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The University Institute for Cybernetic Science and Technologies was created as a result of the transformation of the current International Centre for Computer Science Research (CIIC, in Spanish). It was set up as an inter-disciplinary university institute with an international approach, focussing on basic and applied research in computer and computing science and technology, system theory, cognitive sciences, artificial perception, computer bio-medicine, computer neuroscience, computer economics, information technology and robotics.

The roots of the University Institute for Applied Micro-electronics lie in the Applied Microelectronics Research Laboratory, set up in 1988 when it received European funding for its inclusion in the initial group of laboratories of the Eurochip programme. This funding came from the PATMOS European project for researching in Microelectronics, and from the Spanish Programme of microelectronics for setting up and equipping Microelectronics labs in Spain. This lab is associated with the Higher Technical School of Telecommunication Engineering.

This Institute was set up by the Canary Islands Government in 2002 with a view to becoming a benchmark at regional, national and international levels in animal health and food security matters. Its structure is divided into five major research lines: Pathological anatomy; Epidemiology and preventative medicine; animal reproduction; aquaculture and marine genetics and infectious diseases and ichthyopathology. Its staff include sixty researchers, including university lecturers, grant students, employees, project experts and collaborators. Two doctorate programmes taught in the labs of this Institute have been awarded the Special Mention for Quality by the Spanish Ministry for Education and Science.

Technological progress, which guarantees citizens of any country an improvement in quality of life, in both material and personal terms, originates in scientific and technological advances made in research centres, in universities and in the R&D laboratories of advanced technology industries. The human potential of universities is, together with their material resources, one of the most important assets of a country, and it should be properly and efficiently organised to carry out basic and applied scientific research to high standards, research which should also fulfil the requirement of being useful to both the university and society in general.


The multidisciplinary University Institute for Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development (TIDES) was created in March 2010 with the commitment to promote innovative and sustainable tourist development in order to generate positive economic, social and environmental effects for society. This initiative enjoys considerable social and business support in the Canary Islands, as it aims to lead research in tourism and to bring together work being carried out in sustainable development in the region. TIDES has started up in the ULPGC with the incorporation of 45 researchers from nine different departments who, for a number of years, have been working on different aspects relating to tourism.

The University Institute for Technological Development and Innovation in Communication (IDeTIC) aims to plan, promote, carry out and disseminate research activities in signalling, communication, telematics and bioengineering, as well as to train research staff in these areas. It was created in 2010 and it roots lie in the Technological Centre for Innovation in Communications (CeTIC), which brought together prestigious ULPGC research groups in the fields of Photonic Technology and Communications, Digital Processing of Biological Signals and Communications Engineering. The institute participates in high-level research activities on a national and international level, with stable, long-lasting links with other national research groups belonging to the Politécnica de Madrid, Carlos III, Politécnica de Cataluña, La Laguna and Zaragoza Universities.

The University Institute of Oceanography and Global Change has a solid team of scientists and lecturers of long-standing experience who have been working in the field of marine science for several decades and have set themselves three objectives: the first, is to act as the Atlantic bridge of the Europe-Africa-America axis in marine affairs. Secondly, the Institute aims to be an international starting and reception point for teaching, R&D+I (innovation) and knowledge transfer in marine science, health, energy, water, economics, tourism and marine-related ICT. Finally, it also aims to push forward a model to make the most of marine resources in order to facilitate local and island economic development.

The activities of the University Institute in Text Analysis and Applications (IATEXT, in Spanish) focus on the editing and analysis of different types of texts from interdisciplinary perspectives, such as linguistics, literature, history and computer science. The overall objective is to produce basic research results and develop multimedia computer applications for both research purposes and for educational, cultural and professional spheres.

The University Institute for Biomedical and Health Research (IUIBS, in Spanish) has been set up with the clear intention of creating the best possible conditions for the development, attraction and execution of applied R&D+i (innovation) and top level technological services for university research groups, biomedical and biotech companies, hospitals and hospital research groups as well as other public or private bodies. This initiative aims to consolidate the excellent scientific and research level in biomedicine and health crystallized by a number of research groups, with the potential to achieve significant development and multiplication in pursuit of excellence, synergy and the convergence of efforts.

The ERA Chair research team strives to develop and strengthen the S&T research potential and capacities of ULPGC, underpinning a better integration into the ERA by pushing the boundaries of existing research lines, to enhance research capacities on Aquaculture and its environmental interactions, through its University Research Institute in Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Conservation and by creating a platform on Sustainable Aquaculture under an Ecosystem Approach.
Research lines cover marine spatial planning and site selection, increasing animal performance during life-cycle, including egg and larval quality, better fish health and welfare, new aquaculture species under climate change scenarios, genetic improvement of productive, health and animal welfare traits, etc.

University Institute for Research Environmental Studies and Natural Resources  (i-UNAT)
The Institute for Environmental Studies and Natural Resources follows a sustainable philosophy, as it aims to contribute effectively and energetically to research, innovation and the development and sustainable growth of the Canary Islands. The general objectives of i-UNAT are to carry out quality research, generating and disseminating scientific knowledge; to educate, train and raise awareness of professionals and society about the ideas, actions and behaviors that lead to the improvement of our environment and to preserve our natural resources; to apply the knowledge generated to an appropriate control of environmental quality and proper management of natural resources; to work for integration, innovation and sustainable economic development in the conservation of the environment and natural resources, and to participate in both national and international environmental research networks.

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. ULPGC
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