On June 28th and 29th, the Undersecretary of Science and Innovation, Carlos Marco Estellés, and his Chief of Technical Cabinet, Tomás Fraile Santos, visited the two Observatories of the Canary Islands, in Tenerife and La Palma.
First, they went to the Teide Observatory, where they visited the facilities of the Optical Ground Station (OGS), IAC80, QUIJOTE and some of the robotic telescopes. They also made a solar observation, accompanied by the Director of the IAC, Rafael Rebolo López, the Manager of the OTAI, Anselmo Sosa Méndez, and the Head of the Scientific Communication and Culture Unit, Alfred Rosenberg González. They then visited the IAC headquarters, where the Director informed them about the various lines of research underway and they were able to visit some of the Instrumentation laboratories.
That same evening, they arrived at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in Garafía, La Palma, where, accompanied by the IAC General Services Administrator, Jesús Burgos Martín and the Observatory Administrator, Juan Carlos Pérez Arencibia, they visited the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) and the Cherenkov telescopes (LST-1 and MAGIC 1 and 2). During the visit, they were able to discuss issues related to the organization, personnel and financing of the IAC and its Observatories.