SO Seminar by Dr. Henri Boffin

Henri Boffin. Crédito: IAC

On Thursday May 17th, the Severo Ochoa visitor Dr. Henri Boffin, from ESO (Garching), will give a Severo Ochoa Seminar entitled Binary stars as the key to understand planetary nebulae.

Starting date: 17 May, 2018, 10:30h
End date: 17 May, 2018, 12:00h
Location: Aula, IAC Headquarters, Tenerife.
Organizer: Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias 


Binarity and mass transfer appear to play a key role in the shaping and, most likely, in the formation of planetary nebulae (PNe), thereby explaining the large fraction of axisymmetric morphologies. I present the binary hypothesis for PNe and its current status. Recent discoveries have led to a dramatic increase in the number of post-common envelope binary central stars of PNe, thereby allowing us to envisage statistical studies. Moreover, these binary systems let us study in detail the mass transfer episodes before and after the common envelope, and I present the evidences for mass transfer - and accretion - prior to the common envelope phase.

Presentation of the exhibition "FEDER, looking at the sky"

Date: 7 May, 2018 
Time: 19:00
Casa Principal de Salazar, Santa Cruz de La Palma.
IAC, Grantecan S.A. and the Consejería de Hacienda of the Canarian Government

The itinerant exhibition “FEDER, looking at the sky” brings to the public all the projects of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands which have been funded via the European Fund of Regional Development (FEDER). From Monday 30th April until 10th May people can visit, without charge, the exhibition which makes a visual presentation of the projects of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) which have been financed with these funds, notably the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC).

The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Anselmo Pestana, the Minister of Finance, Rosa Dávila, the Minister of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security, Nieves Lady Barreto, the general deputy director of management of the FEDER of the Ministry of Finance and Public Function, Anatolio Alonso Pardo, and the director of the GTC, Romano Corradi, will participate in the event. 

The European Fund for Regional Development (FEDER) is an financial instrument of the European Commission whose purpose is to strengthen the economic and social cohesion in the European Union correcting the imbalances among its regions. 

The exhibition is also supported by the Cabildo of La Palma and the Severo Ochoa Programme of Excellence.

More information: The itinerant exhibition “FEDER looks at the sky” comes to La Palma


Presentation of the Severo Ochoa Centers and María de Maeztu Units Alliance (SOMMa)

Date: 12 March
Time: 11:30
Location:  Room A (2nd Floor), Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad. Paseo de la Castellana, 162, 28046 Madrid.
Organizer: SOMMa

SOMMa gathers centers and units that have the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu excellence recognitions in Spain and that are among the best in the world in their respective scientific areas.

The objectives of SOMMa and a global vision of the achievements of Spanish science will be presented. Likewise, the representatives of SOMMa, with the support of other agents of the science and innovation sector, will claim the priority role that science must have to promote the economic and social progress of the country, and they will demand urgent and lasting measures to address some of the problems that currently constrain the Spanish research system.

The participants of the event will be:

  • Carmen Vela, State Secretary of R&D&I.
  • Teresa Garcia-Milà, Vice-president of SOMMa and Director of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE);
  • Luis Serrano, President of SOMMa and Director of the Centro de Regulación Genómica (CRG) 

More information:

XXIX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics on radiative transfer

The XXIX edition of the Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, organized by the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), focuses on the applications of radiative transfer to stellar and planetary atmospheres.

Starting date: 13 Nov, 2017, 9:00h
End date: 17 Nov, 2017, 18:30h
Location: UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia);  C/ San Agustín, nº 30 . La Laguna.
Organizer: Dr. Lucio Crivellari y Dr. Sergio Simón Díaz (IAC)

The radiative transfer (RT) equation is the master key for the determination of the physical parameters and chemical abundances of the stars by means of model atmospheres and the subsequent spectral synthesis. The progress achieved so far in the field of stellar atmospheres is expected to pave the way to new successful applications of RT to planetary atmospheres. The proposed leitmotiv for the XXIX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics is to discuss the physical and geometrical properties of the stellar and planetary atmospheres in order to ascertain their influence on the radiative transfer equation.

The School is primarily intended for PhD students and recent postdocs in any field of research in Astronomy. Participants will have the opportunity to display their current work by presenting a poster. The format of the School will also encourage close interaction between students and lecturers.

The lectures will be delivered in English and will be published by Cambridge University Press in a dedicated monograph, which will be sent free of charge to all the participants. Speakers will present their topics in a series of three lectures. Visits to the IAC's Headquarter in La Laguna, the Teide Observatory in Tenerife and the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma will be scheduled as part of the activities.

More information: XXIX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics

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