This is the first Padova Excellence School on the Physics of the Universe, organized by the Department of Physics and Astronomy (DFA) of the University of Padova. The goal of this first edition is to offer graduate students and young researchers an updated and comprehensive view of MultiMessenger Astrophysics, Astronomy and Cosmology.

The recent years were marked by huge advancements in this field, with breakthrough results such as the detection of gravitational waves, also in correspondence with photons, as well as the simultaneous observation of photons with a 300 TeV neutrino from an active galaxy.

The foundations of high energy astroparticle physics are shaken and new theoretical buildings are raised. These new conditions call for focused experimental and theoretical efforts, with careful
planning of multi-wavelength and multi-messenger coordinated observation.

This school aims to provide the skills for this mission, in particular the cosmological, astronomical and particle physics background needed to be protagonist in this discussion.

The school will be organized with key lectures, plus a series of topical lectures and seminars. Guided exercises and hands-on sessions will take place throughout the school. A night of sky observations with the Asiago optical telescope is foreseen, weather permitting.

The school will be concluded with a final exam for evaluation. In case of a positive result of the exam, the school will assign a diploma with 6 Formative Credits (CFU).

Alessandro De Angelis

Sabino Matarrese

(on behalf of the organizing committee)



  • Halzen, Francis (Madison, US): Hadrons, neutrino astrophysics and its relation with gamma rays
  • Branchesi, Marica (GSSI, L'Aquila): Multimessenger astrophysics and gravitational waves 
  • Ghisellini, Gabriele (INAF Brera): Accretion and jets
  • Tavecchio, Fabrizio (INAF Brera): Gamma ray emitters and multimessenger signatures of particle acceleration
  • Blasi, Pasquale (GSSI, L'Aquila): Hadron acceleration
  • Schneider, Raffaella (Univ. Rioma "La Sapienza): Coevolution of SMBHs and their host galaxies
  • Viel, Matteo (SISSA, Trieste): Large-Scale Structure formation and neutrinos in cosmology
  • Punturo, Michele (INFN Perugia): Third-generation ground-based GW Observatory Network, and the future with LISA
  • Barausse, Enrico (Observatoire de Paris, France): Gravitational Wave astronomy
  • Tramacere, Andrea (Observatoire de Geneve, Switzerland): Fitting the spectral energy distribution of blazars (hands-on session)
  • La Mura, Giovanni (LIP Lisboa, Portugal): Optical observations
  • Bernardini, Elisa (Univ. Padova): The global network of neutrino telescopes
  • Mesinger Andrei (Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa): Multimessenger aspects of reionization epoch
  • Mapelli, Michela (Univ. Padova): Sources of gravitational waves: numerical approaches
  • Mirzoyan, Razmik (Max Planck Institute, Werner-Heisenberg, Munich): Gamma-ray instruments
  • Pimenta, Mario (Univ. Lisboa/LIP, Portugal): EHE charged cosmic rays
  • Kopp, Joachim (CERN, Geneva, Switzerland): Interplay of multimessenger astronomy with fundamental physics
  • Tatischeff, Vincent (Univ. Paris Sud Orsay, France): The role of nuclear astrophysics.


Registration will be open soon on Indico website; one letter of presentation is required.

Deadline for support request and VISA request: November, 8 2019.

Deadline for registration: December 8, 2019.

The final decision on the admitted participants will be taken by
the SOC and communicated on December 10.

The amount of the participation fee will include meals and transport to and from Padova, and accommodation in the guest rooms of the Osservatorio di Asiago. Accommodation in local hotels is available at a convenient rate, but has to be paid by the participants.

Further details will be forthcoming as soon as possible.

Limited financial support is available, in  the form of fee waiving or partial cover of living expenses.