• Portuguese scientists in NASA mission to hunt exoplanets
    The TESS satellitte, expected to launch next Monday has the involvement of several researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • 3D map of the infant Universe reveals 4000 early galaxies
    This result, presented today during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool, has the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Characterization of a water world in a multi-exoplanetary system
    The mass of the two transiting exoplanets around the star HD 106315 could only be determined with an intensive observation strategy and sophisticated data analysis, led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Another Mercury, but as large as Earth
    Mercury's oddity might be common outside the Solar System, according to a study in which took part a team of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Portugal on a great leap to the exoplanets
    The space mission that will enable the description of the exoplanet atmospheres has Portuguese participation, led by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
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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
OUTREACH
Outreach at IA