Sponsoring Institutions

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

The Autonomous University of Barcelona also known as UAB (Catalan: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) is a public university mostly located in Cerdanyola del Vallès, near the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.

As of 2012, it consists of 57 departments in the experimental, life, social and human sciences, spread among 13 faculties/schools. All these centers together award a total of 85 qualifications in the form of first degrees, diplomas, and engineering degrees. Moreover, almost 80 doctoral programs, and more than 80 other postgraduate programs are offered. UAB has more than 40,000 students and more than 3,600 academic and research staff. The UAB is a pioneering institution in terms of fostering research. There are many research institutes in the campus, as well as other research centers, technical support services and service-providing laboratories, and the ALBA (synchrotron) located in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park is very close to the UAB. The UAB is considered to be the best University in Spain by the 2012 QS World University Rankings,[1] which ranked the university 176th overall in the world. Its subject rankings were: 144th in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 92nd[clarification needed] in Arts & Humanities, 106th in Natural Sciences, 95th in Social Sciences and 203rd in Engineering & IT.

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Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE)

IFAE conducts experimental and theoretical research at the frontier of of fundamental physics, namely in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. We are involved in the ATLAS project at the LHC, the T2K neutrino experiment in Japan, the MAGIC telescopes in La Palma and the Dark Energy Survey project in Chile, among others. We also work at the cutting edge of detector technology developing pixel detectors for High Energy Physics, telescope cameras and detectors for medical imaging and other scientific and industrial fields.

Founded in 1991, IFAE is a consortium by Generalitat de Catalunya and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). It is awarded with the ‘Excelencia Severo Ochoa’ Mention since 2013. IFAE has two main divisions, experimental and theory, which have the aim to research in Fundamental Physics frontier, and a third division developing Applied Physics. To reach its goals, IFAE reunites about 100 researchers from all around the world. The Institute is placed in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Campus and it is a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).

Edifici Cn, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
E-08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Tel. +34 93 581 1984
Fax. +34 93 581 1938
Email. : comunicacio@ifae.es

Institute of Space Sciences

The Institute of Space Sciences pertains to the "Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas" (the Spanish National Research Council, usually called CSIC) and it articulates the CSIC participation in the confederation of independent institutes affiliated with the "Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya" (IEEC).

The Institute of Space Sciences participates at a significant level in more than a dozen missions and ground-based experiments. Among these we can quote a significant participation in missions of the importance of LISA Pathfinder & LISA for the detection of the gravitational waves (for the former, we did the essential-to-the-mission Data Management Unity and were responsible of the Data Diagnostic Subsystem), Euclid (we are responsible of instrument filter tray, and in the Ground Segment, leading the Simulations Organization Unit and the Photometric Redshift Organization Unit), and the NASA led Fermi-Gamma-ray Observatory (in the Science Team already before launch, being the only institution in Spain that is member of the collaboration running such facility). From the ground, we have made significant contributions to experiments such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array (developing its complex scheduling system), the Dark Energy Survey (contributing to the DECam CCD, electronics and Telescope guider), and are scientifically leading the CARMENES spectrograph.

The main asset (and aim) of the Institute of Space Sciences is the ability of producing cutting-edge theoretical and phenomenological modelling of what we study observationally, so that we close that virtuous circle that goes from technological development, to observations, to understanding, by participating in all three.

Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC)
Campus UAB, Carrer de Can Magrans, s/n
E-08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Phone: +34 93 737 9788
Email: ice@ice.csic.es