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.

The program will be available by the end of June, 2019.


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




Online application is closed


First week:

  • Introduction to InflationMehrdad Mirbabayi (ICTP-Trieste, Italy)
  • Introduction to CMB TheoryCora Dvorkin (Harvard University)
  • Introduction to Large Scale StructureRaul Abramo (IF-USP, Brazil) & Rogerio Rosenfeld (IFT-UNESP&ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil)

Second week:

  • Advanced Topics in LSS  – Marko Simonović (CERN, Switzerland)
  • Beyond LCDMAlessandra Silvestri (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
  • From observations to modelsTim Eifler (University of Arizona, USA)



Online application is closed



The program will be available by the end of June, 2019.


Additional Information

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa. The Brazilian government announced that effective June 17, 2019, a visitor visa (electronic or paper) will not be required for U.S. citizens to travel to Brazil for the purposes of tourism, business, transit and artistic and sportive activities, for stays of up to 90 days. Nationals from Australia, Canada and Japan can apply for an e-visa through VSF Global. 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