A summary of the ECLA2016


Last November took place in Madrid the II European Conference on Laboratory Astrophysics, ECLA2016 “Gas on the rocks”. NANOCOSMOS participated as one of the organizers. One of the activities developped was a Press Room, in order to produce communication and outreach materials available during and after the meeting.

You can see several video interviews to invited speakers and other participants in the youtube channel and also read the interviews with some of the experts that attended the meeting.

Youtube playlist of the ECLA2016
Press room of the ECLA2016

ECLA2016 conference ready to go!!

From next Monday 21 till Friday 25, the European Conference on Laboratory Astrophysics (ECLA2016 – Gas on the Rocks) will take place at the CSIC headquarters in Madrid. The opening act will be led by the president of CSIC, Emilio Lora-Tamayo, together with the Director of the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). Federico Soria, and José Cernicharo (SOC chair), Christine Joblin (SOC co-chair) and Isabel Tanarro (LOC chair).

More than 170 scientists worldwide (astrophysicists, physicists, chemists and engineers) will address the state of the art in laboratory astrophysics within the context of new exciting astrophysical data. In order to achieve a closer collaboration in the analysis and interpretation of astrophysical and laboratory data, nearly 80 talks and 90 posters will be presented at the conference.

A dedicated press room will be available at the conference webpage. Several scientists will be interviewed to show the general public how science can improve our current understanding on fundamental questions such as the formation of planetary systems and molecular complexity in Space as well as the interrelation between technological developments and top laboratory studies to address these fundamental questions.

Stay tuned!!

NANOCOSMOS at the Guillermo Haro School on Molecular Astrophysics (Puebla, Mexico)

Prof. José Cernicharo has been awarded with the Guillermo Haro Visiting Professorship 2016 at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE, posterGH16Puebla, Mexico). Following this award, INAOE has organized the Guillermo Haro School on Molecular Astrophysics (October 11 – 21, 2016). Several NANOCOSMOS scientists (Asunción Fuente from CNIG-IGN, Nuria Marcelino, José Pablo Fonfría and Luis Velilla from ICMM-CSIC) will give lectures on the following topics:

  • Molecular Astrophysics, Spectroscopy, Chemistry in the ISM (José Cernicharo)
  • Physical and chemical processes in the ISM, Protoplanetary disks (Asunción Fuente)
  • Observational methods and interpretation (Nuria Marcelino)
  • Molecular excitation and radiative transfer, Circumstellar medium (José Pablo Fonfría)
  • Chemistry in the circumstellar medium, atmospheric  effects and calibration (Luis Velilla)

José Cernicharo will give a public talk in Puebla downtown on Thursday 13: “Moléculas en el espacio: Astroquímica”.

NANOCOSMOS on top: Press releases from Nature´s “Compression and ablation of the photo-irradiated molecular cloud the Orion Bar”

The paper “Compression and ablation of the photo-irradiated molecular cloud the Orion Bar” (Goicoechea et al. 2016) recently published in Nature, has put Astrochemistry and NANOCOSMOS in the leading edge forefront of many research institutIons, newspapers and mass media. A few examples can be found below:

ESO Picture of the week


L´Observatoire de Paris

Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM)

Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP)

ALMA news

El Mundo newspaper

ABC newspaper

La Vanguardia newspaper

El diario newspaper


Nature paper led by NANOCOSMOS members

The Nature Journal published yesterday a paper entitled “Compression and ablation of the photo-irradiated molecular cloud the Orion Bar”, led and with the participation of several members of our group.

One-arcsecond-resolution millimetre-wave images taken with ALMA enable the ‘skin’ of the Orion molecular cloud to be resolved. The stunning images reveal a fragmented ridge of high-density filamentary substructures, photoablative gas flows and instabilities that suggest that the cloud edge has been compressed by a high-pressure wave expanding into the molecular cloud. These results are in contrast to predictions from static equilibrium models and reveal a very dynamic UV-irradiated cloud edge.

Link to the paper: Compression and ablation of the photo-irradiated molecular cloud the Orion Bar. Nature Letters. Doi: 10.1038/nature18957


Prof. Christine Joblin awarded the Legion of Honour

Christine Joblin, one of the NANOCOSMOS project PIs, has been awarded chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour for her public service and professional activities with eminent merits in scientific research both at the national and international levels. cjoblin_legion_honourChristine Joblin is a research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in l’Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP, Université Toulouse 3).

You can read the full press release (in French).

Congrats Christine!!!

NANOCOSMOS at the 1st Chilean-Spanish School on Astrochemistry

The 1st Chilean-Spanish School on Astrochemistry has just begun this week at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional de Cerro Galán, located in Santiago (Republic of Chile).  The school is organized by the Universidad de Chile, Universidad Autónoma de Chile and the Group ofGroup_photo_Chile_School Molecular Astrophysics at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC).

Six spanish researchers take part in the school (José Cernicharo, head of the Group of Molecular Astrophysics at ICMM-CSIC, Javier R. Goicoechea, Marcelino Agúndez, Belén Tercero, all from ICMM-CSIC, together with Asunción Fuente, astronomer at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional in Spain and Carlos Cabezas, researcher at the Universidad de Valladolid).

The school will consist of several conferences on astronomical instrumentation, observational techniques and methods to derive the physical conditions in the Interstellar Medium. Several workshops will be held on molecular spectroscopy, theoretical calculations and chemical modelling.

Link to the school webpage: 1ª Escuela Hispano-Chilena de Astroquímica

Link to “La Nación” newspaper article: “Primera Escuela Chilena de Astroquímica inicia actividades