APPLAuSE is a doctoral program on Plasma Science and Engineering, which started in January 2014. The hosting institution is the Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, with Instituto Superior Técnico, and the degree is awarded by the University of Lisbon.

APPLAuSE at a glance: 2017 Edition Opening Session Slides


Scientific areas

The program incorporates training in the following areas:

(i) Basic Plasma Science, to provide a solid common scientific background to the students;

(ii) Controlled Nuclear Fusion, in line with our internationally recognized expertise in this field, particularly in state-of-the-art remote diagnostics with obvious interest in many other engineering applications;

(iii) High-Energy-Density Physics, pushing the frontiers of technology in developing ultra-short and ultra-high-power lasers, second generation plasma accelerators, and tunable sources of radiation from the IR to the XUV;

(iv) Space and Astrophysical Plasmas to help crack the mysteries surrounding exotic states of matter and phenomena in the cosmos;

(v) Low-temperature Plasma Science and Engineering, tailoring matter at nano-scale level, targeting spin-offs in materials, environmental and biological applications.



APPLAuSE is a student-centered and highly modular PhD program designed to enhance each student’s capabilities and maximize his/her potential.


Year 1
  • intensive modules (30 ECTS)
  • laboratory rotations (4 weeks)
  • transverse skills package (2.5 ECTS)
Years 2-4
  • 3-year research program (15 ECTS)
  • includes one year on secondment at an
    international institution
  • seminar (3 ECTS)
  • targeted workshops and activities

This structure matches the ECTS profile of the overarching PhD degree (Physics / Physical Engineering). The lab rotations, transverse skills package, seminar and targeted workshops are recognized in the Diploma Supplement.




João Pedro Bizarro
Instituto Superior Técnico

Program Director, APPLAuSE

Assistant Professor, Physics Department of Instituto Superior Técnico

Group for Theory and Modelling, IPFN


Governing Board

João Pedro Bizarro, faculty member: Programme Director

Carlos Silva, researcher: Controlled Nuclear Fusion

Gonçalo Figueira, faculty member: High-Energy-Density Physics

Luís Lemos Alves, faculty member: Low-temperature Plasma Science and Engineering

Luís Oliveira e Silva, faculty member: Space and Astrophysical Plasmas

Bruno Gonçalves, researcher: President of IPFN

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