Organigram

  • INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS
    Headquarters
    The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is a Public Consortium and Public Research Body (OPI), without prejudice to its nature as a consortium. It is governed according to the Law of Science, Technology and Innovation (Law 14/2011) and by its own Statutes. It is a juridical person empowered to work towards the realization of its goals. The Spanish Government has declared the IAC a 'Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence'. It is constituted by the General State Administration, the Public Administration of the Canary Islands Autonomous Community, the University of La Laguna, and Spain's Science Research Council (CSIC). The IAC is a self-sufficient technical service under the General State Administration and the Public Administration of the Canary Islands Autonomous Community.
    • DIRECTORATE
      director [at] iac.es
      Headquarters
      The Directorate of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias is the executive branch of the Rectoral Council charged with investigating topics of a scientific nature. It also deals with administrative, economic, and personnel matters under guidelines set down by the Rectoral Council.
      • DIRECTORATE SECRETARIAT
        secretaria.direccion [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
        This unit provides secretarial services and administrative management to the Directorate and Subdirectorate.
      • STRATEGIC PROJECTS
        otri [at] iac.es
        • IAC TECHNOLOGY
          pablo.redondo [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          IACTEC is a space dedicated to technological and empresarial cooperation promoted by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), whose goal is to encourage collaboration in the public-private sector, boost the creation of quality employment, and generate technological products of high added value and high commercial potential, both nationally and internationally. Spain. Lines of research; Micro-satellites Programme Medical Technology Programme Large Telescope Programme
        • CTA
          jaherllo [at] iac.es
        • ROBOTIC TELESCOPE
          cgc [at] iac.es
        • EST
          est-east [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
      • SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH UNIT
        secUC3 [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
        The Science Communication and Culture Unit, part of the Director's support team, is responsible for communicating to the public and media the scientific and technological activities of the IAC. It handles the promotion of the Observatorios de Canarias both nationally and internationally, communication to the media of the scientific and technical results via the web and social networks. It provides coverage of special events, printed and audiovisual matter, internal communications, the IAC brand, scientific and technical outreach at all levels, the training of specialized communicators and journalists, the training of secondary level teachers, outreach specifically aimed at Canarian society, collaborations with the the Science and Cosmos Museum, and cross-disciplinary projects combining astronomy with other areas of science.
        • COMMUNICATIONS UNIT/SECRETARIAT
          secUC3 [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          To provide administrative support to the Science Communication and Culture Unit (UC3) and Governing Board of the IAC.
    • SUBDIRECTORATE
      subdireccion [at] iac.es
      Headquarters
      A person named by the Rectoral Council after being proposed by the Director, who then delegates tasks to that person, who will stand in for the Director in case of absence or illness. The following units fall under the Subdirector's supervision: Common Computer Services, telescope operation, characterization of the Observatorios de Canarias, the Library, the Protection of Sky Quality Technical Unit, Instrument Maintenance, Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, Teide Observatory, and the Astrophysics Centre on La Palma.
      • COMMON COMPUTING SERVICES
        cau [at] iac.es
        Carlos Alberto
        Martin Galan
        Headquarters
        The goal of the SIC is to tend to the computing needs of each division at Central Headquarters by defining computer standards, developing projects to improve infrastructure, studying advances in computer and communications technology and their applications within the IAC, guaranteeing the correct functioning of systems installed, and ensuring that computer security and privacy are maintained in accordance with the Computer Ethics Code. The SIC comprises the following groups/units, each headed by a Technical Supwervisor: Operations and User Attention Centre (CAU), Analysis and Development Group (GAD), Systems and Communications Group (GSC), and Secretariat.
      • TELESCOPIC FACILITIES
        jot [at] iac.es
        Alex
        Oscoz Abad
        Headquarters
        This unit is responsible for the correct working of the telescopic installations of the IAC at the Observatorios de Canarias; it also tends to the maintenance of IAC instrumentation and supervision of the allocation of observing time on other telescopes. There are three kinds of installations: Instruments, Telescopes, and Experiments (ITE). The unit is staffed by a head, support astronomers, and telescope operators.
      • ASTRONOMICAL SKY QUALITY
        cmt [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
        The Unit's main objective is the continuous characterization and preservation of the astronomical conditions of the Observatorios de Canarias. It provides continually updated information to enable maximum possible advantage to be taken of the exceptional astronomical sky quality . It also ensures adequate communication internationally of these features of the Observatorios de Canarias .
      • INSTRUMENTAL MAINTENANCE
        ecadavid [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
      • SKY PROTECTION OFFICE
        otpc [at] iac.es
        Federico de la
        Paz Gómez
        Headquarters
        The Unit was created to expedite the application of the Sky Law (Law 31/1988), which protects the astronomical quality of the skies above the Observatorios de Canarias from light and radioelectric contamination, atmospheric pollution, and flights above the Observatories. On the basis of the precepts of the Sky Law, the OTPC prepares technical reports for illumination and radioelectric station projects, and certifies lighting installations.
      • TEIDE OBSERVATORY
        teide [at] iac.es
        Miguel
        Serra Ricart
        Teide Observatory
        Location: Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). Area: 50 hectares. Altitude: 2390 m. Geographical coordinates: Longitude: 16º 30´ 35" West. Latitude: 28º 18´ 00" North. At an altitude of 2390 m, in a location where the municipal boundaries of La Oratava, Fasnia, and Güímar meet. Its geographical situation, combined with the transparency and excellent astronomical quality of its sky, have led to Teide Observatory being dedicated primarily to the study of the Sun, the best European solar telescopes being located there. It also hostes the largest collection of robotic telescopes in the world.
        • OT ADMINISTRATION
          teide [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          OT Administration handles the monitoring and management of all Observatory services (meals, accommodation, cars, visits, and educational telescopes). It is responsible for the economic management, under Central Headquarters Administration, for the total budget of the Observatory (both internal and that received from the UIs). It directly governs the reception and meals services of the Residence.
        • OT CIVIL MAINTENANCE
          mcivil [at] iac.es
          Teide Observatory
          OT civil maintenance takes charge of the preventive and correctional maintenance of the various telescope buildings. It contributes to the smooth running of the functions and services of the OT regarding infrastructure, installations, logistical support, and safety.
      • ROQUE DE LOS MUCHACHOS OBSERVATORY
        adminorm [at] iac.es
        Juan Carlos
        Pérez Arencibia
        Roque de los Muchachos Observatory
        Location: La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain). Area: 189 hectares. Altitude: 2396 m. Geographical coordinates of the GTC: Longitude: 17º 53 ´ 33" West. Latitude: 28º 45´ 25" North. At Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM), on the rim of the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente, at a height of 2396 m, in the municipality of Garafía, is to be found one of the most extensive arrays of telescopes in the world. The Observatory is ideal for both nocturnal observations and solar physics. It also hosts high energy astrophysics experiments.
        • ORM/CALP ADMINISTRATION
          adminorm [at] iac.es
          Center for Astrophysics in La Palma
          This is the La Palma headquarters of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. Among its facilities are a library, meeting and conference rooms, and computing and communications facilities. The headquarters houses the LaPalma Supercomputer and hosts one of the seven nodes of the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). The Gran Telescopio CANARIAS and the MAGIC Collaboration (among other facilities) have their offices here.
        • ORM CIVIL MAINTENANCE
          adminorm [at] iac.es
          Jorge
          Gmelch Ramos
          Center for Astrophysics in La Palma
    • RESEARCH DIVISION
      secinv [at] iac.es
      Javier A
      Licandro Goldaracena
      Headquarters
      The Research Division engages in the elaboration and development of research projects in astrophysics and its related fields. To meet its objectives, the Division is organized with a managerial structure and services dedicated to facilitating and channeling the development of its research activities.
      • RESEARCHERS
        secinv [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
        Research activity is divided into research projects that currently follow six thematic lines of investigation, and that cover most fields (theoretical, observational, and instrumental) of astrophysics. The present lines of research at the IAC include: The Structure of the Universe and Cosmology, The Local Universe, Stellar Physics, Planetary Systems and the Interstellar Medium, The Sun and the Solar System, and Instrumentation and Space. Each project is directed and managed by a Principal Investigator (PI), and formally unites the work of pre- and postdoctoral researchers.
        • LISTED IAC RESEARCHERS
          secinv [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Scientific civil servants, as classified on the research personnel scale of Public Research Bodies.
        • STAFF RESEARCHERS
          secinv [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Permanent research staff defined according to the Law of Science.
        • ATTACHED RESEARCHERS
          secinv [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Research personnel from joint administrations and those attached to the IAC.
        • POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS
          secinv [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Research personnel in the postdoctoral programme of the IAC with temporary contracts for specific scientific and technical research projects.
        • DOCTORAL STUDENTS
          secens [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Predoctoral research staff of the Postgraduate Training Division linked to specific scientific and technical research projects.
      • RESEARCH POSTGRADUATE TRAINING MANAGEMT
        secinv [at] iac.es
        Irene
        Fernandez Fuarros
        Headquarters
        Management's mission is to provide support to the Head of Research, who gives instructions on the management and internal running of the Division. The Research Manager supervises the Research Secretariat, the Specific Software Services , the Multimedia Service, and the Scientific Editorial Service.
        • RESEARCH POSTGRADUATE TRAINING SECRETARI
          secinv [at] iac.es secens [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Its function is the administration of the Research and Postgraduate Training Divisions.
        • SPECIFIC SOFTWARE SERVICES
          secinv [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Its functions are the installation and maintenance of astronomical software, and to provide support to users.
        • MULTIMEDIA SERVICES
          secinv [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Its functions are to support users with regard to graphics, image treatment, and the preparation of illustrations, posters, video, and 3D animations.
        • SCIENTIFIC EDITORIAL SERVICE
          secinv [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Its functions include the correction and editing of research texts for publication in specialized journals.
    • POSTGRADUATE TRAINING DIVISION
      secens [at] iac.es
      Headquarters
      The Postgraduate Training Division oversees the Institute's activities in university teaching of physics and astrophysics; it also trains and prepares scientific and technical staff in all fields related to astrophysics. Pre-doctoral training in astrophysics is a fundamental tasks of the Division.
      • DOCTORAL STUDENTS
        secens [at] ic.es
        Headquarters
        The training of predoctoral staff is one of theIAC's most important tasks. Predoctoral staff come from both local and national programmes, and also from within the IAC's own programmes.
        • PREDOCTORAL CONTRACTS
          secens [at] iac.es
          Besides programmes at local, national ,and European level, the IAC has its own pre- and postdoctoral programmes and schools. The postgraduate programme is run by the Astrophysics Department of the University of La Laguna.
    • INSTRUMENTATION DIVISION
      secins [at] iac.es
      José Alfonso
      López Aguerri
      Headquarters
      The Instrumentation Division provides technological support in the elaboration and execution of research and development projects to fulfil the aims of the IAC. Among the objectives of the Division are the development of new instrumentation for astronomical research, the maintenance of the existing astronomical instrumentation, the utilization of its technological capabilities in other fields of science and engineering to benefit the society, the training of technical personnel, and the generation and transfer of technology. The Division is divided into various engineering departments (Software, Electronics, Optics, Mechanics, and Projects) and Production (Mechanics, Electronics, and Technical Drawing workshops, and Specific Software Services).
      • INSTRUMENTATION SECRETARIAT
        secins [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
        Its task is to provide administrative support to the Division in general and more specifically to the Head of Instrumentation, department heads, and project management
      • PRODUCTION
        secins [at] iac.es
        Juan
        Calvo Tovar
        Headquarters
        Production manages the mechanical and electronic manufacturing means and the related support services. Production comprises the following units: the Electronics Workshop, the Mechanics Workshop, the Dimensional Metrology Laboratory, the Technical Drawing Office and the division's Software Specific Services. The Assembly, Integration and Verification Laboratory is also managed by the Production unit.
        • ELECTRONICS WORKSHOP
          secins [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          The aim of the Electronics Workshop is the manufacture and assembly of the different electronic equipment and systems needed for the scientific projects in which the IAC participates
        • MECHANICS WORKSHOP
          secins [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          As part of Production, the mechanics workshop fabricates, mounts and verifies the mechanical components and parts required for the different IAC's instrumental projects under development.
        • SPECIALIZED SOFTWARE SERVICES
          secins [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          The aim of this unit is installing, maintaining and updating all the specific software packages used by the different departments, workshops and services belonging to the Instrumentation Division, as well as offer information, help and support on certain specific equipment
        • TECHNICAL DRAWING
          secins [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Its main tasks are generating technical drawings according to the UNE standard regulations, providing support to the engineering departments, particularly to the Mechanics Department, and to carrying out measurements of components, producing sketches, exploded drawings, set drawings, annotations, and generation of 3D solids.
      • MECHANICS DEPARTMENT
        secins [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
        It designs and develops mechanical systems for astronomical instruments, mainly post-focus, such as visible and infrared cameras, spectrographs and telescopes. The department has experience in calculating and designing mechanisms, structures, cryogenic and optomechanics systems, and also in numerical modelling, finite element analysis, fabrication techniques, quality control and integrating and testing mechanical systems. The Department manages the CAD laboratory and the Mechanical Integration and Verification Laboratory.
      • PROJECTS DEPARTMENT
        secins [at] iac.es
        Marcos
        Reyes Garcia Talavera
        Headquarters
        The Projects Department is dedicated to the management and systems engineering activities of the division's instrumental projects. Within the matrix structure of the division, the personnel of this department coordinates the work of the human and material resources assigned temporarily to the different projects to achieve the fulfilment of their objectives.
      • ELECTRONICS DEPARTMENT
        secins [at] iac.es
        Luis Fernando
        Rodríguez Ramos
        Headquarters
        The Department of Electronics is dedicated to the design and development of electronic systems in general, especially oriented towards scientific instruments. More specifically, digital and analogue systems are designed for the control of devices and for the acquisition and data processing in real time. Devices for reading, processing, control and characterization of detectors are also designed, as well as closed loop control systems. The Department manages the Electronics and Electromagnetic Compatibility laboratories as well as the Image and Sensors Laboratory for Astronomy and the Environmental Test Chamber.
      • SOFTWARE DEPARTMENT
        seins [at] iac.es
        Carlos
        Martín Díaz
        Headquarters
        The purpose of the Software Department is to develop computer applications for astrophysical instrumentation. Its main task is to develop distributed systems for the real time control of mechanisms, instruments, and systems, as well as for the acquisition, processing, and analysis of data.
      • OPTICS DEPARTMENT
        secins [at] iac.es
        José Luís
        Rasilla Piñeiro
        Headquarters
        The Optics Department handles the design and development of optical systems for telescopes and astronomical instrumentation in both the visible and infrared wavelength ranges. It specializes in the specification, design, assembly, integration, and verification of optical systems, including the design and characterization of systems based on fibre optics. The Department has its own specialized equipment and manages the Optics, Fibre Optics, and Optical Surfacing Laboratories.
    • GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION UNIT
      secadm [at] iac.es
      Headquarters
      The General Services Administration Unit oversees the assessment and management of human, economico-financial, computing, logistic, and material resources with the goal of lending the necessary support to the bodies and units of the IAC to enable them to carry out their tasks. The General Services Administration Unit is directly answerable to the Directorate of the IAC.
      • LIBRARY
        biblio [at] iac.es
        Monique Maria
        Gomez
        Headquarters
      • INSTITUT. PROJETS&TECHNOL. TRANSFER UNIT
        otri [at] iac.es
        Anselmo Clemente
        Sosa Méndez
        Headquarters
        The Institutional Projects and Technology Transfer Unit of the IAC contributes to the transfer of the scientific and technological capabilities of the centre. It acts as a support unit for the management of the I+D+i activities of the IAC, including its external funding, and plays an prominent role with regard to certain institutional projects that the IAC maintains both nationally and internationally for the development of large scientific infrastructures, promotion the Observatories, and the highest level of coordination with the European scientific and technological communities. Similarly, the Unit acts as a point of contact with research centres, firms, and other public and private entities involved in I+D+i and its funding in all those areas related to external technological support services, and technological development, analysis, and assessment of projects developed within the IAC.
      • HUMAN RESOURCES
        rrhh [at] iac.es
        Alfonso
        Ruigomez Momene
        Headquarters
        It is formed by the Personnel, Selection and Contracts, and Hazard Avoidance in the Workplace units. It also manages various policies relating to Human Resources, such as Training and Equality.
        • PERSONNEL
          personal [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          As part of Human Resources, it handles remuneration, personnel administrative tasks, the central register of personnel, personnel files, the total wages bill, social security, administrative situations, etc.
        • SELECTION AND CONTRACTS
          rrhh [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          Under Human Resources, its functions include the handling and management of selection processes for the hiring of staff and civil servants for the IAC, the announcement of grants, the maintenance and administrative supervision of the personnel RPT/CPT of the IAC, and maintenance of the organizational structure of the ERP SAP.
        • HAZARD AVOIDANCE IN THE WORKPLACE
          uprl [at] iac.es
          Rosa Miriam
          Galván González
          Headquarters
          This unit carries out safety-related activities in the IAC (Central Headquarters, OT, ORM, and CALP) in order to guarantee adequate protection of the safety and health of IAC personnel by evaluating and providing assistance to this end to the entire IAC, its staff, and specialized representative bodies.
      • GENERAL REGISTRY SECRETARIAT
        secadm [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
        Its purpose is to provide general secretarial support to the General Services Administration Unit and to the General Administrator in particular. It oversees the General Registry of the IAC, as well as the Electronic Headquarters and the Transparency Portal.
      • GENERAL REGISTRY
        secadm [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
        It administers the General Registry of the IAC (GEISER 5641) in accordance with Law 39/2015 of 1 October concerning the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations. It comprises all the IAC's official entries and emissions of requests, written documents, and communications. It provides assistance to persons approaching the Office for the presentation of documentation destined for the IAC or any national Public Administration. Similarly, it serves as a registry for the emission of electronic certificates of the Fábrica Nacional de la Moneda y Timbre (Spain's Mint) for both public employees and physical persons.
      • ECONOMIC AND BUDGETARY MANAGEMENT
        secadm [at] iac.es
        Headquarters
        This entity handles the administrative and budgetary management of accounts, finances, and economic matters. It also provides support to the general activities of the IAC. In order to perform its duties, it is structured into specific units: Accounts-Treasury, External Funding, and Purchases and Administrative Contracts.
        • TREASURY
          tesoreria [at] iac.es
          José María
          Rodríguez Acosta
          The Treasury of the IAC oversees the instrumentation and execution of the control directives essential for safeguarding the financial resources of the IAC by promoting and oppotunely attending to requests for payment of contractual obligations of the IAC in accordance with regulations in force. Its general goals are the processing of payments to suppliers, salaries, and the receipt of incoming payments. Another of its tasks is to regulate the Treasury. It also prepares internal and public reports.
        • CONTRACTS UNIT
          licitaciones [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          The unit deals with administrative, mainly works-directed, contracts, acquisitions, and service contracts. Tendering procedures have as their ultimate goal the selection of the most economically advantageous offers, while guaranteeing that the IAC's activities vis-à-vis contracts follow the principles of integrity, freedom of access of tenders, and due publicity and transparency of the procedures.
        • EXTERNAL FUNDING
          fondos-externos [at] iac.es
          Headquarters
          The External Funding Unit handles the administration of the creation, control, and justification of the external funding of the IAC according to the stipulations of the regulations currently in force and taking into account the peculiarities of each call for national and international aid, and subventions. It likewise provides support to all those units of the IAC dedicated to the management of funded projects with regard to the allocation of personnel, supervision, and preparation of cost control reports.
        • ACCOUNTANCY
          contabilidadiac [at] iac.es
          Dionisio
          Pérez de La Rosa
          Headquarters
          Management of the Accounts Department is subsumed under IAC Finances. This department monitors all the income and expenditure of the IAC, the preparation of the Annual Accounts presented to the IGAE, the handling of invoices, the processing of all kinds of taxes, the updating and maintenance of master (financial) data in the SAP, the preparation of financial and budgetary control reports for presentation to the various internal units of the IAC, and answering outside demands.
      • OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT
        secadm [at] iac.es
        Germán Ricardo
        Pescador Rodríguez
        Headquarters
        This unit manages external services and supplies; the coordination of works and new installations; repair services; the maintenance of buildings, their installations, and equipment; vehicle maintenance; environmental and energy management; dealing with local and regional administrations within its area of compentence, and emergency procedures in Central Headquarters.
        • CIVIL MAINTENANCE
          mcivil [at] iac.es
          Sergio
          Medina Morales
          Headquarters
          Civil Maintenance is part of General Services Administration and falls under Operational Management of Central Headquarters. It has the task of maintenaining, in both a preventive and a correctional sense, of infrastructures in a building occupying an area of more than 10,000 m2 that is more than 30 years old and has more than 14 different installations, among which are included medium amd low power generators, a UPS, air conditioning, lifts, and automatic doors. The unit also handles car park maintenance at both Central Headquarters, and provides support in the transport of research staff to Teide Observatory. Likewise, Civil Maintenance works closely with Operational Management in the technical monitoring and supervision of service contracts, such as cleaning, gardening, pest control, and environmental management.