Date of creation: 1967-10-01

First director: Manuel Losada Villasante

Goals:To initiate research in the fields of Bioenergetics and Plant Biology in Seville


The Instituto de Bioquímica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis (IBVF) was founded in the late sixties, when Prof. Manuel Losada Villasante and co-workers moved to Sevilla from the Instituto de Biología Celular, a CSIC Institute located in Madrid. From the beginning, and with the name of “Departamento de Bioquímica” and status of a CSIC facility, the IBVF was housed in the buildings of the University of Sevilla. By 1987, the Institute took its present name and was established as a joint venture of the CSIC and University of Sevilla. In 1996, the IBVF moved to a new building owned by the CSIC, located on Cartuja Island in Sevilla, a technological park area. An additional two other research Institutes share the 12,000 m2building with the IBVF, altogether constituting the Centro de Investigaciones Científicas Isla de la Cartuja (cicCartuja).