The International Summer-Institute for Modeling in Astrophysics

The International Summer-Institute for Modeling in Astrophysics brings together scientists with a wide breadth of technical skills and research interests to solve topical outstanding problems in astrophysics. It operates every summer for 6 weeks and is hosted in alternance by various institutions world-wide and by the Santa Cruz campus.

The three focal points of ISIMA are..


  • By inviting scientists at different stages of their career (graduate students, postdocs and established faculty) and from diverse backgrounds, ISIMA is creating a unique friendly and supportive community where ideas and people are free to blossom. Participants can come for a short period or for the whole duration of the program, and are encouraged to come back year after year.


  • ISIMA is by design a pluridisciplinary program, hosting scientist from all fields of astrophysics as well as participants from Physics, Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science. It encourages participants to think outside the box, and provides every day the intellectual stimulus for the emergence of fundamental and innovative ideas.


  • The program fosters excellence in both research and education. The participating ISIMA senior scientists are world-caliber researchers, dedicated to training the younger generation of PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.