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SigmaPhi Prize 2017 to SISSA director STEFANO RUFFO

SISSA director Stefano Ruffo is one of the winners of the SigmaPhi Prize 2017, together with Ralf Metzler and David Mukamel. The SigmaPhi Prize was instituted by the SigmaPhi Conference to honor exceptional achievements in Statistical Physics. Stefano Ruffo is awarded "for his outstanding contributions to the statistical and dynamical behaviour of systems of nonlinear coupled oscillators and with long-range interactions".

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Summer School in Enumerative Geometry

Gromov-Witten invariants, which ''count'' curves (with appropriate extra conditions) on smooth projective varieties, were introduced more than two decades ago; motivated by high energy physics, they ended up revolutionizing enumerative algebraic geometry and provided a bridge to other branches of mathematics. The Summer School in Enumerative Geometry will bring doctoral students, post-docs, and anyone interested from a review of the basic construction to current, state-of-the art research in this field.

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“Technology innovation offer” is the title of the round table scheduled for Friday 23 June as one of the several appointments of Venice’s “Biennale innovazione 2017”. During the event, the rectors of Triveneto’s universities will present the SMACT Competence Center. Supported by these academies, the Center will be a new “ecosystem” able to create connections between companies and leading innovation actors.

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Nature’s optics and our understanding of light

Optical phenomena visible to everyone have been central to the development of, and abundantly illustrate, important concepts in science and mathematics. The phenomena considered include rainbows, sparkling reflections on water, mirages, green flashes, glories, daylight, and the crystals. The concepts include refraction, caustics, wave interference, dispersion, complex angular momentum, polarization singularities, geometric phases, and visual illusions.

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Geometric Correspondences of Gauge Theories

The conference will be centered on the hottest research topics in formal theoretical physics, mathematical physics and in geometry focusing on exact aspects in quantum field theories, integrable systems and the refined underlying geometric and algebraic constructions. As a topic "geometric correspondence" includes the phenomenon of duality in physics and the counting of topological invariants in mathematics.

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Social media and emergency: instructions for use

In recent years, social networks have become a primary source of information for citizens and, sometimes, for journalists. In particular, in emergency situations - like earthquakes, floods or terroristic attacks – they have proved themselves to be a fundamental tool for real time updating. A reliability problem exists, though. Are they really such a good source? Are we able to understand how to use them in emergency communication?

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Algebraic geometry and physics

SISSA will be hosting the 18th event of a series of Schools and Workshops that have been organized by the Mathematical Physics and Geometry group of the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste in conjunction with leading institutions around the world. The event will take place between 19 and 23 June in the original SISSA Building (via Beirut).

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Newton’s physics: A new “history of science” seminar

On Tuesday 20 June, Paolo Bussotti from University of Udine DIUM will give a seminar entitiled "Newton’s physics: the results of a genius lived in the 17th century" dedicated to Isaac Newton and his research. In 1687 Newton published his Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. This text can be considered the most important contribution to the birth of modern physics. In the three books, Newton explained rational mechanics, hydrodynamics and presented his system of the world.

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Joyce’s quark

Physics will be opening on Friday 16 June Bloomsday 2017, the event that, since several years, Trieste dedicates to James Joyce and his unforgettable character Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of his famous novel Ulysses. Giuseppe Mussardo, Professor of Theoretical Physics and Director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory at SISSA, will start the programme with a conference entitled “The colour and the taste of quarks”.

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Photography: over and beyond

Photography beyond photography, in other words when taking a picture means creating some kind of artwork, engaging techniques, imagination, creativity, forcing the photographer to interact with his/her own photos. The last appointment of the series “If I knew how to take a good pic, I would always do it” will focus on the key approaches to “artistic” photography, such as Light Painting, HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging), Infrared Photography and more.

The seminar will take place on Thursday 15 June in room 128-129, I floor, starting from 6.00 pm.

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China invests in SISSA for training in excellence

High quality education, frontier research and advanced know-how are the ingredients for this cutting-edge science centre. And are internationally recognized values when we talk about SISSA. Today, Monday 12 July, a new agreement on a “high level talent training program” will be signed among the Institute in Trieste, Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) and Suzhou Institute of Systems Medicine (ISM); this document will seal the beginning of a joint PhD course aimed at recruiting young talents coming from China to study and perform scientific research at SISSA.

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SISSA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2017: Second event

SISSA amphitheater is ready to host a new SISSA SUMMER FESTIVAL event. A great concert by Conservatorio Tartini's Orchestra will take place on 16 June starting from 7 p.m.. In the program, music by Jacques Ibert, Paul Hindemith, Georg Friedrich Handel and many other authors. You are all invited! (Getty images)

Download the program (in italian)

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Il 5 per mille

Le malattie neurodegenerative, come l'Alzheimer e il Parkinson, l’autismo, le lesioni spinali sono problemi gravi che affliggono molte persone, in Italia e nel  mondo. La ricerca scientifica sta facendo grandi passi avanti nel comprenderne i meccanismi. La scienza può aiutare a migliorare sensibilmente la condizione dei malati, dando loro una speranza nel futuro.

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Geometry of Integrable systems

From 7 to 9 June SISSA is hosting a conference that brings together leading international researchers who have various connections with the field of integrable systems, concentrating primarily on the mathematical aspects of the theory.

For more information and the full programme please visit the conference website:

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Around the streets

New appointment of the series “If I knew how to take a good pic, I would always do it” by Giuseppe Mussardo and Andrea Tomicich. The event will focus on street photography, where images are capable of capturing a mood or a specific moment that words could not easily describe.

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From students to mathematicians

From 14 to 16 June 2017, many former students of the Percorso Formativo Comune, who have now permanent or temporary positions in different international universities, institutions and companies, will join SISSA and the University of Trieste to celebrate ten years of the Master program. The conference will consist of some scientific presentations by former students, together with two round tables about the relation between Mathematics and Academia, and the World of Employment.

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The call for the 4th edition of the Master in High Performance Computing is online.

The Master in High Performance Computing is an innovative degree program (level 7 in the European Qualifications Framework) that prepares students for exciting careers in the fast-growing field of HPC. Set in the stimulating research environment of its co-organizer institutions, SISSA and ICTP, the program combines lectures with hands-on and applied projects to prepare future HPC specialists for academia and industry.

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Geometric analysis on smooth and non-smooth spaces

SISSA will hold a conference titled "Geometric analysis on smooth and non-smooth spaces" from 19 to 23 June 2017.
The aim of the conference is to bring together experts with various backgrounds, with the hope to foster an intensive exchange of ideas. Speakers from several international universities will participate in the conference. Inputs from different areas of mathematics are welcome.

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Studying the tiger mosquito like true scientists

A health and environmental educational project that sees boys and girls from Triestine schools engaged as real researchers. This is the goal of "Adopt a Triestine Tiger", an initiative supported by the Municipality of Trieste – Department of Education, School, University and Research – in collaboration with the SISSA "Franco Prattico" Master’s course in Science Communication.

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One face, no faces and one hundred thousand faces

New appointment of the series “If I knew how to take a good pic, I would always do it” by Giuseppe Mussardo and Andrea Tomicich.

The event will focus on portrait, one of the most difficult types of photography. The capture of a look, a face, a situation: a "candid shot" can freeze time and emotions. The topic will be addressed through the pictures of world-renowned photographers such as Gisèle Freund, Dorothea Lange, Vivian Maier, William Hine, Sebastião Salgado and Steve McCurry.

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