This is a public database of research institutions and projects that want to host science journalists for their FRONTIERS Residencies.

The Hosts Database contains expressions of interest received by the FRONTIERS Team and these are a great starting point for applicants. However, an institution does not have to be in this Database to be eligible as a host institution. Journalists are encouraged to do their investigation and contact the research institutions that best fit their project.

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  • Group of Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP)

    The Group of Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP) at Técnico explores the behavior of matter at the most extreme conditions in the Universe, from black holes and neutron stars to the focii of the most intense lasers or particle accelerators on Earth. In a unique combination of theory, experiments and numerical simulations, the three modern pillars of the scientific method, the group has a longstanding commitment with research in frontier questions in its field, grounded on a culture of entrepreneurship, creativity, and international collaboration, seeking and promoting outstanding scientific quality of its members, and has repeatedly proven its commitment to the scientific and technological development of Portugal and Europe. The Group’s aim is to be recognized as one of the best research groups in our field through the reputation of our researchers, the quality of our students, and the successes of our alumni.

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    In its vision, GoLP assumes a leading role in its scientific fields, constitutes a central hub for new ideas and approaches, exciting discoveries and developments; is a magnet for outstanding students, post-docs and researchers; provides an exciting research environment similar to the best; sustains its scientific breakthroughs through a unique interplay between theory, simulation and experiments.
    The group addresses theory and simulations of the highly nonlinear and complex phenomena associated with plasmas in extreme conditions, resorting to the fastest supercomputers in the World, and experimental and technological exploration of the next generation of intense radiation sources driven by ultra intense lasers, with experiments on lasers at IST and worldwide. The research questions are closely connected with the Nobel Prizes in Physics of 2018 and 2023. At GoLP there are two ERC grant recipients (Luís Oliveira e Silva, ERC advanced grants in 2010 and 2016, and Frederico Fiúza, ERC consolidator grant in 2022), as well as one recipient of European Innovation Council program in 2021 (Marta Fajardo).
    For this project, it is expected that the Journalist in Residence will be strongly immersed in the theory and simulation efforts, hosted by Luís Oliveira e Silva, although he/she will have complete freedom to get to know in depth all scientists in the whole group, depending on the project that will be developed. The connection with the theory and simulation team will provide access to unique media resources resulting from the simulation work and also to collaborators worldwide e.g. UCLA, Oxford, and CERN.
    Contact Person
    Luís Oliveira e Silva
    Host Institution
    Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisboa
    Hosting Conditions

    As hosting institution, Instituto Superior Técnico is committed to provide: 1. Immersion on a vibrant community of more than 1000 Faculty members and staff members, more than 12000 students, covering all fields of engineering, math, physics, and architecture; 2. Badge or other forms of credentials granting access to the relevant premises; 3. Access to all cafeteria/canteen and other shared areas under the same condition as research staff; 4. Access to the institution’s library and electronic resources (such as books, scientific journals and databases); 5. Access to all events and activities organized for the institution’s staff. 6. Access to free shuttle service to Oeiras Campus, under the same condition as research staff; 7. Access to community bicycles and locks free of charge 8. Access to computer support service and software free of charge 9. Access to Instituto Superior Técnico Health Services, under the same condition as research staff; 10. Access to protocols and agreements with numerous private service providers, under the same condition as research staff; 11. Access to daycare center (upon availability), under the same condition as research staff; In addition, Group of Lasers and Plasmas/Extreme Plasma Physics group, also provides 1. A working space 24/7, with a computer and a laptop with access to wi-fi, and wired fast network connections;; 2. Access to computing resources to perform video/sound/content capture and editing;; 3. Access to the media library (movies, virtual reality models, still images) of science results of the group.

  • Dipolar Quantum Gases

    Our group studies dipolar quantum gases made of Erbium (Er) and Dysprosium (Dy) atoms. These extraordinarily magnetic species are a powerful new resource for reaching quantum simulation with strong connectivity, in which each atom is coupled to the other over long distances, and exploring exotic phases of matter that have no classical counterpart.

    We have three labs: the ERBIUM LAB, where Er was Bose condensed for the first time ever, the Er-Dy LAB which studies quantum dipolar mixtures under a quantum-gas microscope, and the T-Reqs LAB, where we trap Er atoms in arrays of optical tweezers for Rydberg physics. Recently, we have established a theoretical subdivision aimed at studying and predicting dipolar phenomena in dipolar quantum gases and mixtures.

    Contact Person
    Silvia Bonazza
    Host Institution
    University of Innsbruck – AG Ferlaino
    Hosting Conditions

    working place (equipped with laptop) share with up to 3 persons. Working in the office (no home office). Access to the premises 24/7, working hours previously agreed with project leader. Our university has a central press office located in the city centre that interacts with our group for the preparation of press releases. Our group is based on the technical campus where our laboratories are located. The campus is well served by public transport and easily accessible from the city centre.