The Biotechnology Center is a laboratory belonging to the Universidad Católica del Norte which specializes in carrying out research and providing services in microbiology, biotechnology and molecular biology, particularly the areas of geo-microbiology, bio-mining and environmental control.
It aims to develop and consolidate a research area that provide systematic and reliable information about the value and impact of DeLTA UCN program in its different areas of development and innovation.
The Center for the Development of Technologies for the Sustainable Use of Water Resources in Arid Zones, CEITSAZA, is a center dedicated to research and technological development for sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly management of water resources, principally in arid zones.
The Center for Seaweed Research and Development at the Universidad Católica del Norte (CIDTA-UCN) aims to articulate areas of research consolidated at UCN and other research centers and companies in order to add value to seaweed as a natural resource.
The Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA) is a Regional Scientific and Technological Research Center in the Region of Coquimbo. It was founded in 2003 following the Second Competitive Funding Round for the Creation of Regional Scientific and Technological Development Units, thanks to a joint project carried out by the University of La Serena (ULS), the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN) and the Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research (INIA-Intihuasi), with funding from CONICYT and the Regional Government of Coquimbo (GORE Coquimbo).
The Center for Natural Resources Law Studies (CEDRENA), which forms part of the Faculty of Legal Sciences at the Universidad Católica del Norte, aims to carry out research, teaching, outreach and consulting on diverse topics in the legal discipline relating to the use, protection and exploitation of natural resources. The center focuses on studies that require analysis of the problems emerging from the existing legal regime for the management of water resources, mines, energy, environment and other environmental issues.
It is part of the network of I+D+i centers of the UCN since 2014. It provides solutions of comprehensive mineralogical analysis through the use of advance technology of high precision (QEMSCAN) – (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals based on SCANining Electron Microscopy).
Its general objective is to generate the scientific foundation to strengthen a strategy of sustainable handling and conservation of the biodiversity of the ecoregion of Rapa Nui (including Rapa Nui and the islands of Salas and Gomez).