Rio de Janeiro, July 29  - August 9 2002

    The Brazilian School of Cosmology and Gravitation is one of the oldest and more traditional schools in Brazil, and has been periodically organized by the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF) since 1976. The School has promoted the contact between students and scientists from different countries working  in Gravitation, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Field Theory in Curved Spacetimes, and related areas.

    Top-scientists from all over the world have given lectures in the School. Among them we can mention the following: J. Bekenstein, R. Brandenberger, Y. Choquet-Bruhat, B. DeWitt, A. Dolgov, G. F. Ellis, J. Ellis, L. Ford, W. Israel, B. Jones, A. Kirilov, E. Kolb, E. Lifshitz, V. Lukash, B. Mashhoon, V. Melnikov, V. Mostepanenko, I. Novikov, V. Rudenko, P. Srivastava, A. Starobinsky, G. Smoot, and B. Unruh. Check this link for information about previous schools.

    The school will take place from  Monday, 29 July to  Friday ,  9 August 2002 at the 5-star Hotel Portobello, situated near the city of Mangaratiba, 2 hours south of Rio de Janeiro.

Hotel Portobello-RJ

Panoramic view of the Hotel Portobello


    The school is aimed primarily at postgraduate students and theoretical and experimental physicists in the areas of Gravitation, Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Field Theory in Curved Spacetimes. We expect all participants to have a suitable background in these areas.


    Each lecturer will deliver  5 lectures of about 75 minutes, to present an overview of his topic. There will also be advanced seminars.

Lectures and topics

Gravitational Collapse and Spacetime Singularities, P. Brady (University of Wisconsin, USA).

From Black Holes to Gamma Ray Bursts, R. Ruffini (ICRA and University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy).

Astroparticle Physics: an overview, E. Kolb (Fermilab, USA).

Chaos in Cosmology and Astrophysics, V. G. Gurzadyan (ICRA, Italy and YPI, Armenia).

String / M-Theory Cosmology, E. Copeland (Sussex University, England).

Quantum Gravity, J. Pullin (Penn  State University, USA).

Introduction to Thermal Field Theory , N. Fux Svaiter (CBPF, Brasil).

Observational Cosmology, J. Bartlett (College de France, France).

Advanced Seminars
M. Lachieze-Rey (Saclay, France): Space and Spacetime in Cosmology
V. Melnikov (Institute of Metrology, Russia): P-Branes, Extra Dimensions and Observational Windows
V. Mostepanenko (U. of Paraiba, Brazil): Experimental Status of Corrections to Newtonian Gravity Inspired by the Extra Dimensional Physics
M. Novello (CBPF, Brazil): Non-Gravitational Black Holes: an Overview
I. Dymnikova (U. of Warmia and Mazury, Poland): Cosmological variable term
A. Gangui (U. of Buenos Aires, Argentina): Cosmology from topological defects



To see the detailed program, click here.

Scientific Committee

M. Novello (CBPF)
E. Kolb (Fermilab, USA)
E. Elbaz (Lyon U. , France)
V. Melnikov (Institute of Metrology, Russia)
R. Triay (CTP/ U. de Marseille, France)
S. Perez Bergliaffa (CBPF)

Financial Support:  CBPF, ICRA, FAPERJ.