III LASF4RI for HECAP Symposium: Update of the Strategic Plan

August 26 – 29, 2024

ICTP-SAIFR, São Paulo, Brazil

IFT-UNESP Auditorium


It is widely recognized that large-scale long-term science collaborations deliver lasting benefits to participating nations. Most of these collaborations require large infrastructures. As is done in Europe and the US, the coordination of resources for these large infrastructures among different countries in Latin America is desirable in order to optimize efforts. With the support of many countries and institutions, the initiative for a Latin American Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure (LASF4RI) was presented at the Meeting of the Iberoamerican Ministers for Science and Technology in 2018, and was included in the final declaration that was ratified at a subsequent meeting of the Heads of State. Within the framework of the Simposio Latino Americano de Física de Altas Energias (SILAFAE) an effort was initiated to formulate a strategy for large collaborations in the region in the areas of  Particle Physics and Cosmology.

A first Strategy Plan for High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (HECAP) was concluded in 2020 after a process where 40 White Papers were submitted by the community and presented at the “II Latin American Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure: an Open Symposium for HECAP” at ICTP-SAIFR. A Physics Briefing Book was written by the Preparatory Group based on White Papers and served as the basis for the LASF4RI-HECAP Strategy Document that was endorsed in a letter by the High Level Strategy Group.  One of the outcomes of this process was the creation of the Latin American Association for High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (LAA-HECAP). All these documents are available at www.lasf4ri.org.

We are now in the process of an update of the Strategy Document taking into account the developments in the last 4 years. A call for new or updated White Papers was issued in November 2023 and they will be presented at this Symposium, with the participation of the Preparatory Group, High Level Strategy Group, Funding Agencies and representatives of similar efforts around the globe.

The participation of the Latin American HECAP community is essential for the success of this process.

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

If you would like to submit white papers, click HERE


  • Marta Losada (New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • Diana López Nacir (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Fernando Quevedo (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Rogério Rosenfeld (IFT-UNESP)



Click HERE for online registration

Deadline: July 15, 2024 

Main Topics

  • High Energy Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Strategic Planning Efforts in Other Regions
  • Funding Agencies



Click HERE for online registration

Deadline: July 15, 2024


Additional Information

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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 secretary@ictp-saifr.org 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, 2025. 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: http://designplast.ind.br/produtos/detalhe/impressao-digital/banner/119/9