Sociological Profile of Astronomers in Spain

DOI: 
10.1023/A:1001163327344
Publication date: 
01/01/1997
Main author: 
Iglesias de Ussel, Julio
IAA authors: 
Delgado, Antonio J.;Torrelles, José M.
Authors: 
Iglesias de Ussel, Julio;Trinidad, Antonio;Ruiz, Diego;Battaner, Eduardo;Delgado, Antonio J.;Rodriguez-Espinosa, José M.;Salvador-Solé, Eduard;Torrelles, José M.
Journal: 
Astrophysics and Space Science
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Volume: 
257
Pages: 
237-248
Abstract: 
In this paper the main findings are presented of a recent study made by a team of sociologists from the University of Granada on the professional astronomers currently working in Spain. Despite the peculiarities of this group - its youth, twentyfold increase in size over the last 20 years, and extremely high rate of specialization abroad - in comparison with other Spanish professionals, this is the first time that the sociological characteristics of the group have been studied discretely. The most significant results of the study are presented in the following sections. Section 1 gives a brief historical background of the development of Astronomy in Spain. Section 2 analyzes the socio-demographic profile of Spanish Astronomy professionals (sex, age, marital status, etc.). Sections 3-5 are devoted to the college education and study programs followed by Spanish astronomers, focusing on the features and evaluations of the training received, and pre- and postdoctoral study trips made to research centers abroad. The results for the latter clearly show the importance that Spanish astronomers place on having experience abroad. Special attention is paid to scientific papers published as a result of joint research projects carried out with colleagues from centers abroad as a result of these study trips. Section 6 describes the situation of Astronomy professionals within the Spanish job market, the different positions available and the time taken to find a job after graduation. Section 7 examines Astronomy as a discipline in Spain, including the astronomers' own opinions of the social status of the discipline within Spanish society. Particular attention is paid to how Spanish astronomers view the status of Astronomy in Spain in comparison with that of other European countries.
Database: 
ADS
URL: 
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/1997Ap&SS.257..237I/abstract
ADS Bibcode: 
1997Ap&SS.257..237I