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: 4148
  • Number of junior members: 302

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 Information Professionals
Division B WG Time Domain Astronomy
Division B WG UV Astronomy

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

Michael G. Burton

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

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

NCA adherence: United Kingdom

Last updated:
February 19, 2021

Gabriele Giovannini

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

Phone: +39 051 639 9415
Email 1: ggiovannirainafit
Email 2: gabrielegiovanniniuniboit
Organization website: http://www.ira.inaf.it

NCA adherence: Italy

Last updated:
April 3, 2021

Pietro Ubertini

IAPS - Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, Roma
Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100
00133 Roma

Phone: +39 0645488090
Fax: +39 06 206 60188
Email: pietroubertiniiapsinafit
Organization website: http://www.iapsf.inaf.it

NCA adherence: Italy

Last updated:
November 21, 2018

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