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15th January 2023

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Itziar Aretxaga
Itziar Aretxaga

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Dr. Itziar Aretxaga
Researcher/Investigadora Titular C

Inst. Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE)
Aptdo. Postal 51 y 216
72000 Puebla

Ph: +52 222-2663100


Citizenship: Mexican/Spanish
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain, 20th November, 1965


1993, PhD, Physics, Univ. Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain
1990, MSc, Physics, Univ. Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain
1988, BSc, Physics, Univ. Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain


1993: Spanish Astronomy Society / Sociedad Española de Astronomía (SEA) / European Astronomical Society (EAS)
2000: National Researchers’ System / Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI level III =  Full Professor), Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Conacyt), Mexico
2003: Mexican Academy of Sciences / Academia Mexicana de Ciencias (AMC)
2006: International Astronomical Union (IAU)
2016: Mexican Physics Society / Sociedad Mexicana de Física (SMF)
2023: UNESCO’s The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the Advancement of Science in the Developing World

RESEARCH INTERESTS. Astrophysics and Cosmology: galaxy formation and evolution, active galactic nuclei, starbursts.


2018: Director of the International School for Young Astronomers, IAU.
2016-2018: Deputy Director of the International School for Young Astronomers, IAU.
2015-2018: Treasurer and Member of the Directing Board, Southeastern Region AMC.
2011-2016: Head of the Department of Astrophysics, INAOE, Mexico.
2006-2013: Coordinator, Astronomy Section, AMC, Mexico.
1998: Researcher (current level Full Professor), INAOE, Mexico, tenured since 2004.
1996-1998: Marie Curie Fellow, Max-Planck Institut für Astrophysik, Germany.
1993-1996: Marie Curie & Basque Gov. Research Fellow, Royal Greenwich Obs., UK.
1992-1993: Teaching Assistant, Theoretical Physics Dept., Univ. Autónoma de Madrid,  Spain.


  • >150 refereed papers in international journals, 15 invited review papers and 58 contributed papers in conference proceedings, 3 chapters of books, 7 books/reports.
  • > 8100 citations (NASA’s Astrophysics Data System), with a Hirsch index H=52.
  • 61 review/invited talks in conferences and workshops, 65 colloquia in research institutes.
  • 10 funded research projects as principal investigator, >20 as co-investigator.
  • Project scientist of TolTEC (bolometer camera for 50m LMT), co-investigator of the following science teams: AzTEC (1.1mm camera, 50m LMT), CanariCam (IR camera, 10m-GTC), Cosmology Legacy Survey (SCUBA2), H-ATLAS (Herschel).


  • 16 invited lecture courses in IAU schools or other university PhD programs (Argentina, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Mexico, Spain, USA, Venezuela).
  • Lecturer of 26 MSc/PhD courses at INAOE (since 1998) and 5 BSc courses as assisting professor at UAM-Spain (1989-1993), as member of staff.
  • (Co-)/supervisor of 7 PhD, 7 MSc, 2 BSc theses and 16 BSc research projects.
  • Director of 8 IAU International Schools for Young Astronomers (Inc. INAOE, 2005).


  • Co-author (compiler, editor and translator) of the book “The Large Millimeter Telescope: Neighbors Explore the Cosmos” (in English & Spanish)
  • 23 science-popularization papers in printed media (in Spanish & Basque).
  • 70+ science-popularization talks (in Spanish & Basque).
  • Frequent interviews to the national and international press.


  • Coauthor  of “Hacia la consolidación y desarrollo de políticas públicas en Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación: Objetivo estratégico para una política de Estado 2018-2024”, 2018, UNAM.
  • Coordinator/coauthor of Conacyt-PILA plan “Nature of the Universe” (2014-2018).
  • (Co-)author of reports on the state of astronomy research in Mexico (Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, Colegio Nacional, Mexico 2008, 2010, 2013), and of research-project evaluation in Mexico (FCCyT 2014).
  • Researchers hiring/assessment: SNI (Mexico, 2014, 2018-2021, chair 2020), Hubble Fellows (USA, 2014), Ramón y Cajal Fellows (Spain, 2013), universities/institutes in Mexico, USA.
  • Member, CONACYT committees for funding of basic science (Mexico, 2009, 2010).
  • Frequent referee/evaluator of peer-reviewed research journals (MNRAS, ApJ, A&A), MSc/PhD theses (Mexico, USA, Spain), science funding agencies (Argentina, Canada, The Netherlands, Mexico, Spain), and TACs (Germany, Spain, UK).
  • Time Allocation Committees (TACs): JWST (2023), ALMA (2019), Hubble Space Telescope (1999, 2004-2006, 2011, 2017, 2018), Canary Island telescopes (2005), 10-m Gran Telescopio Canarias (cochair 2008-2013), OAGH-INAOE (chair 2005-2006).