Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC)

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The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) was created in 1996 to foster space research in Catalonia. It is an institute-foundation with a Board of Trustees formed by the minister responsible for research of the “Generalitat de Catalunya”, the director general of research, the rectors of the University of Barcelona (UB), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and the president of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The Board of Trustees has a Scientific Advisory Committee that reports on the degree of implementation of the Institute's founding principles.
The IEEC is a confederation of four institutes, one for each academic or scientific institution, which are governed under the rules of each institution. These are:
- Instituteof Space Sciences(ICE-CSIC)
- Astrophysics  and Space Sciences (ICC-UB)
- Centre for Space Studies and Research (CERES-UAB)
- Centre for Aeronautical and Space Research (CRAE-UPC)
The IEEC is governed by a board formed by the directors of each institute and chaired by one of these, appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Links to the UAB

The UAB is on the Board of Trustees of the IEEC, has a research unit: CERES, and houses a unit of the CSIC, the ICE, which is about to move into a building (Module C) built jointly by the UAB and the CSIC.

Strategic research areas

Limited to those conducted by CERES and ICE on the UAB campus.
Cosmology.Dark matter, dark energy, background cosmic radiation and large-scale structures. Space instrumentation (ESA EUCLID mission) and land-based instrumentation (DES and PAU cameras for studying the galaxies).

Fundamental Physics and High-Energy Physics. High-energy astrophysics, detection of gravity waves, particle astrophysics. LISA Pathfinder (ESA) mission and studies to prepare for LISA. Land-based instrumentation for CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array).

Star and planet systems. Star structure and evolution, star and planet system formation, planet structure and evolution. Participation on ESA missions: EchO, LOFT and MarcoPolo- R Development and construction of robotic telescopes (Joan-Oró –OadM, SQT, IRAIT). Development of nuclear instrumentation.

Geosciences. Application of navigation satellites to the study of the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and the cryosphere, and climate change.

Space Exploration. MELISSA Experiment. Study and characterisation of minor planets (asteroids, meteoroids, etc.).

Space Technology. On-board electronics, power systems, telecommunications, navigation and teledetection systems.

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Address: Facultat de CiŤncies, Campus UAB Torre C5, Parells, 2™ Planta (08193) Bellaterra

Telephone: 34 93 581 43 52