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 outstanding achievements in Statistical Physics. The Award ceremony takes place every three years during the opening session of the Conference and each laureate receives a medal and a diploma. Previous winners of the SigmaPhi Prize are: Giorgio Parisi, Itamar Procaccia and Eugene Stanley. The International Conference on Statisthical Physics will take place in Corfu, Greece, from 10 to 14 July.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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From Dirac to Dreyfus

Long-time SISSA Professor, ICTP Scientific Council member and Dirac Medallist Michele Parrinello has won the 2017 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, conferred this year in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. The international prize, awarded biennially, consists of $250,000, a medal, and a citation. Parrinello, the first recipient from outside the United States, is honored for his groundbreaking developments of molecular dynamics simulation methodology and associated landmark studies of chemical, material, and biomolecular systems.

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Small opening, big ambition

“Small opening, big ambition” is the title of the second seminar 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 landscape and nature photography in an attempt to answer the following question. Even more than portrait photography, landscape photography is often linked aesthetically with painting: but is that right? The speakers will investigate this topic and present classical and unusual photographs by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Michael Kenna and Jessica Backhaus.

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