Science Advisory Committee

The Calar Alto Science Advisory Committee (SAC) guides the observatory in its mid-term strategy for  science and instrumentation. It is composed of six renowned experts (incl. one chair) in the main areas of modern astrophysics. The SAC members are internationally recognized researchers independent from the main agencies funding the observatory, to ensure a fully independent review of any large project requiring evaluation by the SAC.

In particular, the CAHA SAC evaluates large observational programs (legacies) and proposed instrumental concepts to be developed at Calar Alto, with additional support by a technical committee if needed. The SAC usually meets once these projects are presented in a public workshop, and carefully evaluates and recommends which ones are to be performed to the CAHA Executive Committee .

Current members

To respect the confidentiality disclosure agreement asked by some SAC members and to ensure its independence, the composition of the SAC cannot be made public, although we can tell that gender equality is secured in its composition. Please contact instead the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any matter regarding the committee, who will forward to the SAC chair if needed.