After the successful pilot program in 2008, the IScAI will officially start in 2009. IScAI-2009 offers an intensive programme of courses and laboratory work in key areas related to the design and construction of scientific instrumentation. The laboratory work will be done at various research institutions and high-tech companies with world-class instrumentation programs in Europe and America.
IScAI-2009 is open to astronomers, physicists and engineers world-wide.
The web page can be found at http://www.iscai.iac.es/iscai/
The images show the lens holder prototype for the FRIDA collimator, developed at CIDESI (Mexico). The whole structure is ready to be tested inside Colibrí, a cryostat specially designed for measuring the response of each one of the different FRIDA elements to cryogenic conditions.
The last 15 to 17 December 2008 the AEGIS collaboration meet at Lick Observatory, University of California, Santa Cruz. J. Gallego and R. Guzmán were nominated as "core" members and P.G. Pérez-González was nominated as a "regular" member. GUAIX is the only spanish group represented in the AEGIS core.
UCM was selected to host the AEGIS meeting in december 2009.
Dr. Antonio (Toni) Marin Franch has visited the UCM to parcipate as referee in the PhD defense of Esther Mármol Queraltó. The day after that event Toni has given a seminar entitled "Relative ages of Galactic globular clusters. Clues to the Milky Way formation time scales".