The Ministry of Economy and Knowledge y el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) will create a joint commission that will study the necessary measures to make viable the continuity of Calar Alto Observatory, located in Almería. This was stated by the Minister Antonio Ramirez de Arellano, while participating in the 'Scientific Meeting on instrumentation and delegated projects to Calar Alto', which it takes place in Granada at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia.
Ramirez de Arellano reiterated the support of the Government of Andalusia to the continuity of Calar Alto, whose continuity is pending from December 2018, when it completes the existing agreement between Spain and Germany to maintain this center. These, explained, “an essential project for Andalusia, you need this kind of scientific facilities that are at the frontier of science and knowledge”.
For this reason, the Andalusian government is willing “to assume part of the budget and we want, also, that Calar Alto and the Institute of Astrophysics continue to participate actively in incentives for R & D that we will launch this fall through the new Andalusian Research Plan (PAIDI 2020)”.
The Minister also assessed the importance of the scientific meeting that takes place in Granada, “whose purpose is to further advance the knowledge and availability of instrumentals that has Calar Alto, and publicize the activities and projects developed”.
Ramirez de Arellano has insisted that the Government “Research has a plan that is well aware of the agents of fundamental knowledge, universities and a set of well established institutes, with international prestige and develop an action tractor industry, as in the case of Calar Alto”.
this center, has added, “It goes hand in hand at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, center at the international forefront, as evidenced by their high level scientific production and competitiveness in raising funds for research and innovation, which it has allowed to carry Mercury and Mars Andalusian seal technology, with NASA and ESA, and the implementation of high-level initiatives CARMENES or PANIC”.
For the counselor, “the way forward is clear, we must harness the potential of our infrastructure and our human capital to continue to have a voice in the international scientific debate”.
This, he noted, “passes two paths, use the resources we have available to continue building knowledge, with initiatives such as the use of Calar Alto, and continue to develop instruments that maintain the observatory at the level of the needs of the scientific community, betting on the development and basic science that permits”.
Along with this, He has insisted on the need for “raise awareness that economic performance is possible to take these technological solutions, it is still a culture of creating that auxiliary fabric that allows market and translate advances in more innovation”.
In Andalusia, explained, a tool to drive this change of mentality, will be the Innovative Public Purchase, “in which we invest 50 million, an effective system to meet needs while new market opportunities open”.