AIR Centre Policy and Research Workshop


  • DATE
    October 3, 2018
  • Venue
    Residence Ambassador of Portugal
    London, United Kingdom
  • Participants

This AIR Centre Policy & Research workshop aimed at exploring synergies for future collaboration within the AIR Centre among an audience of national and international reference participants representing 14 research institutes, 11 government agencies and 4 companies. The AIR Centre ambition, implementation status and initial thoughts on funding and governance were presented and discussed, as well as the potential interest of industrial representatives in Atlantic collaborations.


  • 09:00 – 09:30 Registration
  • 09:30 – 10:00 Welcome Remarks

    Establishing the AIR Centre to address global challenges – ambition, implementation status, funding and governance.

    › Manuel Lobo Antunes | Portuguese Ambassador to the United Kingdom
    › António Sarmento | Chair of the AIR Centre Executive Committee

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Round Table #1

    Governance and Operation of the AIR Centre – How the AIR Centre works in practice; Funding structure; How the AIR Centre aims to create synergies; Access to infrastructure

    › António Sarmento | Chair of the AIR Centre Executive Committee

  • 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 – 11:45 Round table #2

    Promoting multilateral research and innovation through the AIR Centre

    › Joaquin Brito | PLOCAN, Spain / Member of the AIR Centre Executive Committee
    › Vinny Pillay | Minister Counsellor (Science and Technology), South African Embassy to The United Kingdom of Belgium, The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union

  • 11:45 – 12:30 Round table #3

    Addressing global challenges through the AIR Centre – Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change; Systems Integration from Deep Sea to Outer Space; Marine Resources and Biodiversity; Clean and Healthy Oceans; Renewables Energy Systems; and Data Science

    › Nicholas Veck | Satellite Applications Catapult

  • 12:30 – 12:45 Closing Remarks

    › António Sarmento | Chair of the AIR Centre Executive Committee
  • 12:45 – 14:00 Networking Lunch