Meeting on seismology in the solar atmosphere

Meeting on seismology in the solar atmosphere

Starting date: 4 Sep, 2018
End date: 7 Sep, 2018
Location: Theatre Building of the Guajara Campus of the University of La Laguna (Tenerife).
Organizer: IAC

BUKS2018 conference, brought together for a week 77 specialists in Solar Physics from 14 countries to discuss the latest research on the waves and instabilities which are produced in the atmosphere of the star in our neighbourhood. , from the points of view of theory, observation and plasma diagnostics. According to the organizers, Manuel Luna and Iñigo Arregui, the aim of this meeting is to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and the presentation of the latest results in the field. Among the topics brought into focus will be the present and future use of installations, instruments, and observational bands, In addition those present will analyse the development and the application of modern methods of data analysis, and comparing these with the most recent models produced in research. Some current themes which will be tackled during the week are the role of magnetic waves in the heating of the solar corona.

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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


Meeting of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer consortium in La Palma

Starting date:  9 April 2018
End date: 13 April 2018
Location:  Hotel Taburiente, Los Cancajos, La Palma.
Organizer: AMS Consortium

Santa Cruz de La Palma will host a debate on the results obtained by this high-energy instrument in recent years and will add a fourth star in the Science Stars Walk (Paseo de las Estrellas de la Ciencia) in honour of the Physics Nobel Laureate Samuel Ting. The AMS consortium is formed by over 50 countries, including  Spain, which is represented by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence, and the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT).

More information: IAC press release

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

Date: 12 March, 2018
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) 

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