Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC)

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) is aimed at expanding humanity's knowledge about the cosmos and its place in it through frontier research in astrophysics and space science, fostering technological progress through the development of innovative instrumentation, and disseminating our research among the scientific community and general public.

The research activity at the IAA covers all major fields of astrophysics and space science, from quantum gravity over the Solar System to galaxy evolution and cosmology, and enables it to play a leading role in large international projects. Our research is based on observation, instrumental development, and theoretical and numerical studies, all of which are firmly established and interconnected. Only a small handful of institutes worldwide are able to cover almost all fields of astrophysics/space science and to engage both in remote (Earth-bound) and in-situ (space-based) observations with technological development.

IAA plays a leading role in the development of space-borne and ground-based instruments. Among our milestones, we highlight the immensely successful ROSETTA space mission, the instrument CARMENES for CAHA, the CAHA legacy survey CALIFA, and the coordination, since 2011, of the scientific and technological participation of Spain in the SKA.

Key Facts IAA-CSIC

At IAA-CSIC as of end year 2020; 33 new people recruited in 2020.
12 of them in Nature or Science in 2020. Total accumulated 165394 citations.
Total budget in 2020, with more than 54% from competitive funding.
Number of SO colloquia since 2019. More than 600 outreach activities.

This Severo Ochoa Award is a recognition of the excellence of the research activity of the IAA. Our mission is to improve our knowledge of the Cosmos doing research in astrophysics and cutting-edge space science, fostering technological development and disseminating our research among the scientific community and the general public.

Antxon Alberdi

Antxon Alberdi

Director at IAA

Based on a solid and transversal scientific strategy, our challenge is to foster our research and structure to reach a privileged position for the exploitation of the next generation of advanced and innovative astrophysical experiments.

Isabel Márquez

Isabel Márquez

Scientific Director SO at IAA

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