IFAE obtains the Severo Ochoa award renewal for 4 more years

  • The award recognizes excellent research centres that stand out for their scientific impact and the international relevance of their results.
  • IFAE initially obtained the recognition in 2012, the renewal is for the period 2017-2020.

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IFAE joins the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

  • The Observational Cosmology group at the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE) has joined the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project, together with ICE (IEEC-CSIC), CIEMAT and IFT/UAM, in what is known as the Barcelona-Madrid Group.
  • IFAE is joining LSST's Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) to contribute in dark matter and dark energy research.
  • The LSST is currently under construction and full operations are expected to start in 2023.

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Workshops for the International day of women and girls at IFAE

The international day of women and girls in science is February 11. This day was declared as such by the United Nations in order to increase global efforts in providing equal opportunities for women and girls in science and in encouraging their participation in scientific careers or endeavours. These efforts are vital for achieving international development goals and pushing the boundaries of scientific research ever further.

IFAE has created a webpage to celebrate the 2017 international day of women and girls in science http://girlsinscience.ifae.es/ and is organizing two educational workshops to introduce high-school students to the hot topics in high-energy research

  • February 10th: CERN's International Physics Masterclass from 10am to 6pm
  • February 11th: High Energy Astrophysics masterclass based on the application Cazadores de Rayos Gamma from 10am to 1pm

Find more information and sign up for the workshops at http://girlsinscience.ifae.es/

Andreu Mas-Colell takes over the presidency of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)


The board of trustees of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), a joint interdisciplinary scientific initiative comprising six of the most important research centres of Catalonia, has today agreed to nominate Andreu Mas-Colell, Professor of Economics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as president of the board of trustees, an unpaid post. The new president, states: ‘BIST brings together a scientific community of the first order and has enormous potential to strengthen other existing scientific initiatives. What is more, it is in an unbeatable location to attract and train scientists from around the world’.

The outgoing president, Rolf Tarrach, is standing down from the position after leading the institute’s first year of promotion and he will remain on the board of trustees, while the vice-president, Jaume Giró, director of the Caixa Foundation, will remain in post.

In addition, an agreement has been announced today with the Diputació de Barcelona for BIST to be housed on the Escola Industrial campus, as part of the Diputació’s commitment to transforming this into a research cluster. Mercè Conesa, President of the Diputació, stated that BIST’s move to the Escola Industrial ‘is one more link in the service change for technical and scientific progress that this building has historically been characterised by’, in addition to representing ‘a new impulse and scaling-up of the Escola Industrial to take on the challenges of the 21st century’.

Since its beginnings in the last quarter of 2015, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology has held fifth place in the European research centre rankings – excluding universities – for the number of awards for excellence received from the European Research Council (ERC). The six member centres have received 61 of these since the programme started, more than 1% of the European total. As regards the list of publications, the centres that make up BIST have published a total of 280 articles from 1st January to 15th June 2016. More than 91% of these articles have been published in the leading journals of their respective subject categories.




La Generalitat destina 19 milions d'euros a cinc grans projectes empresarials de recerca i innovació que impliquen 1.300 professionals

Són les primeres cinc Comunitats RIS3CAT impulsades per ACCIÓ, que tenen per objectiu transformar l'economia catalana sectorialment a través de nous productes i serveis innovadors

138 empreses i 64 agents del sistema de de recerca i innovació català invertiran prop de 44 milions d'euros per desenvolupar aquests projectes

Sectorialment són projectes d'aplicació digital en biotecnologia i teràpies de salut, energia sostenible i eficient, alimentació saludable i segura, mobilitat ecològica i nous dispositius de diagnosi i big data aplicades a la salut

L'IFAE participa a la comunitat RIS3CAT de nous dispositius de diagnòstic i big data aplicades a la salut (entitat coordinadora: Leitat) on hi participen entitats i empreses com idneo o Intelligent Pharma.


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Two IFAE Thesis accepted to be published by Springer




Ruben López Coto's Thesis under the title "Very high energy gamma-ray observations of pulsar wind nebulae and cataclysmic variable stars with Magic and development of trigger systems for IACTS" has been accepted to be published by Springer. He defended his work last year at IFAE and his supervisors were Òscar Blanch and Juan Cortina.

Javier Montejo's Thesis under the title 'Search for new physics in tt final states with additional heavy-flavor jets with the ATLAS detector' has also been accepted to be published by the same publishing group. Javier received the ATLAS Thesis Award in 2015 for his work which was directed by Aurelio Juste.




International Workshop on Radiation Imaging Detectors 2016

The International Workshops on Radiation Imaging Detectors are held yearly and provide an international forum for discussing current research and developments in the area of position sensitive detectors for radiation imaging, including semiconductor, gas and scintillator-based detectors. Topics include processing and characterization of detector materials, hybridization and interconnect technologies, design of counting or integrating electronics, readout and data acquisition systems, and applications in various scientific and industrial fields. The workshop will have plenary sessions with invited and contributed papers presented orally and in poster sessions. The invited talks will be chosen to review recent advances in different areas covered in the workshop.

IWORID 2016 will take place in Barcelona from Sunday July 3rd until Thursday July 7th.

The local organising committee is formed by IFAE reaserchers Mokhtar Chmeissani and Thorsten Lux, Manuel Lozano from CNM and Victor Sanchez from x-Ray Imatek.

Find more information in the iWoRiD website.

This event is supported by MINECO under the Programa Acciones de Dinamización 2015

 Mario Martinez appointed as the manager of the spanish National Program of particle physics

IFAE's Researcher and Head of the Experimental Division Mario Martínez is the new manager of the Spanish Programa Nacional de Física de Partículas which includes the scientific areas of particle physics, astroparticle and nuclear physics. The appointment begins from July 2015 for a period of three years.

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Martine Bosman has been awarded with the Narcís Monturiol medal granted by the Generalitat de Catalunya

The award distinguishes researchers and institutions that have contributed to the scientific and technological development of Catalunya.

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La Dra. Montserrat Vendrell dirigirà el Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology

• La incorporació de la directora general marca la posada en marxa del nou institut, un projecte científic en què conflueixen el CRG, l'ICIQ, l'ICN2, l'ICFO, l'IFAE i l'IRB Barcelona.

• La seva responsabilitat a partir del setembre serà impulsar estratègies interdisciplinars de recerca, transferència de tecnologia i formació de postgrau internacional dels sis centres que integren l'Institut.

• El Barcelona Institute s'erigeix des del seu naixement com una de les principals institucions científiques d'Europa i vol contribuir a reforçar el sistema de recerca català.

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