Columbus CenterThe Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) capitalizes on the strengths of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland Baltimore to conduct marine and environmental research and create technologies designed to foster the protection and restoration of coastal marine systems and their watersheds. By focusing on the sustainable use of natural resources and improving of human health, IMET brings the research, training and technology transfer capabilities of the partner institutions to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researchers at IMET (UMCES@IMET) are working in several important areas related to finding new biotech-based solutions to protecting marine biodiversity, ocean health and human heath, marine bioenergy and marine ecosystems.

The IMET partnership encompasses a range of research specializations and orientations, including: the use of aquaculture and genomics to foster conservation and creation of marine resources, including marine bio-energy; environmental observation and sensor development; environmental toxicology and remediation; developmental and regenerative biology; marine bio-medicine development; and sustainable urban ports and ecosystems.

Exploitation of synergies in these research areas is structured to yield world-leading research, stimulate Maryland’s biotechnology industry through effective technology transfer, and form productive private and governmental partnerships.

IMET aims to establish Baltimore as the internationally preeminent center for marine and environmental technologies. The Institute was created in 2010 when the Center of Marine Biotechnology was elevated to a University System of Maryland Joint Research Center.