Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas   Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía   Excelencia Severo Ochoa   HR Excellence in Research 100 x Science: Seven questions that will change the world
Place: Parque de las Ciencias

With the event "Seven questions that will change the world" we aim to take a well-meaning look at what lies ahead. We want to play at imagining what science will be like in ten, twenty, fifty years' time... What will it have to face? What challenges will it have to take on? What capacities will we be able to achieve?  We are going to try to describe the future as realistically as possible. But, as we have already said, we are not going to succeed. If the history of science and technological development shows us anything, it is that the smart thing to do is to refrain from trying to predict anything. New disruptive technologies will emerge, paradigms will change, seemingly immovable foundations will fall, ideas that nobody imagined will emerge and unexpected discoveries will be made... or perhaps none of this will happen. The only thing that is certain is that the horizon looks worrying. That there are things that must be changed, and that science and technology must help us to do so. To lead the way. But to do so, we must listen to those who know. And this is what we are going to do.  

Eight expert voices will speak today about the science of the future. They will try to answer seven key questions that will mark the path of what is to come, of the future that awaits us. And all this wrapped in music that emerges from the most traditional and classical past to the present. Art of always for the science and technology of the future. 

"Seven questions that will change the world" (The state of the "art" of the science of the future) is part of 100xCiencia.7, the annual meeting of the SOMMa alliance that brings together the scientific community of the Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence and María de Maeztu Units of Excellence, which in this seventh edition will bring together representatives of the 65 entities that currently form part of the alliance.

Date: October, 23rd- 24th 2023
URL: VIII Spanish Meeting of Solar Physics and Heliospheric

Like previous meetings, the eighth edition of the Spanish Solar and Heliospheric Physics Meetings aims to review and highlight the excellent health of Spanish research in these disciplines. Through multidisciplinary sessions mixing studies of the different layers of the Sun and the interplanetary medium and including theory as well as observations and instrumentation, the Spanish community will be able to share the latest advances. Special emphasis will be put on the specialised use and development of new instrumentation. In particular, campaigns on the Canary Islands observatory telescopes, developments for the European Solar Telescope and participation in space missions such as ESA's Solar Orbiter and Vigil will be of particular relevance.

Date: July, 11th- 13th 2023
URL: 20th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference
Place: Almuñécar

The 20th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XX) will be held in Hotel “Bahía Tropical” located in Almuñecar, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Costa Tropical of Granada, Spain. The conference will build on the remarkable success of the previous ELS conferences held in Amsterdam, Helsinki (twice), New York, Vigo, Halifax, Gainesville, Bremen, Salobreña, St. Petersburg, Bodrum, Hatfield, Taormina, Lille, Leipzig, College Park, College Station, Hangzhou, and the 19th conference held online on July 2021. The main goal of the ELS conference series is to bring together scientists and engineers studying various aspects of light scattering and to provide a relaxed academic atmosphere for in-depth discussions of theoretical advances, measurements, and applications.​

Date: May, 15th- 19th 2023
URL: CTAC/CTAO General Meeting
Place: Parque de las Ciencias

The CTAO/CTAC Spring Meeting 2023 will take place in Granada (Spain) and will gather colleagues from the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) and the Cherenkov Telescope Array Consortium (CTAC), who will travel from around the world to attend or join remotely. With a new format that will allow more plenary sessions and discussion panels, the CTAO and CTAC members will present the latest results on different topics, such as science analysis tools, science data challenge, telescope development, computing or science communication, among others.

Date: April, 24th- 28th 2023
URL: Galactic Center Workshop 2023
Place: Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura

The Galactic Center has often been called a "unique astrophysical laboratory”. This is as true as ever and the Galactic Center  keeps providing rich inspiration and data to study an impressive number of science questions. In this conference we will review the progress in our field over that past four years and focus on some spectacular results. We will also link the physics of the Galactic Center to other galactic nuclei and galaxy evolution in general. The last meeting of the Galactic Center community took place in Yokohama in October 2019 (GCWS 2019 It is high time for the next edition of this series of conferences, which will be held in Granada, Spain, at the end of April 2023.

Main science topics:

  • Sagittarius A*

  • The inner parsec

  • The ISM and magnetic fields at the GC

  • Star formation and feedback

  • High energy processes, Dark Matter

  • Extreme/singular objects

  • Stellar population and dynamics

  • Structure and formation history of the GC

  • The GC in the context of nearby nuclei and galaxy evolution

Date: April, 24th- 28th 2023
URL: VI Meeting of AGN research in Spain in the era of the new observatories

Active galaxy nuclei (AGN) represent one of the most extreme phenomena in the universe. Since their discovery in the 1960s, AGNs have aroused great interest in the astrophysical community, first as exotic objects and now recognized as major players in galaxy evolution and even recently as candidates for standard candles in cosmology. Since the 1990s it has been well established that massive galaxies (and possibly all galaxies) harbor a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at their center, whose mass is strongly related to certain properties of the galaxy. The evolution of star formation history and AGNs appears to follow similar trends up to very early ages of the universe, while theoretical models indicate that nuclear activity is essential to regulate star formation through feedback mechanisms. Significant progress has recently been made in understanding the physical processes associated with AGNs, but important questions remain open, mainly about their intrinsic nature and their role in galaxy formation and evolution. Advances in the understanding of AGNs are supported by the availability of new astronomical technology that will, at present and in the near future, reduce some of the more severe limitations of previous instrumentation. Spatial resolutions will be achieved that will allow the study of the vicinity of the supermassive black hole and will cover ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum that have been little explored to date. Following the success of previous AGN meetings convened in our country, once again this meeting will allow to review the current understanding in AGN research, discuss the potential of recent and future instrumentation, and find synergies between the different Spanish AGN teams. Special attention will be given to new instrumental projects of relevant interest for AGNs studies in which Spain participates.

Date: January, 30th- February, 1st 2023