The Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) is a joint reseach center
of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
and the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB)
objective is to develop high-quality scientific and technical research in the area of
Natural Resources, with special emphasis on interdisciplinary research in the mediterranean area.
The general objective is to advance our knowledge in critical and strategic areas as well
as improving the life quality of european citizens, and in particular the population of
the Balearic Islands. We aim to identify and elucidate the causes, mechanisms and impacts
of antropogenic activities and Global Change that threaten marine, coastal and insular
systems. We foster proactive, integrated and adaptive knowledge in support of prevention
and mitigation of these impacts.
Since its inception in 1985, the institute has experienced a series of reestructurations
and changes that brought it from its original name, Institut for Advanced Studies of the
Balearic Islands, to the present one, adopted in 1995. At that time, IMEDEA was organized
in two departments: Natural Resources and Interdisciplinary Physics.
In 2006, following the recommendations of the Evaluation Panel of the Plan de
Actuación 2006-2009, CSIC and UIB agreed to seggregate the Department of
Interdisciplinary Physics into a separate Institute of
Interdisciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC)
. Such a reestructuration
also conveyed in June 2008 a new Management of Understanding
between CSIC and UIB which structures IMEDEA in four departaments (
Biodiversity and Conservation
Ecology and Marine Resources
Global Change Research
Marine Technologies, Operational Oceanography and Sustainability
), plus a General Service Unit to be structured.
In 2008, the Strategic Plan 2010-2013 structures the General Service Unit into the Services of
Management and Administration
Mantenance and Infrastructures
Information and Communication Technologies
In addition, a Singular Facilities Service
for the management of the experimental field stations run by IMEDEA, and the
Library at IMEDEA
is consolidated thanks to the
human and technical support of the
Service of Library and Documentation
of the UIB.
The activity of our researchers during these years has led to founding
Albatros Marine Technolgies
spin-off company devoted to the development of instrumentation for marine research.
Also, our researchers are actively involved in the
International Laboratory on Global Change
and in the Singular Facility SOCIB