:
- Understanding, Predicting and Adapting to Climate Change
- Understanding the Atlantic ocean for a Healthy & Productive Ocean
- Clean, Affordable and Secure Energy for All
The AIR Centre is a network organisation with a lean central structure with head office in Praia de Vitória (Terceira/Azores). Together with national nodes representatives, the core team will work with the affiliated research infrastructures and companies to develop an internationally competitive environment, stimulating scientific and entrepreneurial development, enabling investment and attracting national and international stakeholders, in a holistic, integrative and systemic approach to knowledge and new businesses.
The thematic target areas comprise space, atmosphere, oceans, climate-energy, and data science in the Atlantic basin, both with respect to the ocean and its surrounding coastal areas. The affiliated research infrastructures and companies either participate on individual basis, or on organized regional or thematic nodes of the AIR Centre.
To act as a framework for scientific and technological collaboration and development of ideas, policies, research programmes and projects within the context of the Atlantic Ocean, aligning national priorities and global challenges through joint actions.
To advance science and technology for the preservation of marine and coastal ecosystems and for the benefit of all people living around the Atlantic Ocean.
The United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set a list of 17 SDGs. These goals cover worldwide social and economic development issues.
First of 3 initial workshops to set an international research agenda on Climate Change and Energy, Space and Oceans (New York City, USA, 10. June).
Signature of the Belém Statement for North-South cooperation (EU, South Africa and Brazil), and South-South Agreement (Brazil-South Africa).
1st High-Level Industry-Government-Science Dialogue, held in Terceira, Azores (20.-21. April). Conclusion to set up working group towards AIR Centre.
2nd High-Level Industry-Government-Science Dialogue; Florianopolis, Brazil (20.-21.Nov.). Signature of Florianopolis Declaration by 8 countries.
Contracting of an Implementation Team, leading to legal establishment of non-profit association hosted by Portugal (Tereira, Azores) in April.
3rd High-Level Industry-Government-Science Dialogue, held in Praia, Cape Verde (May 7-8). Signature of Praia Declaration confirming next steps.
4th High-Level Industry-Government-Science Dialogue, was held on 26-27 Nov in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain).
Declaration signed at the 3rd High-Level Dialogue in Praia, Cape Verde, endorsing the progress made so far and confirming the next implementation steps of AIR Centre.
Presentation showing the status of AIR Centre implementation at the High-Level Dialogue in Praia, Cape Verde.
Declaration signed at the 2nd High-Level Dialogue in Florianopolis, Brazil, with the decision of 8 countries to move forward with the creation of the AIR Centre, including its scope and structure.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, the AIR Centre and the Blue Planet Initiative "Oceans and Society: Blue Planet".