The Perimeter-SAIFR-IFT Journeys into Theoretical Physics is an international school organized jointly by the ICTP-SAIFR at IFT-UNESP in São Paulo, Brazil with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. It is a natural evolution of the Jornadas da Fisica Teorica school organized at the IFT for the past thirty years.

During the Journeys, four theoretical physics topics will be covered with lecturers from Perimeter, IFT and other institutions. Starting from the basics, the lecturers will also aim at presenting exciting contemporary research developments in each of the topics.

The school has five days of lectures from Monday to Friday followed by written exams on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Each of these exams will have five guided questions. The Saturday exam will be on undergraduate material and the Sunday exam about the topics of the school. The goal of the exams is twofold:

Firstly, there is the pedagogical component. Solving two long exams with guided questions is a great way to learn.

Secondly, based on the results of the exams a few students will be given the chance to be part of an international joint master’s program between SAIFR in São Paulo and the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada – see here –  or the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy.

Undergraduate material covered in the second Journeys exam (and some bibliography):
– Classical Mechanics (Goldstein, Landau,…)
– Quantum Mechanics (Griffiths, Cohen-Tannoudji, Merzbacher, Sakurai,…)
– Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics (Fermi, Hill, Reif,…)
– Electromagnetism (Purcells, Griffiths, Landau, Jackson,…)
– Special Relativity (d’Inverno,…)

All material, lecture videos and exams of previous editions will be posted on this website.

Practical info about visas, transportation, etc can be found in SAIFR’s website. For further questions please contact