History

IFAE Structure

IFAE is a consortium of the Generalitat de Catalunya (the Government of the Autonomous Region of Catalonia) and the UAB. It was formally established in 1991 as an entity with its own independent legal status. Functionally it depends from the Department of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise (DIUE; formerly, DURSI) of the Generalitat.

The executive bodies of the Institute are the Governing Board (Consell de Govern) and the Director. The Governing Board appoints the Director from a list of candidates nominated by the Rector of UAB. The Director is responsible for the execution of the decisions of the Governing Board. The Associate Director and the Coordinator of the Theoretical Division are nominated by the Director and appointed by the Governing Board. IFAE also has the status of a "University Institute" attached to the UAB. This formula allows the personnel of IFAE to participate in the educational programme of UAB, in particular in giving Master courses and directing doctoral theses.

In 2004 IFAE joined the UAB, DURSI and  CIEMAT (Center for Research in Energy and Environment Sciences, a national research organization based in Madrid) to create the Scientific Information Port (Port d’Informació Científica, PIC). This center, located on the UAB campus very close to IFAE, manages projects that require distributed access to large amounts of data, such as the experiments at the LHC facility of CERN. The IFAE was charged with administrating this Center. PIC has its own Director and Governing Board as well as its own staff.

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