The ICCUB is awarded with the Maria de Maeztu Excellence Distinction (2020-2023)
The Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB), a research unit of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), is one of the six Maria de Maeztu Excellence Units accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation this year (2019 call). This is the second time that ICCUB receives this award, after obtaining the first one in the 2014 call.
The UPC, selected by ESA to host the 4th Symposium on Space Educational Activities
The Polytechnic University of Catalonia — BarcelonaTech (UPC) has been selected to organise the 4th Symposium on Space Educational Activities (SSEA) next spring, in 2021. The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and the Institute of Cosmos Sciences – University of Barcelona (ICCUB) will also support the event.
From planet Earth to exoplanets: new life research frontiers in astrobiogeology
Is the exoplanet Kepler-452 b, located at fourteen hundred light years from Earth -potentially habitable? At what other places of the Universe can the phenomenon of life have taken place? All these questions on life research inside and outside the Solar System are the thread of the journey in the book (In)habitabilidad planetaria. Fundamentos de astrobiogeología (Ed. Marcombo), a work coordinated by the lecturer Andrea Butturini, from the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona.
Sad and unexpected news of the passing of our colleague Lluís Gesa
[English] - Last 29 May 2020, our colleague and friend Lluís Gesa suddenly passed away. Lluís was currently working at the Institute of Space Sciences and was a member of IEEC since 2006, where he played a key role in many space missions and ground instrumentation projects as software engineering manager.
Science talk about the Solar Orbiter successful launch
Today Monday, 10 February 2020, ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission has successfully lifted off on an Atlas V 411 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 05:03 CET on its mission to study the Sun from new perspectives.
Successful celebration of IEEC Forum 2020
Yesterday, 6 February 2020, IEEC celebrated its annual forum, coinciding with the 24th anniversary of its foundation. The event took place at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) and gathered about 120 attendees, including members of the institute, Catalan government officials and representatives from industry related to the space sector.
IEEC, strategic partner and participant at the New Space Economy meeting
The Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona (Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona), in collaboration with the Knowledge Innovation Market Bcn Foundation (KIMbcn) and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) as strategic partner, is organising a meeting with the companies of the New Space, i.e. the organisations and institutions that promote and finance this type of projects, and the leading researchers.
Science and development of eXTP in Spain
The eXTP X-ray satellite (enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry Mission) is a Sino-European scientific space mission proposal designed to study the state of matter in extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism. eXTP includes two European instruments, based on the LOFT (Large Observatory For X-ray Timing) mission, a proposal selected by ESA for feasibility study (phase A) in the M3 call; this study was completed in 2013 with an excellent evaluation, but LOFT was not selected for launch.
May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow. Wishing you love, joy and happiness. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020!
CHEOPS, the mission in search of exoplanets, successfully launched
With a day's delay over the initial schedule, today, 18 December 2019, at 9:54 am CET (05:54 am local time in French Guiana), the CHEOPS (CHaracterizing Exoplanet Satellite) mission, has successfully been launched. CHEOPS is a space telescope that aims to study new planets outside the solar system – the so-called exoplanets.
Technology made in IEEC in the UCAnFly nanosatellite, a finalist in ESA's “Fly Your Satellite!” programme
The nanosatellite UCAnFly, from the Superior School of Engineering (ESI) of the University of Cadiz, has managed to sneak into the finalists of the “Fly Your Satellite!” programme of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Prizes handed to Capture the Moon winners
The two happy winners of IEEC’s “Capture the Moon” social media competition were officially awarded their prizes.
The Montsec Astronomical Observatory at the heart of Barcelona
Next Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 12 pm, the researcher of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) and staff of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM — Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec), Kike Herrero, will give a talk entitled "The immensity of the Montsec sky" at the Espai Provença of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat.
IA and Space Exploration: An Instructive Debate
Within the activities held on the occasion of the 24th edition of Science Week in Catalonia, yesterday 13 November 2019, the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) together with the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) and the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) organized a debate on artificial intelligence and space exploration.
The Transit of Mercury — watch it live
On 11 November 2019, a rare astronomical event is taking place: the transit of Mercury. IEEC’s research unit Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICC) from the University of Barcelona (UB) invites you to watch the live broadcast of the event at the following link. The broadcast will start at local time 13:35.