Florian Lennert, Associate Director of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Frank Wenecke, founder of the German Company Dronemasters, have toured the installations of the Headquarters of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in La Laguna to get to know at close quarters the work of the IAC, and its company for technological and commercial cooperation IACTEC.
This morning Florian Lennert, Associate Director of the London School of Economics (LSE Enterprise), Frank Wenecke, founder and CEO of the German Company Dronemasters, and Javier Garabal, adviser to the Canary Island Government, visited the installations of the Headquarters of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias in La Laguna (Tenerife).
The visitors, accompanied by Rafael Rebolo, director of the IAC, and Pablo Redondo and Antonio Maudes, in charge of Technical affairs and of Economic and Juridical affairs, respectively, in the IACTEC, were shown the research and instrumentation within the Institute, and also its dependent installations: the Teide Observatory (Izaña, Tenerife), the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafía, La Palma), and the La Palma Astrophysics Centre (CALP).
This meeting is a phase of the initiation of activities in the Islands by the London School of Economics, one of the most prestigious business schools in the world, which has almost twenty Nobel laureates among its alumni. After taking an interest in the Archipelago, the LSE has made proposals to attract investment by technological companies to the islands. The visit of the managing director of Dronemasters has the aim of exploring business opportunities for this Company in the Islands, and in particular for the possible collaboration of the IACV in areas such as advances optics.
The relation between the LSE and the IAC could develop in the future along the lines of recent agreement between the Institute and the Universities of Tokyo and Liverpool. Via these meetings the two centres wish to interchange opinions and look for points in common for collaborations within the IACTEC envelope which accommodates cooperation between the private and public sectors. The IAC is always looking for ways to collaborate with the world of business, with the aim of facilitating the transfer to society of the front line technology being developed within the Institute.
The Observatories, and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) are part of the network of Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) of Spain.