New book by Barreira & Valls

Luís Barreira and Claudia Valls have published Sistemas Dinâmicos via exemplos though ISTPRESS. This is a large collection of problems, with detailed solutions, dealing with the core theory of dynamical systems. It can be used as a complement to a main text on the subject, in particular with the authors’ Sistemas Dinâmicos, uma introdução.


Course on Martingale problem and lumpability for Markov processes
2019-02-18 — 2019-03-14

A one month course by Johel Beltrán, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with sessions Mon, Wed, Thu, from 14:00 to 16:00, February 18 to March 14 2019. Room 5.18, Mathematics Building on the IST Alameda campus.

The martingale problem is an important tool in probability theory introduced by Stroock and Varadhan as an approach to Markov processes. The purpose of this course is to present a detailed introduction to the martingale problem theory as well as a review of recent applications to the study of two different subjects:

  1. metastability of zero range processes and
  2. Kingman’s process as scaling limit for coalescing random walks.

Interestingly, they both will be tackled as instances of a more general problem: lumpability for Markov processes.


Group including Ricardo Schiappa funded by ERC

The ERC Synergy Grant 810573 ReNewQuantum - Recursive and Exact New Quantum Theory, which includes Professor Ricardo Schiappa, has been funded by the European Research Council with a € 10 000 000 grant.


Mini-course on Hydrodynamic limit of particle systems on resistance spaces
2019-01-25 — 2019-02-06

The goal of the mini-course by Joe Chen is to describe the recent progress on establishing scaling limits of many-particle systems on state spaces which are bounded in the resistance metric, a.k.a. "resistance spaces." These include trees, fractals, and random graphs arising from critical percolation. As a concrete example, one can establish scaling limits of the weakly asymmetric exclusion process on the Sierpinski gasket interacting with 3 boundary reservoirs, which generalizes (in a nontrivial way) the analysis on  the unit interval interacting with 2 boundary reservoirs.

The key ideas behind these results will be explained, and connections to  the analysis of (S)PDEs, and issues of non-equilibrium statistical physics,  on resistance spaces will be discussed. From a technical point of view, some novel functional inequalities for the exclusion process that relates to electrical resistance will be addressed, and the way they are used to effect "coarse-graining" in passing to the scaling limits will be described.

la Caixa Doctoral INPhINIT Fellowships
2019-01-01 — 2019-02-06

The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT “la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers-of any nationality-who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The doctoral INPhINIT fellowships offer a highly competitive salary and complementary opportunities for training on transferrable skills (through the collaboration of leading entities such as Vitae and Oxentia), temporary stays in industry, incentives upon completion of the thesis, among other elements that make these fellowships some of the most attractive and complete in Europe.

At CAMGSD, the INPhINIT Programme 2019 positions are offered in the following topics:

  •  JB*-triples and Tits-Kantor-Koecher Lie algebras
  • General Toeplitz Operators and Riemann-Hilbert Problems
  • Symplectic and Related Geometries
  • String Theory and Quantization
  • Mathematical Relativity
  • Calculus of Variations and Applications to the Mechanics of Materials

Deadline for the applications: February 6, 2019

For more information, see:

More detailed information about the proposed research topics can be found choosing country (Portugal) and research center (CAMGSD) at



Article by Ricardo Schiappa highlighted

The article Resurgence matches quantisation, by Ricardo Couso-Santamaría, Marcos Mariño and Ricardo Schiappa, was selected as one of the best papers published in 2017 in the Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical.

Graduate research grants
2018-02-16 — 2018-03-02

CAMGSD opened a call for three Graduate research grants, intended for students enrolled in a Master program. The selected candidates are supposed to carry out research work in the thematic areas of the Center and be supervised by one of its members.

Details (in Portuguese) about how to apply are available at (local copy)


Symposium talk by Charles Fefferman

The Mathematics symposium entitled Interpolation and Approximation in Several Variables by Professor Charles Fefferman (Princeton University) will take place on January 30, at 5 p.m., in Salão Nobre.

Born in 1949, he got his PhD in mathematics in 1969 at Princeton University under the supervision of Elias Stein. In 1971 he became full professor at the University of Chicago, being the youngest full professor in the US. In 1973 he returned to Princeton University where he has remained ever since.

Charles Fefferman’s primary field of research is mathematical analysis, where he made important and fundamental contributions to Fourier analysis. He also published an important work on physics-mathematics, conformal geometry and fluid mechanics.

Fefferman is one of the most talented mathematicians of all times and has been awarded some of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of Mathematics and Science: Fields Medal (1978), Wolf Prize (2017), Alan T. Waterman Award (1976), Salem Prize (1971), Bergman Prize (1992), Bôcher Prize (2008), American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1972), National Academy of Sciences (1979), among many others.


Mini-course on Entropy Methods in Particle Systems
2017-11-15 — 2017-11-23

The goal of this course by Milton Jara, IMPA, is to present the Relative-Entropy Method of Yau in the context of general continuous time Markov chains, as well as recent advances obtained in collaboration with Otávio Menezes (IST Lisbon). The course targets students at the master or PhD level, but can also be suitable for advanced undergraduate students in mathematics. The only requirement is to be acquainted with the equivalent of an introductory course on Markov chains.


XXVI International Fall Workshop on Geometry and Physics
2017-09-04 — 2017-09-07

The Fall Workshops on Geometry and Physics have been held yearly since 1992, and bring together Spanish and Portuguese geometers and physicists, along with an ever increasing number of participants from outside the Iberian peninsula. The meetings aim to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between researchers from different backgrounds, and always include a substantial number of enthusiastic young researchers amongst the participants.


ERC Grant awarded to Patrícia Gonçalves

Patrícia Gonçalves, researcher at CAMGSD and an Associate Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico since May 2016, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant of 1,180,000€ for 5 years. This is the first time the European Research Council has granted this award to a mathematician working in Portugal.

The funded research project aims at characterizing the universality of the macroscopic behavior of some physical systems from underlying microscopic stochastic dynamics, by deriving the macroscopic laws, namely, (stochastic) partial differential equations, which govern the space-time evolution of the thermodynamic quantities of those physical systems.


Call for Applications — Hylef Project Doctoral and Postdoctoral Grants
2016-12-22 — 2017-02-15

The research program on Hydrodynamic Limits and Equilibrium Fluctuations: universality from stochastic systems, coordinated by Patrícia Gonçalves, invites applications for doctoral and postdoctoral positions for research in Mathematics / Probability at the Center for Mathematical Analysis, Geometry, and Dynamical Systems of the Instituto Superior Técnico at the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

Further details are available from

Introductory Research Grants
2016-10-25 — 2016-11-11

A call for two Introductory Research Grants in Mathematics is about to open. They will be supervised by a CAMGSD member for a one year period.

The call announcement is available from (local copy).


Pedro Nunes Lectures 2016: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon
2016-10-20 — 2016-10-24

CAMGSD is proud to support the Pedro Nunes Lectures 2016 featuring Jean-Pierre Bourguignon.

Graduate research grants
2016-10-06 — 2016-10-20

CAMGSD opened a call for two Graduate research grants, intended for students enrolled in a Master program. The winning candidates will do research work in the thematic areas of the Center and will be supervised by, at least, one of its members. Details in Portuguese are available from (local copy).


Hugo Tavares awarded prize

Hugo Tavares, CAMGSD Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, was awarded the Universidade de Lisboa / Caixa Geral de Depósitos Scientific Prize of 6,500€ in the field of Pure and Applied Mathematics. The selection committee assessed the scientific merit of the research work of the candidates in 2011-2015.


CAMGSD in the Ciência 2016 meeting
2016-07-04 — 2016-07-06

The Encontro Ciência 2016 about national scientific and technological activities will be held July 4 - July 6.

CAMGSD will be present in the technical meeting about research in Mathematics and its Applications on Wednesday July 6, 11:30am.

Chair: Carlos Rocha

João Costa
Global uniqueness in general relativity: the strong cosmic censorship conjecture.

Hugo Tavares
Phase separation in competitive nonlinear systems and applicationsto shape optimization problems.

Ana Patrícia Gonçalves
Universality from microscopic stochastic dynamics.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematical Relativity
2016-06-03 — 2016-06-30

A postdoctoral fellowship is available at the Mathematical Relativity Group in CAMGSD.

The fellowship is within the area of the GPSEinstein grant, namely global properties of solutions of the Einstein equations, hyperbolic partial differential equations, cosmic censorship and the formation of singularities in general relativity.

Starting date: 
Between October 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017.

Conditions of award:

  • Applicants must have obtained a PhD degree in mathematics or related area and a relevant research record in the areas of the GPSEinstein grant. 
  • Preference will be given to candidates with PhD degrees awarded in the last 6 years.


Candidates should send the following documents by email to, before June 30, 2016:

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Copy of the PhD certificate.
  • Research proposal.
  • 1 or 2 letters of recommendation.  
  • Completed application form.

The Mathematical Relativity Group in CAMGSD: At present, our group is composed of 4 faculty members (João L Costa, Pedro Girão, José Natário and Jorge D. Silva), 3 postdoctoral fellows (Artur Alho, Luis F. Costa and Anne Franzen) and 1 PhD student (Pedro Oliveira).

Graduate research grants
2016-03-11 — 2016-03-24

CAMGSD opened a call for three Graduate research grants, intended for students enrolled in a Master program. The winning candidates will do research work in the thematic areas of the Center and will be supervised by, at least, one of its members. Details in Portuguese are available from:

It is expected that calls for 3 additional grants will be opened for students graduating before August of the current academic year.

Graduate research grants

CAMGSD will offer six Graduate research grants, intended for students enrolled in a Master program. The winning candidates will do research work in the thematic areas of the Center and will be supervised by, at least, one of its members. The fellowships will run from: May 2016 to August 2017 (2 grants) and September 2016 to August 2017 (4 grants). The call is expected to open in February 2016.


José Natário in Antena 2 show on the 100 years of General Relativity

One hundred years ago, in December, Einstein presented the Theory of General Relativity and the world changed forever. First of four Antena 2 Science programs in Portuguese dedicated to Einstwein's scientific revolution, with the mathematician and CAMGSD member José Natário and the theoretical physicist Vitor Cardoso.


Oswald Veblen Prize 2016 awarded to André Neves

André Arroja Neves, Professor of Imperial College, UK, colaborator and frequent visitor of CAMGSD, was awarded, jointly with Codá Marques from Princeton University, the 2016 Oswald Veblen Prize by the American Mathematical Society. This distinction celebrates his contribuitions in topology and differential geometry, and stresses the solution of the Willmore Conjecture.

André Neves is a former student of the Licenciatura em Matemática Aplicada e Computação and was a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics of Instituto Superior Técnico. He will be one of the speakers at the 1st Meeting of Mathematics Students which will be held at Técnico in March 2016.

Highlighted article by JL Costa, PM Girão, J Natário and J Drumond Silva

The article On the global uniqueness for the Einstein-Maxwell-scalar field system with a cosmological constant: I Well posedness and breakdown criterion by JL Costa, PM Girão, J Natário and J Drumond Silva was selected as one of the Classical and Quantum Gravity's Highlights of 2014-2015. Highlighted articles represent the most original and high interest work published in the journal.


Research paper on clock synchronization goes viral

A research paper by our own Henrique Oliveira (CAMGSD, Técnico, Lisboa) and by Luís Melo (INESC MN, Técnico, Lisboa) on an old problem of clock synchronization has been widely cited in the media and social networks in the last few weeks.


Geometry Summer School: 100 Years of General Relativity
2015-07-13 — 2015-07-17

The Geometry Summer School will celebrate the centenary of the General Theory of Relativity.

During one week, high school students will be exposed to the geometric ideas of Relativity through a series of activities.

George Sell (1937-2015)

It is with the deepest regret that we announce the passing of Professor George Sell. His support to the Centro de Análise Matemática, Geometria e Sistemas Dinâmicos through its Advisory Board since 2009 was deeply felt and greatly appreciated.

A biography is available in JDE 208, 3-8 (2005).


John Huerta to give Levi S. Conant Lecture

John Huerta will give a lecture entitled Symmetry in Mathematics and Physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on April 18, 2014, at 3 pm.

Huerta will explore the fascinating tale of symmetry, from its codification into a powerful tool called group theory by mathematicians in the 19th century, to its rise to the center of fundamental physics in the 20th century, and its evolution and influence today.

The lecture is part of WPI's Levi L. Conant Lecture Series, featuring Conant Prize winners.


Applications to LisMath — Lisbon Mathematics PhD
2014-02-03 — 2014-03-31

The LisMath program merges the training and research expertise of the two Mathematics PhD programs of Universidade de Lisboa, namely, the ones at Instituto Superior Técnico and at Faculdade de Ciências. It is supported by 8 research centers including CAMGSD.

The program is funded by a 2.2 M€ grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology.

Applications for the first 9 LisMath Scholarships will be open February 3 — March 31, 2014.



Call for research fellowhips in the framework of the Geometry and Mathematical-Physics Project
2014-02-26 — 2014-03-17

The Geometry and Mathematical Physics project (GMP) of Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal, invites applications for research fellowships in mathematics within one of the research areas of GMP.


Portuguese Mathematical Society 2013 Summer School
2013-09-05 — 2013-09-07

The 2013 Summer School of the Portuguese Mathematical Society will take place September 5-7, at the National Museum of Natural History and Science, in Lisbon, and will have Mathematics of Planet Earth as its main theme.

The Summer School is aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, undergraduate university students, and researchers but can be followed by general public interested in mathematics and its applications. Its main objective is to provide an opportunity to explore and discuss important aspects of Mathematics and its applications through plenary and thematic sessions, short courses and exhibitions.

The Summer School receives financial support from CAMGSD, CMAF, and Ciência Viva.

Conference LARSyS 2013 - Robotics and Systems in Engineering and Science
2013-07-04 — 2013-07-05

The Annual Meeting of the Associate Laboratory LARSyS will take place at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento in Lisbon on July 4-5, 2013.

The meeting is being organized in close collaboration with the Agência Nacional para a Cultura Científica e Tecnológica, Ciência Viva.

The program includes oral presentations and debates led by researches involved in the interdisciplinary projects of LARSyS and is oriented towards issues associated with knowledge strategies emerging both in Portugal and abroad.

Investigadores FCT @ CAMGSD

Investigador FCTCongratulations to the three researchers who won competitive Investigador FCT Positions at our Center:

  • Óscar Dias
  • David Martinez Torres
  • Hugo Tavares

John Huerta awarded the 2013 AMS Levi L. Conant Prize

John Huerta, who is just starting his postdoctoral position at CAMGSD, will be receiving the 2013 AMS Levi L. Conant Prize jointly with John Baez of the University of California, Riverside. The Conant Prize recognizes the best expository paper published in either the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS in the preceding five years. The prize will be awarded on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.

John was interviewed by CiênciaHoje.


Iberian Strings 2013
2013-01-22 — 2013-01-25

The Iberian Strings 2013 meeting is the fourth meeting of the Iberian Strings series, superseding previous editions of the Workshop on Gravitational Aspects of Strings and Branes and of Northwest Strings. These meetings bring together a large part of the string theory community of Spain and Portugal and aim at discussing recent advances in the field of strings and branes.

CAMGSD Postdocs 2012

Huerta Pabiniak

The two CAMGSD 2012 Postdoctoral fellowships have been awarded to the following researchers:

  • John Huerta, currently at Australian National University in Canberra, will hold a CAMGSD post doc position starting January 10, 2013.
  • Milena Pabiniak. Milena, currently at Cornell University, will hold a CAMGSD post doc position starting January 1, 2013.

4th IST-IME meeting
2012-09-03 — 2012-09-07

This edition of the IST-IME meetings will honor the 60th birthdays of Luís Magalhães and Carlos Rocha whose scientific partnership with Waldyr Oliva was the germ for these meetings.


Doctoral Programme in Mathematics at Instituto Superior Técnico 2012/13

The deadline for application to the Doctoral Programme in Mathematics at Instituto Superior Técnico was January 31, 2012.

LARSyS Lecture Series in Engineering and Mathematics

A new Lecture Series sponsored by CAMGSD in the framework of the Associate Laboratory LARSyS started on November 8, 2011.

New faces at CAMGSD

As usual the new academic year has brought lots of new faces to CAMGSD. These include post-doctoral fellows Daniele Sepe, João Esteves, Matias del Hoyo, Pedro Vaz and Xavier Roulleau, and doctoral students Roberto Machado Velho and Sinan Eden.


Former Mathematics student at IST receives 1 million € grant

The European Research Council has granted André Neves a bolsa ERC de 1 milhão €. André was a former Mathematics sudent at IST.

Call for applications to post-doctoral research positions in 2012/13

CAMGSD announced a new call for applications to post-graduate research positions in 2012/13. The deadline for application was December 12, 2011.

Check the full announcement

Jack K. Hale, 1928-2009

It is with the deepest regret that we announce the passing of Professor Jack Hale. His continued support during the years was felt under a great many number of forms, starting with his direct support to the Mathematics Department in its launch of its Master Programme in 1984, and including his support to the Centro de Análise Matemática, Geometria e Sistemas Dinâmicos through its Advisory Board.

His contribution to the Development of Department of Mathematics was recognized by Instituto Superior Técnico with the award of a Honoris Causa Doctorate through Universidade Técnica de Lisboa in 1991. In 1999 the Center organized at IST an International Conference in his honor under the title Dynamical Systems and Evolutionary Equations. It is impossible to overestimate his contribution to the development of CAMGSD.

A biography is published in JDE 168, 3-9 (2000).

News archive

This page contains news items which were highlighted in the CAMGSD site and somehow are still relevant. Additional news item may correspond to meetings.