10 Nov 2010

ICTP 's Dirac Medal Turns 25

ICTP will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Dirac Medal on 10 November 2010 with a day of lectures by past and present medal winners, covering a vast range of topics in theoretical physics. The celebration coincides with UNESCO's World Science Day. ICTP's Dirac Medal, first awarded in 1985, is given in ho...

09 Nov 2010

ICTP "an open window to the world scientific community"

Lack of mobility, inadequate equipment and human resources, brain drain: these are some of the many challenges faced by scientists in developing countries, and were among the many topics of discussion during the second day's programme of "ICTP After 45: Science and Development for a Changing World". The theme...

08 Nov 2010

Live Video Streaming

The live video coverage of ICTP's after 45 celebrations is now over. Programme schedule and information can be found at the After 45 celebration programme and the Dirac Medal Award Ceremony details.

08 Nov 2010

ICTP announces new strategy

ICTP launched its 3-day, international science and policy conference "ICTP After 45: Science and Development for a Changing World" by announcing a new, five-year strategy aimed at helping the Centre to better adapt to rapidly developing geopolitical and technological changes. "This strategy is really a vision...

05 Nov 2010

Video Streaming of ICTP's After 45 Celebrations

A video streaming link of ICTP's After 45 celebrations will be available starting Monday. You can also follow developments of the event on ICTP's Twitter account. For more information, see the After 45 celebration programme and the Dirac Medal Award Ceremony details.

27 Oct 2010

ICTP After 45

ICTP has recently passed an important milestone: its 45th anniversary. With its new leadership and in light of rapid economic and technological developments taking place worldwide, ICTP is hosting a high-level gathering of top scientists and policy makers to discuss the implications of global change on science an...

27 Oct 2010

M-Science Book Launched

ICTP's Science Dissemination Unit (SDU) has released an open book on "m-Science: Sensing, Computing and Dissemination". The book, which was released under a Creative Commons license, and was written by experts in an effort to engage the scientific community, engineers and scholars worldwide in the design, develop...

21 Oct 2010

TWAS honours ICTP Director

ICTP Director Fernando Quevedo has been elected as an Associate Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), during its general meeting in Hyderabad, India. Quevedo, a Guatemalan national, began his tenure as ICTP Director a year ago, coming to the Centre from Cambridge University, UK, w...

16 Oct 2010

Synchrotron in the Middle East

ICTP and the Jordan-based Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) have agreed on a programme of joint activities to be performed over the next two years at both the Middle East facility and Trieste. The agreement follows on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by th...

12 Oct 2010

In Memoriam

Mohammad Hossein Sarmadi, an ICTP researcher, passed away on Saturday 9 October 2010 in Trieste. Hossein was born in September 1953 in Iran where he also went through his school education. Hossein then studied at the University of Pittsburg for his undergraduate de- gree, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in ...

07 Oct 2010

Medical Physics Prizes

In most developing countries, medical digital imaging devices and techniques such as CAT scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are scarce. Knowledge of and training for these advanced medical tools are of utmost importance for the future health of these countries, which is why Nigerian medical physicist Rach...

05 Oct 2010

2010 Physics Nobel Announced

The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2010 has been awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, both at the University of Manchester, UK, “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”. Referring to graphene as "the perfect atomic lattice", the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences...

28 Sep 2010

Nature Publishes Volcano Research

A better way to pinpoint where volcanic eruptions are likely to occur has just been published in Nature Geosciences. The lead author, Ian Hamling, is a postdoctoral researcher in the Tectonophysics and Earthquake and Volcanic Studies group (TEVOS) of ICTP's Earth System Physics section. By studying a rare s...

16 Sep 2010

ICTP at Italian Physical Society Meeting

ICTP Assistant Director Claudio Tuniz has been invited to deliver a keynote speech at the Italian Physical Society's National Congress, taking place 20 to 24 September in Bologna. Tuniz will speak on "Advanced physics methods in human evolution studies". Microscopy and x-ray spectroscopy provide advanced tool...

15 Sep 2010

Former TRIL Fellow Honoured

A former fellow of ICTP's Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) programme has won an award in recognition of his work in advancing renewable energy in Africa. Vinod Kumar Sharma, currently a senior scientist at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Develo...

08 Sep 2010

Top Prize for ICTP Alumna

Fouzia Bano, a former ICTP Diploma student from Pakistan, has received a Premio Borsellino prize from the Italian Society of Pure and Applied Biophysics (SIBPA) for her thesis titled "Towards Single Cell Genomics and Proteomics: New Methods in Nanoscale Surface Biochemistry." Bano studied condensed matter ph...

01 Sep 2010

In Memoriam - Nicola Cabibbo, (1935 - 2010)

A leading theoretical physicist at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Cabibbo was actively involved with ICTP for many years, presenting at conferences and helping with the Centre's strategy as the Italian government's representative to ICTP, a member of the ICTP Scientific Council since 1997, and then as its ch...

31 Aug 2010

ICTP Diplomas Awarded

Thirty-seven students from developing countries have earned ICTP diplomas in physics or mathematics by completing coursework in the Centre's year-long Diploma Programme. As a result, more than half of them have earned places at competitive universities in Europe, the US, and elsewhere. "It was one of the b...

27 Aug 2010

New Bodies Electric

The electrons in some materials respond powerfully to each other, appearing to attract or align in unexpected ways. Scientists studying these strongly-correlated quantum systems have continued to reinvent the field through discoveries of new materials, such as novel superconductors, new findings through high-...

26 Aug 2010

Fields Medal 2010 and ICTP

ICTP was pleased to learn that two of its conference lecturers have received the 2010 Fields Medal. The Fields Medallists were announced during the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), held from the 19 to 27 August. Ngô Bao Châu, born in Vietnam, was cited “For his proof of the Fundamental Lemm...

17 Aug 2010

In Memoriam

Nicola Cabibbo, (1935 - 2010)

11 Aug 2010

Cosmic Axis

ICTP's two-week-long “Summer School in Cosmology”, co-hosted by the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), came to a stellar end on 30 July after a full schedule of wide-ranging lectures covering all aspects of modern cosmology, a field that is making enormous progress on an annual scale. The school, h...

11 Aug 2010

ICTP on Facebook

Don’t lose touch with the Centre! The official Facebook site of the Abdus Salam ICTP is now operational. Visit us on Facebook to receive updates on workshops, symposia and other events. See what’s happening at the frontiers of mathematics and theoretical physics. See who is visiting us in beautiful Trieste. Participate...

10 Aug 2010

Made to Disorder

Some materials are so unsettled on the quantum level that they behave unusually in the classical world. In July, 82 researchers attended ICTP's Workshop on Emergence of New States of Matter in Magnetic Systems and Beyond to discuss such strange behaviour: new states of matter that arise in frustrated magnets ...

08 Aug 2010

Dirac Medallists 2010

Italian physicist Nicola Cabibbo (University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy) and Indian-American physicist Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan (University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA) have been awarded ICTP's Dirac Medal and Prize for 2010. The award recognizes their fundamental contributions to the understanding ...

02 Aug 2010

Meteorite Study Published

A study of a crater recently discovered in southern Egypt concludes that the Earth may be more vulnerable to large meteorite impacts than previously thought. Results of the study have been published in a paper co-authored by ICTP junior associate Mohamed El Gabry that appears in the 22 July online version ...

02 Aug 2010

Researchers wanted

To foster research in the main areas of research at ICTP, the Centre has initiated a new programme of Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships in Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics, Earth System Physics, High Energy, Cosmology, Astroparticle Physics and Mathematics. The appointments will be for an initial perio...

01 Aug 2010

Plasma Traditions

The International Advanced Workshop on the Frontiers of Plasma Physics was held at ICTP from the 5th to the 16th of July 2010. The two-week workshop continued an ICTP tradition that goes back to the very year the Centre was founded. In 1964, ICTP hosted a plasma physics ‘exchange’ of sorts. The world was still in ...

01 Aug 2010

In Memoriam

Matey Mateev, a Bulgarian theoretical physicist with ties to ICTP in its early days and beyond, died in a car accident on 25 July 2010. Mateev made particularly valuable scientific contributions to theoretical and mathematical physics. He was at ICTP for the first time during the academic year 1966/67 as an ...

29 Jul 2010

First African School of Physics

This August, students and scientists from African countries will get the rare opportunity to learn about innovative physics experiments, accelerators and technology on their own continent. The first African School of Physics will take place 1-21 August at the National Institute of Theoretical Physics in Stel...

26 Jul 2010

Probing the Universe

From dark energy and matter to galaxy formation and gravitational waves, ICTP's Summer School in Cosmology offers a well-rounded course of lectures for beginning graduate students and more senior, non-expert researchers alike. More than 200 scientists are attending this year's School, which ICTP organized in ...

23 Jul 2010

Gold Slides on Graphite Tides

In a recent paper published in the 18 July 2010 online version of Nature Materials and titled “Ballistic Nanofriction”, ICTP researcher Erio Tosatti and his co-authors look at different regimes of nanofriction by simulating a system of gold (Au) clusters on graphite substrates.   In the macro world, surface ...

23 Jul 2010

Cosmic Cultures

  "We are all made of star stuff" - Carl Sagan The above aphorism applies well to the recent Carpathian Summer School of Physics 2010 "From Nuclei to Stars," held in Romania. The school was conducted collectively by the Cyclotron Institute , Texas A&M University, Horia Hulubei National Institute for Phy...

19 Jul 2010

Hodge theory at ICTP

The thriving field of Hodge theory was developed 80 years ago by the Scottish mathematician W.V.D. Hodge. It applies methods from analysis to study the topology and geometry of complex algebraic varieties, and is an indispensable technique for studying singular spaces. The related Hodge conjecture is a Millennium Pr...

15 Jul 2010

ICTP Highlights of 2009

ICTP's Summary of Activities 2009, a report highlighting important milestones and achievements reached during 2009, is now available. Once again, users can choose from two different formats to view the document:-  Online PDF -  Paper copy (contact the Public Information Office at pio@ictp.it for delive...

14 Jul 2010

Lupercio receives the 2009 Ramanujan Prize

Days before his fortieth birthday, Ernesto Lupercio arrived at ICTP to accept the 2009 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries. The gregarious and energetic researcher is known for his outstanding contributions to mathematical physics, geometry, and algebraic topology, and for cultivating...

09 Jul 2010

Internet hotspots in India

Being connected is priceless. Setting up an internet link can be surprisingly cheap. To help telecommunication experts in India train local students, ICTP researchers at the Radiocommunication section of the ICTP Aeronomy and Radiopropagation Laboratory held a training session in January and donated their signature...

07 Jul 2010

Poincare's first breakthrough

The French mathematician Henri Poincaré is a legend in physics and mathematics. His work helped establish chaos theory, relativity, and the field of topology. Yet, in his own words, Poincaré was once an ignorant young mathematician. One particularly embarrasing blunder put him on a path toward proving a fundamental...

01 Jul 2010

A Shared Frontier

Thirteen kilometres from ICTP, Mauro Giacca and co-workers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) genetically engineer viruses to treat cardiovascular disorders. The work seems distant from theoretical physics. But the field of gene therapy offers many opportunities for...

29 Jun 2010

Quantum in motion

A relatively new and growing field of physics--the dynamics of non-equilibrium quantum systems--drew a diverse group of participants to Trieste on 21 June. For five days, scientists from 33 countries and six continents attended the "Dynamics of Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems" workshop. Strongly correl...

28 Jun 2010

Focus on Clean Energy

ICTP's Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) programme is accepting applications for a new activity focussing on recent developments in science and technology for renewable energy. Through the activity, scientists from developing countries can spend up to one year or longer at an Italian labor...

24 Jun 2010

ICTP Scientist Honoured

A four-day conference titled "A look from the past into the future of particle physics: GoranFest" was held in June in Split, Croatia, to celebrate ICTP high energy physicist Goran Senjanovic's 60th birthday. Under the motto "The Joy of Making Physics", the conference aimed at highlighting Senjanovic's outsta...

22 Jun 2010

ICTP Summer School

Scientists from ICTP's Earth System Physics (ESP) section returned to high school recently to share their knowledge of the Earth's hydrological cycle with a group of international, highly achieving students attending the United World College in Duino, near Trieste. The Centre's International Summer School on...

17 Jun 2010

Synchrotron in the Middle East

ICTP and the Jordan-based Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) have agreed on a programme of joint activities to be performed over the next two years at both the Middle East facility and Trieste. The agreement follows on a Memorandum of Understanding signed b...

16 Jun 2010

In Memoriam

Jan S. Nilsson was head of ICTP's Office of External Activities from 1985 to 1988, and a former member of the Centre's Scientific Council from 1996 to 2003. He attended the first workshop at Miramare, Trieste that preceded the founding of ICTP in 1964. He was an associate fellow of the Academy of Sciences for...

09 Jun 2010

ICTP Prize Ceremony

Marcelo Barreiro, a young climate scientist from Uruguay whose research interests range from palaeoclimates to ocean-atmosphere interactions, was honoured at a ceremony at ICTP as the recipient of the 2009 ICTP Prize."I am humbled by the receipt of this prize. I first visited ICTP 10 years ago, thanks to funding from t...

08 Jun 2010

ICTP, Nigeria Cooperation

ICTP and the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria signed an agreement on Monday, 7 May in Trieste to improve the country's science and technology policies.The agreement formalizes ICTP's advisory role with the Nigerian National Assembly that was initiated in April at a two-day science and technology awa...

07 Jun 2010

In Memoriam

Vladimir Igorevich Arnol'd, one of the greatest mathematicians of the past century, died on 3 June. Professor Arnol'd worked at the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow and at Paris Dauphine University up until his death. He visited ICTP regularly each year over the years 2006-2009, when he delivered series of semi...

07 Jun 2010

Earthquake Research Online

Earthquake research by ICTP scientist Giuliano Panza, of ICTP's Structure and Non-Linear Dynamics of the Earth (SAND) group has been featured on the website "Science Watch", which is produced by Thompson Reuters.To read the text, visit the "Science Watch" website.

07 Jun 2010

In Memoriam

Vladimir Igorevich Arnol'd, one of the greatest mathematicians of the past century, died on 3 June. Professor Arnol'd worked at the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow and at Paris Dauphine University up until his death. He visited ICTP regularly each year over the years 2006-2009, when he delivered series...

03 Jun 2010

Kavli Prizes 2010

Eight scientists whose discoveries have dramatically expanded human understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience have been recognised with the award of the million-dollar Kavli Prizes.The laureates were chosen for research that has transformed our knowledge of basic units of matter, laid th...

02 Jun 2010

World Science Festival

The third annual World Science Festival, held in New York City from 2 to 6 June, features high profile scientists and unique programs in scientific disciplines ranging from astronomy, physics and genetics to neuroscience, robotics and mathematics. This year several events are available online via live streaming video, ...

02 Jun 2010

N. Africa Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards

ICTP's recent Algerian workshop on earthquake and tsunami hazards got off to a shaky start and finish, according to organizer Abdelkrim Aoudia of the Centre's Earth System Physics section."A 5.2 earthquake struck during our opening talks, and a 3.8 magnitude event occurred during the closing day, just 10 km from the co...

21 May 2010

Dirac Medal Ceremony

ICTP presented its two 2009 Dirac Medal recipients with medals and monetary gifts at the official Dirac Medal ceremony on 21 May in Trieste. Roberto Car and Michele Parrinello were awarded the prize for their revolutionary "molecular dynamics" numerical simulation method that allows scientists and laymen alike to visua...

21 May 2010

Physics at the Nanoscale

Computational nanoscience helps researchers address challenging problems in the development of nanotechnology devices. By using computer models, researchers can simulate wide classes of materials and related phenomena at the nanoscale, ranging from novel semiconductors to biological and soft matter.ICTP's Spring Colleg...

20 May 2010

ICTP in Nigeria

ICTP's long experience with science and technology for developing countries took centre stage at an awareness workshop hosted by the National Assembly of Nigeria. The country had invited an ICTP delegation to inform Parliamentarians of trends in science and technology, in an effort to strengthen Nigeria's capacity in t...

20 May 2010

High-tech Help

Demonstrating its commitment to narrowing the digital divide, ICTP sent two of its information and communication technology experts, Clement Onime and Carlo Fonda, to review the current state of information technology at the Nigerian National Assembly (NASS). The visit was a prelude to the “Awareness Workshop on Scien...

13 May 2010

Solar Energy in Africa

Africa, a continent characterized by strong solar radiation, is an ideal candidate for solar energy. Yet the high costs of traditional, silicon-based solar energy technology have prevented countries in Africa and other developing regions of the world from adopting it widely.ICTP is hoping to change this by promoting ne...

10 May 2010

ICTP, Italy Research Partnership

Global changes and their impact, nanoscience for energy and the conservation of cultural heritage are just a few of the subjects covered by a new research and training agreement between the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and ICTP. The agreement was signed at CNR headquarters in Rome by its President, Luciano M...

10 May 2010

ICTP Prize Awarded

Shiraz Minwalla, a string theorist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, India, has been named the recipient of the 2010 ICTP Prize.The Prize recognizes Minwalla's influential work in string theory. As a researcher and faculty member at Harvard University, the Indian Institute of Technology (I...

07 May 2010

Nanoscale Research Published

A paper co-authored by ICTP researcher Erio Tosatti has appeared in the 25 April online issue of Nature Nanotechnology.Titled "Direct mapping of the solid–liquid adhesion energy with subnanometre resolution", the joint experimental and theoretical work contributes to the understanding of solid-liquid interface phenomen...

07 May 2010

Seismic Sensibilities

Issues pertaining to urban risks are a pressing concern for people involved in disaster mitigation, particularly in developing countries.ICTP organized, under the auspices of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, a conference on "Seismic Risk Mitigation and Sustainable Development", that ran from 10 t...

29 Apr 2010

Business 101

ICTP is helping physicists and engineers from developing countries to commercialize their scientific inventions.The Centre is hosting a workshop from 3 to 7 May on "Entrepreneurship for Physicists and Engineers from Developing Countries"."Scientists working in universities and scientific institutions in the west are we...

28 Apr 2010

ICTP in Space

The European Space Agency (ESA) has added ICTP's ionospheric modelling system NeQuick 2 to its Space Environment Information System (SPENVIS), making the model widely available to space engineers and scientists.Spacecraft experience numerous problems as a result of encounters with the space environment. SPENVIS is an i...

28 Apr 2010

Science for Cultural Heritage

Modern physics tools can play as important a role as archaeology in piecing together the past and in preserving cultural heritage. A major international, interdisciplinary conference on science, arts and culture, held in 2007 and co-sponsored by ICTP, the European Centre for Science Arts and Culture, and Trieste Univer...

23 Apr 2010

Satellite Navigation in Africa

Participants of ICTP's "Second Workshop on Satellite Navigation Science and Technology for Africa" are near completion of the three-week school in Trieste.Over the course of their training, the students--who represent 18 different countries--have been taught by international experts in global navigation satellite syste...

22 Apr 2010

ICTP Malaria Project

ICTP is taking part in a major international, European Union-funded project to help fight malaria and other vector-borne illnesses by developing and deploying an early warning system for disease outbreaks in Africa.The €3 million project, titled "Quantified Weather and Climate Impacts on Health in Developing Countries ...

21 Apr 2010

Grant Winners Announced

ICTP's Science Dissemination Unit (SDU) congratulates the winners of its first grant programme "International Academic Webcasting Grant for Developing Countries using openEyA". The grants support the automated production of on-line scientific content (via "webinars") and e-learning and distance education (via web lectu...

21 Apr 2010

Climate Change and Energy Systems

Many climate change studies indicate an increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, posing a threat to energy installations and infrastructure.Responding to these threats will require new technological options and policy strategies to reduce exposure and vulnerability and to increase the resilience of ...

16 Apr 2010

ICTP and Nuclear Security

ICTP and its UN partner the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) have announced plans to hold an "International School on NuclearSecurity" at the Centre's Trieste campus next year.The announcement comes on the heels of US President Obama's NuclearSummit, where a number of nations pledged their support to strengthen...

30 Mar 2010

New Era in Particle Physics

Beams of protons collided at 7 TeV in the LHC at 13:06 CEST on Tuesday 30 March, marking the start of the LHC research programme. Particle physicists around the world are looking forward to a potentially rich harvest of new physics as the LHC begins its first long run at an energy three and a half times higher than pre...

25 Mar 2010

Abel Prize 2010

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the AbelPrize for 2010 to John Torrence Tate, University of Texas at Austin, for his vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers. John Tate will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at an award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, May 25.The Abel Prize r...

22 Mar 2010

Superstring Theory at ICTP

From the physics of black holes to physics beyond the standard model, ICTP's annual Spring School on Superstring Theory and Related Topics will once again explore the many dimensions of string theory.  Over the course of the week-long school, which is being held in Trieste, participants will hear lectures from som...

17 Mar 2010

ICTP to Advise Nigeria

ICTP's experience in narrowing the digital divide with wireless technology has attracted the attention of high-level policymakers in Nigeria. ICTP has been invited to present an awareness workshop to be held in May on the relevance of science and technology for members of the country's Parliamentary Science and Technol...

16 Mar 2010

Astrophysics in Nature

An analysis of more than 70,000 galaxies by University of California, Berkeley, University of Zurich and Princeton University physicists demonstrates that the universe – at least up to a distance of 3.5 billion light years from Earth – plays by the rules set out 95 years ago by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of ...

16 Mar 2010

ICTP Colloquium Series

ICTP has inaugurated a new colloquium series that aims to increase interaction between its research groups as well as expose doctoral students to the Centre's rich array of physics and mathematics activities."The idea for the colloquia came out of a brainstorming session amongst ICTP scientists," explained Director Fer...

11 Mar 2010

Front-page Feature

An image produced by ICTP scientists of computer-simulated molecules that could be used to build more efficient photovoltaics is featured on the cover of the latest issue of the Journal of Chemical Physics (Volume 132 Issue 10).  The researchers--Prasenjit Ghosh, a post-doctoral fellow, and Ralph Gebauer of ICTP's...

03 Mar 2010

Nature Geoscience Highlight

Three-dimensional seismic imaging of the upper 300km of the Earth by ICTP researcher Giuliano Panza, along with Carlo Doglioni from La Sapienza in Rome and Anatoly Levshin of the University of Colorado, has revealed asymmetry in the Earth mantle below ocean basins. Results of the research were published earlier this ye...

03 Mar 2010

ICTP Building Dedication

The building that is home to ICTP's Multidisciplinary Laboratory (MLab) was formally dedicated on 2 March in a ceremony attended by top representatives of Trieste's research and educational institutes, as well as local and regional officials.The building, which was owned by the Comune di Trieste and originally housed a...

01 Mar 2010

In Memoriam

Praveen Chaudhari, who was chairman of ICTP's Scientific Council from 1998 to 2002, passed away on 13 January 2010 at his home in New York.Dr. Chaudhari attended numerous conferences at ICTP over the years. He was instrumental in ICTP expanding its research in condensed matter physics.Most recently, he was director of ...

26 Feb 2010

ICTP Room Dedication

ICTP has honoured the memory of Luigi Stasi by dedicating a lecture room to him. Stasi worked closely with ICTP founders Abdus Salam and Paolo Budinich to establish ICTP, as well as other international research institutes, in Trieste.Stasi's ICTP-related achievements included:•    was secretary of the Lo...

26 Feb 2010

Wireless for Developing Countries

From building their own antennas to measuring radio signals, participants of ICTP's Workshop and Awareness Conference on Evolution of Wireless Technologies are gaining valuable hands-on experience in building and securing their own wireless networks. They are being trained by telecommunications experts for three weeks ...

24 Feb 2010

Award for Former ICTP Director

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded its 2009 AAAS International Scientific Cooperation Award to former ICTP Director Katepalli R. Sreenivasan.Sreenivasan was selected for "his role as a transformational leader of an international research center that promotes cutting-edge science ...

17 Feb 2010

Optics Prize Awarded

A young Brazilian physicist whose work bridges the fields of optics and chemistry has won the 2010 International Commission for Optics (ICO) /ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award.Cleber Renato Mendonca of the Institute of Physics at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, uses laser pulses to study the interactions of light and ma...

04 Feb 2010

A Wireless Africa

The transfer of low-cost, wireless technology know-how to African educational institutions is the purpose of a joint project that is just getting started between ICTP and the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau.Titled "Strengthening Training Capacity in Wireless Networkin...

03 Feb 2010

College on Optics and Energy

Solar energy is a promising, affordable resource for developing countries. The use of optics and photonics for light harvesting and photovoltaics play key roles in solar energy production and are the main topics of ICTP's annual Winter College on Optics, being held from 8 to 19 February in Trieste.This year's theme, "O...

27 Jan 2010

New Webcast Grant

ICTP announces a new grant that enables organizations in developing countries to offer online learning resources.The grant includes hardware and software for ICTP's award-winning "openEyA" automated recording system, developed to archive and share scientific lectures online. The easy-to-use, low-cost system requires no...

27 Jan 2010

Physics for the Birds

Giorgio Parisi, the prominent Italian theoretical physicist, delivered a lecture at ICTP on "The collective behaviour of large numbers of flying birds: The case of Sturnus vulgari."Parisi, professor of Quantum Theories at the University of Rome I, La Sapienza, has been studying flocks of starlings to try to determine h...

19 Jan 2010

ICTP in Vietnam

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 Statistical...

12 Jan 2010

Statistical physics research published

A former ICTP Diploma student and his ICTP supervisor have published a paper in the 28 December 2009 issue of Physical Review E. Titled "Quantum quenches in the Dicke model: Statistics of the work done and of other observables", the paper is partly based on former Diploma student Francis N. C. Paraan's thesis that was ...

12 Jan 2010

African Physical Society launched

African physicists and astronomers have launched the African Physical Society to advocate for physics across the continent and to increase resources for physics training and research in Africa.African Physical Society Interim President Francis K. A. Allotey said that one of the main reasons for establishing the society...

07 Jan 2010

2009 Ramanujan Prize

The Ramanujan Prize Selection Committee has announced that the 2009 Srinivasa Ramanujan Prize will be awarded to Ernesto Lupercio, a researcher at CINVESTAV, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico. Lupercio is being honoured for "his outstanding contributions to algebraic topology, geometry and mathematical physi...