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CENTRA is a research unit of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon. Black holes, gravitational waves, big bang, inflationary universe, supernovae, solar physics and stars are the main topics of research of CENTRA.


CENTRA is composed of three groups: Gravitation in Técnico (GRIT), Scientific and Space Instrumentation and Modeling (SIM) and Cosmos and Stars (COSTAR) and its members are at IST, Universidade do AlgarveFaculdade de Ciências of Universidade de Lisboa, and Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto.



Executive Comitee of CENTRA 2017-2020


President - José Pizarro de Sande e Lemos

Vice-President - Ana Maria Mourão

Vogal - Vítor Manuel dos Santos Cardoso


External Advisory Board of CENTRA 2017-2020


Kostas Kokkotas (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Frans Pretorius (University of Princeton, USA)

Chris Haniff (University of Cambridge, UK)


Further and past information can be found at the History page.