UVIGO is a University located in Northwest of Spain. It has three campus: the main one located in Vigo, and two in Pontevedra and Ourense. UVIGO has placed a considerable emphasis on R&D activities by numerous internal funded projects, as well as through various services and research centers. This support has increased the scientific output and the capacity to obtain external resources. In fact, UVIGO appeared in Shanghai ranking of best universities in 2011 and 2012.

Nowadays, the UVIGO has about 22.000 students and 260 research groups, whose activity has resulted in significant scientific production in the form of doctoral theses, publications, conference communications and registered patents. In the last three years more than 950 projects confirm the cooperation of the University with the enterprises and economic associations of the region the nation. In the same way, more than 25 national and european patents have been applied by UVIGO in the last years. Moreover, UVIGO participates every year in the Framework Programme and other initiatives of the EU; more than 40 European Projects has been developed since the year 2007 (some of them coordinated by UVIGO), with a return of more than 20 millions of euros.

Researchers from UVIGO are well-known by colleagues through their participation in numerous national and international programmes, stays at prestigious visits of famous over Universities, and visits of famous researcher from the international scientific community.