iC1: Research and teaching
The Institute Carlos I for Theoretical and Computational Physics (iC1) is created from the Carlos I University Institute of Theoretical and Computational Physics already existing at the University of Granada and is integrated, in addition to the UGR, the universities of Seville (US) , Málaga (UMA) and Almería (UAL).
Since its creation, iC1 has cultivated scientific research, both fundamental and applied, with a strong emphasis on the fields of theoretical physics and computational physics. Due to its university character, it also carries out teaching tasks by developing research focused on basic and interdisciplinary aspects of Theoretical Physics, studying the nature that surrounds us through mathematical and computational tools.
Among its purposes is to stimulate and promote scientific merit, as well as an agile interaction between its members. It will also improve infrastructures, attracting new resources and optimizing the use of available ones and increasing their visibility and that of their activities, while enhancing the work of their researchers and their international projection.
The basic strategic objectives of iC1 are:
- Promote excellence research by increasing the scientific and cultural heritage of Andalusia.
- Support the quality training of researchers. In this sense, emphasis will be placed on the employability of human resources, contributing to improve the labor market in Andalusia through this training of excellence.
- Promote equal opportunities, working to reduce the difference between men and women in research in Physics and thus contributing to the same objective within the Andalusian Knowledge System.
- Promote internationalization by creating networks with other national and international centers, emphasizing European research actions and the Latin American space. This will contribute to the increase in the presence and competitiveness at the international level of Andalusian research. It will also allow general scientific results of higher quality and that are useful to society and in particular to the productive fabric.
- Promote interdisciplinarity, that is, the transfer of knowledge and scientific methods through traditional disciplinary boundaries. Support and encourage work on new research topics in emerging areas with future potential in the advancement of knowledge. Promote a more dynamic scientific activity. Increasing, consolidating and interconnecting research groups.
- Raise private and public funds to finance its activities as well as its participation in regional, national and international framework projects. Effectively manage these resources by adapting them to the needs of research groups in a flexible and agile way.
- Acquire and manage scientific infrastructure efficiently and adapted to the needs of researchers.
- Collaborate with Public Administrations and contribute to scientific progress through the national and international dissemination of the knowledge generated and the transfer of research results to society and especially the Andalusian framework.
The iC1 has maintained a determined effort to improve its computing infrastructure, attracting new resources and optimizing the use of those available. This has now allowed the supercomputer PROTEUS, a high-performance computer oriented to intensive calculation and serving fifty researchers from several countries, including Spain, Italy, Mexico and the United States.
PROTEUS is an essential tool without which many problems could not be addressed and that incorporates the latest trends in computing, including cloud computing and cloud storage services "
The iC1 is not limited to promoting and facilitating the work of its research groups, but also develops a remarkable activity in postgraduate teaching through the implementation of titles of marked interdisciplinary nature such as the program < b> ACT ( Computer Technical Scientific Applications ) , the course Computer Applications for the Science Classroom in Secondary Education em> or the summer course Physical and Mathematical Aspects of Nature and Society .
In addition, he participated in the creation of the master's and doctoral program FISYMAT a > ( Physics and Mathematics ), which is currently the third cycle with more acceptance in the UGR (and in other Universities) among physics and mathematics students .
Among other activities, the iC1 also stands out for its participation in international, national and local research networks . In particular, it has helped to create a Spanish node of CECAM , participates in different networks within the programs < b> FP7 and H2020 , and is part of GENIL ( within the CEI-BIOTIC of the University of Granada).
The iC1 promotes and finances international conferences and workshops -among which the organization stands out the biennial congress SEMINAR GRANADA for 20 years - in addition to many scientific collaborations. Another noteworthy aspect is the dissemination of science in national and international spheres, for example by supporting the initiatives STATPHYS and FISES, em > and participation in scientific societies ( EPS, IUPAP ,…). The result is a high visibility of iC1 and a very positive impact of its activities in the related scientific community.