In the Atlantic Area there is a pole of knowledge in which outstanding research capacities are concentrated in different disciplines linked to technologies and innovations of marine and maritime resources.

This section describes the main research entities with results applicable to the blue economy. In particular, there are those which own the technologies described in the section “Blue Economy Technologies”.

What entities produce research results in the field of the Blue Economy?

Universidade Santiago de Compostela (USC)

The USC has been transferring research results for more than 20 years and is among the ten leading Spanish universities in terms of the number of patent applications and licensing contracts, currently with a portfolio of more than 200 patents. In the last 10 years, 30 companies were created based on knowledge generated in the USC.

Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente (MARE)

MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre – is a centre for research, technological development and innovation, with an integrative and holistic approach, concentrating a wide diversity of expertise, skills, and capabilities, with a nationwide territorial implementation, that develops its activities oriented to societal challenges, in close partnership with national and international research centres.

Campus do Mar

The Campus do Mar (CDM), led by the University of Vigo and also promoted by the universities of Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), is a cross-border campus that, in addition, counts with the Portuguese Universities of Aveiro, Minho, Oporto, Coimbra and Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, the Polytechnic Institutes of Leiria, Oporto and Viana do Castelo that, together with platforms and technological centers, brings together the research and socioeconomic agents in the marine field of the Galicia-North Portugal Euroregion.

Future Oceans Lab

Research group working on solutions for adapting marine systems to the impacts expected from climate change. We apply a wide perspective from social and natural sciences to understand adaptation and work towards future oceans sustainability.

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter has over 20 years’ experience in offshore renewable energy, including wave analysis; marine hydrodynamics; resource modelling; moorings; testing; reliability engineering; offshore installation, monitoring, operations and maintenance.


Hatch is a global aquaculture accelerator dedicated to making fully sustainable aquaculture a worldwide reality. Finding the right innovation to solve the bottlenecks and to solve real problems in the aquaculture sector in a sustainable impactful way.

Institute of Technology – envirocore

The enviroCORE is a world class research centre in Sustainable  Bioenvironmental Technologies in the niche areas of: Ecology and Biodiversity  Studies, Phytotechnologies for Waste Treatment; Biomass Production and Plant Biotransformation;  Environmental Sensors, Bio-indicators and Biosensors; Environmental Monitoring and Risk Assessment.


The Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR is a public foundation that has been working since 2001 to improve the marine environment, its resources and all the sectors that make a living from it, promoting innovation and environmental, social and economic sustainability.