A clear, well-planned organization is key to understand the function and strategy of an institution.
The different departments and positions that compose the IIM-CSIC reflect the diversity of the center, as well as a planned effort to reach its goals while minimizing resource use.
The IIM is a Research Institute belonging to the Spanish Research Council State Agency ("Centro Propio del CSIC"), a Public Research Organization under the Spanish General State Administration. As such, the Institute is not an independent legal entity but nevertheless works with full scientific autonomy, being managed through a decentralized and responsible system.
The organization of the Institute of Marine Research is currently modifying its structure to fully comply with the Regulations approved by the CSIC's Governing Board Ruling from November 2021.
The highest governing body of the center is the Directorate (Equipo Directivo), the executive arm of the Institute, together with the Governing Board (Xunta or Junta), which includes the Directorate itself, the Staff Representatives, the Heads of the four Research Departments and the Institute Manager. The latter is the person in charge of coordinating the administrative procedures of the Institute, as well as its economic sustainability and estate.
The scientific activity at the IIM-CSIC is corporately organized through 14 research groups divided into four research departments. The Scientific Board (Claustro Científico) is in charge of deliberation on the center’s scientific matters and includes all PhD staff members of the Institute. Finally, the Strategic Units (IACIC, UCC, UPSE and UACT) manage resources, provide strategic advice and develop transversal projects that are necessary for IIM to reach its goals.
The most visual way of discovering how the Institute of Marine Research is organized is to have a look at our Organizational Chart. Last updated on January 2022.
The highest governing body of the center is the Directorate, composed of the Director and Vice-Directors. They are in charge of devising the strategy of the center and ensuring that its goals are reached. It directly coordinates the action of our Internationalisation & Transfer Unit (IACIC) and our Engagement with Society Unit (UCC+i).
The Governing Board provides a forum were the Heads of Department and the Staff Representatives discuss key matters with the Directorate. The Representatives are the voice of the staff of the Institute of Marine Research before the Directorate.
The Institute's Manager is the person in charge of coordinating the administrative procedures of the Institute, as well as its economic sustainability, with the assistance of the Management staff, organized in four Management Areas.
At the heart of the Institute of Marine Research, you'll find research and innovation. Although our research is organized following our three Transversal Research & Innovation Programmes (TRIPs), our research groups are administratively organized in four research departments.
All IIM Scientific-Technical Services, that is, those which provide tailored solutions to scientific-technical problems based on our expertise, are organized within the Scientific-Technical Support Unit (UACT).
Organized within the Unit for Prevention, Security & Ethics (UPSE), the IIM-CSIC includes five committees. They are in charge of providing advice and support to the Directorate and ensuring that the Institute meets the highest social responsibility standards.
Our work on research and innovation and our commitment with society could not be properly fulfilled without the help of professionals who ensure that our documentation, our information technologies, our aquariums and the general maintenance of our appliances and facilities are properly taken care of. These are our General Services.