• Gravitational Waves
    A discovery that has shaken the world
    In the Noites no Observatório in October, with Francisco Lobo, of IA, we will look through a new window of exploration of the Universe.
  • New planet hunter to be installed in La Silla Observatory
    The new instrument, called NIRPS, will be installed in ESO's 3.6 meter telescope, and has the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • First detection of Titanium Oxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet
    This observation, published today in Nature, has the participation of an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) collaborator.
  • MOONS Science Consortium Meeting in Lisboa
    It is gathered in Lisbon the scientific team responsible for the instrument that will unveil the history of galaxies and on which Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is involved.
  • New worlds await ESPRESSO
    The adventure is about to start for ESPRESSO, the future discoverer of new Earths, co-produced by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Want to work with us and help to shape the future of Astrophysics?
    See the list of open opportunities
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