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CAAUL has merged with CAUP in 2015 to form the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences.

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CAAUL is a research unit of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, where some of its researchers teach in the Physics Department. This leads to the participation of CAAUL in the Astronomy and Astrophysics activities of the first degree (Licenciatura) and post-graduate levels (MSc and PhD).

For a number of years Astronomy courses have been taught by the Physics Department in its several first degrees. One should stress the importance of these courses in the Physics and Chemistry First Degree (specialization in teaching), since Astronomy takes a prominent role in the secondary school curricula.

The specialization of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Physics First Degree was created in 2003, allowing students a robust formation in this fundamental area of research. Furthermore, this First Degree is an excellent option for students wishing to pursue a research career in Astronomy and Astrophysics or Cosmology.

CAAUL members are strongly involved in the advanced teaching at the MSc and PhD levels in Astronomy and Astrophysics, offered by the Physics Department of FCUL since 1991. We teach several most courses at the Masters in Physics (specialization in Astrophysics and Cosmology), with over thirty successful MSc and PhD thesis during the last few years. Post-graduate students working at CAAUL benefit from a wide range of topics for First Degree, MSc and PhD thesis, as shown below.

Topics for PhD Thesis in 2013-2014

For 2013/2014, CAAUL offers a wide range of proposals for PhD Theses. The list is available for download in PDF:

Topics for First Degree Projects and MSc Thesis in 2013-2014

For 2013/2014, CAAUL offers a wide range of proposals for First Degree Projects and MSc Thesis Topics. The full list can be found in the following PDF documents:
  • First Degree projects - available soon
  • MSc Thesis - available soon


In 2011 CAAUL launched "Astrocasos", a cicle of presentations that go beyond the usual seminar style. Catering for the Faculty of Sciences Students, this initiative aims to show real life cases of Astronomy/Astrophysics/Cosmology, with a strong practical component, that can involve the audience in real time, with their own computers (which is not, nevertheless, mandatory). For more Information, click here.

Ignite Astro

In 2012 CAAUL also started a unique initiative, the Ignite Astro. Inspired by the "Ignite" format, it includes a sequential presentation of several themes in Astronomy where a series of researchers (between 6 and 10) present, each, 20 slides of 15 seconds each (nothing more, nothing less, pre-timed). The aim is for a very dynamic event, very soft but wide-ranging, that will provide students and other interested people a small taste of Astrophysics at CAAUL. More details here.

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