Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)
The Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) is the fourth-largest research institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the largest dedicated to marine research. Under the motto “Ocean Science for a Healthy Planet,” the ICM conducts frontier research and foster both knowledge and technology transfer on topics related to ocean and climate interactions, conservation and sustainable use of marine life and ecosystems, and impact mitigation of natural and anthropogenic hazards. In-depth knowledge, determined action, and coordinated management are essential to confronting these global challenges, thereby driving sustainable development of humankind.
The major strength of ICM comes from its interdisciplinary character, its ability to broadly address numerous questions and challenges related to marine sciences and technologies. This multi- and inter-disciplinary focus has driven a sustained collaboration with many other national and international research groups. The major outcome has been the granting of many national and international projects and contracts that have led to numerous high quality scientific articles and to the development of new technologies. Nowadays, ICM is the first Spanish centre in scientific productivity on marine issues and one of the leading centres on the Mediterranean. According to CSIC’s internal classification (A, B or C, from highest to lowest, chosen in terms of their scientific productivity, income through research projects, and staff number during the 2016–2018 period) ICM stands as a Category A research centre.