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Summer School

An introduction to the Summer School

The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) does forefront scientific and technological research with the mission of contributing to our understanding of the Cosmos.

Our centre organises a Summer School for Master and PhD students every year over the summer, usually during the month of July.

Students from everywhere have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, network with researchers and use the experience acquired for their thesis, PhD or post-doc research in the future.

The 5th Institute of Space Sciences Summer School will take place in Barcelona, from July 4 until July 15, 2022. The theme this year is Modified gravities, Inflation and Primordial Perturbations.

5th Summer School

Modified gravities, Inflation and Primordial Perturbations: theory and computing

Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity has provided until now a most successful and accurate framework to fit the results of cosmological observations in a very wide range of scales; thus yielding, at the same time, a very convenient way to model our knowledge of the Universe --and to understand its origin and evolution from the very basic and logical principles that led Einstein to formulate his field equations. However, in recent years some discrepancies have appeared, which have prompted the study of modified versions of GR. Moreover, important issues affecting both the original and the modified theories, such as inflation, primordial gravitational waves (from primordial tensor perturbations), scalar cosmological perturbations, singularities of different kinds appearing in the solutions, etc., need to be addressed.

And all these issues should be viewed with a very wide scope, considering the different subjects in depth separately, but also under a comprehensive and inclusive view, which will take into account all details of each issue: from its theoretical formulation to the effective calculations using numerical up-to-day methods (e.g. python and other); albeit never losing the necessary perspective that will shed light in our search of new procedures and discoveries. In our ultimate quest to better understand the Universe.

This will be the aim of the Summer School 2022, which is for the first time two-week long and that counts among its lecturers with some of the most prominent international specialists in the different fields covered by the Summer School. A way of celebrating that our Institute has recently been awarded the prestigious “Maria de Maeztu” distinction of excellence.


  • Modifying General Relativity: Different approaches
  • Reconstruction of Modified Gravity Theories
  • Inflation, cosmological perturbations
  • Python Lectures: Programming from Newtonian Gravity to Dark Energy and Primordial Gravitational Waves
  • Neutron Star Equation of State
  • Basic concepts and elements of black hole physics: Solutions and singularities
  • Wormholes
  • Supergravity
  • Zeta Function approach to cosmology
  • Historical notes: the quest to understand our Universe



The school will be held at our institute. Please check the information on how to arrive here.


As the number of participants is limited, the Organising Committee will review all the students' applications until all the seats are covered.

  • Deadline: April, 22th, 2022.

Lecturers 2022

Meet the host lecturers of the 5th Summer School. 

  • Emilio Elizalde

  • Sergei D. Odintsov

  • Laura Tolós

  • Carlos Sopuerta

    Guest Lecturers

    • Mariam Bouhmadi-Lopez (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
    • Ioseph L. Buchbinder (Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Russia)
    • Salvatore Capozziello (University Federico II of Naples, Italy)
    • Shin'ichi Nojiri (Nagoya University, Japan)
    • Vasilis K. Oikonomou (Aristotle Univ. Thessaloniki, Greece)
    • Diego Rubiera-García (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)
    • Diego Sáez-Chillón Gómez (University of Valladolid, Spain)
    • Misao Sasaki (Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Japan)
    • Sergey Sushkov (Kazan State University, Russia)

    Past editions


    Artificial Intelligence for Astronomy


    Suspended due to the Covid-19 health crisis


    Geoscience and Remote Sensing society (GRSS)


    Gravitational Wave Astronomy


    Neutron Stars and their Environments

    Contact us

    Email our team for questions related to the summer school and its application process.