With this mission Europe will lead the search for potentially habitable exoplanets.
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia participates in the project


Brown dwarfs are objects intermediate in mass between stars and planets,
with masses too low to sustain stable hydrogen fusion in their core




The scientific activities of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía require the analysis, design, prototyping, manufacture and integration of astrophysical instrumentation. To carry out all these tasks the Instrumental and Technological Development Unit UDIT has a Mechanical department, Optics laboratories, Electronics and Software as well as two clean rooms of ISO 8 class.

Space Projects


Ground-based Instrumentation

Technology Areas

Contribution in the technological areas of Electronics, Mechanics, Optics, Project Management and Software.

Clean Rooms

Among our facilities we have clean rooms for testing and assembly equipment that require special conditions of environmental cleanup.

Optical Engineering Service

We provide related to optical metrology and optical engineering consultancy services.

Cosmic Dust Laboratory

Designed to study the dispersion of light in dust samples that are of interest in the field of astrophysics.

Optical Laboratory

Dedicated to the maintenance and development of optical telescopes and astronomical instrumentation in the visible and near infrared.


Companies and technology centers collaborators in projects carried out in the center.

Instituto Astrofísica Andalucía

The Instituto Astrofísica Andalucía (IAA) is an institute belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Granada - Andalucía. The activities of the IAA - CSIC are related to research in the field of astrophysics and the development of instrumentation for telescopes and spacecraft.


General overview of the activities carried out in the IAA - CSIC, organization and internal structure, as well as some of its history.


Jobs, scholarships and contracts granted, and any relevant administrative information for members of the IAA - CSIC.

External Scientific Advisory Board

General aims and composition of the external scientific advisory board in IAA - CSIC

Associated Units

Description and composition of groups and scientific units associated with the IAA - CSIC.

Computer Center

Responsible for the communications and computing infrastructure needed in scientific research and business partnerships.

Activity Reports

Check out the different activities in the IAA - CSIC through the annual reports published in recent years.


List of personnel assigned to IAA - CSIC through its scientific departments and internal units.

IAA International Office

The main goal of the IAA International Office is to improve the fund raising level of the centre by securing funds beyond the support already provided by national and international grants.

Funded Projects

Scientific and technological projects led by IAA - CSIC members


Access to restricted information for personnel assigned to IAA - CSIC through its intranet.



Astronomical Observatories


The Sierra Nevada Observatory (OSN) is a high mountain observatory located in Loma de Dilar, in the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada mountain range (Granada). The OSN is operated, maintained and supplied by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC). It consists of a main building which hosts two Nasmyth optical telescopes of 90-cm and 1.50-m diameter each, as well as a 60-cm IR semi-automated telescope and a 35-cm telescope.

The German-Spanish Astronomical Center at Calar Alto is located in the Sierra de Los Filabres (Andalucía, Southern Spain) north of Almeria. It is operated jointly by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC) in Granada/Spain. Calar Alto provides three telescopes with apertures of 1.23m, 2.2m and 3.5m to the general community. A 1.5m-telescope, also located on the mountain, is operated under the control of the Observatory of Madrid.



Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía
Glorieta de la Astronomía s/n, 18008 Granada
Telephone: (+34) 958 12 13 11
Fax: (+34) 958 814 530

Postal Address

Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía
Apartado 3004,18080 Granada

Take a taxi to the IAA or your hotel directly. There are some buses from the aiport to Granada, but they are not syncronous with the planes...

At the train station, ask for Av. de la Constitución and get on bus LAC to Palacio de Congresos. Get off Palacio de Congresos stop and change to bus S2, direction to Villa Argaz. This bus has a stop very close to the IAA, only a few meters.

At the bus station, get on bus SN2 to Palacio de Congresos. Get off at the bus stop Tierno Galván - Palacio de Congresos and change to bus S2 to Villa Argaz. The S2 route passes in front of the IAA. Get off at the first stop of Camino Bajo de Huétor Street, then walk for a few seconds and you'll be here.