The Gran Telescopio Canarias and the Cherenkov Telescope Array will soon represent the two largest facilities in their corresponding areas of specialization. Besides, CTA-North and GTC share premises and, therefore, have access to the same portion of the sky simultaneously. These are facilities in which the groups within the new Instituto de Física de Partículas y del Cosmos have a long history of scientific and technological participation and are a natural area of collaboration within the institute. These telescopes are called to contribute dramatically to the advance of our knowledge about the properties of stars, galaxies and on basic cosmological parameters.

During this workshop we will study the feasibility of joint scientific initiatives for the combined exploitation of these facilities and we will know first hand of the development of (recently available and proposed) scientific instruments that could strengthen such type of initiatives.

Sponsored by IPARCOS & RIA

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    Key speakers & committees

    Invited speakers:

    • Tarek Hassan (DESY)
    • Ramón García López (IAC)
    • Simona Paiano (INAF)
    • Antonio de Ugarte Postigo (IAA)
    • Vik Dhillon (U. Sheffield)
    • Antonio Cabrera-Lavers (GRANTECAN)
    • Elena Moretti (IFAE)
    • Enrique Solano (CAB)
    • Pablo Peñil (UCM)

    Scientific Organizing Committee (IPARCOS):

    • José Luis Contreras (co-chair)
    • Armando Gil de Paz (co-chair)
    • Jesús Gallego
    • África Castillo-Morales
    • Nicolás Cardiel
    • Santi Roca-Fàbrega
    • Javier Gorgas
    • Patricia Sánchez-Blázquez
    • David Montes
    • Fernando Arqueros
    • Alberto Domínguez
    • Antonio López-Maroto
    • Prado Martín-Moruno

    Local Organizing Committee:

    • Ainhoa Sánchez Penim (UCM, chair)
    • José Luis Contreras (UCM)
    • Armando Gil de Paz (UCM)
    • África Castillo-Morales (UCM)
    • Cristina Cabello González (UCM)
    • Mario Chamorro-Cazorla (UCM)
    • Nicolás Cardiel López (UCM)
    • Amanda del Olmo (UCM)


    (PDFs of the presentations can be downloaded at the corresponding link)

    09:00 – 11:00 Morning session (Chair: Alberto Domínguez):

    CTA & GTC as infrastructures:

    • 09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome by D. Montes (Physics vice-dean of research) & F. Arqueros (IPARCOS Director)
    • 09:30-10:00 Cherenkov Telescope Array – Ramón García López (IAC)
    • 10:00-10:30 GTC instrument suite – Antonio Cabrera-Lavers (GRANTECAN)
    • 10:30-11:00 CTA & GTC at VO through ESCAPE – Enrique Solano (CAB, INTA-CSIC)

    11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

    11:30 – 13:30 Afternoon session (Chair: Prado Martín):

    Scientific synergies:

    13:30 – 15:00 Lunch (cocktail to be held at the Gabinete de Físicas

    15:00 – 18:00 Evening session:

    New GTC instruments (Chair: África Castillo-Morales):

    • 15:00 – 15:30 HiPERCAM – Vik Dhillon (U. Sheffield)
    • 15:30 – 16:00 GATOS – Antonio de Ugarte Postigo (IAA)

    16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

    Round tables:

    18:00 Closing remarks & end-of-meeting


    The meeting will be held at the Aula M2 (Multiusos) of the Facultad de Físicas of the UCM. The Facultad de Físicas is located at walking distance from the Ciudad Universitaria Metro station. It can be also reached by bus using lines 82, 132, F, G, U