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May 2022


Carolina Vera at ICTP

ICTP was honoured to host a colloquium by climate scientist Carolina Vera of the University of Buenos Aires on 30 May. "The Interplay between Natural Variability and Anthropogenic Climate Change at Regional Scales" is now available as a recording on ICTP's Youtube channel . The colloquium focussed on how variability in regional climate arises from natural and anthropogenic forcings, internal variability including the local expression of large-scale remote drivers, and the feedbacks between them. Carolina Vera is full professor at the School of Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires and principal researcher of the Argentina National Council of Sciences (CONICET), and is currently vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change's Working Group I. She is a member of the ICTP Scientific Council as of this year. Read more ...

100 years of IUPAP

ICTP is pleased to announce that it will host the Centenary Symposium of the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), from 11 to 13 July 2022. Founded 100 years ago, IUPAP represents the global community of physicists and promotes the global development of physics to address problems of concern to humanity. To celebrate its centennial, it will hold an international symposium in July, featuring talks by world-renowned scientists and high-level panels on the promotion and role of physics research in the world. Among the confirmed keynote speakers are Nobel Prize laureates Takaaki Kajita and William Phillips, as well as Laura Greene, a member of US President Joe Biden’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and climate scientist Tim Palmer of the University of Oxford. Read more ...

Open Science Seminars at ICTP

Open Science, if not supported by a strong shared understanding and a broader global view, could lead to unintended consequences. This is the assumption at the core of a seminar jointly co-organised by ICTP's Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Unit and the Marie Curie Library, titled "Pitfalls of Open Science and possible solutions". The seminar took place online on Tuesday 17 May 2022, and is now available as a recording featuring two talks. The first, by Tony Ross-Hellauer (pictured above left, Leader of the Open and Reproducible Research Group at Graz University of Technology,, focussed on the risk that "Open Science, Done Wrong, will Compound Inequalities". The second talk, by Jean-Sébastien Caux (pictured above right, Professor of Low-Dimensional Quantum Condensed Matter at the University of Amsterdam, ), titled "SciPost and the Reform of Scientific Publishing", offered a possible solution to this problem. SciPost is a nonprofit, crowdfunded publishing platform created and maintained by scientists. Read more ...

ICTP & the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development

The United Nation's International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD) seems tailor-made for ICTP. The designated year puts a focus on the important--but largely underappreciated--role that basic sciences plays in nearly every aspect of our lives. It underscores the notion that basic science is crucial to the attainment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in its Agenda 2030 plan. As a founding partner of the International Year, ICTP is planning activities in support of the IYBSSD themes. Future panel talks organised by ICTP will address issues including climate change, Artificial Intelligence, human ecology, ethics in machine learning, and Open Science. The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development will be officially inaugurated on 8 July 2022 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Events and activities will be organized around the world until 30 June 2023. Read more ...

ICTP Collaborates with the Central European Initiative

A new initiative between ICTP and the Central European Initiative (CEI) encourages early-career scientists from several CEI member states to participate in ICTP's Programme for Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL). TRIL offers valuable, hands-on experience to early-career scientists by placing them in one of hundreds of Italian laboratories that participate in the ICTP programme. ICTP is interested in expanding its cooperation with countries in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, and particularly with CEI non-EU Member States in Eastern Europe and in the Western Balkans. The ICTP-CEI initiative, titled 'CEI-ICTP Researchers' Mobility for Sustainable Development', opens up opportunities for young scientists in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Read more ...

In Memoriam Frank Silvio Marzano

ICTP was saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Frank Silvio Marzano, a longtime collaborator with ICTP’s Earth System Physics (ESP) section. Frank was professor of electromagnetics and radar meteorology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He was the Director of the Center of Excellence on Remote Sensing and Hydro- Meteorological Modeling (CETEMPS), in L’Aquila, and Vice-Director of LMAST(Laurea Magistrale in Atmospheric Science and Technology for Meteorology and Climate). He was a former colleague of several ESP members. Frank was a great scientist recognised in the international scientific community, and also an inclusive leader always keen to communicate in a constructive way without leaving anybody behind. He will be missed by his colleagues and friends at ICTP. Read more ...


Dirac Medal Nominations

ICTP is now accepting nominations for its premier physics prize, the Dirac Medal. First awarded in 1985, the Dirac Medal is given in honour of P.A.M. Dirac, one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century and a staunch friend of the Centre. It is awarded annually on Dirac's birthday, 8 August, to scientists who have made significant contributions to theoretical physics. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 17 June 2022. More information

Regional Climate Change Modeling Postdoctoral Position

ICTP's Earth System Physics (ESP) section seeks applications for two postdoctoral positions in the broad areas of high resolution regional climate modelling, coupled regional earth system modelling, hydroclimate modelling and machine learning algorithm applied to climate data analysis. One of the two postdoctoral positions will be under the framework of the H2020 XAIDA (eXtreme events: Artificial Intelligence for Detection and Attribution) project. The application deadline is 15 July 2022. More information

Study Physics in Trieste: PhD Scholarship

The University of Trieste's Graduate Program in Physics is now accepting applications, and scholarships are available for students who have graduated from foreign universities, with one scholarship funded by ICTP. This three-year programme, taught in English, provides curricular courses and specific training activities. The students will work on leading-edge projects in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, medical physics and biophysics, nuclear and particle/astroparticle physics, theoretical physics. The application deadline is 27 June 2022 at 13:00 CET. More information

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. More information

Upcoming Deadlines

Workshop on Quantitative Human Ecology | (smr 3728)

Deadline: 12/06/2022

3rd Summer School on Theory, Mechanisms and Hierarchical Modeling of Climate Dynamics: Tropical Oceans, ENSO and their Teleconnections | (smr 3727)

Deadline: 03/07/2022

Latin American regional workshop on SciTinyML: Scientific Use of Machine Learning on Low-Power Devices | (smr 3721)

Deadline: 29/06/2022

Summer School on Cosmology 2022 | (smr 3720)

Deadline: 15/06/2022

Youth in High-Dimensions: Recent Progress in Machine Learning, High-Dimensional Statistics and Inference | (smr 3719)

Deadline: 20/06/2022

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