• IA researcher awarded the Bronstein Prize for her work into the quantum nature of gravity
    A researcher of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) received the Bronstein Prize in recognition of her major advances in Loop Quantum Cosmology.
  • Evidence discovered for two distinct giant planet populations
    This result, discovered by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), hints at the existence of two separate formation mechanisms for giant exoplanets.
  • Design and Astronomy in display at Fabrica Features
    A design exhibition includes science communication projects, resulting from a partnership between the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço and the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Lisbon.
  • European Space Agency Adopts PLATO mission
    This mission, in which Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is a partner, was adopted today by ESA?s Scientific Programme Committee.
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The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is a research infrastructure with a national dimension. It embodies a bold vision for the development of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Portugal, taking full advantage and fully realizing the potential created by the national membership of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
The research and development effort at the IA includes most of the topics presently, and for the next decade, at the forefront of research in Astrophysics and Space Sciences, from the Solar System to the large-scale properties of the Universe, complemented by work on instrumentation and systems with potential use in Astronomy and Astrophysics projects.
The provision of advanced training is also at the core of IA, with the support of teaching and research at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences related degrees, in particular at the Universities of Lisbon and Porto, where such degrees have more solid backing. The Doctoral networks PhD::SPACE and DAEPHYS, recently funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), are examples of the commitment of IA in this area.
The public outreach groups of IA are recognized as Outreach ESO partners, engaging in a broad range of public outreach activities, most of them based at the Porto Planetarium and at the Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon. Our main objective in outreach is to be the prime source of information on Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences topics for the media and the public in Portugal, and to improve the public awareness of the latest and most relevant findings in Astrophysics and Space Sciences.
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia