The activities at the ICE are structured around two scientific departments and an engineering unit:
- Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
- Physics and Cosmology
- Advanced Engineering Unit
These departments are connected because they group the main scientific areas of research, where scientists and engineers work on projects and research fields that may belong to one or several scientific areas.
The scientific research groups are:
The Engineering Unit acts as a support unit for researchers in need of technical assistance and manpower for the realization and fulfillment of research projects, ground or even space astronomical instrumentation.