Members of the Islandap consortium of ECOAQUA - IU attend to the Circular Economy and Technological Innovation Summit in Madrid

12/07/2018.- The director of the Nutrition Division of the The University Institute of Aquaculture and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems (IUECOAQUA), Lidia Robaina, as spokesperson for Islandap Project, participated last Friday, July 6 in the Circular Economy and Technological Innovation Summit, held in Madrid, after being selected as one of the 300 social representatives of Spain in the field of research and innovation.

This forum of international leaders, which had as its great star the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, had an intense day with the objective of training leaders in different fields in the concept of the circular economy: that which seeks to go one step beyond the current industrial model based on extraction, manufacture, use and elimination. 
The Summit was created with the aspiration to increase public awareness of how the circular economy and innovation are competitive advantages for businesses, institutions, entrepreneurs and the country as a whole, thus promoting a faster and more efficient transition to a sustainable economic model. For this reason, the organizers of this meeting identified and selected 300 people considered social leaders from each of the 50 provinces of Spain.

Robaina, who has a long professional career linked to research in the field of aquaculture, is a full professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), in the area of Zoology, with teaching in the degrees of Marine and Veterinary Sciences, as well as in different masters and doctorates in both degrees. 
This scientist is also the director of the Ingredients and Raw Material Processing Plant of ECOAQUA's Aquaculture Research Group (GIA) and the international coordinator of the Islandap project, which focuses on the promotion and dissemination of the socio-economic and environmental advantages of sustainable aquaculture production in islands, which is why she was selected by the organizers of this event, the Advanced Leadership Foundation and the Incyde Foundation, as the representative of the province of Las Palmas.
The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, through Ecoaqua, will lead a Network of Circular Economy in Islands, in order to cooperate in the generation of the necessary research and synergies between institutions and companies to support the needs to be met in this area in the European Union by 2030.
Now, Robaina and the other 299 participants have made a commitment to raise awareness of the subject in their environment, to 'spread the word' of the circular economy and to disseminate its principles through talks, conferences, articles in the media, etc.
In addition to Obama, three Nobel laureates (two for Economics and one for Physics), the President-elect of Colombia, Ivan Duque, and personalities from a variety of backgrounds, such as the Minister of Happiness of the Kingdom of Bhutan, the president of the Africa Rising Association (nephew of Nelson Mandela), or the president of the Advanced Leadership Foundation, the Canarian Juan Verde, participated as speakers at the Madrid Summit.