Our structure

Our main offices are on the university campus in Grenoble, France. The site houses the institute’s main scientific and technical groups and administration services as well as being the base station to the NOEMA observatory. Offices are also present in Granada, Spain, which provides technical and scientific support to the 30 meter radiotelescope at Pico Veleta in the Sierra Nevada.


IRAM Direction

The IRAM organisation is led by a Director, supported by a Deputy Director and the Head of Administration.

  • Karl Friedrich Schuster, Director
  • Frédéric Gueth, Deputy Director
  • Romain Messmer, Head of Administration

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is in charge of preparing the IRAM General Assembly.

Members are appointed experts and scientists from each of the three IRAM partner institutions. The Steering Committee meets once a year for discussions with the IRAM Direction, in presence of staff representatives. Based on these discussions, legally binding decisions are voted by the General Assembly concerning finances, technical developments as well as scientific and strategic decisions.


Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

  • Martin Giard, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Michel Guidal, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Stéphane Guilloteau, CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, France

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG)

  • Reinhard Genzel, MPE, Garching, Germany
  • Karl Menten, MPIfR, Bonn, Germany
  • Markus Schleier, MPG, Munich, Germany

Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN)

  • Rafael Bachiller, Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Madrid, Spain
  • Mónica Groba López, IGN, Madrid, Spain
  • José Antonio López Fernández, IGN, Madrid, Spain

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee’s role is to guide the institute from an external point of view in scientific and technical questions.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee are renowned scientists and experts for radio astronomy. Each of the three IRAM partners is represented with three persons.

  • Santiago García Burillo, OAN, Madrid, Spain
  • Maryvonne Gérin, LERMA/ENS, Paris, France
  • Annie Hughes, IRAP, Toulouse, France
  • Raphaël Moreno, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, France
  • Gordon J. Stacey, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  • Linda Tacconi, MPE, Garching, Germany
  • Mario Tafalla, OAN, Alcala de Henares, Spain
  • Fabian Walter, MPIA Heidelberg, Germany
  • Friedrich Wyrowski (Chair), MPIfR, Bonn, Germany 

Program Committee

The Program Committee’s role is to evaluate and discuss the observation proposals that are sent to IRAM by researchers from all over the world.

Members of the Program Committee are independent and renowned specialists of their astronomic field. Observation time is thus given to the best proposals received.

  • Alessandro Boselli, LAM, Marseille, France
  • Elias Brinks, University Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
  • Vassilis Charmandaris, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece
  • Natascha M. Foerster Schreiber, MPE, Garching, Germany
  • John S. Gallagher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Lee Hartmann, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • Izaskun Jimenez-Serra, Center of Astrobiology, Madrid, Spain
  • Joel Kastner, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA
  • Patrick Koch, ASIAA, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Sébastien Maret, IPAG, Grenoble, France
  • Miguel Querejeta, OAN, Madrid, Spain
  • Pablo Rivière-Marichalar, OAN, Madrid, Spain
  • Dmitry A. Semenov, MPIA, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Axel Weiss, MPIfR, Bonn, Germany
  • Stijn Wuyts, University of Bath, Bath, UK