CCI meets in Potsdam

22. May 2015. The International Scientific Committee (known internationally by its initials in Spanish) "CCI" held its 73rd meeting at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), Potsdam, Germany in May 2015. The meeting was sponsored and held on behalf of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG.
CCI meets in Potsdam

CCI meeting, May 2015.

The CCI is the most important coordinating body of many international collaborations operating the more than 30 telescopes installed at the "Observatorios de Canarias" of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias on the Islands of Tenerife and La Palma.

The kind offer of AIP to host this meeting had been warmly welcomed by the Committee at its 72nd meeting, held in Spain last November. The CCI Secretary Campbell Warden noted that, "This has provided an opportunity for the Members and Associates to learn first hand about the many astronomical projects being developed by AIP, especially future plans to place new telescopes at the Teide Observatory, Tenerife".

Both AIP directors welcomed the participants and Prof. Strassmeier presented an overview of the current AIP projects and concluded that “besides ESO, the Canary Islands are the most important site for AIP’s solar and stellar telescopes, most notably GREGOR and STELLA”.

The first half of the meeting was dedicated to a series of presentations and discussions about major new projects, such as the CTA, and technology developments with the instruments at the existing solar telescopes. During the "business" part of the meeting, the International Time Program was awarded for semesters 15B and 16A, the operation and management of both observatories was reviewed and the Site Managers congratulated on their good stewardship. Finally, the IAC Director, Prof. Rafael Rebolo, informed the members about the EWASS conference  (European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, jointly organized by the EAS and IAC), June 22-26 and invited them to attend the following day's Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Observatorios de Canarias and inauguration of several new telescopes at the Teide Observatory.

The meeting was preceded on Monday evening with a unique dinner at the Großer Refraktor at the Telegrafenberg, Wissenschaftspark Albert-Einstein. After the Meeting on Tuesday the participants visited the AIP library, workshops and laboratories.