Cosmological History: from Gravitational Waves to Exoplanets

July 29 – August 9, 2024

São Paulo, Brazil



Recent advancements in gravitational physics and astrophysics have gathered significant attention, underscored by the Nobel Prizes awarded in 2017 (Weiss, Barish, Thorne), 2019 (Peebles, Mayor, Queloz), and 2020 (Penrose, Genzel, Ghez). Concurrently, we have embarked on an era characterized by astrophysical and cosmological surveys of unparalleled precision, resolution, and cadence. These surveys enable intertwined investigations in galactic, extragalactic astrophysics, and cosmology fields that, although deeply interconnected, have historically been explored through separate avenues with only occasional intersections.

Gravitational wave detections are starting to give invaluable information about stellar mass function and birth rates, which in turn provides insights into galaxy and protogalaxy formation and the boundary conditions for matter that forms exoplanets. Such knowledge also provides a crucial piece of the puzzle in understanding galactic structure formation which has important cosmological consequences.

This school is dedicated to bridging astrophysics and cosmology across different scales by offering fresh perspectives for interpreting recent observations of gravitational waves, black holes, and exoplanets.

There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.


  • Raul Abramo (USP, São Paulo)
  • José Dias do Nascimento Júnior (Dep. Física UFRN, Natal)
  • Riccardo Sturani (IFT-UNESP, São Paulo)



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Application deadline: May 4, 2024


  • Sydney Barnes (U. of Potsdam, Germany): Star evolution
  • Wladimir Lyra (New Mexico State U., USA): Planet formation
  • Filippo Santoliquido (GSSI, L’Aquila, Italy): The evolution of compact objects across cosmic time


  • Cristina Chiappini (Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, Germany): Galactic Archeology in the Gaia era
  • Camilla Danielski (INAF Arcetri, Italy): Exoplanets with LISA
  • Romeel Davé (U. of Edinburgh, UK): Galaxy Formation in the Cosmic Ecosystem
Seminar by:
  • Sylvio Ferraz Mello (IAG, USP): Star-planet tidal interactions
  • Beatriz Barbuy (IAG, USP): Globular clusters in the Galactic bulge: the first objects in the early days of the Galaxys



Click HERE for online application

Application deadline: May 4, 2024


Additional Information

BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by ICTP-SAIFR, should bring the boarding pass  upon registration. The return boarding pass (PDF, if online check-in, scan or picture, if physical) should be sent to by e-mail.

COVID-19: Brazilians and foreigners no longer have to present proof of vaccination before entering the country.

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa. Nationals from Australia, Canada and USA are exempt from tourist visa until April 10, 2024. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available here.

How to reach the Institute: The school will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.

Poster presentation: Participants who are presenting a poster MUST BRING A PRINTED BANNER . The banner size should be at most 1 m (width) x 1,5 m (length). We do not accept A4 or A3 paper. Click here to see what a banner looks like: