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Viral puzzles

The genome of viruses is usually enclosed inside a shell called capsid. Capsids have unique mechanic properties: they have to be resistant and at the same time capable of dissolving in order to release the genome into the infected cell.

The scientists of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste have coordinated a study on the mechanic properties of viruses that have improved their understanding, so much that they were able to make conjectures on the behavior of still little-known viruses

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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