The AEGORA Research Group (Research Group on Space Astronomy and Data Mining) was created in 2004, when the first call for research groups UCM-Comunidad de Madrid took place. The creation of AEGORA has its origins in a previous research group born from the close collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). In addition to the individual research lines of its members, the activity of the group focuses on three main projects:
The Space Telescope World Space Observatory - Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) is an international project led by Russia and involving Spain and other countries, that will be launched in 2025 and will be operational for 10 years. WSO-UV will be the only facility providing access to UV wavelenghts when the Hubble Space Telescope mission will end. The Spanish contributions to this project are the participation in the ground segment development, the provision of the detector for the image instrument, and the joint management of the WSO-UV Science Program. The international agreement between the Russian Space Agency ROSCOSMOS and the CDTI, signed in March 2007, establishes that scientific and mission operations of the project will be shared between Spain and Russia with a Science Operation Center located in Madrid, JCUVA (Joint Center for Ultraviolet Astronomy).
The UCM is the scientific responsible for the project in Spain and the Principal Investigator of the project in Spain is Professor Ana Inés Gómez de Castro. The AEGORA group drives the activity of the UCM for this project. More information in jcuva.ucm.es and www.wso-uv.es.
The AEGORA Research group is the Spanish node of the Network for UltraViolet Astronomy, NUVA, that coordinates the activities of more than 100 scientists throughout Europe to promote the development of new space infrastructures for ultraviolet astronomy and the use of the already existing facilities.The website of the network is in www.nuva.eu.
Hands-On Universe (www.houspain.com) is a global educational project that emerged in Berkeley (California) to promote scientific vocations by introducing the young people into the scientific research. HOU uses the IBSE methodology (Inquiry Based Scientific Education) and motivates the research through the study of the Universe and space research.The objective is to reinforce the level of mathematics and physics in secondary and high school students as well as to train them in the methodology of science and to increase their contact with the Spanish / European / Global research Framework. The European HOU consortium (www.euhou.net) was awarded in May 2009 with the silver medal of the European Commission in the category "Information and Communication Technologies" for its work to make Europe "the most dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010 in thefield of Education and Training ".