10 Nov 2009

World Science Day

ICTP joined UNESCO at its regional office in Venice on 10 November to celebrate the 2009 UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development. The event included talks by representatives from international science organizations such as ICTP and CERN. As a tribute to the UN's Year of Astronomy, the event included a remote...

06 Nov 2009

ICTP welcomes new director

ICTP's new director, Fernando Quevedo, has officially started his new role. Quevedo, a Guatemalan national, comes to ICTP from Cambridge University, UK, where he is a professor of theoretical physics. He is a well-known theoretical particle physicist with wide-ranging research interests in string theory, phenomenology ...

03 Nov 2009

ICTP, IAEA Fellowship Cooperation

ICTP and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have signed an agreement that will take advantage of ICTP's strong ties with Italian research laboratories to expand and enrich the Agency's fellowship programme.ICTP has two well-established fellowship programmes of its own that are well-regarded by hundreds of It...

27 Oct 2009

ICTP book now in 2 languages

ICTP's book on Science Dissemination Using Open Access is now available in Spanish, thanks to a translation provided by the Universidad de los Andes in Merida, Venezuela.   The book explains the concept of open access and guides scientists on the numerous low-cost solutions available. It includes a compendium of...

26 Oct 2009

ICTP computer donation

ICTP has donated high-performance computing (HPC) equipment worth 25,000 euro to Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. The equipment was officially dedicated on 26 October at a ceremony attended by representatives from the University, ICTP, the UN, and the Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa.The donation of the HPC was made p...

24 Oct 2009

UN Day 24 October

"This is a unique moment in world affairs. Multiple crises -- food, fuel, financial, flu -- are hitting at once. Climate change looms larger every day. Each illustrates a 21st-century truth: we share one planet, one home. As people, as nations, as a species, we sink or swim together," United Nations Secretary-General B...

21 Oct 2009

Dirac Medallist Appointment

Michael Green, a recipient of ICTP's Dirac Medal in 1989, has been elected as the 18th Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, an academic chair founded in 1663 and previously held by such luminaries as Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage and, most recently, Stephen Hawking.Green is one of the f...

21 Oct 2009

Weather forecasting in Africa

ICTP is collaborating with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) through the WWRP/THORPEX programme (www.wmo.int/thorpex) to help African nations prepare for extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones, droughts, severe dust storms and flooding. Such high-impact weather events can have severe consequences fo...

09 Oct 2009

Researchers' Night a Success

ICTP, along with Trieste's other research and educational institutes, participated in a major science festival for the public on Friday, 25 September in Trieste.Known as "Researchers' Night 2009", the event offered a number of activities aimed at bringing science and scientists to the general public. Centred around Pia...

06 Oct 2009

2009 Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Charles Kao, of the Standard Telecommunications Laboratories, Harlow, UK, and Chinese University of Hong Kong "for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication".The other half of this year's award goes jointly to...

06 Oct 2009

ICTP alumnus honoured

Aderemi Kuku has been appointed as the first  "William W. S. Claytor Endowed Professor of Mathematics" at Grambling State University, Louisiana, USA. The special professorship was recently endowed by the Louisiana State Government and the University.Professor Kuku was a member of ICTP's Mathematics section from 19...

06 Oct 2009

School on lithosphere dynamics

Can earthquakes be predicted? Yes, according to scientists coordinating the "Advanced school on non-linear dynamics and earthquake prediction", held at ICTP from 28 September until 10 October, and they have a remarkable prediction success rate to prove it.  How they make those predictions is the topic of the schoo...

05 Oct 2009

ICTP fellowships for Iraq

Assistance provides for laboratory training

01 Oct 2009

New Leadership for ICTP

Particle physicist from Cambridge to become next ICTP director

01 Oct 2009

Faheem Hussain

It is with great sorrow that ICTP announces the death of colleague Faheem Hussain, who passed away on Tuesday, 29 September. Faheem officially joined ICTP in 1990, though he had been a regular visitor to the institute since its inception. A former Associate and a member of the High Energy Physics group, Faheem also coo...

29 Sep 2009

Climate expert visits ICTP

Computer models that perform high-resolution climate simulations will continue to play a key role in addressing causes and mitigation strategies for global warming, according to Warren Washington, a senior scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research and a climate modelling expert. In a speech delivere...

23 Sep 2009

New Director-General at UNESCO

UNESCO has elected Irina Bokova, Ambassador of Bulgaria to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, as its new Director-General. UNESCO is one of three organisations that sponsor ICTP, along with the IAEA and the Italian government. A career diplomat and politician, Bokova studied at the Moscow State Institute of Int...

16 Sep 2009

ICTP research published in Nature Materials

Spiderman's gecko-like ability to climb walls may someday leap from fiction to reality, courtesy of recent nanoscience research showing the exceptional adhesive properties of carbon nanotubes. Complementary to adhesion and equally intriguing is nanotube friction, highlighted in work such as that appearing in the 13 Sep...

15 Sep 2009

Researchers' Night

ICTP, along with Trieste's other research and educational institutes, will participate in a major science festival for the public happening on Friday, 25 September in Trieste.Known as "Researchers' Night 2009", the event offers a number of activities aimed at bringing science and scientists to the general public. Centr...

10 Sep 2009

ICTP hosts Nigerian delegation

Three representatives from Nigeria's National Universities Commission (NUC) have spent several days at ICTP to discuss in more detail a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two organisations last year. Under the agreement, NUC and ICTP are collaborating for the advancement and development of scientific capacity in...

02 Sep 2009

ICTP at a glance

What three regions of the world have sent the most visitors to ICTP since its inception? How long do ICTP visitors stay at the centre? From where did most of ICTP's women scientist visitors come from? Which ICTP research section had the most visitors in 2008?You can find answers to these questions and more by viewing I...

01 Sep 2009

Former associate to head ministry

Ahmed Ould Bahya has been appointed as Minister of Secondary and Higher Education in the new Mauritanian government. Bahya was an ICTP Associate from 1996 to 2000 in Mathematics."The appointment of a mathematician to this eminent position represents a real opportunity to develop higher education in Mauritania, especial...

24 Aug 2009

ICTP awards diplomas to students

Forty-eight students from developing countries have completed a rigorous year-long, pre-doctoral study programme to earn diplomas in physics or mathematics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.ICTP's Diploma Programme comprises four specialised fields, reflecting core resear...

21 Aug 2009

Vacancy for Editor

The African Physical Review (APR) is inviting applications for the position of its editor. The editor shall be an internationally recognized theoretical or experimental physicist, who is living and working in Africa or of African origin if residing abroad, and who has a deep understanding of science in Africa and the p...

12 Aug 2009

Focus on African geohazards

ICTP's upcoming workshop on "Evaluating, Monitoring and Communicating Volcanic and Seismic Hazards in East Africa" aims to have two ambitious outcomes: the establishment of a sub-Sahara African geoscience network focused on seismic and volcanic hazards; and a strategy on the effective communications of hazards informat...

10 Aug 2009

New ICTP newsletter available

The latest issue of ICTP's bi-annual newsletter, News from ICTP, is now available. Contents include:String Theory: Last year's Dirac Medallists unravel the mysteries of string theory in an interview where they share their insights on this proposal for a unified description of fundamental interactions in nature, and als...

08 Aug 2009

ICTP Dirac Medallists 2009 announced

ICTP has announced that the recipients of its 2009 Dirac Medal are Roberto Car and Michele Parrinello for their revolutionary "molecular dynamics" numerical simulation method for condensed matter. Their work, known as the Car-Parrinello method, combines quantitative electronic energy calculation, via a theory known as ...

06 Aug 2009

ICTP, WMO joint climate action

Nearly half of the world's population is affected by the South Asian monsoon, which brings severe storms and flooding every year to wide swathes of Asian Countries.  But climate change is now making things worse, strongly impacting the region's agriculture, health and economy.Improved climate predictions could hel...

05 Aug 2009

ICTP mourns passing of Luigi Stasi

ICTP is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Luigi Stasi, a longtime friend of the Centre who was instrumental in its very founding and who actively oversaw the creation of its buildings and was instrumental in securing financial support from Italy in support of ICTP. Since its founding in 1964, the Centre has rece...

04 Aug 2009

Turbulent Mixing and Beyond

ICTP once again has hosted a unique, international, multidisciplinary conference and school on non-equilibrium turbulent processes: the "2nd International Conference and Advanced School on Turbulent Mixing and Beyond", which ends 7 August. “The goals of the Conference are to expose the generic problem of non-equilibriu...

04 Aug 2009

Quantum meets classical

A new frontier was explored at the “College on Nonequilibrium Physics from Classical to Quantum Low Dimensional System”, organised by ICTP's Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics (CMSP) section.An experimental breakthrough in 1995—producing the ultracold atoms that conformed to the theoretically predicted properties...

31 Jul 2009

AGU award for Ismail-Zadeh

Alik Ismail-Zadeh, a former researcher with ICTP's Structure and Nonlinear Dynamics of the Earth research group as well as a frequent conference lecturer, has received the American Geophysical Union's International Award. The award honors an individual scientist or a small team for outstanding contributions to furtheri...

24 Jul 2009

Re-vamped Library website launched

ICTP’s Marie Curie Library launched its revamped website on 20 July. The website redesign includes user-friendly features such as the “Quick catalogue access” and “e-Resources”, which provides links to bibliographic databases, portals and search engines.The site also includes the electronic Journals Delivery Service, o...

22 Jul 2009

2009 ICTP Prize

The 2009 ICTP Prize in honour of Edward Norton Lorenz has been awarded to Professor Marcelo Barreiro. He is currently associate professor and head of the Atmospheric Sciences Unit, School of Sciences, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay. The ICTP Prize recognises Barreiro’s “contributions in the fie...

21 Jul 2009

Former Diploma student is Gribov Medallist

A former high energy physics diploma student from ICTP, Freddy Cachazo, was awarded the Gribov Medal on 20 July 2009 at a High Energy Physics Conference held in Krakow, Poland, by the European Physical Society (EPS). The Gribov Medal, conferred by EPS once every two years, recognises a young physicist below the age of ...

21 Jul 2009

ICTP, SESAME sign MoU

ICTP and the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening scientific collaboration between the two institutes.SESAME, located at Allan, Jordan, is the Middle East’s first major international research centre...

20 Jul 2009

ICTP graphene research published

Markus Müller of ICTP's Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics section, along with researchers from Iowa State University and Harvard, have discovered a property related to graphene's near quantum criticality that could have potential applications in graphene-based nanoelectronics.The research focussed on the shear v...

17 Jul 2009

From Core to Crust

Once again, ICTP is providing a platform for a multidisciplinary conference. From 20-24 July, researchers from various disciplines, including geophysics, mineral physics and fluid dynamics, will participate in an ICTP-hosted conference titled  “From Core to Crust: Towards an Integrated Vision of Earth’s Interior",...

14 Jul 2009

In the Words of Former Dirac Medallists

In 2004, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, ICTP provided insight to this question when it published One Hundred Reasons to be a Scientist, an anthology of brief and personal accounts by scientists who have some connection to ICTP. Many are Nobel, Fields, or Wolf Prize winners. Earlier in their careers, befo...

10 Jul 2009

ICTP, Iraq collaboration

ICTP has signed an agreement with the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) to collaborate on physics and mathematics training for Iraqi scientists. Under the agreement, up to 15 Iraqi scientists may visit ICTP annually to participate in ongoing and relevant activities. ICTP will also as...

06 Jul 2009

ICTP in Physics World

An article summarising the highlights of an ICTP conference that brought together physicists and biologists has appeared in the July 2009 issue of Physics World. The June conference, titled ‘From DNA-Inspired Physics to Physics-Inspired Biology’, aimed not only to present how theoretical physics has been applied to var...

06 Jul 2009

UN Appreciation for ICTP Open Day

ICTP's Open Day 2008 has earned special mention for "best practice to increase the visibility of UNESCO". The recognition was cited at UNESCO's Staff Day held in June, where Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO's Director-General, inaugurated UNESCO's Team Award programme. ICTP's Open Day, held in September 2008, offered lectures...

02 Jul 2009

ICTP at G8 Foreign Ministers Summit

Science could help lift Afghanistan's standing in the world community, but only with strong support from its government and with a little help from its friends, said ICTP Director K. R. Sreenivasan in remarks made during the G8 Foreign Ministers summit held in Trieste, Italy from 25 to 27 June 2009. "Science transcends...

30 Jun 2009

Network research published

Does ethnicity play a role in social network interactions? How can airlines develop a network of flights that balances a portfolio of short and long distance flights with economic viability? A new technique developed by Ginestra Bianconi, a post-doc fellow in ICTP's Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics (CMSP) sect...

20 Jun 2009

ICTP Annual Report available

ICTP has produced its Annual Report for 2008 in a new format. It consists of a printed volume which summarizes all activities of the past year, and an attached CD with the full technical reports of all scientific sections.The Report is now available at this page http://pio.ictp.it/annualreport.html

19 Jun 2009

Dr. Vafa Presented with Dirac Medal

For his significant contributions to superstring theory, Dr. Cumrun Vafa of Harvard University was presented the Dirac Medal at ICTP on 19 June 2009. Dr. Vafa is one of three string theorists to win the 2008 Medal; co-medalists Juan Martín Maldacena and Joseph Polchinski received their awards at a March ceremony that D...

15 Jun 2009

A deeper look at Particle Physics

The field of particle physics is in a "dramatic phase", says Dr. Alexei Smirnov from ICTP’s High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics section (HECAP). And to introduce students to the latest developments in the field he, along with HECAP’s Dr. Goran Senjanovic and Dr. Bobby Acharya, is organising a summer school...

08 Jun 2009

Looking beyond the observable

A workshop organised by ICTP’s High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics section (HECAP) will provide a guide to understanding universes that we can never observe. The ‘Eternal Inflation’ workshop that will run from 8 June to 12 June 2009 will look at "understanding the phenomena of continually expanding univers...

03 Jun 2009

The physics in biology

Two conferences organised by ICTP have brought together some top researchers from biology and physics. One goal of these biology-themed conferences is the transfer of knowledge from one discipline to another. An ongoing conference titled ‘From DNA-Inspired Physics to Physics-Inspired Biology’ aims not only to present ...

29 May 2009

Public lecture on Nanotechnology

ICTP’s Applied Physics section will hold a seminar on the applications of nanotechnology in therapeutics on 3 June 2009. The seminar, which is part of a series of lectures on Physics of the Living State, will be conducted by Dr. Sangeeta Kale. Dr. Kale, associate professor in electronics at Fergusson College, Pune, Ind...

25 May 2009

2008 Ramanujan Prize

ICTP presented its 2008 Srinivasa Ramanujan Prize to Enrique R. Pujals, associate researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), Brazil, at a ceremony held at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo on 20 May. The prize, which carries a US$15,000 cash award, is funded by the Aca...

15 May 2009

Paper addresses "superinsulators"

A paper co-written by scientist Vladimir Kravtsov, head of the ICTP's Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics section, has been published in Physical Review Letters and was selected to appear on that journal's "Physics" website, which highlights exceptional papers from the Physical Review journals.The paper, titled "J...

13 May 2009

ICTP at Italian research agency

A recent workshop held at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment (ENEA) showcased ongoing research in Agency laboratories by visiting scientists from developing countries. Those scientists are participants of ICTP's Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) programme. EN...

12 May 2009

ICTP in new joint fellowship programme

The Central European Initiative (CEI), in conjunction with ICTP and other Trieste System scientific institutions, has initiated the CEI Research Fellowship Programme (CERES). The program provides post-doctoral opportunities for Nationals from CEI Member States (except Italy).  Fellows will be given the opportunity...

12 May 2009

Dirac Medalist wins IEEE Award

John J. Hopfield, recipient of ICTP's Dirac Medal in 2001, has won the 2009 Frank Rosenblatt Award from the IEEE for his seminal contributions to the understanding of information processing in biological systems. Hopfield has focused on neurobiology for more than 20 years, investigating how the neural circuits of the b...

05 May 2009

New Laser Research at ICTP

ICTP and SPIE, the international optics and photonics society, have started a new research initiative on quantum cascade lasers (QCL). Quantum cascade lasers have numerous applications in the remote sensing of environmental gases and pollutants, as well as in medical diagnostics. SPIE co-sponsors the Winter College on ...

04 May 2009

Nobel Laureate at ICTP conference

Scientists from around the world will come together for a 5-day conference at ICTP that will commence with a lecture by Sir Anthony James Leggett, 2003 Nobel Laureate for his pioneering work on superfluidity. Knowledge about superfluid liquids can give us deeper insight into the ways in which matter behaves in its lowe...

30 Apr 2009

Water resources in developing countries

Lack of and limited access to water resources are major problems affecting developing countries. Optimal usage of available freshwater is further constrained by the absence of infrastructure. Future climate change will likely create additional difficulties in long-term planning and management. From 27 April – 8 May, a ...

29 Apr 2009

Chandra: The Journey of a Star

As part of its activities to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), ICTP will be presenting the documentary "Chandra: The Journey of a Star," by Enrico Agapito and Giuseppe Mussardo, on 30 April. The documentary showcases the life of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, a Nobel laureate in physics for his studies ...

24 Apr 2009

ICTP, UNESCO celebrate Darwin

ICTP is joining efforts with BRESCE, UNESCO’s regional office in Venice, to celebrate Darwin’s bicentennial. As side events to UNESCO's 3-day Darwin 200 Symposium, ICTP is organising a small exhibition and an afternoon of lectures with the help of several institutions from Trieste, including: Zoic Srl, Museo Civico di ...

23 Apr 2009

ICTP in Libya

ICTP is helping to promote physics and mathematics in Libya by co-sponsoring a conference on basic science. A group of ICTP scientists are lecturing at the event, representing several fields of research in physics and math. Among the many objectives of the conference are to strengthen the quality of teaching and resear...

23 Apr 2009

Internet challenges in Africa

On Friday 24 April, Les Cottrell from the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center will hold a lecture at ICTP about the state of Africa's internet infrastructure. The talk will demonstrate performance trends for the last decade, in particular illustrating the huge performance gap between the African continent and developed ...

20 Apr 2009

Geim honoured for graphene discovery

Andre Geim, professor of physics at the University of Manchester, has received the 2009 Koerber European Science Award for developing “the first two-dimensional crystals made of carbon atoms. These graphenes not only promise to revolutionize semiconductor, sensor, and display technology, but also lead us to expect brea...

17 Apr 2009

ICTP scientist in popular lecture series

The successful lecture series "Vagabondi del Cosmo" continues on Tuesday, 21 April, with a lecture by Marcello Musso, postdoctoral fellow in ICTP's High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics section. He will speak of evolving universes, and will illustrate the theory that ours may not be the only existing univers...

17 Apr 2009

Former Associate wins prestigious award

Professor Shyam S. Nandwani has crowned a long career at the Laboratory of Solar Energy of Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica, by receiving the prestigious Energy Globe Award for his project "Thirty years of research, dissemination and uses of solar cookers for both rural and urban areas to conserve human and pl...

16 Apr 2009

Closing the digital divide

ICTP's Science Dissemination Unit (SDU) is carrying out several projects on information and communication technologies for development as well as training activities in collaboration with ICTP's Aeronomy and Radiopropagation Laboratory, the Diploma Programme, the Marie Curie Library and the Stanford Linear Accelerator ...

06 Apr 2009

Diploma student's thesis published

The results of the dissertation thesis by Tuan Anh Pham, Diploma student in the Condensed Matter class of 2007-2008, have been published in Solid State Communications. Pham is first author, together witl Ralph Gebauer and Sandro Scandolo—both of the Condensed Matter Section and his former teachers—of the paper titled "...

03 Apr 2009

ICTP encourages Women in Science

The share of women scientists participating in ICTP's training and research programmes has more than doubled over the past 20 years. A new poster titled "Women Scientists at ICTP" highlights this and other achievements about the rising trend of women scientists at ICTP.

01 Apr 2009

Akito Arima to lead science program

Akito Arima, a member of ICTP's Scientific Council since 2005, has been elected as president of the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) and chair of its Board of Trustees. HFSPO, based in Strasbourg, France, supports basic research focussed on complex mechanisms of living organisms; fields...

31 Mar 2009

ICTP Nanophysics research published

Erio Tosatti and Giuseppe Santoro of ICTP's Condensed Matter section, along with two other researchers, have had a paper published and highlighted in the 23 March issue of the American Physical Society's Physical Review Letters. The paper, titled "Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking in Sliding Nanotubes", describes the ...

31 Mar 2009

Abel Prize awarded

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize for 2009 to the Russian-French mathematician Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov for "his revolutionary contributions to geometry". The Abel Prize recognises contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarde...

27 Mar 2009

Noted physicists awarded Dirac Medal

ICTP presented its Dirac Medal to the winners of the 2008 prize at a ceremony held on 26 March at the Centre. The 2008 recipients  -- Juan Martín Maldacena of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Joseph Polchinski of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara; an...

24 Mar 2009

Carbon research published in PNAS

Sandro Scandolo and Erio Tosatti of ICTP's Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics section are among a group of international scientists who have published a paper that appears in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper, titled "High-pressure polymeric phases of carbon dioxi...

23 Mar 2009

Success for former ICTP Associates

Two former ICTP Associates recently have been recognised for their academic excellence.Isaac Asuzu, professor of Veterinary Pharmacology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has been elected by the university's Senate as the new Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic). Professor Asuzu was an ICTP Associate from 1995 until 2...

20 Mar 2009

ICTP Researcher in Science Magazine

Erio Tosatti of ICTP's Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics section, has written a Perspectives piece for Science magazine's 20 March 2009 edition. Titled "Fullerides in a Squeeze", the text comments on an experimental article in the same issue by Takabayashi et al., reporting on a new fulleride material that shows...

20 Mar 2009

ICTP research published in PNAS

Matteo Marsili of ICTP's Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics section, along with a group of interdisciplinary researchers, have published results of their research on "Identifying essential genes in Escherichia coli from a metabolic optimization principle." The research proposes a constraint-based model of cellula...

17 Mar 2009

ICTP hosts famous mathematician

Professor Vladimir I. Arnold, one of the world's best mathematicians, will hold 2 lectures at ICTP during a brief stay at the Centre:Thursday, 19 March, 14:00: "Statistics of random mappings of finite sets" Tuesday, 31 March, 14:00: "Are the quadratic residues random numbers?"Professor Arnold, who once claimed "Mathema...

16 Mar 2009

SNO at ICTP

Dr. Art McDonald, director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Ontario, Canada, will give a lecture at ICTP this Thursday, 19 March, on "Particle physics and astrophysics with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory and the new SNOLAB." SNO houses a neutrino detector located 2 kilometres underground in a nickel mine...

13 Mar 2009

ICTP and EBASI

  The Edward Bouchet Abdus Salam Institute (EBASI) and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalising joint synergistic cooperation in scientific and technical collaborations among physical scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and ...

13 Mar 2009

Awanou awarded Sloan Fellowship

Gerard Awanou, an assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Northern Illinois University, has won an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, one of the most significant awards for promising young scientists and researchers in the US. Awanou, born in Benin, obtained the ICTP Diploma in Mathematics in 1998. He later e...

11 Mar 2009

Women scientists at Ecology Workshop

Graciela Canziani and Mercedes Pascual, two of the directors of the ICTP-sponsored Workshop on Theoretical Ecology and Global Change that is being held in Trieste until 13 March, noticed an interesting characteristic about this year's workshop participants: for the first time, the majority of attendees are women."When ...

11 Mar 2009

ICTP research in Physical Review Letters

Strongly correlated metals — a family including currently hot systems such as high temperature superconducting cuprates and colossal magnetoresistive manganites — have so far been known for their "bulk" properties: a sample of these materials is superconducting or magneto-resistive as a whole, with real and potential a...

09 Mar 2009

ICTP strengthens ties with Africa

ICTP and the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish active collaboration in training activities. Under the agreement, ICTP will set aside up to two positions in its Sandwich Ph.D. programme for qualified AUST students, invite two qualified physics Mast...

06 Mar 2009

P.K. Shukla honoured

Professor Padma Kant Shukla, professor of physics at Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, Germany, has received multiple honours in 2009: the 2009 Kwarizmi International Award of the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST); a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Technical University of Lisbon; and election...

23 Feb 2009

Low-cost, wireless ICT in Developing Countries

ICTP's school on "wireless ICT low-cost solutions in developing countries: best practices" runs from 16 February to 6 March. It introduces participants from developing countries to innovative solutions in the design and implementation of low-cost wireless local area networks and long-distance links (WiFi and WiMAX) not...

23 Feb 2009

ICTP offers 3000 hours of free online courses

ICTP's EyA (Enhance your Audience) recording system has recently reached an important milestone: the amount of lectures and talks it has recorded has reached 3,000 hours. The lectures are available on the website www.ictp.tv. The EyA system was reviewed in Physics World in December 2007, and won the Innovation Prize of...

16 Feb 2009

Physics Training for Developing World

Two award-winning physics educators are among several quality instructors at ICTP from 16 to 27 February to conduct Physware, a collaborative workshop aimed at enhancing the quality of physics education. The course provides an opportunity for physics teachers from developing countries to jointly develop low-cost equipm...

15 Feb 2009

SIF honours ICTP scientists

The winners of two important prizes of the Italian Physical Society (Società italiana di Fisica - SIF) were awarded during the Opening Ceremony of the SIF 94th Congress in Genoa, Italy, on 22 September 2008.R. Kirby-Harris, Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics (IOP), UK, announced that the joint SIF-IOP 2008 Giu...

14 Feb 2009

Dirac Medalists honoured

Curtis Callan, Dirac Medalist 2004, has been appointed as vice president of the American Physical Society (APS). Callan will be President-elect in 2009 and will serve as APS President in 2010. Professor Callan is J.S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics at Princeton University and former chair of it...

13 Feb 2009

Astrophysics for laypeople

The successful lecture series Vagabondi del Cosmo returns this year with another five lectures designed to introduce the general public to the world of astrophysics. This year's lectures have special relevance to the International Year of Astronomy, as well as Darwin's celebrations. One of the five lecturers is Marcell...

11 Feb 2009

2009 ICO/ICTP Prize Awarded

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the International Commission for Optics (ICO) have awarded the 2009 ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award to Dr. Saifollah Rasouli of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences in Zanjan, Iran. The ICO-ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award is given to yo...

11 Feb 2009

ICTP Scientist elected as SPIE Fellow

Zohra Ben Lakhdar, a long-time Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and editor of the Centre's African Physical Review scientific journal, has been elected as a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). Maria Yzuel, SPIE president, presented a special plaque to ...

10 Feb 2009

Nusselt-Reynolds Prize 2009

ICTP Director K.R. Sreenivasan has been awarded the 2009 Nusselt-Reynolds Prize. The prize was established by the Assembly of World Conferences on Experimental Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics to honour and commemorate Wilhelm Nusselt and Osborne Reynolds. The prize has been awarded since 1991 "for out...

09 Feb 2009

ICTP School in Santiago, Chile

The Latin-American School on Computational Materials Science was held in Santiago de Chile on January 19-30. The School was organized by ICTP in collaboration with Universidad Andres Bello and Universidad de Chile, Santiago, and the Democritos Centre for Research in Atomistic Simulation, Trieste. The school included th...

06 Feb 2009

ICTP, Romania strengthen ties

As a follow-up to an agreement signed last year between ICTP and the Horia Hulubei Foundation of Romania, ICTP Director Katepalli Sreenivasan recently visited a number of prominent scientific institutions in Romania to lay the foundation for a planned ICTP branch in that country.  ICTP-Romania will be a scientific...

06 Feb 2009

ICTP and Venice lagoon project

ICTP's Aeronomy and Radiopropagation Laboratory has developed and deployed a low cost, wireless "mesh" network that provides Internet connectivity for water sensors in the Venice lagoon. The water sensors measure water speed, flux, temperature and salinity, information that will be crucial for the success of Venice's p...

30 Jan 2009

ICTP Director on PNAS Editorial Board

ICTP Director Katepalli Sreenivasan has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), in the primary field of Engineering Sciences. PNAS is the official journal of the United States National Academy of Sciences. Coverage in PNAS broa...

22 Jan 2009

Brain Gain

Assistant Director Claudio Tuniz took part in the Workshop on "Scientific Diasporas: From Brain Drain to Brain Gain", held in Geneva on 12-13 January 2009. The Workshop was organized by the Sharing Knowledge Foundation with which ICTP has collaborated before on the organization of the conference "Sharing Knowledge acro...