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July 2022


ICTP Celebrates 2021 Dirac Medallists

ICTP celebrated its 2021 Dirac Medal winners on Thursday 14 July, honouring Alessandra Buonanno of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany; Thibault Damour of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS), France; Frans Pretorius of Princeton University, USA; and Saul Teukolsky of Caltech and Cornell University, USA. The four were awarded the 2021 Medal for establishing the predicted properties of gravitational waves in the curvature of spacetime produced when stars or black holes spiral together and merge. Alessandra Buonanno is the second woman to receive the Dirac Medal in its nearly 40-year history. A recording of the ceremony is available on ICTP's YouTube channel. Read more...

ICTP Inaugurates Dirac Medallists Poster Exhibit

What do David Gross, Giorgio Parisi and Frank Wilczek have in common? They are all ICTP Dirac Medallists who have gone on to win Nobel Prizes in physics (along with Duncan Haldane, Yoichiro Nambu, Phillip James Peebles and Martinus Veltman). A new photo exhibit at ICTP presents all 85 Dirac Medallists (as of July 2022), including their prize citations and subsequent successes. Initiated in 1985, ICTP's Dirac Medal is awarded annually on Paul Dirac's birthday, 8 August, to scientists who have made significant contributions to theoretical physics. The permanent photo exhibit has been installed in the stairway of the Leonardo Building.

ICTP Prize Ceremony Honours Climate Scientists

Climate scientists Rondrotiana Barimalala and Narendra Ojha, recipients of the 2021 ICTP Prize, were honoured at a ceremony held at ICTP on 27 July. Barimalala, of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the Bjerkeness Center for Climate Research, Norway, received the Prize for her pioneering contributions that have advanced the understanding of the role of the Indian Ocean on the climate of Madagascar and southern Africa through her use of modelling tools and careful data analysis. Ojha, of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India, was cited for his outstanding contribution to the field of atmospheric chemistry and physics by performing in-situ measurements, satellite data analyses, and chemistry-climate modelling studies over South Asia. In photo above, the two Prize recipients pose with Jagadish Shukla, an organiser of an ICTP school on climate modelling. Read more...

Launch of International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development

ICTP Director Atish Dabholkar was among top global science dignitaries addressing the official launch of the United Nations International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD2022) at a ceremony held on Friday 8 July at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The International Year recognises that basic sciences are vital to attain sustainable development and to improve the quality of life for people all over the world. It focusses on the links between basic sciences and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (read how ICTP addresses all 17 Sustainable Development Goals). "ICTP is proud to be one of the founding partners of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development," said ICTP Director Atish Dabholkar. "We believe that basic research is fundamental not only for technological advancement, but also for global sustainable development." Read more...

ICTP Holds Workshop on Quantitative Human Ecology

ICTP was one of several co-organisers of the Workshop on Quantitative Human Ecology, an international meeting addressing the challenges of sustainability through the lens of basic science, with a multidisciplinary approach. Running from 25 to 29 July 2022, the event gathered scientists in disciplines ranging from economics to climatology to foster a science-based consensus on challenges that are central to sustainability, including migration, biodiversity loss, and the impacts of climate change. Co-organisers of the workshop include the Fondazione Internazionale Trieste, the Santa Fe Institute and the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA). The workshop was co-sponsored by the US Mission in Italy, and was part of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD).

The workshop included a special colloquium on "Quantitative Human Ecology: Untangling the Determinants of Sustainability", featuring talks by Partha Dasgupta and Pablo Marquet, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and The Santa Fe Institute, USA, on how basic science can shed light on the determinants of sustainability in systems of human and non-human interacting agents. Matteo Marsili, head of ICTP's Quantitative Life Sciences section, moderated the event. Read more...


ICTP is Hiring!

ICTP has several senior-level research vacancies available, including the ones listed below. Check our Employment webpage for more information:

  • Senior Research Scientist (Post no. 1ITSC 0881TP, P-4), Mathematics section, application deadline 8 August (vacancy details)
  • Research Scientist (Project Appointment - Post no. 1ITSCPA 109TP, P-3), Programmes and Advancement Section, Medical Physics, application deadline 22 August (vacancy details)
  • Senior Research Scientist (Post no. 1ITSC 0885TP, P-4), Earth System Physics section, application deadline 29 August 2022 (vacancy details)

HyBOP Postdoctoral Position

ICTP is inviting applications for a three-year postdoctoral position in the research project Hydrogen-Bond Networks as Optical Probes (HyBOP) funded recently within the ERC framework. The project is led by Ali Hassanali of ICTP's Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics Section. The postdoctoral researchers will be part of a highly interdisciplinary team developing atomistic models to study the origins of glowing organic materials immersed in aqueous environments. The project involves strong collaborations with experimentalists and combines a synergy of electronic-structure, data-science, physical-chemistry and information-theory to investigate the origins of light-matter interactions in biology. The application deadline is 31 August 2022. Read more...

Upcoming Deadlines

School on Information, Noise, and Physics of Life (smr 3736)

Deadline: 7 August 2022

Strongly Correlated Matter: from Quantum Criticality to Flat Bands (smr 3732)

Deadline: 14 August 2022

African Capacity Building Workshop on Space Weather Effects on GNSS (smr 3741)

Deadline: 21 August 2022

ICTP-KIAS School on Statistical Physics for Life Sciences (smr 3746)

Deadline: 31 August 2022

Joint ICTP-IAEA Workshop on Radiotherapy Dosimetry Audit Methodologies (smr 3753)

Deadline: 31 August 2022

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