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Science Writing Workshop

June 26th, 2013 - from 2.00 to 5.00 pm

With this wokshop participants will learn the essentials of communicating complex science concepts through their writing. The course will be conducted by the renowned, award-winning journalist and former Guardian science editor Tim Radford. The workshop is designed for all those interested in becoming a science journalist at the international level. Workshop length is three hours. Maximum course size is 40.

Held on: Wednesday 26 June 2013

Happy Birthday SISSA!

March 6, 2013

«Happy Birthday to all the students and to all those who have been working for the School and have given their contribution to our past and present achievements and who will undoubtedly keep on contributing to our future success as well»

The Director, Guido Martinelli

«Tanti auguri a tutti gli studenti e a tutti quelli che lavorano per la Scuola ed hanno contributo ai nostri successi passati e presenti e certamente contribuiranno a quelli futuri»

Il Direttore, Guido Martinelli

Bruno Pontecorvo in Italia

Venerdi 8 marzo 2013, ore 11.30 
SISSA - Aula 132

Bruno Pontecorvo: un fisico straordinario e un personaggio stravagante la cui storia personale ripercorre da vicino quella altrettanto travagliata dell'Europa del secolo scorso, tra i drammi della Seconda guerra mondiale e il pantano della Guerra fredda. Nato in Italia, ha lavorato poi a lungo in Francia e infine in Russia, sua patria adottiva. Proprio l'esperienza italiana, fondamentale nel suo percorso di scienziato, è stato argomento di una conferenza pubblica venerdì 8 marzo alla SISSA di Trieste.

The movement of proteins

March 5, 2013

Cristian Micheletti, a scientist of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA), has published in Physics of Life Reviews a review on an innovative instrument for protein analysis, a method for which Micheletti and his research team are a reference point for the international scientific community.

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FRIDa, the images of food

March 4, 2013 

It's called FRIDa and it's the new image database created at the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste to carry out research on eating behaviors and choices. It is a tool accessible to all and published in the review Human Frontiers in Neuroscience that will be very useful to the international community of scientists who study food-related issues.

Fotografia oltre la fotografia

28 febbraio, ore 17.30 
SISSA - Aula 128  

Giovedì 28 febbraio il Laboratorio Interdisciplinare per le Scienze Naturali e Umanistiche della SISSA ha invitato il pubblico al quarto degli appuntamenti legati al mondo della fotografia vista come un ponte tra arte e scienza. Il titolo di questo nuovo incontro è stato "Fotografia oltre la fotografia" ed è stato tenuto da Andrea Tomicich.


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.


The nano-channel that disentangles knots

The DNA tends to become entangled, yet according to a research carried out by Cristian Micheletti of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste and by Enzo Orlandini of Università di Padova, it is possible to obtain knot-free filaments by having them pass through a nano-channel. The research is now one of the "hot papers" in the Soft Matter review and is now accessible free of charge for a four week period.

Master in Complex Actions: the call is now open

The call for the Master in Complex Actions (MCA) of SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, is now open. The course, which aims at integrating scientific thought with the practices of public and private organizations, has now reached its third edition and will feature this year two important new elements: the focus will be on Energy and the destination of the study trip will be Saudi Arabia.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, April 2nd 2013 at 12.00 (Rome time).

Hilbert schemes, sheaves & representations

June 17-21, 2013 - SISSA

Hilbert schemes of points are a traditional field of interest for algebraic geometers. Work by Nakajima and others established a relation between their geometry and the representation theory of Heisenberg-Clifford algebras.

More recent research connected Hilbert schemes with other infinite-dimensional algebras, such as Cherednik algebras, quantum Heisenberg algebras, Kac-Moody algebras, and so on. This conference aimed at providing an updated survey of the state of the art in this area of research in its various aspects.

The good side of the prion

A few years ago it was found that certain proteins, the prions, when defective are dangerous, as they are involved in neurodegenerative syndromes such as the Creutzfeldt-Jakob and the Alzheimer diseases. But now research is showing their good side, too: when performing well, prions may be crucial in the development of the brain during childhood, as observed by a study carried out by a team of neuroscientists at SISSA which appeared in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Alla SISSA va in scena la vita di Galileo

La scuola media Guido Corsi e la Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), nell'ambito del "Progetto teatro", il 26 febbraio 2013 alle ore 11.00 per le scuole cittadine e alle ore 17 per il pubblico, hanno presentato l'opera teatrale di Bertolt Brecht "Vita di Galileo".

Sul palco dell'Aula Magna della SISSA ragazzi e scienziati hanno dato vita a una specialissima versione della famosa opera che celebra la libertà del pensiero scientifico.


A grant to study sense of smell

Studying the molecular mechanisms of olfaction and understanding why certain proteins useful for the tactile system are also found in olfactive neurons. These are the aims of Simone Pifferi, a researcher at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) who has just earned the Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, a European scholarship that will enable him to pursue his studies in Italy.

SCoNe - Social Cognitive Neuroscience

July 15-26, 2013 at SISSA

Social Cognitive Neuroscience is an emerging field with an interdisciplinary vision on human behavior in social contexts. This perspective, built on confluence of neurological, cognitive, and social sciences, addresses fundamental questions about the interaction between the mind/brain and the social world.

July 15-26, 2013 at SISSA

SCoNe School Structure

Giochi di luce

Giovedì 7 febbraio 2013, ore 17.30 
SISSA - Aula 128 

Il Laboratorio Interdisciplinare per le Scienze Naturali e Umanistiche della SISSA ha organizzato il terzo degli appuntamenti legati al mondo della fotografia vista come ponte tra arte e scienza.

Il titolo di questo nuovo incontro è stato "Giochi di luce" e sarà tenuto da Andrea Tomicich.


How to be a social climber

"He landed the job because he has connections." How many times you have heard these words? Now a study confirms what is apparently only a stereotype. The research, published in the Journal of Statistical Physics, which also involves the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, is entitled, quite eloquently, "The Social Climbing Game".

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