The CIIMAR is a non-governmental and non-profit organization  with individual and collective members (University of Porto; Polytechnic Institute of Porto; APDL; Allmicroalgae; Flatlantic, Actividades piscícolas. S.A.; RiaSearch; Soja de Portugal; SONAE MC; Algaplus; Tintex; Oceano Fresco; NGC; Hydromod; Ecoinside) 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 Thematic Lines, which are subdivided into several Research Groups, headed by one or more principal investigators.

Organization chart

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

Secretariat & Events
Legal Support
Image, Communication & Outreach
Environmental & Social Responsability
Human Resources & Onboarding Services
Projects & Services
Public Procurement
Quality Management
Information Technologies
Health & Safety
Maintenance & Security
Research & Innovation Strategy & Funding
Technology Transfer & Business Development
Advanced Training & Careers
Data management & Open Science 
Bioterium of Aquatic Organisms 
Biodiscovery & Omics
Scientific Diving
CMIA Matosinhos
CMIA Vila do Conde

Thematic Lines

Marine Biotechnology

Biology, Aquaculture & Seafood quality

Global Changes & Ecosystems Services

Technology Platforms

Access to Ecosystems
Aquaculture & Animal Experimentation
Analytical Laboratories
Biodiscovery & Omics
Blue Biobank

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