The International Scientific Committee of the Canary Observatories met in the University of La Laguna

Participants at the 88th meeting of the International Scientific Committee (ICC). Credit: IAC

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The representatives of the international committee of the institutions which are members of the Observatories, run by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in La Palma and Tenerife met on the 15th and 16th November in La Laguna. In this biennial meeting which was held on the premises of the Office of International Relations of the University of La Laguna, reports were presented on the state of the new and future telescopes in the Canary Observatories, such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), ASTRI and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). In addition there was discussion about various aspects of the working of the two observatories, and the budget for next year was approved.

During the day the European Space Agency (ESA) presented a summary of the main technological and scientific achievements of its collaboration with the IAC during the past 25 year. There was also a discussion about the impact of the megaconstellations of satellites on the astronomical observatories, on the installation of dust detectors at the Canary Observatories -the result of a signed agreement with AEMET-, and about the sustainability plan for the observatories, specifically with respect to the generation of renewable energy using new solar photovoltaic installations.

At this meeting those present also gave thanks for the work and for his commitment to the Canary Observatories, of Professor Ennio Poretti, director of the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG), who is retiring after many years devoted to astrophysical research.

The International Scientific Committee (CCI, for its initials in Spanish) is the operational entity that those institutions who are members of the observatories can participate effectively in the decision making process affecting the operation of the telescopes.

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