Brief Description

——–The ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research (ICTP-SAIFR) is a South American regional center for theoretical physics created in a collaboration of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the São Paulo State University (UNESP) and the Sao Paulo Research Funding Agency (FAPESP). This Institute was initiated in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Trieste in November 2010 by the ICTP and UNESP directors, and the first meeting of the Steering Committee was held in Foz do Iguaçú in June 2011.

The ICTP-SAIFR’s goals are:

  • Conduct theoretical physics research at the highest international standards
  • Provide an international center for schools and workshops
  • Support research in those South American countries where theoretical physics research is not yet well-developed

——The ICTP-SAIFR is located on the first floor of the Instituto de Fisica Teorica (IFT-UNESP) building in the Barra Funda campus of UNESP. Its activities are modeled on those of the ICTP and include schools and workshops, as well as an active visiting scientists program.


          The ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research is governed by a Steering Committee which receives advice from a Scientific Council. There is also an International Search Committee which will assist in the hiring of permanent members. The current staff of the Institute includes a Director, Vice-Director, Executive Manager, Executive Secretary, Computer Systems Manager, Financial Manager, and Technical Assistant.
Director of ICTP-SAIFR
Nathan Jacob Berkovits
Vice-director of ICTP-SAIFR
Rogério Rosenfeld
Perimeter-SAIFR Coordinator
Pedro Vieira
Executive Manager
Jandira Ferreira de Oliveira
Executive Secretary
Nadia Rosa Roque
Computer Systems Manager
Lucas Santos Sanches
Financial Manager
Lilia Faria