Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas   Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía   Excelencia Severo Ochoa   HR Excellence in Research Panoptic spectroscopy of our universe with OSIRIS+MAAT at GTC
Place: On line

MAAT* (Mirror-slicer Array for Astronomical Transients) is proposed as a visitor mirror-slicer optical system that will allow the OSIRIS spectrograph on the GTC the capability to perform Integral-Field Spectroscopy (IFS) over a seeing-limited field-of-view 14.20'' x 10'' with a slice width of 0.303''. MAAT will enhance the resolution power of OSIRIS by 1.6 times with respect to its 0.6'' wide long-slit. All the eleven OSIRIS Grisms and VPHs will be available to provide broad spectral coverage with low / moderate resolution (R=600 up to 4100) in the 360 - 1000 nm spectral range. MAAT top-level requirements will broaden its use to the needs of the GTC community for a wide range of outstanding science topics that covers the entire astronomy given its unique observing capabilities well beyond time-domain astronomy. The GTC equipped with OSIRIS+MAAT will also play a fundamental role in synergy with other facilities operating at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos. This 1-day workshop intends to collect the interest from the GTC community on MAAT. We will present the different aspects of the instrument, including science and technical specifications, and an outline of the instrument concept. Everyone is welcome to present key science projects that will encourage and support the development of this new facility.

Date: May, 5th2020
Public surveys and new instrumentation for Calar Alto Observatory
Place: IAA-CSIC + On line

The Calar Alto observatory (CAHA) is a key institution for the international astronomical community, for its highly competitive astronomical facilities (telescopes and instrumentation). From 2019 on, the current administration of CAHA includes the Junta de Andalucía as a new partner - replacing the Max Planck Gesellschaft -, and together with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) these two institutions manage the operation of the observatory. 

The recent success of long-term observational projects already finished (CALIFA) or close to finalization (CARMENES), together with the innovative tradition in available instrumentation of CAHA, point to the necessity of a new call to the international astronomical community for scientific and technological proposals that will contribute to keep the level of excellence of the observatory.

With this motivation, we are pleased to announce a workshop focused on two different subjects:

1. Public surveys to be carried out with instrumentation already available at the 3.5m telescope. These projects must require at least four observational semesters and a minimum of 20 nights per semester for completion. They might require simultaneous observations with other telescopes/instruments in CAHA or from other ground-based or space-born astronomical facilities.
2. Public surveys to be carried out with new instruments at the 2.2m and 3.5m telescopes. The impossibility to carry out these projects with the instrumentation already available at the observatory shall be justified in detail. In addition to this, the proposal must include a sketching of the characteristics of the instrumental design and telescope implementation. As in the previous case, these projects must require at least four observational semesters and a minimum of 20 nights per semester for completion.

Date: March, 12th- 13th 2020
URL: Comet Interceptor Full Team Meeting
The Comet Interceptor mission was selected by ESA in June 2019 to combine this breakthrough in comet discoveries with a compact, agile set of spacecraft that can reveal to us a huge amount about a pristine comet likely entering the inner Solar System for the first time. Although far rarer than long-period comets, Comet Interceptor will also have the capability of encountering an interstellar object passing through our Solar System if such an object is found on a suitable trajectory. The IAA-CSIC will host a full team meeting in December 2nd-3rd 2019.
Date: December, 2nd- 3rd 2019
Tenth Gammapy Coding Sprint
Gammapy is an open-source Python package for gamma-ray astronomy built on Numpy and Astropy. It is a prototype for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) science tools, and can also be used to analyse data from existing gamma-ray telescopes. The tenth meeting of the Gammapy community will take place at the IAA-CSIC, in Granada (Spain) from November 18th to 22th 2019.
Date: November, 18th- 22nd 2019
9th ACS Science Team Meeting
The 9th ACS Science Team meeting will be held in the IAA-CSIC on November 14th to 15th 2019. ACS is an instrument which, together with NOMAD, is on board the Trace Gas Orbiter, currently in full operation around Mars.
Date: November, 14th- 15th 2019
SUNRISE III Technical Meeting
The Antarctic stratospheric balloon SUNRISE is a collaboration between Germany, the United States and Spain which carry on board a new technology C/Si C solar telescope (the primary mirror has 1 m aperture and only weights 60 kg). The telescope carries three main post-focal instruments: a spectro-polarimeter, a camera with a universal birefringent filter and a magnetometer. The IMaX magnetometer is entirely Spanish and based on liquid crystal optical retarder (ROCLI) technology, which is also Spanish. It is being developed by a consortium of four institutions: the IAC, INTA, GACE, in Valencia, and the IAA. In this meeting, held at the IAA-CSIC in November 11th-15th 2019, a technical revision of the three instruments of the mission (IMaX+, SCIP and SUSI) will be performed.
Date: November, 11th- 15th 2019
URL: IAU Symposium 356: "Nuclear Activity in Galaxies Across Cosmic Times"
Place: Addis Abeba

Organizing this IAU symposium in Ethiopia about the ‘Nuclear Activity in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time’ has two main objectives. First, we want to have a general overview of AGN physics, including recent findings and progress in observations, simulations, and theory, and to discuss some of the open questions required for the understanding of the role of AGN in the broader context of galaxy evolution. Second, with this symposium we would like to bring for the first time world experts in our field to the East-African region and contribute to the development of science in Ethiopia and Africa, which is very much needed. Different countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia, are now having first generations of students doing their MSc and PhD degrees. By organising this sympoisum in Ethiopia, we want to contribute to inspire new generation of scientists, and in particular astrophysicists. We also want to show our support to countries that just now start the scientific and technological development in astronomy and space science. In addition, a training for graduate students and for the secondary school teachers will be carried out by conference experts before and after the symposium. Outreach activities will be also organised for general public and school children who for the first time will have an opportunity to interact with world expert astronomers.

Date: October, 7th- 10th 2019
6th Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observatories
Place: Torremolinos (Spain)

Ten years after the celebration of the First Workshop on robotic autonomous observatories in Málaga, the number of automatic astronomical facilities worldwide has significantly grown, as well as the level of robotisation, autonomy, and networking, with many recent developments motivated by the search of new electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves in the next months. This has a strong impact in many other astrophysical fields, like fireballs detection, minor planet studies, the search for extra-solar planets, the monitoring of variable stars in our Galaxy, the study of active galactic nuclei, the detection and monitoring of supernovae, and the immediate follow-up of high-energy transients such as cosmic gamma-ray bursts, besides the search of neutrino and gravitational waves electromagnetic counterparts. Last, but not least, space debris surveillance and tracking is another field of increasing interest. Educational aspects will be also covered.
Thus, the main focus of the workshop will be on the new and existing astronomical facilities whose goal is to observe a wide variety of
astrophysical targets with no (or very little) human interaction. As in the past 10 years, we expect the workshop will continue as an
international forum for researchers to summarize the most recent developments and ideas in the field, with a special emphasis given to
the Technical and Scientific results obtained within the last two years and future developments, with specific sessions on Educational
Activities and Space Surveillance and Tracking.

Date: September, 30th- October, 4th 2019
URL: SOLARIS-HEPPA Working Group Meeting

The meeting focuses (but is not limited to) results of the five SOLARIS-HEPPA working groups  (

  • WG1 (Stratospheric Signal): Analysis of the solar irradiance and particle effects on the stratosphere in both historical (1960-2010) (or REF-C1) and future (2010-2100) (or REF-C2) simulations of the Chemistry Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) simulations.
  • WG2 (Surface Signal): Analysis of the solar irradiance and particle effects on surface climate in CCMI REF-C1, REF-C2 simulations with a particular interest on atmosphere ocean coupling processes.
  • WG3 (Comparison with (satellite) observations): Comparison of the observed solar with the specified dynamics CCMI experiments (REF-C1SD) covering the satellite era from 1980-2010.
  • WG4 (Methodological Analysis): Assessment of existing statistical approaches to analyze solar signals in model and observational data with, as a first step, a special focus on Multiple Linear Regression techniques.
  • WG5 (Medium Energy Electrons (MEE) Model-Measurement intercomparison): Comparison of observed chemical responses to MEEs in the mesosphere with available model simulations that account for MEE ionization.

For this meeting, only invited and contributed oral presentations are planned (i.e., no poster presentations). Sufficient time will be allocated for discussions on individual WG results as well as for a general discussion on SOLARIS-HEPPA research.

Limited funds for travel support for early career scientists (PhD students and Postdocs within 4 years after your PhD) have been made available by SPARC/WRCP. Please let us know as soon as possible (but not later than 15 July 2019) if you would like to apply for support (by sending an email to  bernd ”at“ ).

Date: September, 18th- 19th 2019
Key Aspects in the Preparation of a Competitive Proposal MSCA-IF
Place: IAA Boardroom

Specialized seminar, aimed mainly at researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA), interested in finding out about the possibilities of participation and financing within the MSCA Programme, and more specifically within the Individual Fellowship H2020-MSCA-IF-2019, of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020). The Seminar is divided into three blocks. The first two will fundamentally describe the objectives and main characteristics of the MSCA Actions, providing participants with information on which modality of the H2020-MSCA-IF-2019 call is most suitable for them. In the second block, the practical issues and success stories of MSCA projects awarded in the last calls will be addressed. In the last block, the entire application process will be carried out.

Date: June, 13th2019
URL: ¡España en SKA!
Place: IAA
This meeting assembles more than 75 attendees from 26 different institutions, with the aim of creating the necessary synergies to ensure the maximum scientific return of SKA, and provide an overview of this project and its most recent aspects.
Date: June, 10th- 11th 2019
Seminar on Preparation of Proposals to the European Research Council (ERC)
Place: IAA Conference Hall

The objective of this Seminar is to train IAA researchers interested in the preparation of a proposal for ERC Programme Calls. The aim is to provide the tools and key aspects, both theoretical and practical, to be taken into account when drafting a competitive proposal. The Seminar is divided into three blocks. In the first one, the main objectives and characteristics will be described. ERC (Starting, Consolidator, Advance or Synergy Grant) calls, providing information to participants on which modality of the call is most suitable for them according to eligibility criteria based on excellence, and in their research trajectory. In the last blocks, practical questions for the drafting and key elements in the evaluation of the proposal will be addressed.

Date: April, 23rd2019
URL: 14th EVN Symposium & Users Meeting
Place: Parque de las Ciencias (Granada)
The 14th European VLBI Network (EVN) Symposium and Users Meeting will be hosted by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC in Granada (Spain) on behalf of the EVN Consortium Board of Directors. The meeting will take place on October 8-11, 2018 at the main auditorium of the Parque de las Ciencias of Granada, the science museum of the city, within walking distance from the historic areas of Granada. This biennial meeting is the main forum for discussion of the latest very long baseline interferometric scientific results and technical and technological developments within the EVN member countries. At this meeting there will also be a chance for user input into the future Science Vision for the EVN.
Date: October, 8th- 11th 2018
URL: Hinode 12 - The many suns
Place: Granada Conference Center
Hinode is an active mission devoted to the study of the Sun. Launched in 2006, it is still the reference mission for high-resolution measurements of the solar atmosphere, specializing in visible spectropolarimetry, EUV spectroscopy and X-ray imaging. Its unique capabilities remain unsurpassed and explain the very high, sustained scientific return of the mission. Hinode science meetings are organized yearly to bring together the Hinode, IRIS and ground-based community to discuss recent results and plan coordinated observations. The Hinode-12 meeting will be the sixth of the series to be held in Europe, following Hinode 1 in Dublin (2007), Hinode-4 in Palermo (2010), Hinode 6 in St. Andrews (2012) and Hinode 9 in Belfast (2015).
Date: September, 10th- 13th 2018