Skip to main content

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 6th Institute of Space Sciences Summer School will take place in Barcelona, from July 3rd until July 13th, 2023. The theme this year will be the Life Cycle of Dust.

6th Summer School

Life Cycle of Dust

Interstellar dust is the mass reservoir of the heavier elements synthesized in the interior of stars and in supernovae (Mg, Si, Al, Ca, Fe, etc.), and represents about 1% of the total mass of the Interstellar Medium (ISM). The study of dust is key to a better knowledge of the ISM and the physical processes that take place in it.

This Summer School is focused on the understanding and characterization of the life cycle of the dust from its formation in dying stars to the assembly to form meteorites and planets. The prime objective is to provide junior astronomers with a foundation in the field of dust astrophysics through lectures by prominent researchers in the field. We will cover a wide scope of topics, ranging from laboratory and computational perspectives on dust: formation of dust in stars, supernovae, Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and dust in high-redshift galaxies; the distribution and properties of dust in the Milky Way; grain growth; molecular chemistry on dust surfaces; presolar dust and contemporary dust in the Solar System; and the role of the dust in star and planet formation.

The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) will welcome around 30 Master and Doctoral students to attend the Summer School, in which they will broaden their knowledge on the Life Cycle of Dust as well as get in touch with the other research groups working at the institute. Applications from young postdocs are also welcome.


  • Introduction to dust astrophysics
  • Characterizing cosmic dust particles
  • Grain growth
  • Dust particle distribution
  • Dust formation in evolved stars and the ISM
  • Dust in star formation
  • Dust in disks
  • Dust in the early Universe
  • Dust in extreme environments
  • Meteorites and solar system dust
  • Astronomical facilities to study the dust
  • X-ray observations of dust
  • Millimeter and radio observations of dust
  • Polarimetric observations of dust and magnetic fields
  • Quantum chemical modelling of dust
  • Chemistry in dust surfaces


Hands-on & activities

  • Dust opacities
  • SED modelling
  • ALMA imaging analysis of dust
  • Tours through Institute facilities
  • Laboratory tours


Group picture of the 6th Summer School edition. Thank you everyone for coming!


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


◉ Registration will be open from 13/02/2023 until 03/05/2023 [deadline extended]

◉ Registration without scholarship will be open until 16/06/2023

◉ Selected participants with scholarship will be notified by 10/05/2023

◉ School will run from 03/07/2023 to 13/07/2023

Lecturers 2023

Meet the host lecturers of the 6th Summer School. 

  • Ciska Kemper

  • Álvaro Sánchez-Monge

  • Josep Miquel Girart

  • Josep Maria Trigo-Rodríguez

    Guest Lecturers

    • Stefan Bromley (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)
    • Gemma Busquet (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)
    • Carlos Carrasco-González (Instituto de Radioastronomía y Astrofísica, IRyA-UNAM, Morelia, Mexico) 
    • Thavisha Dharmawardena (Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany)
    • Vincent Guillet (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Paris-Saclay, Paris, France)
    • Matthias Maercker (Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden)
    • Anaëlle Maury (CEA Paris-Saclay, Paris, France)
    • François Ménard (Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France)
    • Olga Muñoz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain)
    • Mayra Osorio (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain)
    • Albert Rimola (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain)
    • Raffaella Schneider (Università di Roma la Sapienza, Rome, Italy)
    • Sascha Zeegers (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taipei, Taiwan)

    Past editions


    Modified gravities, Inflation and Primordial Perturbations: theory and computing


    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.