• Meridional wind on Venus was detected for the first time in both hemispheres
    A third system of winds was detected on Venus and may help explain the super-rotation of the atmosphere on this planet, according to a study by an international team led by a researcher of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • IA researcher recognised as Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society
    The American Physical Society recognised as exceptional the work of scientific reviewing of José Pedro Mimoso, following Pedro Avelino, honoured in 2016, both researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Revealing the origin and nature of the outskirts of stellar megalopolis
    A step closer to understanding the growth of galactic giants was taken by a team led by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • A new tool to study galaxy evolution
    New computational tool developed by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers, allows for the reconstruction of galaxy morphology, by 'stripping off' the outshining young stars.
  • Want to work with us and help to shape the future of Astrophysics?
    See the list of open opportunities
Is a new but long anticipated research infrastructure with a national dimension. It embodies a bold but feasible 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