Calar Alto Observatory founding member of the RECTA Network


Andalusia has just created the first network of institutions devoted to science communication existing in Spain. This network was born on December 12th, 2007, under de auspices of the Junta de Andalucía (the regional government of the autonomous community Andalusia), and Calar Alto Observatory is one of its founder members.  


The RECTA network includes 14 Andalusian institutions, and its headquarters will be placed at Parque de las Ciencias, the main Andalusian science museum, located in the city of Granada.


RECTA is a non-profit association that will promote Science and Technology to the general public. The association will undertake a number of different initiatives, from establishing communication channels among the member institutions, to developing and promoting joint activities and projects. RECTA includes institutions with very different backgrounds, from historic scientific institutes such as the Royal Institute and Observatory of the Navy, to modern installations created primarly as science communication centres, such as the Principia Science Museum in Malaga. Calar Alto Observatory is present in RECTA from its beginning, showing a commitment to the promotion of Science and Technology as fundamental parts of modern culture, and deepening the Observatory’s roots in the cultural tissue of the Andalusian society.  


The association was constituted in Granada, on the 12th of December, with the presence of relevant Andalusian authorities and representatives from all founder member institutions:

Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa de la Junta de Andalucía (Seville)

Parque de las Ciencias (Granada)

Museo "El Dique" - Navantia (Cádiz)

Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada (Cádiz)

Museo del Mundo Marino (Huelva)

Parque Minero de Riotinto (Huelva)

Instituto Municipal de Gestión Medioambiental "Jardín Botánico" (Cordova)

Centro de Ciencia "Principia" (Málaga)

Museo Preindustrial de la Caña de Azúcar (Granada)

CIEMAT: Plataforma Solar de Almería (Almería)

Centro Astronómico Hispano Alemán, A.I.E. - Observatorio de Calar Alto (Almería)

Proyecto "Ciencia y Cultura del Olivar" (Jaén)

Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología del Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía (Málaga)

Observatorio Astronómico de Almadén de la Plata (Seville)



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