Group of Environmental Biotechnology

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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Group of Environmental Biotechnology

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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The Group

The Group of Environmental Biotechnology (GI-1613) of the University of Santiago de Compostela started its activity in 1985, focusing mainly on two research lines:

• Management and treatment of industrial and urban effluents
• Application and production of lignolytic enzymes 

Both lines have been developed in parallel giving rise to a multitude of projects and specific contracts. Twenty years later the key words are still: "Bio", "Environment" and "Engineering", although its research lines have evolved according to the achieved targets and the new trends in research. The Group of Environmental Biotechnology (GI-1613), coordinated by Prof. Gumersindo Feijoo, is composed by 12 teachers (2 Emeritus-professors, 3 professors, 3 Full professors, 2 Associate professors, 2 Assistant Professors and 2 Ramon y Cajal Researchers Fellow) , 7 post-doctoral researchers, 3 laboratory technicians, 1 technological manager, 1 administrative and 1 communication manager and around 26 PhD students, 2 students from foreign universities that carry out projects or stays of 3 to 6 months and 13 master's degree students.

Mission and View of the Group

The Mission is to generate scientific and technological knowledge useful for a sustainable development of society and to train entrepreneurial researchers, promoting synergies in a human and stimulating environment. The View is to be renown at an international level due to the quality of its research, training, innovation and technology transfer.

Scientific background

In the last years (2015-2020), its scientific background can be summarized in 275 publications, 235 of them were SCI publications  (78% of which were published in Q1), 37 Doctoral Theses, and 245 presentations at international congresses. In this period, the group was awarded with 17 European projects and international networks, 21 National projects and 17 contracts with companies that provides an average budget of 1.49M€.  The group has also coordinated 3 Wastewater Treatment Networks at European (COST Action Water_2020), National (RedNovedar) and Regional (Rede REGATA) level. From 2015 to 2020 the Biogroup has been part of the strategic partnership CRETUS (ED431E 2018/01), which has been recently promoted as Interdisciplinary Research Center in Environmental Technologies of the University of Santiago de Compostela. Since 2006 it is recognised as a Competitive Reference Group.

Strategic Plan:

Biogroup Strategic Plan


Financial Resources. Evolution from 2013-2016 to 2017-2020


Percentage of papers published in journals in the first quartile (Q1) from 2010 to 2020


Percentage of BioGroup papers published in journals in the first decile (D1) and in the first centile (TOP 1) from 2010 to 2019