• The foundations are laid for the largest radiotelescope in the world
    It was signed the treaty for the Square Kilometre Array Observatory, being Portugal one of its founding countries, and which has the scientific participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Kepler space telescope confirms its first detection, ten years later
    The confirmation of exoplanet candidate Kepler-1658 b, a hot jupiter 2545 light-years away, had the participation of a researcher from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Space rocket is waiting for Portuguese selfie
    A young Portuguese woman that attended one of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) events, framed within ESA's Space Talks, was selected to watch a rocket lift-off at French Guiana spaceport.
  • A super earth in the Solar System's neighborhood
    The discovery of super earth Gl411b, only eight light-years away, with three times the mass of the Earth, had the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers.
  • Head-on collision between distant worlds
    The first evidence outside the Solar System of the occurrence of planet impacts had the participation of a researcher associated with the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Japanese mission studies the mystery of Venus in collaboration with Portuguese researchers
    Deep observations of the atmosphere of Venus, published in a new study with the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), add to solving the puzzle of the “super-rotation” of the atmosphere of this planet.
  • Teresa Lago awarded for her promotion of scientific culture
    The 2018 Ciência Viva Montepio Grand Prize distinguishes Teresa Lago, member of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), for her role in the promotion of scientific culture, especially in the field of Astronomy.
  • The quest for galactic relics from the primordial Universe
    The timid life of nearby massive ultracompact galaxies may open windows onto the past, a new study reports, led by Fernando Buitrago of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • A solar sibling identical to the Sun
    By studying the stars which formed together with the Sun, Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers hope to understand where in the Galaxy and under which conditions the Sun was formed.
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INSTITUTE OF
ASTROPHYSICS AND
SPACE SCIENCES
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).
RESEARCH
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.
TRAINING
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.
OUTREACH
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 COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia