ICTP 50th Anniversary

ICTP 50th Anniversary

6 to 9 October 2014

50 Years of Science for the Future

Programme from 6 to 9 October 2014

The complete official programme for the 50th Anniversary celebrations from 6-9 October.
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Monday, 6 October. Tuesday, 7 October. Wednesday, 8 October. Thursday, 9 October

Monday, 6 October

09:00 Inauguration

Welcome remarks by Fernando Quevedo, Director, ICTP

Welcome remarks by ICTP's Governing Bodies:

  • Mario Giro, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Italy
  • Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) 
  • Yukiya Amano, Director General,  International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)

Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director-General, European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Local authorities:

  • Francesca Garufi, Prefect of Trieste
  • Debora Serracchiani, President of the Region
  • Roberto Cosolini, Mayor of Trieste
  • Maria Teresa Bassa Poropat, President of the Province

Award of the 2013 ICTP Prize to Yasaman Farzan (Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, Tehran, Iran) and Patchanita Thamyongkit (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand) by the Director-General, UNESCO

Chaired by Luciano Maiani, Chairman, ICTP Scientific Council

11:00  Dedication of Main Lecture Hall to ICTP co-founder Paolo Budinich, followed by a coffee break

11:30  Keynote Lectures

  • H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  • H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
  • Ansar Parvez, Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission

Chaired by Aldo Malavasi, Deputy Director General, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, IAEA

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Presentation of ICTP Strategic Plan
Fernando Quevedo, Director of ICTP

14:45 Keynote Lecture: "The importance of centres of excellence worldwide", David Gross, Nobel Laureate

Chaired by Martin Rees, University of Cambridge

15:15 Keynote Lecture: "Abdus Salam's scientific contributions" Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Laureate

Chaired by Fernando Ferroni, President, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)

15:45  Coffee break

16:15 Abdus Salam's Legacy

Keynote Lecture: C.N.R. Rao, Honorary President and Linus Pauling Research Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

16:45 Friends and Collaborators of Abdus Salam

  • Video Message from Federico Mayor, former Director-General, UNESCO
  • Video Message from Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate
  • Antonino Zichichi, President, World Laboratory, "With Abdus at Imperial College"
  • Adnan Badran, President, Petra University, former Prime Minister of Jordan
  • Robert Delbourgo, University of Tasmania
  • Michael Duff, Abdus Salam Chair, Imperial College London
  • Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Co-chair, InterAcademy Panel and Chairman, United Nations University (UNU) Council
  • Thomas W.B. Kibble, Imperial College London
  • Rexhep Meidani, former President of Albania
  • Seifallah Randjbar-Daemi, Deputy Director, ICTP

Chaired by Peter Goddard, Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton

17:45  Presentation of The Spirit of Abdus Salam Award

Representatives of Salam's family present the Award to Pierre Agbedjro, Anne Gatti and André Hamende.

Chaired by Daniele Amati, SISSA

18:15  Transfer to Duino Castle

19:00  Dinner, Duino Castle, the home of HRH Prince Carlo Alessandro della Torre e Tasso

Pre-dinner speech: Luciano Bertocchi, former Deputy Director, ICTP


Tuesday, 7 October

09:00  Session on Future Earth

Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), "Climate science and the global framework for climate services"

Jean Pascal van Ypersele, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), "Climate Change, Challenges for Science and Society, and the IPCC"

 Chaired by Filippo Giorgi, Head, Earth Systems Physics Section, ICTP

09:30  Presentation of ICTP's Partner Institutes

  • Nathan Berkovits, SAIFR, Brazil
  • Tuğrul Senger, ICTP-ECAR, Turkey
  • Yue-Liang Wu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Arnulfo Zepeda,  ICTP-MAIS Mexico
  • Silas Lwakabamba, Minister of Education, Government of Rwanda, ICTP-EA, Rwanda

Chaired by Carlos Alberto Aragão de Carvalho Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

10:30  Coffee break

11:00  Focus on Africa

Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, The World Academy of Sciences  (TWAS)

Keynote Lecture: "New frontiers for science in Africa" Wole Soboyejo, Immediate Past President, African University of Science and Technology

Chaired by Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Co-chair, InterAcademy Panel and Chairman, United Nations University (UNU) Council

11:30  Funding Basic Sciences and Development: Part 1

Moderated by Ian Solomon, Vice President for Global Engagement, The University of Chicago

Introductory Remarks, Fernando Quevedo, Director, ICTP   

Science and its impact on development: Trends, opportunities and challenges

  • Adnan A. Shihab-Eldin, Director General, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
  • Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President, European Research Council (ERC)
  • Andrew Briggs, University of Oxford
  •  Andrew Millis, Associate Director for Physical Sciences, Simons Foundation               
  • Almut Steinbach, Head of International Team, Volkswagen Foundation

12:20  Funding Basic Sciences and Development: Part 2

 Building research capacity: Ideas, institutions and investments

  • Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, Director-General, Opec Fund for International Development (OFID)                                                                                        
  • Ayako Fukui, Assistant Director, Strategic Program Initiatives, Director, Genius Portfolio, John Templeton Foundation USA                                                                    
  • Antonino Zichichi, President, World Laboratory
  • Thomas Auf Der Heyde, Deputy Director-General, Department of Science   and Technology, South Africa
  • Alejandro Ceccatto, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Argentina
  • Zahid Hamid, Minister for Science and Technology, Pakistan

13:10 Lunch

14:15 Panel Discussion: International Collaborations with Other Centres

Thierry Zomahoun, Executive Director, The Next Einstein Initiative (NEI)
Seunghwan (Swan) Kim, President, The Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP)
Wole Soboyejo, Immediate Past President, President, African University of Science and Technology (AUST)
Chris Llewellyn Smith, President of the  Council of the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME)

Chaired by Spenta Wadia, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR)

14:45 Women in Science, Part 1

Moderated by Rohini Godbole, Indian Institute of Science

Status and Way Forward

  • Chiara Nappi, Princeton University
  • Mariana Weissmann, Comisión Nacional de Energia Atómica
  • Martin Rees, University of Cambridge
  • Shirley Malcom, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Ingrid Daubechies, International Mathematical Union
  • Marcia Barbosa, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Luciano Maiani, Chairman, ICTP Scientific Council

15:30  Coffee break

16:00  Women in Science, Part 2

Moderated by Shobhana Narasimhan, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

Challenges and Solutions for the Developing World

  • Romain Murenzi, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
  • Sujatha Ramdorai, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Zohra ben Lakhdar, University of Tunis
  • Francisca Nneka Okeke, University of Nigeria
  • Ayse Erzan, Istanbul Technical University
  • Belita Koiller, Brazilian Physical Society
  • Patchanita Thamyongkit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

17:30 Transportation to the city centre

18:30  Public Talk, Politeama Rossetti

"Quale futuro per l'energia?", Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Laureate

 Chaired by Erio Tosatti, former Acting Director, ICTP

20:00  Dinner Prefettura

After-dinner speech: Antonino Zichichi, President, World Laboratory, "The lesson from ICTP on the future of science"


Wednesday, 8 October

09:00  Extreme Events and Natural Disasters

  • Tim Palmer, University of Oxford,"Climate change, chaos and inexactcomputing"
  • Roger Bilham, University of Boulder, Colorado, "Seismic future of cities"

Chaired by Jagadish Shukla, Centre for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA)

09:30  Renewable Energies

  • Serdar Sariciftci, University of Linz, "Solar energy for world peace"
  • Patchanita Thamyongkit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2013 ICTP Prize winner,"Porphyrin-based Solar Cells"

Chaired by Alfonso Franciosi, Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste

10:00  Roundtable: Optics and the Next 50 years

  • Eugene Arthurs, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
  • Alain Aspect, Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Institut d'Optique
  • John Dudley, President of the European Physical Society and the Chair of the IYL2015 Steering Committee
  • Peter Zoller, University of Innsbruck
  • Roy J. Glauber, Harvard University, Nobel Laureate

Chaired by Massimo Inguscio, President, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRM)

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Quantitative Life Sciences

  • Mauro Giacca, ICGEB, Trieste, "Biotechnologies for global development:the old and the new"
  • Giorgio Parisi, Università la Sapienza, Rome, "On the relevance of theoretical physics approaches for quantitave life sciences"

Chaired by Edouard Brézin, École Normale Supérieure

12:00  Keynote Lecture: "Our African origins" Christopher Stringer, Natural History Museum, UK

Chaired by Claudio Tuniz, ICTP

12:30  Lunch

14:00-15:45  Theoretical Physics 1

  • Yasaman Farzan, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences Tehran,Iran, 2013 ICTP Prize winner, "Luminous matter shedding light on dark matter"
  • Michael Green, University of Cambridge, “Some arithmetic features of String Theory"
  • Jogesh Pati, Stanford University, "Grand unification and proton decay: Prospects for major discoveries at next generation detectors"
  • Roy J. Glauber, Nobel Laureate, "Optical amplifiers, attenuators, and Schroedinger's cat"

Chaired by Luis Álvarez-Gaumé, European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)

15:45  Coffee break

16:15-18:15  Theoretical Physics 2

  • Sergio Ferrara, CERN, "N=2 Born-Infeld attractors"
  • Thomas W.B. Kibble, Imperial College London "Genesis of electroweak unification"
  • Michael Berry, University of Bristol, "Divergent series: From Thomas Bayes to resurgence via the rainbow"
  • John Schwarz, CALTECH, "Highly effective actions"

Chaired by Guido Martinelli, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)


Thursday, 9 October

08:30 Keynote Lecture: "Sparsity in Signal Analysis and in Computation" Ingrid Daubechies, President, International Mathematical Union (IMU)

Ramanujan Prize Ceremony
Presentation of the 2014 Ramanujan Prize to Miguel Walsh, University of Oxford

 09:00 Mathematics 1

  • Cédric Villani, Director, l'Institut Henri Poincaré, "The importance of mathematics"
  • Miguel Walsh, University of Oxford, “The algebraicity of ill-distributed sets and rational points on curves”
  • Fernando Codá Marques, Princeton University, "Soap films in mathematics"

  Coffee break

10:50  Mathematics 2

  • Marcelo Viana, Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), "Physical measures"
  • Don Zagier, Director, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, "Arithmetic, Quantum Theory and knots"

Chaired by M.S. Narasimhan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

11:40  Theoretical Physics 3

  • Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, "Knots and Quantum Theory"
  • Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, "On the geometry of scattering amplitudes"

Chaired by M.A. Virasoro, former Director, ICTP

12:40  Lunch

14:00-15:30 Theoretical Physics 4

  • Subir Sachdev, Harvard University, "Quantum matter without quasiparticles"
  • Duncan Haldane, Princeton University, "Topology and geometry in condensed matter"
  • Edouard Brézin, École Normale Supérieure, "Gaussian integrals"

Chaired by M.A. Virasoro, former Director, ICTP

15:30  Coffee break

16:00  2014 Dirac Medal Award Ceremony

The Medals will be awarded to Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra Research Institute), Andrew Strominger (Harvard University) and Gabriele Veneziano (CERN, Collège de France) by Edward Witten, ICTP's first Dirac Medallist.

  • Ashoke Sen, "Black holes in string theory"
  • Andrew Strominger, "Conformal symmetry in the sky"
  • Gabriele Veneziano, "From the cheapest bootstrap to the richest  theory"