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November 2022


Physics Without Frontiers Turns 10

Physics Without Frontiers (PWF), ICTP's flagship outreach programme for university students, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. What started as one physics master class roadshow by a small group of volunteer scientists from ICTP and CERN for university students in Palestine has blossomed into an international network of instructors catering to the science education needs of regions throughout the developing world.

The programme celebrated its 10th anniversary with a hybrid event at ICTP on 22 November. The event included talks by alumni as well as discussions highlighting the impact of PWF's activities that have taken place in every corner of the world.

In photo: first and third from left, PWF creators Kate Shaw and Bobby Acharya; second from left, ICTP director Atish Dabholkar; on the right, PWF programme secretary Margherita Di Giovannantonio.

Celebrating World Science Day

On Thursday 10 November, ICTP celebrated World Science Day with an exhibit of posters highlighting how its research addresses all 17 of the UN's Strategic Development Goals (SDGs).

World Science Day is celebrated every year on 10 November to encourage dialogue between the scientific community and the general public. This year's theme focusses on basic science, in line with the UN's 2022 International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development. Read more...

Studying Learning

A new paper published in PNAS by Alessandro Ingrosso, a senior postdoctoral fellow in ICTP's Quantitative Life Sciences section, and SISSA researcher Sebastian Goldt, addresses the way in which neural networks learn, i.e. the way in which they build their learning structures, in relation with the input data they are given.
Titled "Data-driven emergence of convolutional structure in neural networks", the paper investigates how neural networks can autonomously discover significant symmetries in their input data, which are crucial in the learning process. Read more...

ICTP Success Stories

ICTP is pleased to share news about three associates, who recently achieved important professional success. Professor Imrana Ashraf Zahid was recently awarded the OPTICA Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy Recognition for her incredible work in outreach. Prof. John Fredy Barrera RamĂ­rez was elected Corresponding Member of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences. Prof. Abdelmoneim A. Sulieman was recently listed in the Stanford-Elsevier for top 2% scientist for the year 2022. M.M. Sheikh-Jabbari wrote a graduate textbook on black hole physics that has been recently published by Springer. Read more ...


Postdoc Opportunities

ICTP has announced the availability of multiple postdoctoral fellowships for 2023. Unless otherwise noted, all fellowships start in autumn 2023. Read more...

Call for Nominations: Spirit of Abdus Salam Award 2023

ICTP is seeking nominations for the Spirit of Abdus Salam Award. The deadline is 9 December 2022. Read more...

Become an ICTP Associate: Call now open for visits starting in 2024

Scientists from and working in developing countries who want to maintain long-term connections with ICTP's stimulating research environment take note: the Centre is now accepting applications for its Associateship Scheme programme. The application deadline is 31 January 2023. Read more...

Call for Applications: ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Programme

Applications for the 2023-2024 Postgraduate Diploma Programme are now being accepted; the deadline is 28 February 2023. The Programme is open to young, qualified graduates with a degree equivalent to an MSc in physics, mathematics, or a related field, and fluency in English. Read more...

Science Resources

Joint ICTP-IAEA International School on Nuclear Security (smr 3819)

Deadline: 11 December 2022

School on Synchrotrons and on Light Sources and their Applications (smr 3815)

Deadline: 5 January 2023

Conference and Advanced School on Low-Dimensional Quantum Systems (smr 3820)

Deadline: The deadline for applicants requesting financial and/or visa support is 15 December 2022; the deadline for all other applicants is 22 January 2023.

Learning Workshop on BPS States and 3-Manifolds (smr 3818)

Deadline: 5 February 2023

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