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February 2022


International Day of Women & Girls in Science

ICTP celebrated the 2022 International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Friday 11 February with several outreach activities. The UN's International Day puts a spotlight on the challenges that women scientists face and the benefits that equality can bring to everyone. ICTP organised an exhibit in the ICTP Reading Room that included interactive activities and a book display curated by the Centre's Marie Curie Library (see the Library's list of free e-books on gender equality in science). ICTP also organised a virtual event for area high schools, featuring talks by ICTP scientists Erika Coppola and Anna Pirani, called "Scienziate per il Cambiamento Climatico" (in Italian), and now available on ICTP's YouTube channel. Read more...

Modelling Europe's Future Climate for Policy Makers

Climate changes are rapidly increasing in frequency and intensity. In order to provide a solid scientific base for policy-makers, scientists and climate communicators, the European Climate Prediction project (EUCP), a four-year research project that is now coming to an end, worked to produce climate projections and predictions for the European area. CTP's Earth System Physics section contributed to the project with several papers and research work, and an important paper led by ICTP's climate scientist Erika Coppola has served as one of the main sources for the production of an EUCP outreach video for the general public, which presents the effects that climate change will have on Europe by 2050 if no policies for reduction in CO2 emission are adopted. Two ESP post-docs, Rita Nogherotto and James Ciarlò, have also contributed to the realisation of the video. Read more ...

Ramanujan Day at ICTP

ICTP dedicated a day to mathematics on 21 February, honoring the 2021 DST-ICTP-IMU Ramanujan Prize winner, Neena Gupta. The new Ramanujan International Chair, Don Zagier, also presented a lecture, entitled "Ramanujan and the Partition Function". "Ramanujan Day: A Celebration of Mathematics", included the prize ceremony recognising Gupta, of the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, who delivered a Prize lecture on "Ga-Actions and their Applications." Gupta received the Prize for her outstanding work in affine algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, in particular for her solution of the Zariski cancellation problem for affine spaces. The event was recorded and can be viewed on ICTP's YouTube channel. Read more ...

Gravitational Wave Astronomy Discoveries with Alessandra Buonanno

Alessandra Buonanno recently gave the 2022 Salam Distinguished Lecture Series, and took time to explain the excitement of her work on gravitational waves to non-experts. "Galileo first looked through a telescope four hundred years ago, and this is that moment for gravitational wave astronomy," says Buonanno, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Waves in Germany and Professor at the University of Maryland, United States. Since the first detection of gravitational waves in 2015, there have been 90 more event detections: "a whole zoo of observations," says Buonanno, discussing the future of the field. Read more ...

Open Science at the ICTP Library

The ICTP Library is pleased to announce its support for FAIR Open Access goals by supporting two non-profit, community-led publishing initiatives: SciPost and MIT Press Direct to Open (D2O). SciPost is an open-access publication portal managed by professional scientists, with no commercial interests involved. With no access or publishing fees, SciPost aims to make high-quality research results freely accessible to anybody with an internet connection. Direct to Open (D2O) aims to make books open access. The ICTP Library is joining with numerous libraries worldwide to share publication costs across institutions, allowing authors to publish open access with MIT Press free of charges. Through this partnership, the 90 titles published this year will be openly available, as well as the backfiles of the MIT Press STEM collection. Read more ...

ICTP Welcomes New Medical Physics Students

A big welcome to the 2023 Class of the Masters in Medical Physics Programme! Co-run with the UniversitĂ  degli studi di Trieste and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the programme welcomed 31 new medical physics students from 26 countries who will complete a year of theoretical training followed by a year of hands-on training based in hospital medical physics departments. Welcome and best of luck with your studies. Read more ...


Project Proposals Welcome at ICTP Physics Without Frontiers

Young people interested in physics and curious about how the world works live in every country, but access to opportunities for education and research resources are very unequally distributed. Physics Without Frontiers (PWF)'s international network of scientists organises programmes aimed at inspiring, training, and connecting physics and maths students worldwide. PWF works to meet students where they are with a rich schedule of projects every year, helping build the next generation of scientists. The 2022 Open Call for project proposals is now open, with a deadline of 31 March. From online seminars and university courses to very localised in-person events such as roadshows, international and local scientists work with the PWF team to develop a full activity programme suited to the Covid restrictions and interests of the area. If you are a scientist from a developing country, currently working at home or abroad, and you would like to develop a project with us, please check the PWF website to propose a project idea. Read more ...

Two Postdoctoral Fellowships in ICTP's Quantitative Life Sciences section

Two openings in ICTP's Quantitative Life Sciences section have upcoming deadlines. One focuses on high-dimension statistics, neural networks, and machine learning, with a deadline of 20 March, while the other is open to scientists working in a wide range of fields, from biological physics to statistical physics of information processing, with a deadline of 1 March 2022.

Masters in Medical Physics Open Call

ICTP is now accepting applications for its Master of Advanced Studies in Medical Physics (MMP) programme; the deadline is 30 April 2022. The MMP is a two-year advanced training programme run jointly by ICTP and the University of Trieste. The programme is designed to provide young, promising graduates of physics or related fields (mainly from developing countries) with postgraduate theoretical and clinical training so that they may be recognised as clinical medical physicists in their home countries. The programme comprises a year of basic and advanced courses (taught in English) prepared with the assistance of experts from ICTP's UN partner the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This is followed by a year of professional clinical training in a medical physics department of a hospital. More information

STEP Deadline Approaching

The ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) fellowships enrich students' doctoral studies by providing access to advising, conferences and research support. With a STEP fellowship, PhD students study at their home universities but have the financial support to visit ICTP or a collaborating institute for a three- to six-month stay each year for three successive years. Applications are now being accepted for the next round of fellowships; the deadline to apply is 15 April 2022. More information

IoT Postdoctoral Fellowship Open

ICTP's Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Unit seeks applications from outstanding young scientists with a strong research record for a postdoctoral position starting May 2022. The position will include collaboration with ICTP's Earth System Physics (ESP) section, in the area of Internet of Things with a focus on low-cost weather stations. Fellows must have completed a PhD in physics, computer science or engineering or related disciplines as well as practical experience in the deployment of Internet of Things platforms and solutions. The deadline is 15 March 2022. More information

Scientific Computing Postdoctoral Fellowship

ICTP's Information and Communication Technology Department (ICTS) has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow who is a scientific computing expert with strong experience in lecturing as well as in supporting activities in the context of international educational programmes for higher education. The role would coordinate ICTP's participation in the Master in High Performance Computing programme, which is run jointly with the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA). The application deadline is 15 March 2022. More information

Outside Opportunities

PhD Fellowships for Women in Science

The Organization for Women in Science in Developing World is now accepting applications for PhD Fellowships, open to women scientists from science- and technology-lagging countries (STLCs). The Fellowships support scientists undertaking PhD research in natural, engineering and information technology sciences at a host institute in another developing country in the Global South. The program seeks to improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for talented women from STLCs, and to enable women scientists from the Global South to collaborate and network on a regional and international level. The application deadline is 15 April 2022. Read more ...

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