From IAC: “from Plasencia in La Opinión de Tenerife”


Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias – IAC

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Days to soak up science

Calculating the curve of an asteroid and designing a water robot will be the task that will have for two weeks a total of 20 high school students from the islands. It is one of the most attractive facets of the science and technology campus of the Canary Islands, a program of the Universidad de La Laguna (ULL) and the ULPGC that aims to bring research and innovation to the students of the archipelago.

The programme, which hopes to awaken the scientific vocation of young people, consists of two axes. On the one hand, the project branch, through which students are incorporated into research groups from both academic institutions, and on the other, the challenge, which proposes to the students the resolution of scientific or technological problems and Involving young people who have already been part of the initiative last year. In Total, it will be 120 boys and girls (100 in projects and 20 in challenges) which for the next two weeks will be “Empaparán” from island science.

It is the wish of the scientific director of the project, Antonio Eff-Darwich, to the 20 participants in the challenges during the presentation of the programme in the physics and mathematics section of University, an act in which he defined the Ideas of challenges such as ” very cool “. in this case, have the collaboration of the institute of astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) and the Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (Plocan), ” two research centres of the islands that are related Global “, defined the director of the Agencia CANARIA DE INVESTIGACIÓN, INNOVACIÓN Y Sociedad de la Información (Aciisi), Manuel Miranda.

But in addition to being integrated into and research groups, young people will carry out other complementary activities as a formula to learn about the scientific process as a whole. In that regard, Antonio Eff-darwich commented that ” the tools of research will be given to them in addition to other relevant competences such as speaking in public, how to make the results known or even english “. ” it is about learning The steps we followed “, summed up the campus science director.

In addition to bringing society closer to society in this case in the two canary universities as well as in iac and the, the programme hopes to awaken the scientific vocation in future generation as a way of not wasting talent. In this respect, both Miranda and the managing director of the Fundación General Universidad de La Laguna, Julio Brito, stressed that getting one of the 120 places involves a selection process, so beneficiaries are “brilliant students”.

” they are going to be the generation with more prominence in the social change that is coming “, wish Julio Brito, who added that ” there are many problems to be solved “, while the director of the aciisi noted that ” the talent of the canaries needs A big window to show up to society. You must leave the classrooms and be within reach of the economic and social sector of the canary islands “.

” we expect the same results as last year: to have a good time ” and ” take advantage of the two weeks to the maximum “, are some of the recommendations that the people responsible for the science and technology campus of the canary islands are responsible for. To this was the good wishes of the person responsible for the science and education area of the Fundación DISA, Sara Mateo, who encouraged young people to “be the engines of change for the canary islands”.

The type of r & d projects is addressed to the third and fourth pupils of the project, which will develop a real r & D project in scientific facilities with the support of research groups in the and. While participants in the form of scientific challenges, young people in the fourth and first high school, have already participated in the campus.

The Science and technology campus of the canary islands is organized by the universities of the archipelago, through its university foundations, the general foundation of the ull and Fundación Canaria Parque Científico Tecnológico de la ULPGC, respectively. The Canarian Agency for research, innovation and information society of the Canary Islands, the foundation, the ministry of Educación Gobcan and universities, the association Asociación de Antiguos Alumnos y Amigos de la Universidad de La Laguna and different Island R & d centres.

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The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias(IAC) is an international research centre in Spain which comprises:

The Instituto de Astrofísica, the headquarters, which is in La Laguna (Tenerife).
The Centro de Astrofísica en La Palma (CALP)
The Observatorio del Teide (OT), in Izaña (Tenerife).
The Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM), in Garafía (La Palma).

These centres, with all the facilities they bring together, make up the European Northern Observatory(ENO).

The IAC is constituted administratively as a Public Consortium, created by statute in 1982, with involvement from the Spanish Government, the Government of the Canary Islands, the University of La Laguna and Spain’s Science Research Council (CSIC).

The International Scientific Committee (CCI) manages participation in the observatories by institutions from other countries. A Time Allocation Committee (CAT) allocates the observing time reserved for Spain at the telescopes in the IAC’s observatories.

The exceptional quality of the sky over the Canaries for astronomical observations is protected by law. The IAC’s Sky Quality Protection Office (OTPC) regulates the application of the law and its Sky Quality Group continuously monitors the parameters that define observing quality at the IAC Observatories.

The IAC’s research programme includes astrophysical research and technological development projects.

The IAC is also involved in researcher training, university teaching and outreachactivities.

The IAC has devoted much energy to developing technology for the design and construction of a large 10.4 metre diameter telescope, the ( Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, GTC), which is sited at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos.

Gran Telescopio Canarias at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, in the Canaries, SpainGran Telescopio CANARIAS, GTC