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How the prion protein works

Two new studies coordinated by SISSA reveal important details about the physiological function of the prion protein, the non-pathological form of the notorious prion, the degenerate protein responsible for several diseases including “mad cow disease”. According to the new findings, the protein in its physiological form serves the important function of promoting the growth of neurites, the neural projections along which nerve impulses travel.

Gli atenei FVG per l’industria 4.0

Si firma oggi a Padova il “protocollo d’intesa per lo sviluppo congiunto in un competence center” fra le università del Triveneto. Presenti alla firma anche i rappresentanti della SISSA, dell’Università di Trieste e dell’Università di Udine. I tre atenei FVG uniranno gli forzi con le altre università per far sì che il polo triveneto sia scelto fra i competence center previsti dal Piano Nazionale Industria 4.0 del Governo Renzi.

New Funds at SISSA

Two new European grants have been awarded to Giuseppe Legname, professor at SISSA in Trieste, to study neurodegenerative diseases. The projects awarded the grants involve, in addition to SISSA, other major international centres mainly based in Europe but some in the United States as well. The projects focus on experimental models to study this type of disease.

Choosing Correct Models

A group from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste has developed a faster and simpler methodology requiring modest resources for validating physical models ("descriptions" of molecule operation) of RNA used in molecular dynamics. These models are essential for research on RNA, one of the most important macromolecules of life, with computer simulations. The method also helps define areas of improvement for increasing accuracy of the models. The study was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

Intelligence in social&economic behaviour

12 October 2016, 3.00 pm

SISSA, Main lecture hall

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

A grant between academia and the market

SISSA’s NeuroMicronica project  – winner of the Start Cup 2015 regional award and the PNICube prize and shortlisted for the Start Cup 2015 national award – has received an ERC Proof of Concept Grant, designed to support ERC grantees with the commercial or societal application of the results of their funded research. the new grant, obtained thanks to the collaboration of multidisciplinary groups working at SISSA, adds to the long list of grants awarded to SISSA by the ERC.

LA SISSA a TriesteNext

Anche la SISSA partecipa a TriesteNext 2016. Il titolo della nuova edizione della manifestazione è “Umano post-umano: Verso l’Homo tecnologicus?” La manifestazione si terrà a Trieste dal 23 al 25 settembre e prevede un nutrito calendario di eventi (qui è possibile trovare il programma completo). Gli eventi SISSA si svolgeranno nel corso di tutte e tre le giornate della manifestazione e prevedono conferenze, laboratori, giochi ed attività di training.

When output becomes part of input

Neurofeedback is a technique used for the treatment of clinical disorders (like depression, anxiety, chronic pain, ADHD and schizophrenia etc.) and enhancement of brain performance.  It is based on the “self-regulation” of brain activations underpinned by the principles of  feedback control systems. Feedback systems  can be found in areas such as cybernetics, industrial automation, quality control, optimization and so on.

The Science of Surnames

21 September 2016, 3:00pm

SISSA, Aula Magna

Paolo Rossi, Physicist at the University of Pisa, whose eclectic interests range from particle physics to translating early medieval texts, will be the first speaker in this season’s SISSA colloquium series. His talk will focus on the study of surnames through statistical mechanics, a useful approach for investigating population genetics.

Programmazione SISSA: 100% di successo

La Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste ha raggiunto il 100% degli obiettivi legati alla programmazione triennale su tutte e tre le linee strategiche indicate nel 2013 dal Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca (MIUR). La Scuola risulta al top per l'offerta formativa e i suoi risultati, la ricerca scientifica e le sedi didattiche.


Si comunica che sul sito del MIUR sono stati pubblicati i due Decreti Direttoriali che danno l’avvio alle procedure per il conseguimento dell’Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale. I Decreti sono reperibili sul sito dell’ASN.

“Cultural Learners” in the Cradle

Well before starting to speak, children from a very young age pay higher attention to the information received from native speakers of their language compared to the information received from “foreigners”. A new study shows that this behaviour, replicated already at the age of five months, might be the foundation of acquiring culture specific knowledge. The research coordinated by SISSA was published  in the Frontiers in Psychology magazine.

Womath 2016 at SISSA

 “Womath 2016 - Women and Research in Mathematics: the Contribution of SISSA”, to be held  at SISSA from September 7th to September 9th, is a conference organized with the collaboration of the University of Udine, the University of Turin and of ERC Advanced Grant of Susanna Terracini,  under the patronage of the Region Friuli Venezia-Giulia, of the Regional Commission for Equal Opportunities and of the Association of Journalists of Friuli Venezia-Giulia. Female professors, researchers, current and former female students working and involved with Mathematics will attend the event.

L'arcipelago delle meraviglie

Una mostra e una serie di eventi per ricordare Paolo Budinich nel centenario della nascita. Uomo di scienza e cultura, Budinich ha forgiato la Trieste di oggi, conosciuta nel mondo come la città della scienza. Dopo la Seconda guerra mondiale, Trieste si ritrova una piccola città ai margini di un paese da ricostruire. Senza una precisa vocazione. Budinich sceglie la scienza: internazionale, solidale, capace di rompere e superare le barriere. Principi che sono oggi più necessari che mai.

Proton Pinball on the Catalyst

Thanks to a reaction that resembles a sort of proton pinball game, a thin layer of moisture on the surface of a catalysts can improve the efficiency of fuel cells, devices used to transform chemical energy (a fuel like hydrogen, for example) directly into electricity without releasing greenhouse gases in emissions. The study was coordinated by IOM CNR/ SISSA.

The “mem-computer” explained

Massimiliano Di Ventra, Physicist at the University of California San Diego, will explain the basics of memcomputing, a new computational approach that uses memory for information processing and storage using the human brain as an analogy. The talk will be held in English and is open to the public.

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SISSA: solidarity to the Turkish Universities

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA, Trieste), in agreement with the position undertaken by the European University Association, strongly and unconditionally condemns the measures adopted by the Turkish Government following the recent coup attempt.




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