Thirteen R&D projects and 2.4 million euros of financing. These figures confirm the leadership of the Universitat Politécnica de València (UPV) in the ThinkINazul Marine Sciences R&D&i programme, framed within the so-called complementary R&D&i plans promoted by the Ministry of Science and Innovation with the main objective of promoting collaboration in research between the autonomous communities in priority lines of research for the country.

Among the projects led by the UPV within this program is the OCEAN ART PROJECT, directed by the IRP researcher Victoria Vivancos Ramón from the UNESCO Chair: University and Heritage Forum.

The global program of Marine Sciences has been financed with a total of 50 million euros which, in the case of the Valencian Community amounts to 10 million, of which six are financed by the Ministry and four by the Department of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society. Five autonomous communities participate in this program: Andalucía, Cantabria, Comunitat Valenciana , Galicia and the Region of Murcia.

In the Valencian Community, out of a total of thirty-nine projects -expressions of interest- approved by the Generalitat in this Plan, thirteen correspond to the Universitat Politècnica, being the entity that has obtained the most funding, with 2.4 million euros for develop research in the lines of action of “Observation and monitoring of the marine and coastal environment”, “Sustainable, intelligent and precision aquaculture” and “Blue Economy: Innovations and opportunities”.

Until 2025

The ThinkINazul-GVA projects have already started and will run until 2025, and they cover multiple lines: from acoustic monitoring for precision aquaculture, the study of the effect of climate change on the sperm physiology of Mediterranean aquaculture species or the optimization from the production of shrimp in biofloc with organic feed, to the integration of digital technology and deep learning for intelligent fishing and aquaculture, the development of new products with high added value in aquaculture species or the reproductive and genetic study of tellina and screech.

Other areas of work will focus on the morpho-sedimentary monitoring of Valencian beaches, sensor networks and big data for observing the marine environment, the removal of emerging pollutants and heavy metals through electrofiltration, the improvement of sustainability and food safety for the marine food production, and the “mediterranean-fish-chip”. In addition, ThinkINAzul GVA will also address the generational change in the Valencian fishing sector.

Official presentation of the project

The official presentation of the ThinkINAzul-GVA program took place at the end of June at the Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal (IATS-CSIC), in an event that brought together around 100 people, including researchers participating in the plan -among them, the coordinators of the UPV projects approved in the plan- and companies in the sector.

The event was chaired by the regional secretary for Universities and Research, Carmen Beviá, accompanied by the director of the IATS-CSIC, Ariadna Sitjà; the General Director of Science and Research, Ángel Carbonell; the director of the AVAP, Javier Oliver, as well as the coordinators of the Valencian ThinkINAzul, Jaume Pérez Sánchez, research professor at the IATS-CSIC, and Carlos Valle, professor at the University of Alicante.