The Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) is a public funding research center located in Esporles (Mallorca). Its main mission is to generate and transfer scientific knowledge to society for the understanding of the environmental processes that affect our planet and the beings that inhabit it.

About us

IMEDEA is a joint research center between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). Our activities encompass interdisciplinary research, scientific training and support for environmental policies.

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What we study

We are interested in the study of the natural environment - marine, coastal and insular ecosystems -, the processes that determine its functioning, the organisms that inhabit it and its evolution, maintaining an integrative perspective and a special focus on Mediterranean environments.

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Our projects

We cover from fundamental processes that affect life, to the study of the functioning of ecosystems, integrating physical, chemical and biological aspects, which we approach from a regional focus (Mediterranean, coastal, insular) but with a clear international projection.

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Within these networks, we interact with scientists, marine biologists, conservation experts, and passionate environmental advocates. These connections have allowed us to share findings, methodologies, and strategies that contribute to the advancement of our field of study.

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26/02/2024
Dynalife interdisciplinary workshop: Dynamics of Coding Matter and the Origin of Life
  Dates: March 14th and 15th, 2024 Location: Sa Riera Building, University of the Balearic Islands, Carrer de Miquel dels Sants Oliver, 2, Palma   One of the most challenging problems in evolutionary molecular biology is understanding the mechanisms that led to the urgent need for chemical digital coding from inanimate matter. Although recent progress has been made, such as the identification of fougerite as a putative coding material, there are currently no reasonable theoretical models describing this transition. The main objective of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together scientists from the fields of physics, mathematics, biology, and computer sciences to address two central questions for the present COST action: The possible characterization of living matter (coding matter) versus inanimate matter (non-coding) in terms of their ability to carry an adequate program compatible with life written in a realistic language.   Exploration of the specific role of dynamics in coding matter and possible phase transitions between non-coding and coding states of matter at the origin of life.   The workshop will contribute to the integration of Dynamical System concepts on the interrelation between coding and decoding along the flux of biological information and related aspects on the theories of the origin of life. Moreover, it will favor the development and exchange of know-how, integration, training, and promotion of specific collaborations in the modeling of genomic information. The anticipated outcome of this activity will serve as an integrative synthesis, interweaving the research threads developed in the Bolzano and Porto Conferences and Workshops. In doing so, it will consolidate the findings related to the application of the dynamical systems approach in understanding the fundamentals of the flow of genetic information.   The spirit of DYCOMAT is to actively promote collaboration among its participants. In this regard, the organization intends not to be a mere sequence of informative talks but mainly to foster effective collaborative working tables to address the specific objectives of DYNALIFE.   The program will be as follows:   Plenary talks of 45 minutes (40 + discussion), Short presentations of 20 minutes (15 + discussion), Collaborative working tables. Poster sessions. Parallel sessions will be avoided.   The scientific committee is composed of: Julyan Cartwright Simone Giannerini Diego Gonzalez Clara Gracio Oreste Piro Michael Russell   Access the online registration here. More information on the Dynalife website: HOME | Dynalife
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