Brief Description

——–The ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research (ICTP-SAIFR) is a South American regional center in the city of São Paulo created in a collaboration of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the Instituto de Fisica Teorica (IFT) of 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
  • Organize international schools and workshops for graduate students and researchers
  • Bring modern physics topics to high-school teachers, high-school students and the general public

——The ICTP-SAIFR is located in 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, workshops and outreach. A 12-minute video presenting different perspectives on ICTP-SAIFR can be viewed here.


          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, Perimeter-SAIFR Coordinator, 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
Elisa Pomari
Executive Secretary
Humberto Neto
Computer Systems Manager
Luiz Eduardo Moreira
Financial Manager
Lilia Faria
Technical Assistant
Thiago Codinhoto