About us


Gustavo F. Porto de Mello

Professor at UFRJ
Currículo Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/1918385364299862

Gustavo was born in Rio de Janeiro (RJ) in 1965.

He is graduated in Astronomy at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1986), and got a PhD degree in Astrophysics from Observatório Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (1996). He is a tenure track professor of Astronomy at Observatório do Valongo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, since 1993. Former Director of Observatório do Valongo at UFRJ (2003-2006); former member of the Directing Board of the Brazilian Astronomical Society (2000-2002); founding member of the Brazilian Astrobiological Society (since 2017); member of Commissions G3 (Stellar Evolution), F2 (Exoplanets and the Solar System) and F.3 (Astrobiology) of the International Astronomical Union. Published 48 papers in international refereed journals, with 4,659 citations and H = 21 index, focusing on stellar physical properties and chemical composition, chemical evolution of the Galaxy, nucleosynthesis, solar twin stars, stellar chromospheric activity, exoplanets, astrobiology and planetary habitability. Co-discoverer of 18 Scorpii (HD 146233), the first ever confirmed solar twin star (Astrophysical Journal Letters, 482, L89). Co-authored, in 2010, a proposal of the star Kappa Ceti as a solar analogue for the time the Solar System was about one billion years ago, the time life was arising on Earth and Mars was losing its surface bodies of liquid water. He is a strong advocate of Science outreach, participating in seminars, interviews, panels, public talks and consulting since 1987. Extra-academically, he has: considerable experience in mountain climbing, including rock and ice climbing, camping and trekking, glacier travel and rescue, high-altitude mountaineering (above 6,000m) and group leadership in outdoor activities; middle level knowledge in martial arts: Ving Tsun kung fu, pancrassus and swordship. 


PhD Rafael Pinotti

Engineer at Petrobrás

Currículo Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8472105121364594

Rafael was born in Lambari (MG) in 1966.

He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering (UFRJ, 1988), a MSc in Physical-Chemistry (2003, UFRJ) and a PhD in Astronomy (2016, UFRJ). He has worked for Petrobras since 1990 as Process Engineer, in the areas of Process Control, Hydrorefining, Refining Optimization, Refinery Project, Refining Emissions, and FPSO Projects. He has published a number of papers on some aspects of oil refining, including environmental issues, and a book (Environmental Education for the 21st Century). In the field of astronomy, he has published papers on astrochemistry, planetary formation and planetary habitability. He is a member of both the Brazilian Astronomical Society and the Brazilian Adtrobiology Society. He lives in Rio de Janeiro since the age of 17.


MSc Lucas Fonseca


Lucas was born in Santos (SP) in 1984.

He has a BSc. in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and an MSc. in Space System Engineering from the Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace – SUPAERO) in Toulouse, France. He worked for three years on ESA’s Rosetta mission, as part of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) team responsible for construction of the Philae module and its controlled landing on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Since 2016, Lucas has headed the Garatéa Mission, the first Brazilian attempt to send a probe to the Moon. In addition to the scientific aspects of the Mission, Garatéa is being used in an educational manner to popularize and disseminate knowledge of Space, Space Science and Space Business in schools and universities. Garatéa has worked with more than 3 thousand students in Brazil, sending scientific experiments to the stratosphere with HAB and to the ISS as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, an American program organized by NCESSE. Lucas is a science speaker, being the first person to advocate for NewSpace in Brazil. Also founder of Airvantis, a NewSpace company working to develop space ventures in Brazil.


PhD Alexey Dodsworth Magnavita de Carvalho

Sci-fi writer. Researcher at University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy.

Currículo Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/7765202282524567

Alexey was born in Salvador (BA) in 1971.

Graduated in Philosophy at Universidade São Judas Tadeu, in São Paulo (SP), Brazil (2009), he got MPhil in Ethics and Political Philosophy at Universidade São Paulo, in São Paulo (SP), Brazil (2013). He also has a dual-title PhD obtained in both Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy, and Universidade de São Paulo (SP), Brazil (2019), due to a dual-title agreement. His thesis, Skywards, advocates that space colonization and space exploration are policies to be urgently pursued if humanity intends to survive in a long term. Currently, he is an advisory board member at the Institute of Advanced and Convergent Studies at Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil; and researcher associated to the department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy. Science fiction writer and screenwriter, he has been sowing new worlds over the last decade in several books and comic books published in Brazil.