São Paulo School of Advanced Science on First Light: Stars, galaxies and black holes in the epoch of re-ionization

The Institute for Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil, will organize an intensive school to introduce the future generation of young astronomers (advanced undergraduate and graduate students) to the forefront of the theoretical and observational developments of the astrophysics of the epoch of re-ionisation (EoR).

The school is centered around 8 main lecture courses delivered by top international experts that will cover topics including the cosmic dark ages, the formation of the first stars, galaxies and black holes, and their present-day descendants such as the Milky Way and other galaxies. Focus lectures will highlight new instrumentation, surveys and modeling techniques relevant to epoch of reionisation research. Student participation will furthermore be encouraged through practical sessions such as tutorials and exercises and student talks and poster presentations.

  • Institution

    Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas da Universidade de São Paulo

  • Field of Knowledge


  • Academic Director

    Laerte Sodré Jr.

  • Grant Number


  • Date

    2019-07-28 to 2019-08-07

  • Registration Deadline


  • Site


  • City

    São Paulo

  • Keywords

    Reionization, The First Stars, The First Galaxies, The First Black Holes, Gravitational Lensing, The Development of Structure, The Later Evolution of Galaxies, The History of the Milky Way, Observational Techniques of the EoR, Large Instrumentation Projects

  • Program Hide

    Main Courses

    Reionization – Rennan Barkana (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
    HI experiments – Saleem Zaroubi (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
    First stars – Naoki Yoshida (Tokyo University, Japan)
    First galaxies: observations – Renske Smit (University of Cambridge, UK)
    First galaxies: lensing – Adi Zitrin (Ben-Gurion University, Israel)
    First galaxies: theory – Ken Nagamine (Osaka University, Japan)
    First black holes – Xiaohui Fan (University of Arizona, USA)
    Galaxy evolution – Patricia Tissera (University Andres Bello, Chile)

    Focus Lectures and Tutorial Sessions

    Large-scale structure surveys – Raul Abramo (Univ. of São Paulo)
    Milky Way evolution – Beatriz Barbuy (Univ. of São Paulo)
    Photo-ionization modeling of Lya emitters – Oli Dors (UNIVAP)
    Dark matter – Fabio Iocco (ICTP/State Univ. of São Paulo)
    Stellar populations – Lucimara Martins (Univ. Cruzeiro do Sul)
    The Giant Magellan Telescope – Daniel Moser (Univ. of São Paulo)
    Black hole accretion disks – Rodrigo Nemmen (Univ. of São Paulo)
    The James Webb Space Telescope – Roderik Overzier (Obs. Nac./Univ. of São Paulo)
    The Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph – Laerte Sodré Jr. (Univ. of São Paulo) 

    Mystery guest lecture (to be announced)

    Student Sessions
    Student talks and poster flash presentations

    Scientific Organizing Committee

    Laerte Sodre Jr. (Co-Chair; University of São Paulo)
    Roderik Overzier (Co-Chair; Observatório Nacional)
    Raul Abramo (University of São Paulo)
    Volker Bromm (University of Texas at Austin)
    Eduardo Cypriano (University of São Paulo)
    Xiaohui Fan (University of Arizona)
    Garth Illingworth (University of California Santa Cruz)
    Nobunari Kashikawa (University of Tokyo)
    Rodrigo Nemmen (University of São Paulo)
    Rogier Windhorst (Arizona State University)