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Language and actions: a partial bond

September 27, 2012

What do movements have to do with our understanding of language? Some scientists say that the way we understand words describing actions (walking, jumping, dancing...) could be connected to the motor activity of the brain related to movements. Two studies, one published soon after the other in Cortex and in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, have involved some SISSA scientists in Trieste and have explored this hypothesis from different points of view.

SISSA at TriesteNext

September 28-30, 2012

The first edition of Trieste Next, European Innovation and Scientific Research Forum, was held in Trieste from 28th to 30th September 2012. The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) participated as co-promoter and organised eight events for scientific dissemination.

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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.

Chomsky at SISSA

On September 17, the famous linguist and scholar Noam Chomsky received a PhD in Neuroscience from the hands of Guido Martinelli, the Director of the International School for Advanced studies (SISSA) in Trieste. This event was attended by a broad international audience (scientists and laypeople).

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Who is a science journalist?

September 7, 2012

SISSA is once again a reference point in the Italian scenery of science communication and journalism: an article entitled "Il racconto pubblico della scienza" (the public dissemination of science) by Nico Pitrelli, co-director of SISSA Master's in Science Communication and of SISSA Master's in Digital Science Journalism, has been published in the journal "Il Mulino".

Neuroscience experts gather in workshop

18th and 19th September, 2012 
SISSA - Main Lecture Hall 

On 18th and 19th September in Trieste a workshop was held by some of the most important cognitive neuroscientists. After granting an honorary PhD to the famous scientist Noam Chomsky, over the next two days SISSA summed up what is at the forefront of cognitive science.

Noam Chomsky in Trieste

The internationally known scientist Noam Chomsky received on 17th September an honorary PhD in Neuroscience from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste. During his visit, the scientist held a Lectio Magistralis with the title "The minimalist program and language acquisition" in the Main Lecture Hall of the school.

A school for research on Parkinson’s disease

July 23, 2012

The Summer School on Dopaminergic Neurons, held at SISSA some days ago, has ended successfully. Several speeches were held on cutting-edge research on Parkinson's disease, one of the most common neurological disorders in our society.

Summer School on Dopaminergic Neurons

July 18-19, 2012

During the Summer School on Dopaminergic Neurons, organised by SISSA and CBM, the most innovative approaches to treat Parkinson's disease will be handled. Internationally known speakers and several researchers will be participating. Within the activity of the school, the results of Dopaminet, a European project involving SISSA and CBM, will be illustrated.

In Trieste the second most powerful computer centre in Italy

July 13, 2012

It will be one of the most advanced computer centres in Italy, the second most powerful, with 130 TeraFlops (one TeraFlops equals one thousand billion calculations per second), and a storing capacity of around 200 TeraBytes, totally 32 million hour calculations per year.

I Master in Comunicazione della Scienza e in Giornalismo Scientifico Digitale

Manca poco al termine per l'iscrizione al Master biennale in Comunicazione della Scienza e per il Master annuale in Giornalismo Scientifico Digitale organizzati dalla SISSA (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati).

Quest'anno, infatti, la scadenza per la presentazione delle domande è il 26 settembre (entro le 12.00), per entrambi i corsi. Ma non è l'unica novità, anzi:

Le Agevolazioni

Higgs Boson disappointing

July 6, 2012

We all agree on this: the discovery of this new particle, announced last 4th July at CERN, is of historical importance. But are we sure of its real identity?
The director of SISSA, Guido Martinelli, comments on this news explaining why this discovery is "somehow disappointing".

SISSA Excellence Grants: a chance for young scientists

SISSA actively promotes and supports talented young researchers and also this year this can be done by SISSA Excellence Grants, grants for post-doctoral research projects awarded to scientists at the beginning of their career, showing talent, initiative and independence.

This € 392,000 financing divided over 3 years will cover two positions. At the end of the project particularly successful researchers could be considered for a permanent position at SISSA.

Higgs boson: some comments

July 5, 2012

The discovery of the Higgs boson is an extraordinary success of scientific research on theoretical and experimental physics and of modern technology, and it is an important step forward to understand the components and the fundamental forces of nature. At SISSA, one of the most important international research centers, Particle Physics is one of the main research fields and some researchers have enthusiastically welcomed this important event.

Cognitive Modules & Interfaces

September 18th-19th 2012

Different fields of cognitive sciences - language acquisition, music, mathematics, reasoning, animal communication, pragmatics and social cognition - and their interactions, as well as neuroscience will be the topics of this workshop.


LUCA BONATTI // ICREA and Pompeu Fabra Uni. Barcelona - Spain

At the origin of human rationality: infants' reasoning about future events

STANISLAS DEHAENE // Collège de France and Neurospin, Saclay - France

Higgs boson conference

Wednesday July 4, 2012, 8:45 
SISSA - Lecture Hall 128

Update on the Standard Model Higgs searches in CMS and ATLAS.

Dall'Emilia al Vesuvio

Venerdì 29 giugno, ore 16 
Circolo della Stampa di Trieste – Corso Italia, 13

L'Italia continua a tremare e sono trascorsi solo poco più di due anni dal terremoto che ha colpito l'Aquila. Sismologi, vulcanologi e geofisici vivono in costante allerta monitorando i movimenti del sottosuolo e le attività vulcaniche. Il 29 giugno 2012, presso il Circolo della Stampa di Trieste alle ore 16 gli studenti del secondo anno del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza della SISSA presentano l'evento " Dall'Emilia al Vesuvio, l'Italia a rischio tra faglie e vulcani".

Challenging General Relativity

June 26, 2012

Thomas Sotiriou, a SISSA researcher, has been recently awarded with an ERC Starting Grant, for the proposal entitled "Challenging General Relativity". The research project has been funded with € 1,375,226.

Ideas in The Castle

Sabato 23 giugno, ore 19 
Castello di San Giusto - Piazza della Cattedrale, 3 (Trieste) 

Un aperitivo che diventa un momento di incontro tra innovatori, giovani imprenditori e investitori.L'evento, nato grazie alla collaborazione tra il Master in Complex Actions della SISSA e The HUB Trieste, sarà un'occasione semplice e informale per presentare e condividere i propri progetti e le proprie idee imprenditoriali. Ospite d'eccezione della serata Kevin Johnson.




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