The IMEDEA began its journey on April 16, 1986, when the Parliament of the Balearic Islands unanimously approved the Proposal not of Law R.G.E. 528/86, with the following text: «That the Government of the Balearic Islands, through the Ministry of Education and Culture, establish contact with the Higher Council for Scientific Research and with the University of the Balearic Islands to collaborate institutionally and financially in establishing the Institute for Advanced Study.