Sep 5 – 9, 2016
Department of Physics (University of Coimbra)
Europe/Lisbon timezone

We are pleased to announce the third NewCompStar school, following the 2014 (Barcelona) and the 2015 (Bucharest) editions. The NewCompStar school 2016 will focus on Gravitational Physics, and include some Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics topics. 

Photo taken inside the University  courtyard having "Via Latina" as bakground



Topics & Lecturers

General Relativity

  • Introduction to General Relativity (V. Cardoso)
  • Tests of general relativity and neutron star mass measurements from timing of radio pulsars (P. Freire)
  •  Analytical Relativity Modelling of Coalescing Compact Binaries (A. Le Tiec)

Numerical Relativity

  • Introduction to Numerical Relativity (U. Sperhake)
  • SageManifolds or Numerical Models (E. Gourgoulhon) 
  • General Relativistic Hydrodynamics & Magnetohydrodynamics (L. Rezzolla)
  • NS-NS and BH-NS coalescing binaries (T. Font)

Neutron star oscillations & instabilities

  • Bulk & Shear Viscosities in Nuclear Matter (E. Kantor)
  • Introduction to NS Oscillations & Instabilities (K. Glampedakis)
  • Bulk & Shear Viscosities in Quark Matter (A. Schmitt)

Gravitational Waves

  • Gravitational wave source modeling (I. Jones)
  • Detection & Anaysis (M. A. Papa)

Equation of State

  • Microscopic description of the Dense Matter EoS (F. Burgio)
  • Effect of the Magnetic Field on the Dense Matter EoS (V. Dexheimer)


Pratical Class on General relativity computations
There will be a pratical class on General relativity computations with SageManifolds, on Tuesday.  SageManifolds [1] is an extension of the Python-based modern computer
algebra system SageMath [2] towards differential geometry and tensor calculus. We shall use it to perform computations and draw figures regarding neutron star and black hole spacetimes. The School participants are encouraged to install the free software SageMath on their computer prior to the school or to open a free account on the SageMathCloud [3] in order to run SageMath remotely.


Poster session

Students may present their work on the posters session
A poster session is programmed on Wednesday at 16:30 for students to present their work. A votation will be organized to select the three best posters.

Setelcted posters:
Sofija Antic: The liquid-gas phase transition within the temperature-dependent DD-NLD model
Christine Farrugia: Thermodynamic Geodesics of a Supermassive Reissner-Nordström Black Hole
Vasiliy Dommes:


Public Colloquium

public Colloquium will take place in the Museu da Ciência, on the 8th September at 18h30. The colloquium will be in English followed by a discussion in English and Portuguese.

Estrelas de neutrões, pulsares e testes da relatividade geral de Einstein

Neutron stars, pulsars and tests to the theory of General relativity

Paulo Freire, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Germany


The school will consist of four 2-lecture  courses on more basic general topics, a few lectures on more specific topics and some practical exercise sessions. There will be  time for student poster presentations.

The list of topics we aim to cover includes:  general relativity, numerical relativity, gravitational waves, neutron star oscillations and instabilities and equation of state.

According to the NewCompStar policy we shall partly cover the travel and accommodation expenses to all eligible participants. In order to apply, students are requested to provide a CV and two recommendation letters not later than June 15th.

Co-organised by CFisUC, University of Coimbra and NewCompstar.

Travel Information

Arriving to Portugal either through the airport of Lisboa/Lisbon or  Porto/Oporto. Although Lisboa has a lot more connections to European capitals, Oporto also offers good connections. From either airport you  can use the metro (running every 5-10 min in Lisboa and every ~ 15 min in Porto) to the railway stations of Oriente (Lisboa; 5-10 min) or Campanhã  (Porto; ~ 40 min), respectively. Then you take the fast trains (AP or IC)  to Coimbra (1h35 to 1h50 from Lisboa  see or ~ 1h from  Porto).

Metro (see Porto subway map tickets could be purchased at the respective stations (buy two trips in case you plan to use the same means for the return journey) and keep the ticket  (later you can also top it up).

Trains run most of the day time about every hour, and this until about 20:00. The last train from Lisboa (check schedule at ) is an international one that leaves Oriente at 21:27 and takes two hours to Coimbra. Trains tickets may easily be purchased at (Advanced purchase may profit from a reasonable discount.) Lisbon-Coimbra one way costs €32,80/€22,80 (1st/2nd class) on AP, and  24,30/19,20 on IC Porto-Coimbra one way costs €21,70/€16,70 (1st/2nd class) on AP, and 17,20/13,20€ on IC

From the Coimbra railway station (Coimbra B) to the Hotel or the Department of Physics (see map in a taxi (less than 10€) is the best option. 


Students will stay in one of the Students Residence of the University of Coimbra at  walking distance to the University (15min)

a) How to get from the Train Station to the Students' Residence:

1) By bus: From the Main Train Station (Coimbra-B) take a suburban/regional train to the Central Station (Coimbra) (also called Estação Nova). The journey takes about 5 minutes, and the ticket you bought for Coimbra-B is also valid for that station. From Coimbra Station take bus #4 to "António José Almeida 5" bus stop, which is right in front of the residence (Residência António José de Almeida) (you can also ask the driver to tell you where to get out, if in doubt). You can buy the bus ticket from the driver (1.60 euro). Check the bus schedule in (choose "4-Estação Nova-Sto António dos Olivais (via Celas)").

for a picture of the residence entrance.

Please be aware that on Sundays (Domingos), there is only about 1 bus per hour, so you might want to take a taxi from Coimbra-B.

2) By taxi: Take a taxi from Coimbra-B to Residência António José de Almeida. It should cost ~5 euro.

b) How to get from the Students' Residence to the Physics Department:

It's about 1km. Please check the map attached.

How to get from the Students' Residence to the Physics Department

Lecturers will stay in a nearby hotel at walking distance (10 minutes through the Botanic Garden)


Points of interest:


a) Breakfast
The breakfast is served from 8am to 11am in the canteen "Químicas" (location #1 in map). It costs 0.80€ for 2 breads, butter, jam, coffee/milk or both. You can have other things but you will pay for each item separately.

b) Lunch
The lunch is served from 12pm to 3pm. There are three canteens open during the School week: the "Químicas" (location #1 in map), where the meal has a fixed price of 2.40€, and you can choose from a meat, fish or veggie main course, and it also includes bread, soup, and dessert. The canteen "Jerónimos" (location #2 in map) has two queues: the fixed-price queue, just like Químicas, and a pay-as-you-take queue, where the prices can go from ~3.5€ up to ~6€, and where you have more options. The canteen "Azuis" (location #3 in map) has only one queue, but it serves the fixed-price meal, together with other options, where you pay for each separately. There is also a restaurant (location #5 in map) that serves meals from ~3.5€ up to ~6.5€.

c) Dinner and weekends
The dinner is served from 7pm to 9pm in the canteen "Azuis" only. This is also the only canteen open during weekends. The other canteens are closed.

These are just a few options. Certainly, Coimbra has many restaurants, bars, caffes that you can explore as well!


Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

Valeria Ferrari (Sapienza Universitá di Roma, Italy), Ian Jones (Southampton University, UK), Micaela Oertel  (LUTH-Observatoire de Paris,  France)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

Constança Providência (CFisUC & UC), Isaac Vidaña (CFisUC & UC), Silvia Chiacchiera (CFisUC & UC), Pedro Costa (CFisUC & UC), Orlando Oliveira (CFisUC & UC), Helena Pais (CFisUC)

This school is co-organized by the  COST Action MP1304  (CompStar - Exploring fundamental physics with compact stars), the Centro de Física da Universidade de Coimbra (CFisUC) and the University of Coimbra (UC)

Department of Physics (University of Coimbra)