A look at the infinitely small

Stefan Hell

December 19, 2013 - 11 am

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Via Bonomea, 265 - Trieste

Until a short time ago scientists thought it was impossible to observe objects smaller than 200 nanometres under an optical microscope. Stefan Hell, a physicist of the Max Plank Institute, found a way to overcome this limit, inventing a method to observe biological tissues down to the molecular scale. The physicist talked about his research at a public conference at SISSA. 

Twenty years of precision cosmology

Licia Verde

December 11, 2013 - 3.30 pm

SISSA, Main lecture hall

Via Bonomea, 265 - Trieste

The chromosome geographer

Thomas Cremer

October 23rd 2013, at 2.30 pm

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Among the most interesting discoveries in recent decades, the one that cellular DNA does not appear as a shapeless tangle, but rather is arranged into discrete "geographic" territories may be considered truly revolutionary. The first to suggest these chromosome "maps" was Thomas Cremer, a scientist whose studies represent a milestone in the fields of biology and genetics. Cremer gave a public lecture at SISSA, on Wednesday October 23.

Neanderthal in high definition

Claudio Tuniz

September 18th, 2013 at 4.00 pm

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Paleoanthropology in the last years has been going through an exceptional transformation that has allowed to make amazing discoveries (like, for instance, that Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis in ancient times underwent hybridization), and will enable many more in the future.

Can science save the world?

Sergio Doplicher

March 20th at 2.30 pm 

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Quantum mechanics has shown to man the limits of rational thought and in the same way as other great scientific revolutions has changed his role within Nature. A theme that has been addressed on March 20th by Sergio Doplicher in a public conference held at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste.


Black holes and Einstein's enigmatic prediction

Frans Pretorius

February 27th, 2:30 p.m.

SISSA - Main Lecture Hall 

The equations of General Relativity have been solved only in very simple cases. Frans Pretorius of Princeton University held at SISSA a public conference to illustrate the innovative method he has employed to obtain solutions of Einstein's General Relativity in realistic problems for modern astrophysics like, for instance, the collision of black holes.


From Abdus Salam to the Higgs boson

Frank Close

Wednesday 12th December 2012, 11.30 a.m.

SISSA - Main Lecture Hall

The English scientist explained to the public the long path made up of sacrifice, disappointment and discoveries in search for the Higgs boson, from the beginning until now.

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The beauty of the “augmented” man

Maria Chiara Carrozza

October 10, 2012

SISSA - Main Lecture Hall

The building blocks of empathy

Jean Decety

September 20, 2012

SISSA - Main Lecture Hall

Empathy is what makes us human: it is the ability to reflect ourselves in other people's emotions and what creates that fundamental cohesion at the basis of our society. The ability to be empathic originates in our brain, in ancient and basic structures making up the material of which even very complex forms of empathy are made.

First SISSA Colloquium - Philippe Nozières

Philippe Nozières

Wednesday June 13, 2012

11.00 a.m.

SISSA - Aula Magna

"Sixty years of condensed matter physics: a changing world, as fascinating as ever in a worrying social context" 
Philippe Nozières.

Condensed matter physics has changed since the fifties: I attempt to retrace its evolution in the light of my own trajectory.




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