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The Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL) is a research center of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) hosted by the Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon (OAL).

CAAUL is a young and dynamic research Centre with a strong research activity in three main scientific topics. At the Origins and Evolution of Stars and Planets group, research focuses on star formation and the interstellar medium, and the characterisation of the atmospheric circulation of Venus and other planets. Modelling techniques are used, together with observations from ESO telescopes and data from the ESA Venus Express mission. The Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe group has a strong emphasis in observational studies of galaxies, AGN and their evolution across cosmic time, using and contributing to the development of the deepest and widest astronomical surveys (e.g., GOODS, SERVS, COSMOS, UKIDSS, ASKAP-EMU, WODAN). The group also focuses on observational studies of modified gravity and dark energy with cosmological weak lensing, the study of systematics in preparation of upcoming weak lensing surveys (e.g. EUCLID) and theoretical cosmology and gravitation (e.g., modified gravity, dark energy). Finally, the Optical Instrumentation for Astrophysics group, the portuguese scientific group with the largest number of ESA projects, focus on astronomical and space optical and laser instrumentation, encompassing concept, simulation, project, integration and testing and data processing, an activity largely supported by ESA (currently with PLATO, GAIA, PROBA 3) and ESO (ESPRESSO, MOONS). 

CAAUL has a strong national and international role, with active collaborations with institutions in over 12 countries. CAAUL also plays a strong role in teaching, being involved in the graduate and post-graduate education (BSc, MSc and PhD) in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Lisbon.
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