Division B Facilities, Technologies and Data Science


Modern astronomical research relies on a rich mixture of technology, systems, and processes deployed and operated on the ground and in space. High performance computing and information technology have become a key component of that mix. Continued innovation in all areas is mandatory as scientists seek greater sensitivity, higher spatial resolution, and larger samples of objects at all wavelengths. International cooperation will accelerate such innovation through the cross-fertilization of ideas, the development and protection of critical ground-based sites and electromagnetic bands for current and future facilities, and the combination of resources to build “world observatories”. Particular attention will be given in the next triennium to the topic related to future large scale facilities and their ground-space synergy. Division B is the new home for the scientists and engineers who design, develop, deploy, and operate the ground- and space-based hardware and software tools and systems necessary to advance our knowledge of the cosmos.

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Division Members

  • Total number of active members: 4342
  • Number of junior members: 401

Participating Commissions

Commission B1 Computational Astrophysics
Commission B2 Data and Documentation
Commission B3 Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics
Commission B4 Radio Astronomy
Commission B5 Laboratory Astrophysics
Commission B6 Astronomical Photometry and Polarimetry
Inter-Division B-C Commission Protection of Existing and Potential Observatory Sites
Inter-Division B-H-J Commission Intergalactic Medium

Division Working Groups

Division B WG Time Domain Astronomy
Division B WG UV Astronomy
Division B WG Virtual Observatory

Inter-Division Working Groups

Inter-Division B-E WG Coordination of Synoptic Observations of the Sun

Gabriele Giovannini

Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica
Istituto di Radioastronomia
via Gobetti 101
40129 Bologna

Phone: +39 051 639 9415
Organization website: http://www.ira.inaf.it

NCA adherence: Italy

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

Ana I. Gomez de Castro

Univ Complutense de Madrid
UCM-Fac Ciencias Matematicas
S.D. Astronomía y Geodesia
Plaza de Ciencias 3
Ciudad Universitaria
28040 Madrid

Phone: +34 913944058
Organization website: http://www.ucm.es

NCA adherence: Spain

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

Anthony James Beasley

520 Edgemont Rd
Charlottesville 22903-2475
Virginia (VA)
United States

Phone: +1 434 2960211

NCA adherence: United States

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

Michael G. Burton

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
College Hill
Armagh BT61 9DG
Northen Ireland
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 02837523689
Personal website: https://armagh.space/mburton/
Organization website: http://www.armagh.ac.uk

NCA adherence: United Kingdom

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

Thomas Henning

Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie
Königstuhl 17
69117 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221528200
Fax: +49 6221528339

NCA adherence: Germany

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

Young-Soo KIM

Korea Astronomy and Space Science (KASI)
Optical Astronomy Division
776 Daeduck-dero
Daejeon 34055
Korea, Rep of

Phone: +82 82-42-865-3247
Organization website: http://www.kasi.re.kr

NCA adherence: Korea, Rep of

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

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