The “Instituto Universitario de Estudios Marítimos” is the result of the collaboration of two entities, the University and the Harbour Authority of A Coruña. The principal aim of this institute is to have access to the specialised knowledge in the area of Marine Science and Technology, that have a direct impact in the social, political and cultural development of the Autonomous Community of Galicia. To this effect, the activity of the institute is directed fundamentally towards investigation, as well as to the teaching of the interdisciplinary subjects that covers. The studies are directed towards aspects strictly related with the sea, not only understood as a natural medium, but also as combined issues developed in relation with this medium. This Institute starts out with a plural vocation and with a development far beyond the borders of the Galician Autonomous Community, independently that its activity is fundamentally directed towards the study of valuations and results of special repercussion in this area.