III Joint ICTP-Trieste/ICTP-SAIFR School on Observational Cosmology

July 22 – August 2, 2019

São Paulo, Brazil




In the last two decades, cosmology has become a data driven science. Several observational probes of the Universe, such as the cosmic microwave background, the large scale distribution of galaxies, the weak gravitational lensing of galaxy shapes, the mapping of supernovas and the number of clusters of galaxies are being studied by different experiments to explore fundamental physics describing the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

This is the third edition of a joint ICTP-Trieste/ICTP-SAIFR two-week Cosmology School, aimed at providing students with the necessary tools for understanding the current issues in modern cosmology and to familiarize them with how recent  observations can be used to constrain different cosmological models and parameters.

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


  • Raul Abramo (IF-USP, Brazil)
  • Paolo Creminelli (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Mehrdad Mirbabayi (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Rogerio Rosenfeld (IFT-UNESP&ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil)

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First week:

  • Introduction to InflationMehrdad Mirbabayi (ICTP-Trieste, Italy) (Summary)
  • Introduction to CMB TheoryCora Dvorkin (Harvard University)
  • Introduction to Large Scale StructureRaul Abramo (IF-USP, Brazil) & Rogerio Rosenfeld (IFT-UNESP&ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil) (Summary)
  • IFT-Colloquium: Unveilling the Nature of Dark Matter with Cosmological ObservablesCora Dvorkin (Harvard University)

Second week:

  • Advanced Topics in LSS  – Marko Simonović (CERN, Switzerland) (Summary)
  • Beyond LCDMAlessandra Silvestri (Leiden University, The Netherlands) (Summary)
  • From observations to modelsTim Eifler (University of Arizona, USA)
  • IFT-Colloquium:Unveiling dark energy from the large scale structure: the theoretical side of the challenge – Alessandra Silvestri (Leiden University, The Netherlands). (Abstract)



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School Program: PDF updated on July 2, 2019

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III Joint ICTP-Trieste/ICTP-SAIFR School on Observational Cosmology


Introduction to Large Scale StructureRaul Abramo (IF-USP, Brazil)

Introduction to Inflation – Mehrdad Mirbabayi (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)

Introduction to CMB Theory – Cora Dvorkin (Harvard University)

Introduction to Large Scale Structure – Rogerio Rosenfeld (IFT-UNESP&ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil)

Advanced Topics in LSS – Marko Simonović (CERN, Switzerland)

Beyond LCDM – Alessandra Silvestri (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

From observations to models – Tim Eifler (University of Arizona, USA)




III Joint ICTP-TriesteICTP-SAIFR School on Observational Cosmology


Additional Information

Registration: ALL participants should register. The registration will be on July 22 (Monday) at the institute at 08:00 am.

List of Participants:  Updated on July 05, 2019

BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by the institute, should bring the boarding pass upon registration, and collect an envelope to send the return boarding pass to the institute.

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and USA are exempt from tourist visa. 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.

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travellers going to Brazil. Note that the vaccine needs to be taken at least ten days before the trip to be effective. Information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/yellow-fever-brazil