News archive 2009

22 Dec 2009

Happy holiday season

ICTP will be closed for the winter break fromThursday, 24 December until Wednesday, 6 January. Staff will be back on duty on 7 January. ICTP’s inaugural activity in 2010 will be the Advanced School and Conference on Homological and Geometrical Methods in Representation Theory, which will be held from 18 January to...

19 Dec 2009

ICTP in Viet Nam

Nanotubes, nanoribbons, quantum dots: this is the language of nanophysics--the study of physical phenomena at the nanoscale level--which has become a distinct new sub-branch of physics and is key to finding applications in the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. ICTP's section on Condensed Matter and ...

17 Dec 2009

ICTP and Copenhagen

ICTP has at least two links to the current, important climate change talks taking place in Copenhagen: through its Regional Climate Change Model (RegCM) maintained by the Centre's Earth System Physics section, which played an important role in the most recent IPCC Assessment Report; and through its recent donation of H...

01 Dec 2009


With news this week that CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has become the world's most powerful particle accelerator, scientists in ICTP's High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (HECAP) section are preparing to investigate dark matter, the Higgs boson and other physics beyond the Standard Model of Particle P...

27 Nov 2009

String theorist, mathematician honoured

National awards for ICTP Scientific Council member, and former ICTP mathematician

25 Nov 2009

Microelectronics at ICTP

ICTP teamed up with CERN and Actel Corporation to provide training on cutting edge technologies and low-cost design methods for microelectronics to physicists, engineers and computer scientists from developing countries.The training was centred on the use of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), a type of programmabl...

25 Nov 2009

Satellites for Africa

An international partnership that includes ICTP has been asked by Nigeria to advise the country on ways to augment its Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to improve the positioning accuracy of navigation in the country.The request follows on ICTP's Workshop on Satellite Navigation Science and Technology for Afri...

19 Nov 2009

Southeast Asia Connection

ICTP will soon be welcoming Thai advanced PhD students to its campus, thanks to an agreement with the Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics (ThEP). Up to five Thai PhD students per year can visit ICTP to attend short courses or schools. An additional two PhD students can participate in ICTP's Sandwich Training Educa...

11 Nov 2009

Darwin and Modern Science

On 24 November at 16:30, ICTP will host a free public lecture to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Darwin's Origin of Species. Titled "Darwin, Evolution and Science", the event will feature talks (in Italian) about the first humans in northeast Italy, the origin of life in the universe, and what Darwin might have di...