"Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS) is a relatively new technique that allows to obtain spectra of extended sources as a function of position. This technique has flourished in large aperture, high resolution telescopes, and many integral field spectrographs, equipped with Integral Field Units (IFU), have been developed in the past few years or are planned for the future. The demand for these instruments is rapidly increasing due to improvements in the spatial resolution and size of modern telescopes existing and foreseen. However, this rapid development on the instrumental side must be accompanied by the corresponding development in specific analysis methodologies, both in what regards to the data analysis itself and the theoretical modelling and interpretation.
The main objective of this project is to establish a long lasting partnership that a) facilitates a side-by-side collaboration between theorists, observers, and instrument developers; and b) develops the required tools in time to take full advantage of the IFS data to come in the next years. The programme involves three EU partners: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain; Coordinator), Centro de Astrofisica da Universidades do Porto (Portugal), Leibniniz Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany), one ICPC: Instituto de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico) and a TC: Australian Astronomical Observatory (-Australia). The programme involves a total of 22 experience researchers and 4 early stage researchers . Special attention is paid to training activities of ESRs through the realisation of doctoral thesis that will add value to the exchange programme. It is expected that this timely programme will establish a long lasting collaboration between the institutions in Mexico, Australia and Europe that will make the most of all expertise and resources they can share. In order to take full advantage of the new-to -come opportunities regarding IFS instrumentation and its exploitation in the near future."
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