IAC (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias) 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 Science, Innovation and Universities), the Canary Islands Autonomous Community, the University of La Laguna and the Higher Council for Scientific Research. The IAC’s mission is to perform excellent research and technological developments in astrophysics, securing the appropriate training of graduate students, young researchers and engineers, promoting outreach and technology transfer in many different areas and fostering a fruitful and stable environment of international collaboration. IAC aims to achieve major advances in the understanding of the laws that govern the origin and evolution of the various forms of matter/energy in the Universe. The center aims to use a large variety of cutting edge ground/space facilities and attract new very talented young/senior researchers to develop advances and breakthroughs in physical modelling, computer simulations and technology. The IAC hosts and operates two astrophysical observatories on Tenerife and La Palma islands, where more than 40 telescopes and telescopic installations are run by institutions from a large number of countries, including the world largest optical and infrared telescope currently in operation.
Research program addresses key problems on:
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