The Institute for Fundamental Physics of the Universe supports and hosts small-scale workshops dedicated to the investigation of the fundamental laws of Nature as emerging from Cosmological and Astrophysical observations. The focus is on theoretical and phenomenological studies, with connection to the experimental and observational programs in the field. Priority will be given to thematic programs on selected topics in the areas of:

  • Astroparticle Physics;
  • Astrophysical Probes of Fundamental Interactions;
  • Early Universe;
  • Gravitational Wave Astrophysics;
  • Structures in the Universe;
  • Theory and Phenomenology of Gravity.

(For further information on research topics within the scientific goals of the Institute, see the IFPU Research Areas webpage.)

Programs will be selected by IFPU Governing Council on the bases of their scientific rigour, innovativeness and timeliness.

Each program, with a typical duration of one up to two weeks, features the participation of up to twenty experts of the field, non affiliated to IFPU. The preferred format is that of a small scale meeting, with a few plenary talks and brainstorming and discussion sessions, also allowing time for working group activities.

The Institute provides logistic support, including an office desk space for each participant, seminar and common rooms and access to the other Institute facilities, and financial support via a contribution to local expenses (accommodation at the nearby guesthouses of the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, and a per diem covering meals).

Additional third party financing is encouraged.

The call for programs planned up to September 30, 2020 is now open, with proposals to be submitted at the earliest convenience, and results of the reviewing process communicated at a very short notice. (Programs intended for the Autumn of 2020 or later, will be selected in biannual calls, as to be specified at this webpage.)

Proposals should be sent by e-mail to the IFPU director Piero Ullio and specify:

  • Title of the proposal;
  • Name and email address of at least two scientific organizers;
  • Name of a scientific advisor among IFPU affiliates, supporting the local organization;
  • Abstract of the proposal;
  • Scientific motivations and description of the proposed activities (up to 3 pages);
  • Expected list of key participants;
  • Expected total number of participants (< 40 including affiliated members);
  • Duration, preferred period and preferred starting date for the program.

For further information, please contact the IFPU director Piero Ullio, or any member of the IFPU governing council.