To set an example of Research Institution linking applied science to humanity We are a group of reserach scientists interested on Earth Systems Publications and the reserach work in progress Current divisions and structure of ILICA Students from different disciplines (geology, biology, natural resources, forestry, envionmental sciences) can find a reserach opportunity in ILICA We emphasize a holistic approach to view Planet Earth and adopt sustainable development as the philosphy to view the future of Earth Search tool, find what you are looking for in ILICA Course repertoire: Geology, Biology, Environmental Studies, Sustainable Development Affiliated faculty and staff Academic opportunities: Courses, Workshops, Field Geology Camp, Field Biology Camp, short visits Location, how to get to ILICA Back to


The Longoria Institute for Applied Scientific Research (ILICA) envisions to become a exemplary model of scientific research institution whereby its geographic location in a rural setting, away from the   noisy of urbanizations, allows the interaction of national and international academicians (professor and students) with the current status of the rural regions, which will induce in this way a direct tie of science to the rural environment and thus, contributing to the better management of the natural resources, enhancing rural productivity and the commercialization of the local resources, and ultimately attaining a rural sustainable development



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Our philosophy is to view Planet Earth as a single unit, that is, with a holistic approach recognizing that only with an eclectic focus we can have a long term vision of the Earth’s future.

 ILICA has four centers for applied research, they are:

Center for the Study of the Lithosphere

Center for the Study of the Biosphere

Center for the Study of the Hydrosphere

Center for the Study of the Rural Sustainable Development.


A view to the facilities: the Longoria Institute for Applied Scientific Research located in the heart of the Nuevoleones Cordillera, Cumbres de Monterrey  National Park. Laguna de Sanchez community, Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.


Furthermore, we envision that the harmony of Planet Earth is constantly being altered by changes in the rate at which internal and external processes within the Earth System take place all of which tigers threats and challenges to future of the sustainable development of the regions.  Many of those natural phenomena become natural disasters so we also give special attention to the series of processes that become a challenge to future of  humanity.


©José F. Longoria, ILICA, Santiago, N.L. México. Sugerencias y Correcciones: Prof. Longoria