Mission & objectives

SITMA is a new service operating in the Canary Islands offering scientific and technological solutions in the marine/maritime context; a determined initiative to apply science to the challenges and needs our society currently faces.

The main goals of the Marine Technology Service are:

  • To make the structure of research groups in cutting-edge disciplines more competitive, including by incorporating robotics into marine sciences.
  • To increase scientific productivity and knowledge by fostering new R&D&I partnerships, contracts and projects in the marine/maritime field.
  • To support the regular activity of the ULPGC’s researchers and their partners in basic and applied research.
  • To offer support in instrumentation and scientific advice to companies and public bodies in the marine/maritime sector in joint projects.
  • To foster relationships and collaborations in networks and programmes at a national, European and international level for research/monitoring in the field of high-performance robotics and marine instrumentation.
  • To provide opportunities for specialised training in the fields of marine robotics and sensorics, as well as analytical and oceanographic instrumentation, with increasing potential for professional development.



  • To develop excellence in marine/maritime sciences: High-quality scientific output, knowledge transfer and development of human capital.
  • To promote sustainable blue growth: Intelligent specialisation in R&D&I, knowledge/technology transfer and sustainable use of marine biodiversity.
  • To take advantage of the Canary Islands as a natural laboratory: Natural environments, first-rate scientific infrastructure, well-qualified staff and specialised services.
  • To contribute to positioning the Canary Islands as the benchmark for intelligent development in the Atlantic: Science and technology for innovation, cooperation and sustainable and intelligent businesses.
  • To contribute to the key challenges in ocean conservation: Monitoring climate change, sustainable use of marine resources and development of an intelligent bio-economy.