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CENTRA is a research unit of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and a leading center for astrophysics and gravitation. The main topics of research are black hole physics, gravitational waves, big bang and the inflationary universe, supernovae, stellar physics, galaxies, and dark matter.


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



Executive Committee of CENTRA 2022-2025


President - Ilídio Lopes

Vice-President - José Pizarro de Sande e Lemos

Vogal - David Hilditch


External Advisory Board of CENTRA 2022-2025


Frans Pretorius (University of Princeton, USA)
Chris Haniff (University of Cambridge, UK)
Alexander Balakin (University of Kazan, Russia)


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