This February, the LIP DataCenter at 3Is in Lisbon started operations. This infrastructure currently houses the LIP backup system in Lisbon, as well as support services for the building’s network.

The use of the DataCenter in Reitoria and of the INCD infrastructure is maintained for general IT services and computing and data services.

Licença para workspace do LIP no Slack

O LIP obteve uma licença standard para um workspace no Slack. Esta licença permite ter uma maior capacidade de armazenamento e um número maior (mas limitado) de utilizadores registados.

Os pedidos de inclusão dos grupos do LIP que desejem usufruir deste serviço devem ser realizados pelos seus investigadores responsáveis enviando e-mail para

A inclusão de utilizadores terá de ser gerida pelos grupos de forma a garantir que o limite da licença não será ultrapassado.

LIP slack workspace

Funding opportunities

FTC calls are ongoing (CEECs and PTDC). ERC was delayed but should be about to start. Latest predictions for the starting grant: from about NOW to April 8, to be confirmed…

The Starting Grant call should open any day now: on 22 Feb it was scheduled to open on 25 Feb (it didn’t) and close on 8 April. The Consolidator Grant call should open on 11 March 2021. The advice is: “We expect considerable continuity compared to previous calls, so we encourage applicants to prepare their proposals”.

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.

Scientific Council news

A collection of recent information and documents: research line strategy discussion, minutes of the plenary and C4 meetings, Advisory board, PTDC reviews…

Research line strategy discussion

Minutes and documents (C4 in Portuguese)

PTDC reviews

  • The directorate asked for the help of the SC board to identify researchers to help on the revision of LIP’s applications to the PTDC call. Each PTDC should receive comments from two persons: one of the directors and another senior researcher.

2021 meeting with LIP’s international Advisory Board

  • The meeting will be held (most probably only remotely) on April 29th and 30th

Associate Laboratories call

The results were made public by FCT on February 24th. All the 26 LAs were renovated (with the 2019 level of funding) and 14 new were created. LIP’s rating is clearly below expectations.

  • The individual evaluation reports can be found here
  • The results can be found here (excel file)

In conclusion, LIP keeps the status of Associate Laboratory, and roughly the 2019 level of funding. However, the rating is clearly below expectations. In the coming days the directorate will submit their comments to FCT in the hope not of greater funding but of a fairer classification.

Below you can find LIP’s application documentation and on the timeline of the call:

  • 28 Sep 2020 Opening of the call
  • 29 Oct 2020 Deadline for the application submission (see LIP’s application document)
  • 10 Dec 2020 LIP’s public presentation (see LIP’s presentation slides and video recording)
  • 9 Jan 2021 Deadline to reply to the panel’s clarification request
  • 24 Feb 2021 Announcement of the results

LIP reports/plans 2020/2021

LIP’s detailed and public 2020/2021 reports are under way. You can find here the detailed report v1.0 (draft database format) now circulating for comments.

Other links:

People’s photons on the webpage: we (still) need your help!

Did you recently have a look at the people’s webpage in LIP’s public website? We do need your help to get more photos into this wepage!

1) Your photo is in the LIP DB but it is not visible on the web?
please go to the DB and change your personal permissions (to show email, phone, photo) as appropriate.

2) Your photo is neither on the LIP DB nor on the web page? 
please send your picture to and then follow step (1) if necessary.

If you have any questions just send an email to

New public WordPress pages

A new structure able to host web pages autonomously managed by the owners is now available. This has been a long-standing request.

For long, groups, projects and even individual researchers at LIP felt the need for public web pages that could be fully controlled by their owners, without the need for the intervention of the LIP webmaster. This issue is finally solved.

The get a page or ask for further information please contact

As an example, the Auger group has this new public WordPress web page in which all the editing can be done autonomously by the group. This page can be accessed from the group’s institutional LIP page. For examples of autonomous project pages see LouMu or RD51. You can then link this pages wherever you like.

LIP-News Bulletin #17

In this issue (mostly in Portuguese, this time) we highlight two themes that are important for Portugal and for science in Portugal, far beyond particle physics. The first is the project to create a proton therapy center in Portugal, with treatment and research facilities. The association ProtoTera, of which LIP is a member, was created in the end of 2019 and will carry out the necessary studies and developments in the coming years. The other major theme is the approval by the CERN Council of the revision of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, which has been discussed in the community over the past two years, and which is fundamental for guaranteeing CERN’s future and Europe’s role in science and innovation throughout almost the entire 21st century.

A space dedicated to the pandemic situation follows. Firstly, the initiatives with the aim of helping in this fight that arose within the LIP community, especially in Coimbra. Then, several aspects of how we lived this troubled period at LIP, which somehow had to be present in this issue. But particle physics did not stop. All summer conferences took place online, with the usual avalanche of new results and, in many cases, more participants than possible in face-to-face editions. The article “HEP circa 2020” gives us a quite detailed summary of the state of affairs. The rest of the Bulletin is devoted to advanced training and dissemination, always very important to us, and also to what has been happening at LIP: news from the groups and collaborations, new research groups, new collaborators, defended theses. We try to catch up, and some things were left out already waiting for the next issue, in this which is the longest LIP-news Bulletin ever.

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