NEWS: As the world fights the Covid19 outbreak, the isolation efforts designed to keep us all out of harm’s way have drastically changed the way we live and work. As organizers of the successful 2019 First Light school we would like to offer a chance for everyone to reconnect and share the latest developments in our exciting research field. Therefore, we have decided to organize a virtual reunion with brief science updates by the original school’s speakers as well as the students. The Virtual Reunion will be held in two short (3 hr) sessions on May 27 and May 29. We will also offer students to share any papers they may have published during the last year. Finally, we will of course have another Mystery Guest that you certainly will not want to miss! On May 26, the students from the LOC at the University of São Paulo will host a virtual warm-up session, giving you all a chance to reconnect and share your experiences and test your remote connection. The program can be found below.

All students should have received a registration form by email, which can also be accessed on this Google form. Please register by May 20 in order to secure your access [NOW CLOSED].

Looking forward to seeing you all again online soon!

The Organizers


Time: 11:00 (Brazil Standard Time) updated

WEDNESDAY MAY 27 – SESSION 1 (Chair: Laerte Sodré)
(BST = Brazil Standard Time)
09:45-10:00 (BST) – Remote connections
10:00-10:05 (BST) – Welcome (Luciana de Silveira)
10:05-10:30 (BST) – Ken Nagamine (22:05-22:30, Japan)
10:30-10:55 (BST) – Naoki Yoshida (22:30-22:55, Japan)
10:55-11:00 (BST) – break / reserve
11:00-11:25 (BST) – Patricia Tissera (10:00-10:25, Chile)
11:25-11:50 (BST) – Adi Zitrin (17:25-17:50, Israel)
11:50-12:00 (BST) – break / reserve
12:00-13:00 (BST) – Student papers

FRIDAY MAY 29 – SESSION 2 (Chair: Roderik Overzier)
(BST = Brazil Standard Time)
09:45-10:00 (BST) – Remote connections
10:00-10:05 (BST) – Welcome (Luciana de Silveira)
10:05-10:30 (BST) – Renske Smit (14:05-14:30, UK)
10:30-10:55 (BST) – Rennan Barkana (16:30-16:55, Israel)
10:55-11:00 (BST) – break / reserve
11:00-11:25 (BST) – Xiaohui Fan (07:00-07:25, Tucson)
11:25-11:50 (BST) – Saleem Zaroubi
11:50-13:00 (BST) – Mystery Guest

We will use Zoom. The meeting link will be announced later. The Warm-Up meeting will be important to test whether your Zoom connection works!



During July 28 – August 7, 2019, the Institute for Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil, held an intensive school to introduce the future generation of young astronomers (advanced undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs) to the forefront of the theoretical and observational developments of the astrophysics of the epoch of reionization (EoR) that included the following topics taught by international experts:

  • Reionization 
  • The First Stars
  • The First Galaxies
  • The First Black holes
  • The development of structure
  • Observational techniques of the early universe

Open to an audience of about 50 international  and 50 national participants, the school funded the flights and accommodation of all participants through a generous grant from FAPESP. In order to cover coffee-breaks and the school dinner a registration fee of USD 50 (students) was requested.

The candidate selection (now closed) was performed by members of the SOC on the basis of the following submitted materials: (1) Letter of motivation, (2) Description of current research, (3) Letter of recommendation from a supervisor, (4) Curriculum Vitae, and (5) List of grades and disciplines (current or most recently completed degree). Although the main target audience of the school were graduate students (MSc and PhD), we gave full consideration to advanced undergraduate students and postdocs working in the research areas covered by the school as well. When presented with multiple candidates of similar abilities, we aimed to diversify/balance on the basis of gender and geographic origin.

Lecturers and Courses

Main Courses

Reionization – Rennan Barkana (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
HI experiments – Saleem Zaroubi (Kapteyn, U. 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 (Steward Observatory, U. of Arizona, USA)
Galaxy evolution – Patricia Tissera (University Andres Bello, Chile)

Focus lectures

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)
The Giant Magellan Telescope – Daniel Moser (Univ. of São Paulo)
How to apply for postdoc positions – Rodrigo Nemmen (Univ. of São Paulo)
The James Web Space Telescope – Roderik Overzier (Obs.Nac./Univ. of São Paulo)
The Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph – Laerte Sodré Jr. (Univ. of São Paulo)

Mystery guest lectures

Patricia Spinelli (MAST)
Zeljko Ivezic (University of Washington)


Saleem Zaroubi (Groningen University)

Kentaro Nagamine (Osaka University)

Oli Dors (Universidade Vale do Paraíba)


Adi Zitrin (Ben Gurion University)

Naoki Yoshida (IPMU/U. Tokyo)

Patricia Tissera (U. Andres Bello)


Renske Smit (Cambridge University)

Fabio Iocco (ICTP/UNESP)

Xiaohui Fan (University of Arizona)


Beatriz Barbuy (IAG/USP)

Rennan Barkana (Tel Aviv University)

Daniel Moser (IAG/USP)


Roderik Overzier (Obs. Nac., IAG/USP)

Raul Abramo (Inst. Physics/USP)

Rodrigo Nemmen (IAG/USP)


Laerte Sodré Jr. (IAG/USP)

Mystery Guest 1

Mystery Guest 2