Rita Saraiva

Support to projects at LIP has been reinforced with a new member in Lisboa. Rita will share her time between the management of the ERC “FARE – Fake News and Real People”, with Joana G. Sá, and pre-award project support in the framework of LIP’s Administrative services.

Marta Castro

The LIP Distributed Computing and Digital Infrastructures group has a new member in Lisbon. Marta Castro will be involved in national and international innovation and research projects. Marta will work on software development and contribute to the IT support.

Mechanical Workshop

Douglas Lima, computer engineer from Brazil, joined LIP’s MW in Jan 2016 and stayed until Aug 2020, programming and operating the CNC lathe. Combining solid technical knowledge and excellent human qualities, Douglas greatly contributed to the MW. Jorge Moreira, mechanical engineer, joined LIP’s MW and received specific training from Douglas. He is now in charge of the CNC lathe.


Ana Luísa Carvalho, PhD student in the LIP ATLAS Group, is one of the winners of the ATLAS PhD Grants. Congratulations!

Every year the ATLAS Collaboration awards ATLAS PhD grants to three PhD students. The award finances two years of the PhD of these students, one at CERN and the other at the institution of origin. The names of the winners should be publicly announced at a ceremony during the first ATLAS Week in 2021.

This year, among the winners is Ana Luísa Carvalho, PhD student at LIP-Lisboa and at IST, University of Lisbon. The subject of Ana Luísa’s thesis is the study of the couplings of the recently discovered Higgs boson to the top quark, by far the heaviest quark and the heaviest elementary particle we know of. More specifically, she will use the data collected by the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s LHC to study the CP properties of the Higgs couplings to top quarks.

The goal of the ATLAS PhD Grants is to stimulate some of the most talented and motivated young people who are doing PhD in the realm of the ATLAS collaboration. The prize was born in 2013 when Fabiola Gianotti and Peter Jenni, at the time coordinators of the ATLAS experiment, donated for this purpose part of the Fundamental Physics Special Breakthrough Prize that was attributed to them for the leadership role in the discovery of the Higgs boson.

The ATLAS collaboration, which has built and operates one of the two largest experiments at the LHC, has more than 3000 collaborators from 38 countries, including many hundreds of PhD students.

Scientific Council news

The plenary meeting of December 21st 2020 was open to all LIP members.


Slides presented at the meeting (containing in particular information on the following topics: results of recent funding calls; the new organization of LIP’s indico; informations from ECFA; Student publications and theses on Advanced Training webpage; research line strategy definition; researchers’ evaluation procedure revision; and more…)

Documentation on COMPASS++/AMBER

New public group pages

A new WordPress infrastructure is being prepared for the LIP webpages, which is able to host group/project public pages fully autonomously managed by the owners.  For the groups that already had such pages, the information will be migrated to the new system. If you are interested please contact webapps@lip.pt.

All LIP groups have an institutional wepage with the same format and contents within the “Research” menu. Additionally, some groups have a custom-made webpage, which can be accessed from the institutional page clicking the “Group webpage at LIP” button (check for example ATLAS or CMS in the LHC experiments and phenomenology research line; Auger in the Cosmic Rays research line or Space Rad in the Space Applications research line).

It has been a long-standing request of the groups owning such pages that they could take full control of them, being able to autonomously perform any kind of changes and updates. This issue is finally solved.

Again, If you are interested please contact webapps@lip.pt.

Funding opportunities

Info on open or expected calls is provided here. A dedicated webpage with more complete information on funding opportunities will soon be created on the LIP public website and linked in this newsletter.

The first ERC Calls in 2021 will be delayed due to the late adoption of the EU Budget 2021-2027 and the Horizon Europe programme. They will open as soon as possible in order to preserve the calendar for the rest of the year. Further info expected around mid-January.

Types of projects: IC&DT, up to 36 months and 250 k€; PeX, up to 18 months and 50 k€.

LIP Reports 2020/2021

It’s time to prepare LIP’s detailed and public 2020 report and plan for 2021. During January the information must be put into the LIP DB by the Group PIs. Here you can find further details on the timeline, procedure, and what are the main changes this year.

The subject was presented at the December 2020 plenary meeting of the Scientific Council (SC). The slides linked below include this year’s timeline, organization and procedures (both a summary for newcomers and highlights of the main changes) and a set of recommendations from LIP’s Advisory Board.