This is done through:

  • The most efficient and sustainable production of seafood.
  • The protection of the seas and preservation of marine resources.
  • The search for solutions and adaptation to climate change.
  • The increase in the safety of maritime and coastal activity.
  • The development of new productive and conservation processes that are more competitive and sustainable.
  • The promotion of a healthy diet.
  • The improvement of food safety.

Mission, vision and values


Our mission is to be a specialised technology centre of excellence that complies with the indicators of the Basque Science Technology and Innovation Network (RVCTI) and the Technological Innovation Centres (CIT) register and that conducts strategic and applied research to generate new knowledge that allows us to provide comprehensive and innovative solutions to clients, the basis for boosting new innovative business. To do so, AZTI has a team of skilled and enthusiastic individuals who establish a symbiotic relationship and strategic bond with clients to provide them with value and improve their competitiveness, while contributing to their financial and social development. Which is why we are focused and committed to the Basque Country economic and social development. We do this by generating sufficient resources to ensure sustainability and invest in improving our technological capacity, the professional development of our people and promoting new technology-based companies.


We transform Science into Sustainable and Healthy Development.


The possible of the impossible is measured by the willingness of people and for this reason, the AZTI values are vital to achieving change and progress.

  • Connected to our clients and environment.
  • Curiosity and unlimited eagerness to create / innovate / discover.
  • People and teams with initiative and confidence.
  • Open and global networking.
  • Committed to the excellence and sustainability of the organisation at all levels.

Areas of expertise

AZTI is organised around 10 research areas:

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Business stimulation

For each Euro we invest in R&D, the fisheries sector moves 7 and the food industry 15

Industrial and social fabric revitalisation is a challenge for AZTI

We contribute to innovation, creating value and increasing competitiveness in the public and private sectors

We transform knowledge into business opportunities and are committed to projects with companies as the main channel for transferring results to the industrial fabric. We achieve this by granting licenses and creating new companies based on technologies developed as part of our research activities.

We promote the creation of New Technology-based Companies (NTBCs) and help them in their continuous development. The NTBCs promoted by AZTI generated an income of 4.3 million Euro in 2018 and 124 direct jobs.

Scientific excellence

The high scientific quality combined with the application of research results is the reason why our research team has become an international benchmark

  • Angel Borja, AZTI scientist, has been added to Highly Cited Researchers’ list, that is, he is in the top quoted 1% in his field worldwide.
  • 10% of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), the scientific committee of experts that advises the European Union on fishery matters, is made up of AZTI researchers. We are the research centre with the highest representation in this committee in Europe.
  • AZTI’s scientific staff participates or leads different scientific committees in areas related to our research fields. The scientific presidency of the IOTC and the work as representatives of the EU to the fishery management bodies ICCAT, IOTC, IATTC and WCPFC are worth noting.

Accreditations and certifications

Golden recognition in Advanced Management

Golden Q 2011

Excellence in management

ISO 27001

Information security management systems

Information security policy
UNE-EN ISO 17025:2005

Accredited laboratory

Accreditation Certificate Accreditation Scope
UNE-EN ISO 9001:2015

Quality management systems

Quality Policy
UNE- EN ISO 14001:2015

Environment management system

Scope of Certification Environment Policy
UNE 166002:2006

Management of R & D: Management System Certificate

R & D Policy
OHSAS 18001:2007

Management of Security and Health at Work

Policy on health and safety at work
AZTI policies

Management Policy

Member of Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA)

A great Alliance to boost the Basque technological ecosystem

BRTA is an alliance formed by 4 collaborative research centers (CIC BioGUNE, CIC NanoGUNE, CIC BiomaGUNE and CIC EnergiGUNE) and 12 technology centers (Azterlan, Azti, Ceit, Cidetec, Gaiker, Ideko, Ikerlan, Lortek, Neiker, Tecnalia, Tekniker and Vicometch) with the aim of developing advanced technological solutions for the Basque companies.

With the support of the Basque Government, the SPRI Group and the Provincial Councils of the three territories, the alliance seeks to promote collaboration among its centers; to strengthen the conditions to generate and transfer knowledge to companies, contributing to their competitiveness; and to spread the Basque scientific and technological capacity.

BRTA has a staff of 3,500 professionals, executes 22% of Euskadi’s R&D investment, generates an annual turnover of more than 300 million euros and files 100 European and international patents per year.

Partner of EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative that works to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and reliable.

As a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), EIT Food connects partners from leading businesses, universities, research centres and institutes across 13 countries in Europe and from the entire food value chain.

EIT food is a pan-European partnership, with a consumer-centred approach, to empower innovators, entrepreneurs and students to develop world-class solutions to societal challenges, accelerate innovation, create jobs and increase Europe’s competitiveness.

The partnership’s aim is to develop a highly skilled food sector, which collaborates with consumers to provide products, services and new technologies, which deliver a healthier lifestyle for all European citizens.

As one of the largest food-related initiatives worldwide. EIT Food wants Europe to lead a global revolution in food innovation and production. EIT Food’s ambition is to redesign the way we produce, deliver, consume and recycle our food and to create a future-proof and effective food sector which supports a sustainable and circular bio-economy.