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ICE-CSIC holds the Euclid Spain Meeting 2024

03/05/2024
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Attendees of the Euclid Spain Meeting 2024. Credit: ICE-CSIC.

Attendees of the Euclid Spain Meeting 2024. Credit: ICE-CSIC.

From 18 to 19 April, around 80 scientists working for the ESA Euclid space mission gathered at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) in the framework of the Euclid Spain Meeting 2024. The goal of the meeting was to inform about the mission status to the whole Spanish community collaborating in Euclid. 

During the meeting, participants could present studies and research currently being carried out from Euclid data in different fields; discuss the future of the mission, challenges and next steps; and address potential collaborations with other scientific projects or institutions, among the present institutions. 

The meeting was attended by 79 people, 15 of them followed the meeting online. The invited talks and contributions addressed lensing, galaxy clustering, simulations, photometric redshifts, etc.

After the meeting, the organisers highlighted the collaboration among the Spanish community towards success and building bridges. The Spanish community is one of the biggest communities and during the meeting it was noticeable its high level of relevance in the consortium, as well as the quality work presented. Euclid will allow scientists to perform first level science and a number of groups in which they participate are already working on making the most of the mission's potential.

The Spanish contribution to Euclid

ICE-CSIC, together with the Institut de Física d’Altes Energies (IFAE) and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), has been involved in the initial concepts of the mission since 2006. The institute has been responsible for the design, construction, assembly and validation tests of the Filter Wheel Assembly (FWA) of Euclid’s NISP instrument. This filter wheel is a mobile and delicate space instrumentation device that has required the development of sophisticated high-tech quality control and verification systems.

The ICE-CSIC and the IEEC are in charge of the simulation organization unit (OU-SIM). ICE-CSIC and the Port d'Informació Científica (PIC), a center managed by IFAE and the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT), have been responsible for the mission's cosmological simulations that have served to study its optimization and prepare the software for data processing and analysis. In addition, the PIC is the mission's scientific data center in Spain.

The Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), in collaboration with the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), has been responsible for the design, construction and validation of the control electronics of the NISP Instrument.

In addition, around 80 European companies participate in Euclid, of which 9 are Spanish, including Airbus, Alter Technology, Crisa, Deimos Space, GTD, Navair, Sener and Thales Alenia Space Spain.

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