The Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (IACT) is a Joint Centre of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Universidad de Granada (UGR), as established by the cooperation agreement signed by both institutions on September 29, 1994 to reorganize the former Joint Centre (Instituto Andaluz de Geología Mediterránea), founded in 1986.
The said Agreement established the general framework governing the activity of the Institute, in particular the following aspects:
Development and support for research activity in the field of the Earth Sciences, to the benefit of scientific research in general and its socio-economic projection.
Support for and intensification of research activity linked to higher education carried out by university teaching staff.
Strengthening of research links with other centres in Spain and abroad with the aim of promoting better connections in similar areas and encouraging the exchange or research experiences between Spanish scientists and those of other countries.
Participation in training programmes for postgraduate and postdoctoral research assistants.