This webpage is only available as an historical record. The Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL) has merged with the Centre for Astrophysics of the University of Porto (CAUP) in 2015 to form the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, recently ranked as Excellent in the latest FCT evaluation exercise and referred to as "the most important research institution in the field of Astronomy and Space Sciences in Portugal" by an international evaluation panel.
CAAUL's research covers some of the most relevant fields in Astronomy and Astrophysics, with a strong observational component that involves important allocations of telescope time in international observatories around the world (ESO, Hubble, Subaru, CFHT, UKIRT, VLA, amongst others). CAAUL has a strong national and international role, with collaborations with institutions in over 12 countries. CAAUL also plays a strong role in teaching, being responsible for the post-graduate education (including MSc and PhD) in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Lisbon.
The centre has a strong expertise in extra-solar planet searches, having achieved important results in the discovery of new systems and in the understanding of their formation (eg, role of metallicity, presence of multiple planets).
The participation in ESA missions, as Cassini/Huygens and Venus Express also demonstrates the group's activity in Planetary research.
For the study of Star Formation we employ techniques of infrared and Radio Astronomy, and we are participating in several european consortia (eg, a FP6 Marie Curie RTN).
Another area of great relevance in CAAUL is the Formation and Evolution of Galaxies.
Recently the Centre has become involved in major international projects as the Atacama Large Millimetre Array.