Creation of the International Research Laboratory – IRL FSLAC in the Canaries

Publié le 16 mars 2021
Le premier laboratoire commun franco-espagnol, l’IRL FSLAC : « French - Spanish Laboratory for Astrophysics in Canarias » vient d’être créé dans le cadre du sommet franco-espagnol. The first International Research Laboratory with Spain, the IRL FSLAC: "French - Spanish Laboratory for Astrophysics in Canarias" has just been created.

This joint laboratory is the result of a fruitful partnership in astrophysics between the CNRS and the Canaries Institute of Astrophysics (IAC).

It will strengthen the many scientific and instrumental collaborations between the French and Spanish communities around three major research axes in international collaborations involving large infrastructures:

– in very high energy gamma astronomy with the CTA – Cherenkov Telescope Array project to install a network of several dozen telescopes;

– in solar physics around the Themis telescope already installed in the Canaries and operated jointly since the 1980s;

– and in the development of a measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background from the ground.

This laboratory complements an already rich ecosystem of collaborations. Around twenty international research projects and networks, and around thirty emerging actions, associating the CNRS and its French partners with Spanish institutions, in all scientific fields, testify to the dynamism of the bilateral French – Spanish cooperation.

 Agreement signature on the French side (from left to right : Chantal Khan Malek – DERCI, Guy Perrin – INSU, Patrick Nedellec – DERCI)

Agreement signature on the Spanish side (Rafael Rebolo López)

Above picture : Guy Perrin, scientific deputy director of the National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU) of the CNRS and Rafael Rebolo López, director of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics (IAC), by videoconference during the signing ceremony of the IRL, on March 15th, 2021, as part of the Franco-Spanish Summit, with the participation of representatives from the French Embassy in Spain and the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

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