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Sudden loss of Giovanni Bignami

The Astrophysics and Astroparticle Groups at SISSA mourn the sudden loss of our collegue, Giovanni Bignami, a very significant figure for italian Astrophysics, in the National Institute for Astrophysics and the Italian Space Agency, which in particular shared with us substantial efforts and involvement in large cosmological observations.

OpenViewShip project: The result presentation

“Sviluppo di un ecosistema computazionale per la progettazione idrodinamica del sistema elica carena” is the title of the event that will take place at Sala Bobi Bazlen in Trieste on Tuesday 30 May starting from 4.45 pm. The seminar will present the results of the OpenViewsShip project, in which industrial and academic partners contributed to the development of a methodology for the performance prediction of the hull-propeller system in operational conditions.

Campus Day at SISSA

On Wednesday 2 May, SISSA and Campus Party will organize the Campus Day, an occasion aimed to present the international event on innovation and creativity that will be held in Milan for its first edition 20-23 July 2017. Campus Day is dedicated to all students who have an idea, often labeled as "impossible to accomplish"; each idea can be cultivated, encouraged, transformed and at the same time transform the future of the country.

Paper vs digital: Davide Crepaldi at "Salone del libro" in Turin

Reading on screen or paper? That is the question. On Thursday 18 May, SISSA neuroscientist Davide Crepaldi will be one of the speakers of the event entitled “Paper or digital: the integration is in the facts”. The seminar is organized by "Salone Internazionale del Libro" (“International book fair”) from 18 to 22 May at “Lingotto fiere” in Turin. Crepaldi will present the scientific evidences coming up from research dedicated to reading on these two different media.

Scientific computation at SISSA: the story

AICA is the italian association whose activity focuses on informatics and automatic computation. A nonprofit association led by ITC experts, AICA's mission is spreading the digital culture as a fundamental action for the progress of society. AICA's website presents information, stories and projects. In the section dedicated to history of informatics in Italy, you can find an interesting text written by Antonio Lanza, the director of SISSA's Information Technology and Computing Services. In this article, Dr.

Summer School on Atomistic Simulation Techniques

SISSA invites all undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Summer School on Atomistic Simulation Techniques in Trieste. The school, organized by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Simulation Centre, will be held from 14 to 30 June 2017. 
In 2017 the School will be entirely focused on quantum mechanics and in particular will be devoted to electronic properties of materials, chemical- and bio-molecules.
 

Marching for Science

Started as a knee-jerk reaction to the new US administration's possible changes in science policy, the March for Science becomes a movement to defend and promote the role of science in society. 
Nowadays many satellite marches in the US and across the world are scheduled for Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017.

Sissa Open Access Policy

The SISSA Open Access Policy has been approved and here you can find the full text. The Open Access Policy has to be applied to the new institutional "SISSA Digital Library", the open access repository established for the purpose of accommodating the School’s scientific research products through the IRIS - "Institu

The Geometry and Mechanics of Growing Elastic Sheets

On Thursday 12 April 2017, at 2.30 pm the Mathlab group will hold a seminar on "The Geometry and Mechanics of Growing Elastic Sheets".

During the seminar, Prof Eran Sharon from the Racah Institute of Physics - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will present experimental methods for the construction of “programmed” responsive sheets, discussing different types of self-shaping principles. In particular, the talk will focus on the connection of the topic to shape selection in chemical and biological systems. 

In memory of the victims of the bus crash in Spain

Francesca Bonello, Elisa Valent, Valentina Gallo, Elena Maestrini, Lucrezia Borghi, Serena Saracino, Elisa Scarascia Mugnozza. These are the names of the seven Italian Erasmus students who died in the bus crash in Catalonia on 20 March 2016.
The vehicle was part of a convoy of five coaches that were returning to Barcelona from Valencia, where the students had attended the fireworks festival, the well-known Fiesta de las Fallas. The victims were thirteen, including two German girls and one each from Rumenia, Uzbekistan, France and Austria. All were between 19 and 25 years old.

Odour Intensity and Moral Decisions

A SISSA study recently published on Perception shows that even neutral olfactory stimuli affect the processes underlying moral decisions, favouring deontological moral choices. According to the first author Cinzia Cecchetto and her colleagues this effect occurs when a neutral odour is presented below detection threshold, when compared to the same odor perceived either as positive or negative and it is reflected at the level of autonomic responses.