The CIIMAR is a non-governmental and non-profit organization  with individual and collective members (Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, Faculty of Sciences, Farmacy, Law and Engineering and University of Porto) that constitute the General Assembly. 

The Board of Directors supervises and defines the policy for scientific and technical activities and oversees the everyday management. The Centre has a Scientific Board, composed of all PhD members, which advises and monitors the scientific and technical activities.

CIIMAR also includes an External Scientific Advisory Board that provides independent evaluation and advice on the scientific activity, composed of three distinguished members of the international scientific community.

The researchers are grouped into three main Research Lines, which are subdivided into several Research Teams, headed by one or more principal investigators.

Organization chart

General Assembly
Scientific Council
External Advisory Committee
President & Board of Directors
Ethical Committee
Supporting Offices

Board Secretariat & Reception
Human Resources
Finance & Accounting
Projects Management
Science and innovation
Communication & Outreach
Environmental & Social Sustainability
Information Technology
Infrastructure and Maintenance

Research Lines

Marine Biotechnology

Biology, Aquaculture & Seafood quality

Global Changes & Ecosystems Services

Technology Platforms

Access to Ecosystems
Aquaculture & Animal Experimentation
Analytic Chemistry
Biodiscovery & Bioreferinery
Culture Collections
Genomics & Proteomics
Blue Business Development

The CIIMAR has professional Supporting Offices Units and Technological Platforms Services that provide daily administrative support and develop essential actions and services.