What is the IScAI?

E-ELTThe International School for Advanced Instrumentation (IScAI) is a major international initiative in higher education that allows to acquire expertise in all areas related to the construction of cutting-edge scientific instrumentation, with a particular emphasis on astronomical instrumentation.

The thrust of the IScAI is to educate the necessary workforce of specialized personnel in scientific instrumentation and facilitate the partnerships of universities, research institutes and high-tech companies in the construction of state-of-the-art instrumentation for the new generation of scientific facilities. The IScAI will also serve as a bridge between the intellectual resources and technology transfer capabilities of universities, research institutes and high-tech companies.

The IScAI is the first international endeavour of its kind, a multicenter collaborative effort among high-tech companies and research institutions. The School is open to astronomers, physicists and engineers world-wide.


The IScAI offers an intensive programme of courses and laboratory work in key areas related to the design and construction of scientific instrumentation. The laboratory work is carried out at various research institutions and high-tech companies with world-class instrumentation programs in Europe and America.

IScAI-2012 is funded by the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 grant “First Science with the GTC”, under the Consolider Ingenio 2010 Programme of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The Consolider-GTC grant is partially funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).