The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) began operating in Seville in 1994 to engage in future-oriented studies concerning new and emerging technologies. The increasing need for evidence-based policy making have led its evolution into a policy studies Institute and its research competence being increasingly focused on quantitative economics.

About 280 people, divided into five scientific units and one management support unit, ensure efficient and effective deployment of human, financial and technical resources. A directorate team supports the Director with respect to scientific coordination, quality management, communication and other Institutional tasks.

The Institute selects and employs people from all over the world gathering more than 30 nationalities among its staff who excel in their area of expertise. Personnel is accustomed to avant-garde academic performance, as the research output is constantly reviewed and confronted with global experts and policy makers for each field of expertise.