University Institute in Geology, Campus of Elviña. A Coruña.
Former facilities of the IUX in O Castro, Sada, where the Documentation Service and the IUX Library were located. (1979-2016).
University Institute of Geology Isidro Parga Pondal arises from the agreement reached between two Galician entities: University of A Coruña and Geological Laboratory of Laxe (Isidro Parga Pondal Foundation) to develop a scientific and research activity in the field of geology. This collaboration had already begun informally back in 1979 when there was not University of A Coruña itself but University College of A Coruña, dependent of Santiago University. From that first tacit agreement arose numerous activities which were outlined in the activities section of Geological Laboratory of Laxe.
In 1994 University of A Coruña and the Geological Laboratory of Laxe (Isidro Parga Pondal Foundation) of the Galician Seminar Studies signed a collaboration agreement in several fields: scientific publications, university teaching, research and dissemination of Galician geology and the Peninsular Hercinic that culminates with the University Institute of Geology Isidro Parga Pondal creation by the decree published in the D.O.G. 243/1997 number 156 of August 1997. To facilitate the achievement of the convention objectives, and as a result of the two participating entities willingness, was decided at that time, use the University Institute formula which, in accordance with University Reform Act (L.R.U.) Article 11, they are centers primarily dedicated to research that can perform educational and research activities relating to specialized teachings or related to Doctorated programs and provide scientific and technical advice.
The University Institute of Geology Isidro Parga Pondal has a vocation for integrating the Geology in all their specialties with all of those disciplines or knowledge that, even they are not properly geological, they are related directly with geology and this allow a more rational use of the resources of both, University of A Coruña and Geological Laboratory of Laxe, with unquestionable rooting in the Galician culture, history and science.