About IFCA


 Name: Instituto de Física de Cantabria

 Address: Edificio Juan Jorda, Campus Universidad de Cantabria, Avda. de los Castros s/n, 39005. Santander (Cantabria), SPAIN

942 20 14 59 (Switchboard and Management)

 Director: TERESA RODRIGO AÑORO (rodrigo@ifca.unican.es)

 Vicedirectors: JOSE MANUEL GUTIERREZ LLORENTE (gutierjm@ifca.unican.es) and ROCIO VILAR CORTABITARTE (vilar@ifca.unican.es)

 Manager: ASCENSIÓN ORTIZ DE DIEGO (gestion@ifca.unican.es)

 Web: http://www.ifca.unican.es/

 Institution: Joint Center CSIC-Universidad de Cantabria


The Centre is organised in the following six research lines:

  • Galaxies and AGNs
  • Observational Cosmology and Instrumentation
  • Particle Physics and Instrumentation
  • Advanced Computing
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Meteorology and Data Mining


The Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA) is a Joint Centre with the combined effort of two institutions, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and University of Cantabria (UC) oriented to perform research on basic science: to understand the components of nature, from elemantary particles (Particle Physics) to the largest structures of the Universe (Astronomy and Space Science) as well as the complex collective behaviour of matter (Statistical and Non-linear Physics).

Our centre has mantained a steadily grow in all its aspects since its creation in 1995, reaching its current size of about 80 people, with about 29 staff researchers. It produces yearly more than 200 publications in the best journals in the respective fields and has nearly 20 active proyects, obtaining an external funding of about 2.0M/year, more than 80% of the total budget.​


The Instituto de Física de Cantabria was created in June 8th, 1995 through a cooperation agreement signed by José María Mato de la Paz (chairman of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) and Jaime Vinuesa Tejedor (Rector of the Universidad de Cantabria), being the first director of the center F. Xavier Barcons Jáuregui.

The main goal of the Instituto de Física de Cantabria is to promote high quality scientific research in the fields of Astrophysics and Structure of Matter.

  • Instituto de Física de Cantabria
    Edificio Juan Jordá
    Avenida de los Castros, s/n
    E-39005 Santander
    Cantabria, España

  • El Instituto de Física de Cantabria es un Centro Mixto del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas y de la Universidad de Cantabria.