AZTI is a scientific and technological centre that develops high-impact transformation projects with organisations aligned with the United Nations 2030 SDGs.
Our purpose is to drive positive change for the future of humankind, contributing to a healthy, sustainable and fair society. Specialising in marine environment and food, we provide cutting-edge and value-added products and technologies grounded in sound science and research.
Our distinctive role
- Contributing to the sustainability of life on the planet
- To improve people’s health
- To invigorate the business fabric and society
- To maintain and generate new quality employment
- Generate ideas to learn, transform and progress
- Promote strategic transformation projects with companies and institutions willing to take on challenges.
Purpose, Mission, vision and values
Our dream is to contribute to a healthy, sustainable and whole society. A society that enjoys, in balance with nature. A society where science and high-impact technology drive positive change for people’s future.
Our mission is to create and transmit knowledge, through the development of transformational projects with organisations that are willing to accept the challenge of achieving the sustainability goals of the United Nations, generating wealth and improving the well-being of humanity.
By 2030 we will have become a key player in the European marine and food scene, providing cutting-edge, value-added products and technologies based on sound science and research.
Our culture is driven by collaborative and transformative innovation, value generation, respect, transparency, commitment, efficiency and curiosity.
- Networked innovation across teams, and together with clients and the environment to connect ideas and generate value.
- Empathy for all points of view to broaden our capacity to understand and transform.
- Diversity, driving positive change for the future of people. OUR EQUALITY PLAN
- Transparency when communicating to build trust and credibility.
- Commitment to science to find innovative solutions to society’s challenges and questions.
- Efficiency at work to create a competitive, motivating and agile environment.
- Curiosity to learn what we do not know and grow as professionals and as people.
Areas of expertise
AZTI is organised around 10 research areas:
2022 in figures
The year that AZTI was founded
Of research personnel are doctors
Indirect jobs promoted
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.
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.
- The expert in marine environmental management, Ángel Borja, and the scientific director of AZTI, Xabier Irigoien, are among the most influential researchers in the world, according to the Stanford University ranking. Of the more than 7 million professionals analysed worldwide, in the field of Marine Biology, Borja is ranked 89th worldwide and is the leader in Spain, while Irigoien is ranked 348th worldwide and 6th in Spain.
- In the field of scientific production worldwide, AZTI ranks fifth in the topic group of Marine Spatial Planning, Ecosystem Based Management, Marine Strategy Framework Directive; 19th in stock assessment, fishery management and fishing mortality; and 24th in the field of fisheries, sharks and fish.
- 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 vice-presidency of ICES an ICCAT 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
Information security management systemsInformation security policy Scope of certification
UNE-EN ISO 17025:2017
Accredited laboratoryAccreditation Certificate Accreditation Scope
UNE-EN ISO 9001:2015
Quality management systemsScope of certification
UNE- EN ISO 14001:2015
Environment management systemScope of certification
Management of R & D: Management System CertificateScope of certification
Management of Security and Health at WorkPolicy on health and safety at work Scope of certification
AZTI policiesManagement 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 Vicomtech) 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.