3-13 July 2023
Institute of Space Sciences
Europe/Madrid timezone
6th Institute of Space Sciences Summer School


The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC / IEEC) is an institution at the forefront of scientific and technological research with the mission of contributing to the general advance of studies of the Cosmos.

The theme of the 6th Institute of Space Sciences Summer School will be the 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.

The program of the 6th Institute of Space Science Summer School "Life Cycle of Dust" 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; pre-solar 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/IEEC) will welcome around 40 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 of Space Sciences (ICE). Applications from early-career postdocs are also welcome.


Local and Scientific Organizing Committees

  • Noemí Cortés (ICE-CSIC / IEEC): LOC, logistics
  • Josep Miquel Girart (ICE-CSIC / IEEC): LOC and SOC
  • Francisca Kemper (ICREA / ICE-CSIC / IEEC): LOC and SOC, chair
  • Álvaro Sánchez-Monge (ICE-CSIC / IEEC): LOC and SOC
  • José María Torrelles (ICE-CSIC / IEEC): LOC and SOC


Organizing Institutions


Institute of Space Sciences
Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC / IEEC) Campus UAB - Bellaterra (Barcelona) - Spain
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