20 Nov 2006

Mori Fellow Article Draws Attention

An article co-authored by Mori Fellow Ali Bashir and ICTP staff scientist Charles Chidume is one of the 25 top articles in the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications for April-June. The announcement was made by Science Direct, which provides lists of the most popular science articles based on downloads on th...

20 Nov 2006

Elettra Users' Meeting

The Fourteenth Elettra Users' Convention is taking place at the ICTP Main Lecture Hall from 20-22 November. The meeting will be accompanied by two Satellite Workshops on "New Frontiers in Insertion Devices" and "Science at High Pressures" and the announcement of a prize in memory of Luciano Fonda and Paolo Maria...

14 Nov 2006

Furlan, Sreenivasan to be Honoured

The Science Academy of Turin, Italy, is awarding Giuseppe Furlan, head of ICTPâ??s Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL), the Ravani-Pellati Prize for his outstanding contributions to scientific research and international cooperation. On the same occasion, ICTP director K.R. Sreenivasan will receive the...

14 Nov 2006

Nature on Science in Trieste

Nature Materials (November 2006) has published an article, “Nurturing Science in Developing Countries,” that examines the state of research and training in physics in Trieste. The article is based on interviews with ICTP director K.R. Sreenivasan, former ICTP acting director Erio Tosatti, and Mohamed H.A. ...

03 Nov 2006

Carlo Rubbia To Open Workshop

ICTP is hosting a three-day Advanced Research Workshop entitled Sharing Knowledge Across the Mediterranean. The workshop, which will begin on Monday 6 November at 9.00 in the Main Lecture Hall, is the third in a series organized by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Previously events were held in Geneva (20...

24 Oct 2006

Centre Links

ICTP Director K.R. Sreenivasan has proposed the creation of a centre in India designed to link universities. The centre, which would be created with assistance from the University of Hyderabad and the B.M. Birla Science Centre, would seek to improve teaching and research capabilities across the nation. Sreenivasan made...

19 Oct 2006

Science and Culture at Centre

ICTP will hold an international workshop, Science for Cultural Heritage, 23-27 October. More than 100 scientists from around the world will participate in discussions on the use of such tools as accelerators, carbon dating and synchrotron radiation for analyzing our heritage and culture. On 26 October, Chris Stringer, ...

18 Oct 2006

Bandwidth Management in Print

ICTP staff consultants Enrique Canessa, Carlo Fonda and Marco Zennaro are part of a team of information experts who have recently published How To Accelerate You Internet: A Practical Guide to Bandwidth Management and Optimization Using Open Source Software. The book, which includes an introduction by ICTP Director K.R...

12 Oct 2006

2006 Ramanujan Prize Winner

We are pleased to announce that the 2006 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries will be awarded to Professor Ramdorai Sujatha of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Dr. Sujatha received all her university education in India and has been with TIFR since 1985, where she is curre...

28 Sep 2006

Kravtsov Travels to Viet Nam

Vladimir Kravtsov, head of the ICTP condensed matter group, recently participated in the sixth edition of the Rencontres du Vietnam. More than 300 scientists from around the world attended the event, which was first launched in 1992. The purpose of the event, which focuses on advanced scientific research in astrophysic...

27 Sep 2006

On Auctions

Four ICTP scientistsâ??Tobias Galla, Matteo Marsili, Mauro Sellitto and Riccardo Zecchinaâ??have recently uncovered ways to use statistical mechanics to optimize the outcome of combinatorial auctions. Such auctions have been used to determine landing and takeoff priorities at airports and to distribute licenses for r...

15 Sep 2006

Open Day Miramare Science Campus

Open Day at Miramare Science Campus will take place tomorrow Saturday 16 September. Festivities begin at 10:30 am. Following brief opening remarks by ICTP director, K.R. Sreenivasan, Italian astronaut Umberto Guidoni will speak about his experience on the Space Shuttle and international space station. Later that mornin...

01 Sep 2006

Boltzmann Remembered on 4 Sept

ICTP is sponsoring the Boltzmann Memorial Meeting. The meeting will take place on Monday 4 September at Congress Hall, Duino Castle, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Introductory remarks by ICTP Director K.R. Sreenivasan will be followed by three lectures given by Leo Kadanoff, president-elect, American Physical Society; Peter ...

30 Aug 2006

Nigerian Academy Honours Chidume

Charles Chidume, a member of ICTP’s Mathematics group, has been elected a member of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences. Established in 1977, the Nigerian Academy of Sciences is one of Africa’s oldest and most prestigious science academies. It currently has 97 members. Chidume is being honoured for his innovat...

28 Aug 2006

Former Diploma Student in PRL

The 28 July edition of Physical Review Letters featured an article by Ignacio Franco, a former ICTP Diploma student in condensed matter physics. The article, “Laser-Induced Spatial Symmetry Breaking in Quantum and Classical Mechanics,” co-authored by his colleague Paul Brumer, was based on a research that t...

24 Aug 2006

Smirnov Wins 2005 Pontecorvo Prize

Alexei Smirnov, a scientist with ICTP’s High Energy Physics Section, is a co-recipient of the 2005 Bruno Pontecorvo Prize. Smirnov is being honoured “for his prediction and study of the influence of matter on neutrino oscillations, now known as the MSW (Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein) effect.” The prize...

22 Aug 2006

Nobel Laureate at Center

Nobel Laureate Karl-Alex MÃ¼ller (Physics 1987) will speak at the opening session of ICTP’s International Symposium on the Jahn-Teller Effects: Novel Aspects in Orbital Physics and Vibronic Dynamics of Molecules and Crystals. His talk will take place in the Main Lecture Hall on 28 August at 10 a.m. MÃ¼ller s...

22 Aug 2006

Perelman wins Fields Medal

Grigori Perelman is among the four 2006 Fields Medallists. The announcement was made in Madrid today, 22 August, during the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians. Perelman’s proof, which verifies Poincare’s Conjecture, solves one of mathematics’ most perplexing problems, fir...

08 Aug 2006

Zoller Wins Dirac Medal 2006

Peter Zoller, professor of physics at the University of Innsbruck and scientific director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, has won the Dirac Medal 2006. Zoller is being honoured for his innovative and prolific accomplishments in atomic physics, including h...

07 Aug 2006

2006 ICTP Prize

Rajesh Gopakumar, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, India, has been awarded the 2006 ICTP Prize. Gopakumar is a highly accomplished string theorist whose important contributions to the field include papers on large N gauge theories, solitons in noncommutative field theories and topological string theory. Hi...

07 Aug 2006

Books on Fonda and Ghirardi

Luciano Fonda: His Life and Scientific Achievements, edited by Fonda’s closest scientific collaborator, GianCarlo Ghirardi, is a warm and detailed homage to a leading theoretical physicist who died in 1998. Fonda, who played a key role in the development of the Elettra Synchrotron Light Laboratory in Trieste, wa...

04 Aug 2006

Tosatti Honoured

Erio Tosatti, former acting director of ICTP and currently professor of condensed matter physics at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), has been elected a corresponding member of Accademia dei Lincei in the category of physics, mathematics and natural sciences. Founded in 1603 and counting Galileo am...

02 Aug 2006

Chinese Delegation Visits ICTP

On 1 August, a five-person delegation from China met with ICTP staff, including Claudio Tuniz, assistant director, Dag Johannessen, director of administration, and George Thompson, head, Office of External Activities. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the Centre’s activities to promote scientific c...

02 Aug 2006

Furlan honoured

Giuseppe Furlan, head of ICTP’s Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL), has been awarded the Ravani-Pellati prize for physics 2006 for his outstanding contributions to scientific research and international cooperation. The award, which carries a â?¬10,000 cash prize, is given by the Science Academ...

17 Jul 2006

Trieste Science Prize 2006

Jacob Palis, former chairman of the ICTP Scientific Council, is one of four eminent scientists from the developing world to win the Trieste Science Prize 2006. Palis, director emeritus of the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro, and a frequent visitor to the Centre, will share the Trieste Scienc...

13 Jul 2006

Visit of G-77 Chairman

D.S. Kumalo, South Africa’s Ambassador to the United Nations and current Chairman of the Group of 77, visited ICTP on 6-7 June to discuss future avenues of cooperation between the G-77 and Trieste’s international scientific institutions. Kumalo agreed to have the G77 explore possibilities for transforming t...

16 Jun 2006

In Nature

Sandro Scandolo, ICTP staff member in the Condensed Matter Physics Group, has co-authored a paper titled “Amorphous silica-like carbon dioxide” in the 15 June edition of Nature. The paper focuses on a new kind of glass in which silicon atoms have been replaced by carbon atoms. The material, named “car...

14 Jun 2006

UNESCO Science Report 2005

The UNESCO Science Report 2005 is now available online. Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Executive Director of TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World), served as a coauthor, and Daniel Schaffer, Public Information Officer for ICTP/TWAS, as a contributing author for the chapter on Africa. Other authors, who are clos...

13 Jun 2006

Science Cafe on Physics and Art

“Science is art” is the title of the Science CafÃ© that will be held today, 13 June, at 6 pm, at CaffÃ¨ San Marco (via Cesare Battisti 18, Trieste). Claudio Tuniz, ICTP Assistant Director, and Gianrossano Giannini, professor of physics at the University of Trieste, will discuss how physicists and acheol...

09 Jun 2006

American Physical Society Fellows

Yu Lu, former head of the ICTP Condensed Matter Physics Section and now director of the Interdisciplinary Center of Theoretical Studies (ICTS) in Beijing, China, and Riazuddin, director of the National Centre for Physics (NCP) at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Pakistan, and frequent participant in ICTP activities...

08 Jun 2006

Algumas razoes para ser um cientista

A Portuguese version of One Hundred Reasons To Be A Scientist, Algumas razões para ser um cientista, has been published by Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fí­sicas (CBPF). Ricardo Galvão, CBPF Director and winner of the ICTP Prize in 1984, has written an introduction to the book. One Hundred Reasons To Be A Scien...

29 May 2006

ICTP Scientists among FsRS 2006

Three members of ICTP Scientific Council are among the six Foreign Members recently elected to the Royal Society for 2006. They are: Nobel Laureate Kenneth Arrow (ICTP Scientific Council Member 2002-2005), Edouard BrÃ©zin (ICTP Scientific Council Member 1996-2003) and Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen (ICTP Scientific Coun...

29 May 2006

Allotey on Stamp

Francis K.A. Allotey, a former pro-vice chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and member of the ICTP Scientific Council since 1996, has been honoured by his native country by having his image placed on a postage stamp. The official ceremony honouring Allotey took place on 29 March dur...

24 May 2006

Geometry and Bubbles

The next in a series of public lecturesâ??cosponsored by ICTP, the University of Trieste’s Department of Mathematics and Informatics and Immaginario Scientificoâ??will take place on Thursday, 25 May at 17:30 when Michele Emmer, professor of mathematics, “La Sapienza” University, Rome, speaks on &#82...

22 May 2006

Nobel Laureate to Visit Trieste

Roy J. Glauber, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2005 “for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence", will visit Trieste from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 May. On Wednesday 24 May, Glauber will present a public...

16 May 2006

The Origins: A Conference

Julian Chela-Flores, ICTP staff associate, will speak on the “Evolution of the Universe: From Astrophysics to Astrobiology” at a conference sponsored by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. The conference, “The Origins: How, When and Where It All Started", will take place on 22 May. Among the ...

15 May 2006

Italy-China Ties

Dong Jinyi, China’s Ambassador to Italy, visited ICTP on 12 May to speak with director K.R. Sreenivasan and to tour the Centre’s faciltiies. Dong also met with Mohamed H.A. Hassan, executive director of TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World). Ambassador Dong Jinyi signs guestbook

15 May 2006

ICTP Prize

Xiaohua Zhu, professor, Peking University School of Mathematical Sciences, will be officially awarded the ICTP Prize 2005 in the Main Lecture Hall on 16 May. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 with opening remarks by ICTP director, K.R. Sreenivasan, followed by a lecture by Zhu titled “Canonical Metrics in KÃ¤hle...

10 May 2006

EC on Scientific Cooperation

Gregorio Medrano Asensio, Adviser in charge of Developing Countries at the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission, will visit ICTP to meet with ICTP and TWAS officials to explore opportunities for cooperation between the EC and Trieste’s scientific community. He will also give a talk on the S...

10 May 2006

ICTP Scientific Council Meets

The ICTP Scientific Council will hold its annual meeting on 11-12 May. This will mark the first Scientific Council in which Italy’s internationally renowned physicist Nicola Cabibbo, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, will preside as chairperson. JosÃ© Antonio de la PeÃ±a, an eminent professor of m...

05 May 2006

Tsunami Workshop

ICTP will hold a workshop on the hazards tsunamis pose to nuclear facilities within coastal areas. The workshop, cosponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will take place on 8-12 May in the Lundqvist Lecture Hall located in the Adriatico Guesthouse. Among the topics to be discussed are the status o...

27 Apr 2006

Book by ICTP Public Information Officer

ICTP/TWAS Public Information Officer Daniel Schaffer is the co-editor of Dry: Life Without Water, published by Harvard University Press. The book, which includes more than 80 illustrations, describes how people living in arid environments across the developing world, have learned to cope—indeed thrive—in wa...

27 Apr 2006

The Friuli Earthquake 30 Years Later

6 May marks the 30th anniversary of a violent earthquake that struck parts of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeastern Italy. The earthquake killed nearly 1000 people and caused hundreds of million of dollars in property damage. To commemorate the event, Regione Friuli-Venezia Giuliaa is organizing several even...

26 Apr 2006

De Gennes to Lecture at ICTP

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Nobel Laureate for Physics 1991, will lecture tomorrow, Thursday, 27 April, in the Kastler Lecture Hall, Adriatico Guesthouse during the Workshop on Driven States in Soft and Biological Matter.. The title of his talk is “Some Thoughts on Friction.”

24 Apr 2006

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Claudio Tuniz, ICTP Assistant Director, and Mauro Messerotti, Trieste Astronomical Observatory, will provide eyewitness accounts of the total eclipse of the sun that took place last month when they speak in ICTP’s Main Building, Lecture Room C, on 27 April at 15:30. Tuniz travelled to Kenya and Messerotti went to...

24 Apr 2006

ICTP Director Visits Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

ICTP Director, K.R. Sreenivasan, recently travelled to Saudi Arabia, where he visited with professors and officials from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and the King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST), and Kuwait, where he met with professors and officials from the University of Kuwait ...

18 Apr 2006

Abel Prize to Lennart Carleson

Lennart A.E. Carleson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA, has been awarded the Abel Prize 2006, “for his profound and seminal contributions to harmonic analysis and the theory of smooth dynamical systems.” The Abel Prize, inaug...

13 Apr 2006

Templeton Prize to John Barrow

John D. Barrow, professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge, has won the 2006 Templeton Prize. He is being honoured “for his writings about the relationship between life and the universe, and the nature of human understanding,” which “hav...

13 Apr 2006

New science ministry in Rwanda

Romain Murenzi, who attended the ICTP Course on Basic Telecommunication Science in 1989, has been appointed to the newly created post of Minister of Science, Technology and Scientific Research in Rwanda. Murenzi, who previously served as Minister of Science, will shoulder additional responsibilities for accelerating th...

11 Apr 2006

Visitors from Middle East

On 6-7 April a delegation from Qatar visited ICTP and other local scientific institutions to discuss possible collaborations in the fields of biotechnology, telecommunications, space research, and environmental modelling. Abdullah Hussain Al-Kubaisi, Minister of Technological Sciences, and Savino Selvaggio, Director of...

11 Apr 2006

String Theory and Black Holes

More than 200 scientists attended ICTP’s annual Spring School on Superstring Theories and Related Topics, held from 27 March to 4 April. The School was created some 20 years ago to explore the most recent advances in the field of string theory related to high energy physics and cosmology. Among this year’s ...

29 Mar 2006

Minister from South Africa

Mosibudi Mangena, Minister of Science and Technology in South Africa, met with ICTP Director K.R. Sreenivasan, on Friday, 24 March, to discuss future avenues of cooperation. The Minister also met with other representatives of Trieste’s international scientific community during his brief visit. Mosibudi Mangena...

29 Mar 2006

Mathematics Conference

The National Centre for Physics (NCP) has organized the 12th Regional Conference in Mathematical Physics, in cooperation with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and ICTP. The Conference is taking place from 27 March to 1 April at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Regional conferences on mathematical phys...

22 Mar 2006

Earthquake Prediction Center in Pakistan

Shaukat Aziz, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has given his approval to a plan to establish a research centre for earthquake risk assessment and management. The centre, which will cater to the needs of South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East, will be located at the National Center for Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University,...

22 Mar 2006

Scoles Awarded Franklin Medal

Giacinto Scoles, Donner Professor of Science at Princeton University, and Professor at the Departments of Biophysics and Condensed Matter Physics at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, has been awarded the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics. He shares the Medal with J. Peter Toennies,...

21 Mar 2006

ICTP Director at APS March Meeting

ICTP Director, K.R. Sreenivasan participated in the “March Meeting of the American Physical Society” in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where, on 13 March, he chaired and spoke at the session, “Scientists from Developing Countries: Is There an Effective Way to Support Meaningful Research?” ICTP Associ...

14 Mar 2006

Dirac Medallists Honoured

ICTP Dirac Medallists Sergio Ferrara, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Daniel Freedman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, have been awarded the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics “For constructi...

03 Mar 2006

Fellowship Opportunities

Applications are now available for fellowships to earn a Laurea Magistralis in Fisica and Laurea Magistralis in Astrofisica e Fisica Spaziale, under a joint programme sponsored by ICTP and the University of Trieste. A limited number of fellowships are being offered to students from the developing world. For additional ...

28 Feb 2006

ICTP in International Herald Tribune

The International Herald Tribune has published an article (Tuesday, 28 February) describing the efforts of ICTP’s Aeronomy and Radiopropagation Laboratory (ARPL) to provide developing countries with low-cost, effective electronic communications through the use of tin can antennas. For the full text, click here. ...

22 Feb 2006

Article on Abdus Salam

Alexis De Greiff, vice-rector of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a science historian who received his doctorate degree from London University, has published a brief account of the ideas that led Abdus Salam to lead the effort for the creation of ICTP. Titled “Abdus Salam: A Migrant Scientist in Post-Imp...

17 Feb 2006

ICTP Associate Wins Award

Raphael Mukaro, ICTP Junior Associate 2002-2007 and head of the Physics Department at Bindura University of Science in Bindura, Zimbabwe, has been awarded the 2005 TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World) Young Scientist of the Year Award. The award was given to Mukaro by the Research Council of Zimbabwe...

07 Feb 2006

Wireless Networking in Print

Co-written by ICTP’s Carlo Fonda and Marco Zennaro, (ARPL and SDU), Wireless Networking in the Developing World is a how-to guide for building, deploying and maintaining wireless information networks in rural parts of the developing world. The book is now available as a download under a Creative Commons “sh...

03 Feb 2006

UN Under-Secretary General Visits ICTP

Adama Dieng, UN Under-Secretary General, visited ICTP on 2 February to meet with the ICTP Director, K.R. Sreenivasan. Following the meeting, Dieng and and Sreenivasan participated in a conference on human rights organized by the University of Trieste. K.R. Sreenivasan and Adama Dieng at ICTP

03 Feb 2006

ICTP in the GRID

ICTP is among the organizers of the workshop, “Grid in Finance in 2006″, that is taking place in Palermo, Italy, on 3-4 February. Grid is an emerging computing model that provides the ability to perform higher throughput computing by taking advantage of many networked computers. It could provide wide-rangin...

02 Feb 2006

ICO/ICTP Award 2006

Hector Manuel Moya-Cessa, a professor at Instituto Nacional de AstrofÃ­sica, Ã?ptica y ElectrÃ³nica (INAOE), Puebla, Mexico, has won the 2006 ICO/ICTP Award. The cermony took place in the ICTP Main Lecture Hall during the Winter College on Quantum and Classical Aspects of Information Optics, 30 January - 10 Februa...

27 Jan 2006

Abdus Salam Remembered

29 January would have marked the 80th birthday of Abdus Salam, the founder of ICTP. For more information about his life and career, click here.

13 Jan 2006

ICTP, CNPq Cosponsor Training Activities

The first ICTP-CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientí­fico e Tecnológico) joint meeting School-Workshop on Dynamical Systems will take place at IMPA (Instituto Nacional de Matemá¡tica Pura e Aplicada), in Rio de Janeiro, on 16-27 January. Jacob Palis, chairperson of the ICTP Scientific Council, and ...

11 Jan 2006

Ten Years Ago

On this date, 10 years ago, IAEA Director General Hans Blix and UNESCO Director General Federico Mayor-Zaragoza presided at a meeting in ICTP’s Main Lecture Hall marking the official transfer of administrative responsibility from IAEA to UNESCO. IAEA has remained active in ICTP activitiesâ??indeed in 2006, it w...

10 Jan 2006

M.S. Narasimhan Wins King Faisal Award

M.S. Narasimhan, long-time head of ICTP’s mathematics group who retired in January 1999, was recently named the co-winner of the ‘King Faisal International Prize for 2006′. The award was given in recognition of his path-breaking research in strengthening the links between mathematics and physics. Nar...