Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT)

A Severo Ochoa center since 2012

The Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT) UAM-CSIC was officially created in 2003 as a joint research centre belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). It is the only Spanish centre dedicated entirely to research in Theoretical Physics.

The IFT members develop frontier research in the context of Elementary Particle Physics, Astroparticles and Cosmology, in order to understand the fundamental keys of Nature and the Universe. They are also leading many research projects, both at the national and international level.

The IFT is part of the strategic line `Theoretical Physics and Mathematics´ of the Campus of International Excellence (CEI) UAM+CSIC established in 2009. Since 2012, it is credited as Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence.

Besides purely scientific activity, in the IFT is also conducted intensive training tasks of young researchers and professionals through the graduate program in Theoretical Physics with mention of excellence from the CEI and the Ministry of Education. In addition, the Institute carries out the important task of transferring knowledge to society through several outreach programs.

Key Facts of Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT)

39.49 Nature Excellence Index
Excellent research: Nature excellence index of 39.49 in 2020.
50 Ph.D. Population
Stable population of 50 Ph.D. candidates, with 20 Ph.D. theses read in 2019.
YouTube channel with around 600000 subscribers and close to thirty five million views.
The Severo Ochoa Award recognizes the IFT as an international excellence center which ranks among the most prestigious in Theoretical Physics in Europe, with outstanding results in research, training and outreach.
José Luis Fernández Barbón
Director at IFT