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.