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GLEX – Terceira hosting Global Exploration Summit 2023 – Azores

An elite of scientists and explorers, from 14 countries, has convened once again for the Global Exploration Summit (GLEX) in the Azores. The highly anticipated convention takes place from June 14th to 16th in Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island. 

The cutting-edge technology congress will feature over 50 presenters, categorized into three main themes – Land, Oceans, and Space Exploration – bringing together world-leading explorers, including scientists, experts, and pioneers in the exploration and conservation of the planet, oceans, environment, climate, archaeology, and space exploration aiming to impact the future of humanity.

The globe-scale initiative was launched in the context of the commemorations of the 500th anniversary of Fernão de Magalhães’ circumnavigation, becoming a meeting point for explorers, scientists, and researchers from various fields of knowledge.

The focal point is to share the latest scientific and technological advancements to inspire a global effort to protect the planet, its animal species, and natural resources, engage in thought-provoking discussions, present cutting-edge research, and showcase groundbreaking technologies.

This year, there is a special session focused on research and partnerships with the University of the Azores and the Regional Department of Education. 

The inaugural edition of the Global Exploration Summit was held in Lisbon in 2019, attracting 1,200 participants from 5 continents and around 20 nationalities. Last year, GLEX took place on São Miguel Island, between the 4th and 7th of July.

The event is co-organized by Expanding World (Portugal) and the Explorers Club (New York), in association with Turismo de Portugal, the Azores Tourism Association (ATA), and the Government of the Azores.

Founded in New York City in 1904, the Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society based in the United States with the mission to promote scientific exploration and field study.

The club has approximately 3,500 members in 60 countries and serves as a hub for explorers and scientists worldwide, with 34 chapters across the globe. For more information, please visit the Global Exploration Summit website.

Once again, the Global Exploration Summit in the Azores serves as a powerful platform for fostering international partnerships, forging new frontiers in scientific exploration, and addressing global challenges. 


The Azores (population 250,000) is a region of Portugal composed of nine islands. The archipelago discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal. According to the latest US census over 1.3 million individuals of Portuguese descent live in the United States, the majority with roots in the Azores. It is estimated that over 20,000 US citizens live in Portugal. In 1983,  Angra do Heroismo city was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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