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August 2023


ICTP Announces 2023 Dirac Medallists

ICTP has awarded its 2023 Dirac Medal to four physicists who have made wide-ranging contributions to string theory, a mathematical framework in fundamental physics that aims to describe the entirety of the whole universe. The 2023 Dirac Medallists are: Jeffrey Harvey, University of Chicago, USA; Igor Klebanov, Princeton University, USA; and Stephen Shenker and Leonard Susskind, Stanford University, USA. The award cites "their pioneering contributions to perturbative and non-perturbative string theory and quantum gravity, in particular, to the aspects related to anomalies, duality, black holes and holography". Read more ...

ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Graduation 2023

Forty-one young scientists have completed an important step in their career paths: they have received ICTP's Postgraduate Diplomas after a year of intense study in various fields of physics and mathematics. A ceremony marking the occasion took place at ICTP on Monday 28 August. Of the 41 graduates, six students were recognized as the top scholars in their sections. Twenty-two of this year's Diploma graduates have been accepted to doctoral programmes around the world, including in Europe and the United States. Seven other students will begin master's degrees. Read more ...

Meet ICTP's Diploma Graduates 2023: Deborah Osei-Tutu, Earth System Physics

ICTP's Postgraduate Diploma Programme was originally created to help students from the developing world consolidate their skills and knowledge, enabling them to continue in international higher education. Since 1991, 1167 students from 84 different developing countries have graduated from the Diploma Programme. Among the most recent graduates is Deborah Osei-Tutu of Ghana, the top student among those who completed Diploma studies in Earth System Physics. Deborah was also the first recipient of a prize established by long-time friends and supporters of ICTP Qaisar and Monika Shafi for the top Diploma student. Read more ...

ICTP Dirac Medal 2022 Ceremony

ICTP celebrated the scientific achievements of three physicists who received the 2022 Dirac Medal at a ceremony held on Monday 28. The physicists -- Joel L. Lebowitz of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA, Elliott H. Lieb of Princeton University, USA, and David P. Ruelle, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, France -- received the medal for their important work in the field of statistical mechanics that has very significantly deepened and expanded our mathematical understanding of physical systems in many new directions, sometimes different from the traditional ones. View a recording of the event here.
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Innovative Study Redefines Accurate Measurements

A new study conducted by five researchers, all of whom are affiliated with ICTP, introduces an innovative setup enabling unprecedented accuracy in measuring the absorption coefficients of transparent materials. The new research, titled “Self-referencing photothermal digital holographic microscope for the characterization of low-loss liquids,” has been published in Applied Physics Letters. Read more ...

Exploiting the Structure of Noise in Big Data

Research scientists Jean Barbier and Francesco Camilli from the Quantitative Life Science and Mathematics sections at ICTP recently published a paper with international collaborators entitled “Fundamental limits in structured Principal Components Analysis and how to reach them” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper describes their research into the role of noise structure, namely the presence of correlations and dependencies within it, when performing signal extraction from corrupted data. This is the first publication resulting from Barbier’s European Research Council grant-funded project. Read more ...


Call for Nominations, ICTP Prize 2023

ICTP is now accepting nominations for young researchers from developing countries for the 2023 ICTP Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding and original contributions to physics and includes a sculpture, a certificate, and a cash prize. All nominations must be submitted via ICTP's online application system. NOTE: self nominations are not accepted. Application deadline: 30 September 2023. Read more ...

ICTP's Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) Programme

Are you a scientist from a developing country looking for laboratory training and research opportunities unavailable in your home country? ICTP's TRIL programme can help! Through TRIL, you can spend time in one of the hundreds of Italian laboratories that ICTP has agreements with for research in different branches of the physical sciences. Over the years, the TRIL experience has benefitted hundreds of developing world scientists, boosting their research careers through collaboration with world-class scientists and the latest equipment, and exposing them to Italian culture as well. Application deadline: ongoing. Read more ...

Upcoming Deadlines

Career Development Workshop for Women in Physics

Deadline: 3 September 2023  

Workshop on Communication in Extreme Environments for Science and Sustainable Development

Deadline: 3 September 2023  

Conference on Dynamics and Finance: from KAM Tori to ETFs

Deadline: 15 September 2023  

School on Collective Animal Behaviour

Deadline: 30 September 2023  

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