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June 2021

News from ICTP Goes Digital!

Over its more than 50-year history, ICTP has nurtured a scientific community that numbers in the tens of thousands. Ensuring that this community–with representatives from more than 180 countries--stays informed about ICTP opportunities and achievements is one of the Centre's top priorities.

That is why we have decided to convert our traditional, printed newsletter, News from ICTP, to a digital format that will be emailed to all who want to stay connected with ICTP's network and its rich educational and training programmes. Our new, bi-monthly e-newsletter will highlight ICTP news, upcoming events, deadlines, opportunities and resources such as videos and e-books.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions; email us at We look forward to staying better connected with you!  


Diploma Anniversary

Calling all ICTP Diploma Programme Alumni! In August 2021, ICTP will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Postgraduate Diploma Programme: Come join fellow alumni to celebrate 30 years and over 1000 graduates at the Diploma 30th Anniversary Alumni Reunion. Three days of online events, discussions, and alumni talks will precede the Graduation of the 2021 Class and a Keynote Address by Nobel Laureate Andrea Ghez, happening from August 23-25. Connect with other Diploma scholars, reconnect with your former classmates, and celebrate science and the ICTP community! Register and find out more:

A Normal Metal

Solids are almost always denser than liquids, except when they're not: Two ICTP scientists have a new paper published in Nature Physics on how the atomic structure of a simple metal transforms under pressure into a new material, a liquid that is somehow denser than a solid.
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In Conversation With Frank Wilczek

Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek wants to talk about physics with everyone, not just with physicists: "I think that's part of my job, not only to improve our understanding of our physical world but also to share that knowledge," says Wilczek. "I don't think science should be a detached part of culture, it should be part of the whole and accessible to everyone."

Inauguration of the Pak-ICTP Alumni Society

A warm welcome to the new Pak-ICTP Alumni Society (PIAS)! Dr. Imrana Ashraf and colleagues founded PIAS, and in the first few months have reached more than a hundred ICTP alumni and thousands of young scientists. "I felt the need to gather our academia and help our younger generation, especially in developing countries like Pakistan, during present Covid times," says Ashraf.
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Glowing Tangles

Why do clusters of proteins in the brains of Alzheimer's patients glow? This odd phenomenon is the subject of a new paper from a team that includes six ICTP scientists, including Muhammad Nawaz Qaisrani. "To try to figure out where the fluorescence is coming from, you need physics, chemistry, you need biology, expertise from a lot of different fields," says Qaisrani.

Africa's Rising Stars of Physics

On 22 June, ICTP's partner institute in Rwanda, the ICTP-East African Institute for Fundamental Research (EAIFR), celebrated a milestone: its first batch of master students have successfully completed the requirements for a masters degree, after a two-year course of study that was prolonged by the COVID pandemic. Their achievements were celebrated during a hybrid ceremony attended by students, professors and dignitaries. Many of the students have already been already accepted to PhD studies at universities in the US and Europe, while others have been hired to teach at the University of Rwanda and at secondary schools.
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Positions available in ICTP's Earth System Physics section

Two postdoctoral positions in the Earth System Physics (ESP) section are now open, in the broad areas of climate dynamics, climate variability and ocean-atmosphere interactions. The ESP section hosts a vibrant international research environment with an intense program of conferences and workshops. The application deadline is 31 July, with the selected candidates to begin work in December 2021.

Postdoctoral fellowship available in ICTP's Science, Technology and Innovation section

ICTP's newest research section is recruiting! The Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) section is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with a research record in applied artificial intelligence. The application deadline is 31 July 2021.

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