• Xavier Barcons appointed as the next Director General of ESO
    Barcons will take up his position on the 1st of September 2017, when Tim de Zeeuw, the current Director General, completes his mandate.
  • Porto Planetarium receives commendation from the Minister of Science Technology and Higher Education
    The commendation, attributed on the 24th of November 2016, was published this monday in Diário da República.
  • VLT detects unexpected giant glowing halos around distant quasars
    Observations made by the MUSE instrument have detected, for the first time in this type of survey, that all observed quasars had gas halos around them. This research had the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researcher Jarle Brinchmann.
  • ESPRESSO sees the light at the end of the tunnel
    An internacional team of the ESPRESSO consortium, lead in Portugal by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), has made the first test for ESPRESSO, the next generation high resolution spectrograph.
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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