The Astronomy projects being developed at the European Southern Observatory (ESO, of which Portugal is a member state), cover areas almost unexplored by science, such as Interferometry in the infrared with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) and in the sub-millimeter with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA).
In addition, the current and future missions of the European Space Agency (ESA, of which Portugal is also a member state), namely Herschel, Planck, Gaia, Solar Orbiter, Euclid, Juice and JWST, will further add to the challenges and visibility of Astronomy.
New domains will be open to observation. In parallel, innovative diagnostic tools and techniques are being integrated, as well as new ways of accessing and operating the facilities. The large telescopes in operation, and the ones under construction or being designed as the European-Extreme Large Telescope (E-ELT), real data collecting machines, require innovative technologies (adaptive optics for example), complex systems and techniques for the data handling, processing and analysis as well as new attitudes in the way astronomers access their own data. Further to that the use of the "Virtual Observatories" building upon various data banks and data bases, which include data from ground and space observations, also add new dimensions and opportunities. Consequently, the role of Astronomy as a privileged area for multidisciplinary training, across various fields of science and technology, shines out clearly.
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PhD grants are offered by the Ministry of Science and Technology through Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (the national research council). Applications are open annually. Gulbenkian Foundation (private foundation) also offers some PhD grants. PhD grants may also be offered by Advisors or Host Institutions within specific research projects, including for example the Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP).
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