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Research Institute


Founded in 1999, the Cueva de Nerja Research Institute is dedicated to the research, conservation, and dissemination of the heritage of the Cueva de Nerja.


The Nerja Cave Research Institute (IICN) was established in 1999 with the aim of fulfilling the objectives outlined in the statutes of the Public Foundation for Cueva de Nerja Services, which pertain to the research, conservation, and dissemination of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Nerja Cave and its surroundings. It is a non-profit research institute, composed of the scientific staff of the FPS Cueva de Nerja, and fully funded by this organization.

The Research Institute is governed by a Scientific Advisory Council that is responsible, among other aspects, for developing the research lines and projects to be carried out by the Foundation. It also proposes the organization of symposiums, conferences, workshops, publication plans, or any other activities aimed at the dissemination and scientific understanding of the Nerja Cave and its surroundings. The Scientific Advisory Council also suggests measures for the proper conservation of the cave, considering the social and economic function derived from its rational and sustainable use.


The headquarters of the Nerja Cave Research Institute (IICN), located within the cave’s own premises in the technical services building, has various facilities: a research library, laboratory, microscopy area, technical storage, a cabinet dedicated to the Espeleoclub Cueva de Nerja and the Espeleosocorro service, offices, and temporary researcher accommodation.

The research library of the Institute of Research was established in 1995 with the aim of making the bibliographic and documentary resources of the Cueva de Nerja Foundation available to researchers, students, and interested professionals. It contains approximately 2500 volumes, organized into the following sections: Prehistory, Geology, Microbiology, Zoology, Botany, Protohistory, History, Caves of the World, Geological Maps, Doctoral Theses, Audiovisual Documents, and Specific Publications about the Cueva de Nerja.

Another complementary scientific facility is the Cueva de Nerja meteorological station, equipped with instruments belonging to the Andalusian Environmental and Water Agency and the Spanish Meteorological Agency.

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