The Galician Institute for High-Energy Physics (Instituto Galego de Física de Altas Enerxías IGFAE) is a joint research institute of the University of Santiago de Compostela and Xunta de Galicia (the Galician Autonomous Government). It was officially created on July 2, 1999. The main goal of the Institute is to coordinate and foster the scientific and technical research in the field of High-Energy Physics, Particle and Nuclear Physics and related areas as Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Instrumentation, etc. Of primary importance is the planning and promotion of the relation with large experimental facilities, especially with CERN, GSI/FAIR and the Pierre Auger Observatory at present.
The experimental groups at IGFAE coordinate the Spanish participation in the LHCb and ALICE Collaborations at CERN, the Spanish participation in the Pierre Auger Observatory, as well as the Spanish participation in the GSI/FAIR nuclear facility. Members of the Institute have a relevant participation in the LHCb upgrade planning, in the LHeC project development and planning, etc. In the last couple of years a new line has also been open with the building of a new facility (LaserPet) at the University of Santiago de Compostela aiming to produce radioisotopes for medical use by a laser-induced plasma accelerator. Moreover, the theory section of the Institute holds an excellent international reputation, with participation in different international committees, invitations to plenary talks, large-impact publications, etc.