The Group


CRETUS, Cross-disciplinary Research in Environmental Technologies, was created in 2015 as a strategic partnership within the program ‘Creation, Recognition and Structuring of Strategic Groups of the University System of Galicia’, funded by the Galician Government. At that time CRETUS was formed by 8 research groups of the University of Santiago de Compostela (4 GRC and 4 GPC) coordinated by Juan M. Lema Rodicio, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The Strategic group, consisting of 50 professors and 90 researchers from various research areas, developed their activity in the faculties of Biology, Physics, Psychology, Economics, Chemistry, and School of Engineering with a common aim: to develope and evaluate environmental and sustainable technologies, looking for solutions that allow to minimize impacts and risks, trying to recover resources through processes that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

In 2018, the Partnership was renewed after having passed the evaluation of its Strategic Plan with 84 points out of 100. Finally, in December 2020, the University of Santiago de Compostela agreed to approve CRETUS as a Singular Centre of the University, becoming part of the existing Network of Singular Research Centres of the USC. Maite Moreira, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering,  was appointed as Director.

At the present time, CRETUS has officially 32 professors linked to the centre, 30 postdoctoral researchers, around 80 predoctoral researchers and 10 technical and laboratory personnel.
The researchers still carry out their activities in their faculties although a common building has been assigned for co-working and collaborative spaces.

    CRETUS is defined as :


    between different fields of knowledge and different needs


    international positioning


    from the perspective of human, technological and financial resources


    responsible and committed to society

    The Center

    CRETUS has its headquarters in a unique building located on Constantino Candeira Street, in Campus Vida of the University of Santiago de Compostela. The building has a useful area of 1,112 m2, distributed over four floors.

    The building gather the management and administration of the CS, as well as offices for approximately 40 pre- and postdoctoral researchers. The building has a common area for scientific-technical services, which will be equipped with shared use equipment.


    Main Researchers



    PhD students

    Associate Researchers



    To promote multidisciplinary research, development, implementation and evaluation of advanced technological solutions that respond to the environmental challenges of society, contributing to the sustainability of the planet and the transition to a circular economy.


    To be a center of international reference in the generation of scientific knowledge and cutting-edge solutions to major environmental challenges, with a consolidated multidisciplinary team, which develops projects of significant social and economic impact with partners from the public and private sectors in Galicia, Spain and Europe. To be an active agent in the effort to raise awareness in society at all levels -citizen, political and economic- to promote systemic changes towards a more sustainable planet.




    Talent attraction, promotion of young researchers and training in transversal competences.



    Projects in collaboration with the productive fabric



    Integration with the Society





    Actividade financiada polo Convenio de Colaboración entre a Consellería de Cultura, Educación e a USC para o desenvolvemento de accións estratéxicas de I+D+i.