The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation visited the LULA1000 submersible in july this year. On this occassion, Carlos Moedas mentioned that the European Union should invest more money in Ocean research. He also stated that the Azores should be proud to have the Rebikoff Foundation based in the Azores Archipelago.
The Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation (FRN) is a non-for-profit organization for marine research based in the Azores/Portugal.
The Foundation’s main activity is to carry out in-situ observation and documentation of deep-sea environments by means of manned submersible technology.