The IET and the CEFCA join forces to disseminate cosmology

The IET and the CEFCA join forces to disseminate cosmology
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Cover of the book ‘The universe from a bird’s eye view’.

He Institute of Teruel Studies (IET) and the Center for Cosmos Studies of Aragon (CEFCA) have organized a round table entitled “Reflections on the universe from a bird’s eye view” that will take place next Thursday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m., in the room of acts of Provincial Museum of Teruel.

This round table will begin a cycle called “Exploring the limits of knowledge from Teruel.” The idea arose within the scientific council of the IET with the desire to disseminate interdisciplinary knowledge from the exchange of opinions of experts on the subject of a book written or in which one of its members has participated.

The starting point for next Thursday’s debate will be the latest book written by the engineer, doctor and founder of CEFCA Marino Moles, The universe from a bird’s eye view. Moles will be accompanied by the director of CEFCA, Javier Cenarro; the head of the Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory Unit (UOAJ), Antonio Marín-Franch, and the director of the IET, Inmaculada Plaza, as moderator.

Specialists will reflect on the evolution of the universe; the current gaps in our knowledge; the work carried out in Teruel to explore new regions of the cosmos or the contribution of scientific advances in improving people’s quality of life.

It is planned that the cycle with this theme will continue and a new meeting will be scheduled for after the summer.

Mariano Moles

Mariano Moles is an aeronautical engineer and Doctor of Science from the University of Paris VI. He was a member of the Center National de la Recherche Cientifique, co-director of the Calar Alto Observatory, astronomer of the National Astronomical Observatory and research professor of the CSIC at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, of which he was director.

His research focuses on extragalactic cosmology and astronomy, with more than 400 publications. He has written two popular books, Chiaroscuro of the Universe and The Garden of Galaxies. He proposed and founded the Center for Cosmos Physics Studies of Aragon (CEFCA), with the Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory (OAJ), qualified since 2014 as a Singular Scientific and Technical Facility.

He received the Research Award in Experimental Sciences (Maimónides) from the Government of Andalusia in 2007 and the Gold Medal from the Cortes of Aragon in 2009. Since 2016 he has been the founding director of CEFCA and honorary professor at the University of Valencia, in the Department of Astronomy. and Astrophysics.

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Javier Cenarro

Javier Cenarro has a degree in Physics and a PhD in Astrophysics from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He was a Professor in the Department of Astrophysics of this university and a postdoctoral researcher at the Lick Observatory of the University of California, Santa Cruz (USA) and at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), in the latter center with a contract Juan de la Cierva of the Ministry of Science. He also completed the Master’s Degree in Advanced Instrumentation at the IAC and at the University of Florida, Gainesville (USA).

From 2009 to 2016, he served as Project Manager of the Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory (OAJ), managing the and construction contract, as well as the definition, supervision, start-up and scientific-technical operation of said facility.

During this period he obtained a Ramón y Cajal researcher contract from the Ministry of Science, dedicated mainly to the definition and execution of J-PLUS and J-PAS, the two most important legacy projects carried out by the OAJ and led by the CEFCA. , as well as the scientific exploitation of the ALHAMBRA project in the context of the formation and evolution of galaxies.

He has been Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI of two projects of the MICINN State Plan for Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012-2018). Currently, he is co-PI of the J-PLUS project and collaborates on several international R&D projects.

He is the author or co-author of more than 180 scientific publications in refereed international journals, referee of international scientific journals of astronomy and astrophysics, evaluator of the National Evaluation and Prospective Agency, Spanish representative on the Technical Scientific Committee of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). , member of the International Astronomical Union, member of the Spanish Astronomy Society and lecturer.

Antonio Marin-Franch

Antonio Marín-Franch has a degree in Physics from the University of Granada and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of La Laguna/Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida, the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and the Complutense University of Madrid.

In 2010 he joined the Center for Cosmos Physics Studies of Aragon (CEFCA) as a researcher and responsible for the development of scientific instrumentation, among which JPCam stands out, a 1.2 Gpix camera for the JST250 telescope of the Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory (OAJ). , as well as large multi-filter photometric mapping.

He is currently deputy director of CEFCA, responsible for the OAJ, president of the council of the J-PAS mapping collaboration and member of the central team of the ARRAKISH mission, recently approved by the European Space Agency.

He is also co-author of more than 140 scientific publications in refereed international journals and has participated in more than a hundred conferences.

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