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Toralla Marine Science Station - Vigo University Marine Research Centre (ECIMAT-UVIGO)


ECIMAT is the University of Vigo´s Marine Research Centre. It was inaugurated in 2006  in response to the marine vocation of the University of Vigo, one of the leading institutions in marine research in Spain.

In its 10 years, ECIMAT has grown from a research support facility to a Research Centre that aggregates all the capacities in marine science of the University of Vigo. These capacities, complemented by ECIMAT´s technical and management structure, provides the perfect environment to promote excellent research, transfer knowledge to society and to internationally project the Marine Research carried out in the University of Vigo.

Mission and Research

ECIMAT´s mission is to promote excellence, increase the impact into society and promote international collaboration, in marine science.

ECIMAT is one of the 5 research centres from all fields of knowledge funded by the Galician Regional Government through its program for strategic research centres.

ECIMAT hosts 18 Research Teams, its research priorities relate to:

Biodiversity and Ecology
Ocean Observation and global change
Marine environmental quality and marine pollution
Sustainable use of marine resources
Integral management of the coastal zone

These five lines are complemented by the following transversal technologies

Omic Technologies
Modelling of Complex Systems
Marine Model Organisms

Main Services

•    Provision of Biological resources and culture collections
-    Culture collection of Microalgae
-    Culture of local species from diverse groups
-    Collection of specimens from coastal ecosystems in Galicia

•    Access to ecosystems
-    7.5 m Inboard cruiser equipped with light marine sampling equipment (Dredges, CTD, Side-Scan Sonar, Niskin Flasks, Plankton Nets) to access marine coastal areas.
-    5.5 m Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) to access coastal ecosystems.
-    Pick-up truck with trailer for road transport of the RHIB
-    Field laboratory
-    Support to under water activities by proffessional divers
-    Full diving equipment for up to 10 divers
-    Acces to the Southern Galician Rías Ecosystem (Nutrient rich upwelling area)

•    Technology platforms
-    Cryopreservation platform speciallised in the development of cryopreservation methodologies for marine cell types
-    Marine environmental biomonitoring & bioassay platform using marine model organisms
-    Light&fluorescent microscopy & image analysis, material preparation and histological sample processing.
-    Remote Sensing, electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), confocal microscopy, mass spectrometry, proteomics, genomics, DNA sequencing, molecular biology, flow citometry (all located next to the marine science faculty 15 minutes away from the station)

•    Experimental facilities
-    PL2 Biosecurity facility for with marine specimens (pathogens, GMO, exotic species) with a microbiology laboratory and two flowthrough (2 m3/h) animal holding facilities
-    Large scale land based and sea-based floating mesocosms in a nutrient rich upwelling area
-    Research laboratories with dry and wet areas
-    Experimental aquaria
-    Controlled environment rooms (photoperiod and temperature)
-    400 m2 floating raft

•    Training and education

Uvigo hosts and/or participates in different academic programs related to marine science. Researchers from ECIMAT have a significant participation in the following

-    University degree in Marine Science
-    Interuniversity Master in Oceanography
-    Interuniversity Master in Aquaculture
-    Interuniversity Master in Marine Biology
-    Interuniversity Master in Advanced Biotechnology
-    Marine Science, Technology and Management (DOMAR) PhD Program

•    E-infrastructures and associate services
-    Environmental continuous monitoring station
-    HF Radar for the monitoring of surface currents

•    Supporting facilities
-    Office space for visiting researchers
-    On site kitchen and dining room for 10 people
-    Conference room for 45 people
-    Access to University Network (Internet, online journals)
-    Meeting room


Research topics: 


  1. Ocean Observation and global change
  2. Marine environmental quality and marine pollution
  3. Sustainable use of marine resources
  4. Integral management of the coastal zone
  5. Modelling of complex systems
  6. Omics technologies applied to the marine environment

Jose Manuel Estévez
University of Vigo
Number of research groups: 
Illa de Toralla
E-362O8 Coruxo Vigo Pontevedra
Vigo, Galicia
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