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Date: 2018-07-16 - 2018-07-21
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian School of Cosmology and Gravitation (BSCG-XVII), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Center for Advanced Studies in Cosmology (CEAC) and the Brazilian Center for Physical Research (CBPF) announce the 17th edition of the Brazilian School of Cosmology and Gravitation to be held in the period from July 16th to 21st, 2018 at CBPF.
In this occasion, the Brazilian School of Cosmology and Gravitation will be celebrating 40 years of uninterrupted activity.

The BSCG, created in 1978 as the Brazilian School of Cosmology and Gravitation, was initially programmed to have a biannual periodicity, due to its internationalization in the 1980’s, became the Brazilian School of Cosmology and Gravitation (BSCG).
Throughout this period, we performed 16 versions of the BSCG, totaling 183 advanced courses in cosmology and related fields. These were undoubtedly years of intense activity and accomplishments. Many young scientists were formed in these schools, and several of them returned to the BSCG as Professors. Thus, was produced a new generation of extremely active researchers, focusing on global issues, looking to the skies and trying to understand the universe in which we live.

As science is essentially a collective activity, we have made several collaborations with cosmologists, physicists, astronomers and astrophysicists from several countries: Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Canada, France, Italy, England, Japan, New Zealand, Denmark, Bolivia, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and especially the BRICS countries, a block that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The BSCG has enabled the creation of an extremely active forum for scientific and intellectual exchanges between students and teachers, including scientists from different regions of the world, names of great importance in the international scientific community.

Our utopia
Knowing the universe does not affect our daily life, our life in practice, but it contributes enormously, so that we can transform our smallness in the face of the immensity of the cosmos, through the elevation of our soul. In this way, as the Italian theologian and philosopher Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) dreamed, we could use this knowledge, this dedication to the understanding of the universe, to make human beings less inclined to selfish plans, serving as an instrument capable of both modifying society and building a world in which solidarity is one of the most important values. This is our utopia.

At the time, we will be launching the BSCG’s 40th anniversary celebration booklet, which complements a similar publication of the event’s 30 years.

Our Committee
The BSCG has an international committee of great scientific representation, and is currently formed by the following scientists: E. Kolb (Fermilab, USA), R. Triay (Aix-Marseille Universite’, France), A. Dolgov (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy), B. Mashhoon (University of Missouri, USA), U. Moschella (University of Insubria , Italy) and M. Novello (Chairman, CEAC / CBPF).

Local committee: M. Novello, S. Joras and M. Makler.