• Towards the most accurate map
    of our Galaxy
    The first data release from the mission that will produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of our galaxy is published today.
  • Touring the Universe
    from Proença-a-Nova
    Eight scientists from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço will talk about their research at Auditório da Biblioteca Municipal, starting at 9:30 pm, in the eighth event of the Ignite Astro Tour. Free entrance.
  • Teresa Lago awarded by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education
    Awarded the medal of merit for "her high professional qualities and her sense of call of duty and mainly for having distinguished herself for a valuable and exceptional contribution for the development of science and scientific culture in Portugal".
  • Black Holes might not be dead-ends after all
    Physical bodies may successfully reach the other side of a black hole, suggests a study co-authored by Diego Rubiera-Garcia, of Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences.
  • Portugal welcomes one of the largest collaborations in Astronomy
    Lisbon hosts the annual meeting of the Euclid Consortium, of which the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço coordinates the Portuguese involvement, and that will try to solve the enigma of the accelerated expansion of the Universe.
  • MOONS passes Its Preliminary Design Review
    The MOONS spectrograph will be installed at ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), and has the participation of 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
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