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Conference on exoplanets ‘In search of Earth 2.0’ part of the cycle ‘Diálogos d’Espacio’ by SENER

02/11/2017 (Spain)
Conference on exoplanets ‘In search of Earth 2.0’ part of the cycle ‘Diálogos d’Espacio’ by SENER

The engineering and technology group SENER has organised the conference ‘In search of Earth 2.0’ for Thursday, 2 November at Hotel Barceló Sants in Barcelona. The director of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and researcher at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE), Ignasi Ribas, will deliver this meeting on exoplanets (those which are beyond our solar system). It is part of the cycle of conferences ‘Dialogues d’Space’, by means of which SENER celebrates its 50 years of activity in the space sector. Diego Rodríguez, SENER's Director of the Space Department, will accompany Mr. Ribas in this conference. 

During this presentation, Ignasi Ribas will go over the methods employed for discovering exoplanets, ranging from the CoRoT and Kepler exploration missions to terrestrial observation centres, among of which are Spanish centres such as the Calar Alto Observatory in Almería or the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in the island of La Palma, where powerful telescopes and instruments such as CARMENES study the universe. The techniques employed have helped discover almost 4,000 planets that orbit around stars other than the Sun, from lava planets or the hot Jupiter 51 Pegasi b to the potentially life-bearing temperate planet Proxima Centauri b or the most recent discovery: the TRAPPIST-1 system, with seven worlds that are similar in size to Earth. Ribas will explain what to expect from exoplanet exploration in future missions, such as CHEOPS, PLATO and ARIEL. This will continue helping in the search for other planets similar to Earth, Earth 2.0., the discovery of which would be the great scientific revolution of upcoming years. 

All this knowledge is made possible thanks to the development of space technologies. In this sense, Diego Rodríguez will present SENER's strengths, a leading Spanish company in the science programmes of the European Space Agency (ESA) for its engineering contributions; SENER has participated in more than half of its missions, some of them exploring the universe beyond our solar system, such as Herschel & Planck or Gaia. SENER has been active in ground-based astronomy since the year 2000, for which it supplies optical systems, electromechanical components and systems, instrumentation systems and telescope mirror positioning systems. Telescopes E-ELT, GTC, VISTA and IRAIT, among others, incorporate SENER technology.  

The conference ‘In search of Earth 2.0’ puts the perfect end to the cycle of conferences ‘Diálogos d’Espacio’, having held meetings on the Gaia mission (in March), delivered by the then Director of the Institute for Space Studies of Catalonia, Jordi Torra, and on the Rosetta space probe (in May), presented by the researcher Luisa Lara, from the Astrophysics Institute of Andalusia.

By means of this informative initiative, SENER aims to present the excellences of the space sector through leading figures in the scientific and technological world. These talks have highlighted that Space is not only an economic driver but also a cradle of the most cutting-edge technology and an indispensable branch for global scientific advancement.

The cycle of conferences has commemorated SENER's 50 years as a key player in the space industry. So far, SENER has successfully delivered more than 275 devices and systems for satellites and space vehicles for agencies of the USA (NASA), Europe (ESA), Japan (JAXA) and Russia (Roscosmos).

Conference ‘In search of Earth 2.0’

Delivered by the Director of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and researcher at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC), Ignasi Ribas

With the participation of SENER's Director of the Space Department, Diego Rodríguez

Thursday, 2 November at 7.00 pm

Hotel Barceló Sants, rooms 4 and 5. Plaça dels Països Catalans, s/n 08014 Barcelona

Admission is free-of-charge until seating capacity is reached

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