December 11, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, December 11, the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities took place at the Navy Headquarters in Madrid, to establish a protocol whose purpose is to establish the standards and the collaboration regime between the two ministerial departments for the maintenance and exploitation of the oceanographic research vessel “Hesperides”, in the field of scientific research that is mainly developed within the framework of the projects approved by the State Plan of l + D + i and by the Framework Program of the European Union (EU).
To carry it out, the Admiral General D. Teodoro López Calderón, Chief of Staff of the Navy, and, on the other, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, and in his representation, Mr. Rafael Rodrigo Montero, General Secretary of Coordination of Scientific Policy.
Its period of validity will be four years, and may be extended by mutual express agreement of the ministries before its completion, for a period of up to four additional years.
Oceanographic vessels are indispensable scientific platforms to be able to address advanced scientific and multidisciplinary objectives internationally competitive in marine research, which are defined in the framework of the projects of the State Plan for R&D and the Framework Program of the European Union (EU). Vessels of oceanic and polar capacity require extremely complex management and close coordination to ensure maximum performance and availability for the scientific community.
Likewise, a favorable regulatory framework is established for the promotion of scientific and technical research, in order to contribute to the generation, dissemination and transfer of knowledge to solve the essential problems of society, its main objective being the promotion of research, experimental development and innovation as elements on which sustainable economic development and social welfare must be established.