The Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto was created on the May 4, 1989, having the Universidade do Porto and the Fundação Gomes Teixeira as Founding Associates, and resulting from the initiative of Prof. Teresa Lago.It is a private, non-profit, scientific and technical association, recognized as of public utility. Among its statutory objectives is the support and promotion of Astronomy, namely:
- education at the graduate and undergraduate levels,
- activities for Primary and Secondary Schools
- science outreach and popularisation of Astronomy.
The Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto is supported, in part, by the Portuguese Government, through the Universidade do Porto, the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, and by the European Commission.