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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, University of Algarve UniversityFaculdade de Ciências of Universidade de LisboaFaculdade de Engenharia do Porto and University of Beira Interior.



Executive Comitee of CENTRA 2013-2017


President - José Pizarro de Sande e Lemos

Vice-President - Ana Maria Mourão

Vogal - Robertus Potting


External Advisory Board of CENTRA 2011-2016


Kostas Kokkotas (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Frans Pretorius (University of Princeton, USA)

Asantha Cooray (University of Irvine, USA)


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