During July 28 – August 7, 2019, 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 and postdocs) to the forefront of the theoretical and observational developments of the astrophysics of the epoch of re-ionisation (EoR) including 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, we will fund 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) is requested.

The candidate selection (now closed) will be 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 are graduate students (MSc and PhD), we will give 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 will aim 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