The institute

The Galician Institute of High Energy Physics (Instituto Galego de Física de Altas Enerxías, IGFAE) is a joint research center of University of Santiago de Compostela and Xunta de Galicia (the Galician Autonomous Government), that it was officially created on July 2, 1999.

Our main goal 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 and Instrumentation.

Of primary importance is the planning and promotion of the relation with large experimental facilities, especially with CERN, GSI/FAIR, Pierre Auger Observatory and LIGO at present.

“María de Maeztu” Unit of Excellence

In 2016, IGFAE integrated the Spanish ‘Severo Ochoa’ Centres and ‘María de Maeztu’ Units of Excellence, the SOMMa alliance. This program of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities identify and promote excellence in existing cutting-edge research centres and units, and support them to enhance their impact, their international scientific leadership, and competitiveness. The MdM award is a significant opportunity to boost the scientific performance of the IGFAE in the quest of some of the most fundamental questions in Physics. The grant, funded with a total of 2M Euros, is for a period of 4 years (renewable), and allows the access to dedicated funding calls both for human resources and infrastructure support.

The strategic research project is based on the following objectives:

– Improve the scientific performance
– Explore potential synergies among the IGFAE groups and with other research institutions
– Increase the efficiency of the research facilities and technological capacities
– Set up a Responsible Research & Innovation Strategy
– Adapt the management to the best international practice