Esther Mármol-Queraltó, GUAIX member, has attended to the XXVII General Assembly of the IAU, held in in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) from August 3 to August 14. Esther presented a contributed talk in the Symposium 262: Stellar Populations-Planning for the Next Decade, entitled "Stellar population study in early-type galaxies: an approach from the K band", where she discussed the differences found in the near infrared measurements depending on the environment of the early-type galaxies. You can find the presentantion at http://www.bruzual.org/S262_online/Contributed/.
These results are part of her PhD work (available at http://www.ucm.es/info/Astrof/users/emq/tesis_emq.pdf -only in spanish, sorry!).
During the last 29 June - 3 July 2009, GUAIX member Jesús Gallego attended to the VIIth International Marseille Cosmology Conference "HARVESTING THE DESERT: THE UNIVERSE BETWEEN REDSHIFT 1 AND 3" where he had the opportunity of meeting his IAC collabortors and most of the teams that work on galaxy evolution.
The last 18 to 20 May 2009 the AEGIS collaboration meet at Harvard, Boston.
UCM was confirmed to host the AEGIS meeting in december 2009.
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Guillermo Barro and Pablo G. Pérez-González have travelled to the Observatory of the Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimetrique (IRAM) in Pico Veleta (Granada, Spain) to carry out observations of distant star-forming galaxies at radio wavelengths (1.2 mm) using the MAMBO2 instrument on the 30 meter telescope.
Although it is possible to observe astronomical objects during the day at radio wavelengths, Guillermo and Pablo are only using the telescope at night because the observatory staff is installing a new instrument (EMIR) at daytime.
Given that Pico Veleta is completely covered by snow at this time of the year, the UCM astronomers had to travel to the mountain (3000 m high) with an special snow transport. They will stay there for an entire week and then return home to analyze the data and learn about the formation of galaxies in the young Universe.