ABOUT US

VISION

To be a reference center for geological sciences in Latin America and Caribbean area is our view.

MISSION

Generate and provide geological knowledge to the country, as Geological Service of Cuba

Geology and Paleontology Institute General functions: • To Increase the basic geological knowledge of national territory and promote solid mineral resources development. • Generalize and systematically evaluate the geological information of the country and prepare the geological maps of different scales and contents for scientific, practical and didactic purposes. To make and edit monographs, reports and articles for the same purpose. • Develop research on tectonics, magmatism, stratigraphy, paleontology, metamorphism and other basic elements of the geology of Cuba. • Conduct metalogenic and mineralgenic research to specify the forecast of the mineral resources of the country, defining on these bases the perspectives to discover new mineral deposits, as well as propose the main directions of the geological prospecting work for solid minerals, mineral waters, and Medicinal mud • Promote and disseminate new data on the geology and mineral resources of Cuba, through the organization of postgraduate courses, conferences, seminars, and other scientific events. • Promote the development of geological museums for research, teaching and exposure purposes. • Develop collaboration and scientific-technical cooperation with related institutions and within the framework of international programs, mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean. • Direct the elaboration of the technical tasks of the geological works proposed to execute with the state financing and issue the corresponding opinions for later approval. • Dictate the geological projects and reports that are executed with state financing and certify their technical quality. • Control geological activity in the country.

IGP organization chart. The current structure includes 5 addresses attached to the general management of the center: Geological Research, Geological Survey, Economics, Human Resources, Logistics and Geological Knowledge Management. In addition, the Geological Activity Assurance Unit that carries out the state assignment assigned to the IGP by the MINEM is attached directly to the management; as a Geological Service of Cuba.

The current Institute of Geology and Paleontology (IGP) is the result of various structural and institutional changes from 1967 to today. It was created as an Institute of Geology from the Department of Geology that emerged at the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba (ACC) on June 21, 1967. By Resolution No. 716/74 issued by the then President of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba, Zoilo Marinello Vidaurreta, was renamed the Institute of Geology and Paleontology (IGP) on January 7, 1974. The current structure comes from the merger, in 1986, of the former IGP of the ACC with the Center for Geological Research (CIG) of the Ministry of Basic Industry (MINBAS). Maintaining the name of IGP and strengthened by the merger, it became part of the MINBAS Geology Union in that year, which would later become the Geominsal Business Group, under whose subordination it remained until 2012. For half a century, the Institute has been progressively strengthened from the scientific point of view, so that its staff is highly qualified, possessing a vast experience that has allowed to solve any problem or task within the geological activity. In that sense, in the center numerous research projects have been developed that have contributed to deepening the geological knowledge about Cuba and the Caribbean, managing to expand the research profile in recent years, with the introduction of computer technologies. Among its main contributions are the geological and geophysical maps of Cuba at different scales (1: 1000000, 1: 500000, 1: 250 000, 1: 100 000, 1: 50 000), several editions of the Stratigraphic Lexicon of Cuba and multiple books, articles, databases, multimedia, etc. on different geological themes and, especially, on the geological cartography and the metallic and non-metallic mineral resources of the country. As of 2013, operating as an entity attached to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the IGP has been designated as a Geological Service of Cuba with the state commission of, in addition to developing geological investigations through research projects, directing and controlling geological works throughout the country, financing in CUP the execution of projects in geological themes. Main substantive processes: • Scientific research: R&D projects • Planning, control and approval of geological studies: Business hiring. • Scientific and technical services: repetitive and non-repetitive • Special requests: Different forms and contents. Main Objectives of Research and Development: • National Geological Map. • Stratigraphic Lexicon of Cuba. • Maps and BD of Mineral Resources. • National Geophysical Maps. • Geological Data Bank. Main Objectives of Geological Survey: • Planning of geological prospecting of solid minerals. • Supervision and control of project execution. • Review and approval of Technical Tasks, Projects and Reports. • National standardization of regulations and survey instructions. General Research Activities: • Produce geological information: surveys, detailed studies, etc. • Organize geological information: Maps, databases and digital files, etc. • Disseminate geological information: Reports, books, maps, articles, Internet, magazines, etc.

FUNCTIONS

Geology and Paleontology Institute General functions: • To Increase the basic geological knowledge of national territory and promote solid mineral resources development. • Generalize and systematically evaluate the geological information of the country and prepare the geological maps of different scales and contents for scientific, practical and didactic purposes. To make and edit monographs, reports and articles for the same purpose. • Develop research on tectonics, magmatism, stratigraphy, paleontology, metamorphism and other basic elements of the geology of Cuba. • Conduct metalogenic and mineralgenic research to specify the forecast of the mineral resources of the country, defining on these bases the perspectives to discover new mineral deposits, as well as propose the main directions of the geological prospecting work for solid minerals, mineral waters, and Medicinal mud • Promote and disseminate new data on the geology and mineral resources of Cuba, through the organization of postgraduate courses, conferences, seminars, and other scientific events. • Promote the development of geological museums for research, teaching and exposure purposes. • Develop collaboration and scientific-technical cooperation with related institutions and within the framework of international programs, mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean. • Direct the elaboration of the technical tasks of the geological works proposed to execute with the state financing and issue the corresponding opinions for later approval. • Dictate the geological projects and reports that are executed with state financing and certify their technical quality. • Control geological activity in the country.

STRUCTURE

IGP organization chart. The current structure includes 5 addresses attached to the general management of the center: Geological Research, Geological Survey, Economics, Human Resources, Logistics and Geological Knowledge Management. In addition, the Geological Activity Assurance Unit that carries out the state assignment assigned to the IGP by the MINEM is attached directly to the management; as a Geological Service of Cuba.

HISTORICAL REVIEW

The current Institute of Geology and Paleontology (IGP) is the result of various structural and institutional changes from 1967 to today. It was created as an Institute of Geology from the Department of Geology that emerged at the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba (ACC) on June 21, 1967. By Resolution No. 716/74 issued by the then President of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba, Zoilo Marinello Vidaurreta, was renamed the Institute of Geology and Paleontology (IGP) on January 7, 1974. The current structure comes from the merger, in 1986, of the former IGP of the ACC with the Center for Geological Research (CIG) of the Ministry of Basic Industry (MINBAS). Maintaining the name of IGP and strengthened by the merger, it became part of the MINBAS Geology Union in that year, which would later become the Geominsal Business Group, under whose subordination it remained until 2012. For half a century, the Institute has been progressively strengthened from the scientific point of view, so that its staff is highly qualified, possessing a vast experience that has allowed to solve any problem or task within the geological activity. In that sense, in the center numerous research projects have been developed that have contributed to deepening the geological knowledge about Cuba and the Caribbean, managing to expand the research profile in recent years, with the introduction of computer technologies. Among its main contributions are the geological and geophysical maps of Cuba at different scales (1: 1000000, 1: 500000, 1: 250 000, 1: 100 000, 1: 50 000), several editions of the Stratigraphic Lexicon of Cuba and multiple books, articles, databases, multimedia, etc. on different geological themes and, especially, on the geological cartography and the metallic and non-metallic mineral resources of the country. As of 2013, operating as an entity attached to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the IGP has been designated as a Geological Service of Cuba with the state commission of, in addition to developing geological investigations through research projects, directing and controlling geological works throughout the country, financing in CUP the execution of projects in geological themes. Main substantive processes: • Scientific research: R&D projects • Planning, control and approval of geological studies: Business hiring. • Scientific and technical services: repetitive and non-repetitive • Special requests: Different forms and contents. Main Objectives of Research and Development: • National Geological Map. • Stratigraphic Lexicon of Cuba. • Maps and BD of Mineral Resources. • National Geophysical Maps. • Geological Data Bank. Main Objectives of Geological Survey: • Planning of geological prospecting of solid minerals. • Supervision and control of project execution. • Review and approval of Technical Tasks, Projects and Reports. • National standardization of regulations and survey instructions. General Research Activities: • Produce geological information: surveys, detailed studies, etc. • Organize geological information: Maps, databases and digital files, etc. • Disseminate geological information: Reports, books, maps, articles, Internet, magazines, etc.