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September 2021


Trieste Next: Science in the City

Two outreach events in September focused on the dialogue between science institutions and the public, and ICTP participated in both. On Friday 24 September, SHARPER - Researcher's Night was celebrated in Trieste's Piazza Unità, at the same time as in hundreds of cities throughout Europe. Through a rich programme of talks, science games and demonstrations, the event made science accessible to everyone. On 25 and 26 September, the local science research festival Trieste Next took over Trieste's main piazza, with exhibits, talks and panels along with many ways for the general public to get excited about science. View photos.

Maker Faire Trieste

On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September, Trieste welcomed dozens of makers - engineers, artists, scientists, crafters - who shared their hobbies, experiments and projects with the public at the 2021 Trieste MakerFaire. An exciting journey through creativity, technology and research, the event focused on an interactive and fun approach to learning, while exploring, playing and experimenting. Organized by ICTP's SciFabLab team, the event gathered several thousand people for the celebration of ingenuity. View photos.

ICTP Prize 2020 Celebration

The 2020 ICTP Prize celebrated research into understanding the behaviour of matter. Awarded to Professors Dibyendu Roy and Mehdi Kargarian in a ceremony on 15 September, the Prize recognized their outstanding results in condensed matter physics. At the award ceremony the two scientists were introduced by senior scientists in their fields, followed by a talk from Kargarian on his work (Roy's talk was rescheduled due to a family emergency). The talks can be viewed here. The 2020 ICTP Prize was dedicated to the memory of David J. Thouless, who did vital research in topological phases of matter.

An interview with Andrea Ghez

Professor Andrea M. Ghez, a 2020 Nobel Laureate in Physics and the Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine chair in Astrophysics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), recently spoke virtually at ICTP for the Diploma 30th Anniversary celebrations. Ghez gave a lecture on Our Galactic Center: A Unique Laboratory for the Physics and Astrophysics of Black Holes, and a keynote address particularly directed to the young students of the graduating class of the 2020-21 Postgraduate Diploma Programme. "Science is just one big puzzle that we're all trying to solve. And that's why the diversity piece really works here because we all are exposed to different ideas, and sometimes we don't even understand consciously what unique skills we have that are actually quite different from others." Read more ...

James Gates at ICTP

Systems can greatly affect individuals, shaping scientific careers through access, or lack thereof, to education, jobs, or funding. But individual connections are just as important, as Sylvester James Gates, Jr. can attest. Gates, president of the American Physical Society, gave an ICTP talk entitled "Diversity and Barriers in Science," as part of the 30th Anniversary Celebrations for the ICTP Diploma Programme. A distinguished physicist and a world-leading expert in supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory, Gates points to the mentorship of ICTP Founder Abdus Salam as hugely formative and influential for him. "He was a true mentor to me," says Gates, recalling the five summers he spent as a young scientist at ICTP. "Salam set a certain direction in my life outside of studying superfields, the mathematical construction he pioneered along with John Strathdee," Gates remembers, "and it had to do with diversity." Read more ...

Meet the Diploma Grads

At the recent ICTP Diploma Programme Graduation ceremony a microcosm of ICTP was on display: the 43 graduates from 27 countries reflected the cultural diversity ICTP is known for. With their newly gained knowledge, the scholars are ready to begin the next stages of their scientific career. Before they scatter across the globe to begin masters or PhD degrees, ICTP met with several students to get their viewpoints on the Postgraduate Diploma Programme, the state of science in their home countries, and what their future plans are. Read more ...

New ICTP Collaboration in the Middle East

ICTP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan (RSS) and the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME). The collaboration will promote scientific research, education, training, and communication in Jordan and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The MoU sets up a framework to foster the development of the scientific capacity of Jordanian and MENA scientists interested in synchrotron physics and applications. This includes training scholarships for Jordanian and MENA scientists to work with experts at SESAME in Allan and the Elettra synchrotron in Trieste, with the goal of developing a pool of SESAME users within the Jordanian and MENA scientific community. Read more ...


Career development workshop for women in physics

From writing scientific articles to balancing the demands of family and career, ICTP's Career Development Workshop for Women in Physics offers practical advice as well as inspirational talks. The main goal of the workshop is to convene women physicists from around the world to share their thoughts and learn from each other's experiences. The next edition takes place from 17 to 19 November.  

Post-doctoral position available at ICTP

ICTP seeks applications for a postdoctoral position starting January 2022 in the Information and Communications Technology Section (ICTS) in the area of High Performance Computing (HPC). The position will focus on Cloud Computing Infrastructure (private, public and hybrid) as well as Cloud Identity and Access Management for scientific use and application of Cloud Computing including Artificial Intelligence. More information here. Deadline: 19 November 2021.  

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