Cosmological History: from Gravitational Waves to Exoplanets

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Recent advancements in gravitational physics and astrophysics have gathered significant attention, underscored by the Nobel Prizes awarded in 2017 (Weiss, Barish, Thorne), 2019 (Peebles, Mayor, Queloz), and 2020 (Penrose, Genzel, Ghez). Concurrently, we have embarked on an era characterized by astrophysical and cosmological surveys of unparalleled precision, resolution, and cadence. These surveys enable intertwined investigations in galactic, extragalactic astrophysics, and cosmology fields that, although deeply interconnected, have historically been explored through separate avenues with only occasional intersections.

Gravitational wave detections are starting to give invaluable information about stellar mass function and birth rates, which in turn provides insights into galaxy and protogalaxy formation and the boundary conditions for matter that forms exoplanets. Such knowledge also provides a crucial piece of the puzzle in understanding galactic structure formation which has important cosmological consequences.

This school is dedicated to bridging astrophysics and cosmology across different scales by offering fresh perspectives for interpreting recent observations of gravitational waves, black holes, and exoplanets.

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


  • Raul Abramo (USP, São Paulo)
  • José Dias do Nascimento Júnior (Dep. Física UFRN, Natal)
  • Riccardo Sturani (IFT-UNESP, São Paulo)


  • Sydney Barnes (U. of Potsdam, Germany): Star evolution
  • Wladimir Lyra (New Mexico State U., USA): Planet formation
  • Filippo Santoliquido (GSSI, L’Aquila, Italy): The evolution of compact objects across cosmic time
  • Cristina Chiappini (Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, Germany): Galactic Archeology in the Gaia era
  • Camilla Danielski (INAF Arcetri, Italy): Exoplanets with LISA
  • Romeel Davé (U. of Edinburgh, UK): Galaxy Formation in the Cosmic Ecosystem

Seminars by:

  • Sylvio Ferraz Mello (IAG, USP): Star-planet tidal interactions
  • Beatriz Barbuy (IAG, USP): Globular clusters in the Galactic bulge: the first objects in the early days of the Galaxys

Application deadline: 4 May 2024


29 July – 9 August 2024


São Paulo, Brazil