The Institute Carlos I for Theoretical and Computational Physics (IC1) of the Univeristy of Granada was established in 1991. Since its foundation, the IC1 has fostered scientific research, both applied and fundamental, with the focus on theoretical and computational physics. Due to its university character, the IC1 also carries out teaching activities covering basic and interdisciplinary Physics.
Researchers in the IC1 use traditional paper-pen approaches but also take advantage of the IC1 state-of-the art computer infrastructure, software and data storage for innovative and collaborative research, notably the supercomputer Proteus. Proteus is a scientific-calculation-oriented supercomputer serving more than 50 researches worldwide, including Spain, Italy, Mexico and the U.S.
The IC1 aims to be a leading centre for teaching, launching interdisciplinar postgraduate studies such as the master programmes ACTO (Aplicaciones Científico Técnicas del Ordenador) and “Aplicaciones del Ordenador para el Aula de Ciencias en Educación Secundaria” (Computer Applications for the High School Science Teacher), and the Summer School “Physical and Mathematical Aspects of Nature and Society”. It contributed to the foundation of the Master and doctorate programme FISYMAT (Physics and Mathematics),
which attracts currently the largest number of Granada Univeristy top students pursuing careers in Physics and Mathematics.
In addition, the IC1 collaborates in international, national and local research networks. In particular, it helped establish a Spanish CECAM node and participates in the European FP7 and H2020 programmes, and collaborates with public and private institutions in the development of research projects. The IC1 fosters and funds international conferences and workshops, highlighted among them the Granada Seminar which is held in Granada every two years since 1990. Last but not least, the IC1 is commited to science dissemination by supporting the initiatives STATPHYS and FISES, and by the participation in renowned international scientific societies (EPS and IUPAP). As as result, the IC1 activities enjoy a great visiblity in the scientific community.