Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)

A Severo Ochoa center since 2011

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is a science and technology center dedicated to research in astronomy and astrophysics. It is a public consortium made up of the Central Administration (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness), the Canary Islands Autonomous Community, the University of La Laguna and the Higher Council for Scientific Research.

The IAC’s mission is to conduct and promote all types of astrophysics-related research and to disseminate this knowledge. Moreover, the IAC also cooperates in specialised education at University level, offers training to scientists in astrophysics and related fields, and fosters relations with both national and international research communities.

The IAC has its main headquarters in La Laguna in Tenerife, a sea-level site on La Palma, and operates three Spanish Facilities for Science and Technology (ICTS, Instalaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas Singulares): the Observatorios de Canarias on Tenerife and La Palma islands, where more than 30 telescopes and telescopic installations are run by institutions from a large number of countries; the 10.4 m GTC in La Palma, the largest optical telescope in the world, developed under the auspices of the IAC; and a node of the National Supercomputer Center.

Key Facts of IAC

357 Staff Members
174 researchers and Ph.D. candidates, 140 technical staff and 43 administration personnel.
492 Q1 Publications
Total number of publications, accumulating a total of 17595 citations.
23135 Visitors
Number of visits to the Astronomical Observatories of the Canary Islands.
5 International Events
Number of International Conferences and schools organized at IAC.
The Severo Ochoa award has brought important benefits to the IAC Research Programme through the incorporation of Advanced Fellows, Post-doctoral Researchers and Ph.D. students, which are reinforcing the Centre´s five major lines of research. It also provides strong support to our Technology Development and our Senior Researcher Visitor Programmes.
Rafael Rebolo
Director at IAC