“If we are here, if there are celestial bodies, galaxies and stars it is because these structures have taken on a certain shape, and this shape has been forged by the fundamental laws of Physics, which have produced entities which are now among the biggest mysteries of Science, Dark Energy and by Dark Matter. Shedding light on their nature and essence will be an exciting challenge for the new generations of scholars and for IFPU researchers”. These are the words of George Ellis, distinguished scientist and Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town. Ellis was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of a new institute with a highly impressive name and goals.
The Institute for Fundamental Physics of the Universe (IFPU) opened its doors in Trieste on 2 October with an inaugural ceremony held in the Main Lecture Hall of the SISSA’s Miramare Campus. This will be home to the institute which has been founded thanks to the agreement and work of four important national and international scientific institutions – SISSA - Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati and Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics of Trieste (ICTP), Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) and Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN. The four institutes involved will be represented at the opening ceremony by Stefano Ruffo (SISSA director), Fernando Quevedo (ICTP director), Nicolò D'Amico (INAF president) and Fernando Ferroni (INFN president).
With a multidisciplinary approach to study, ad hoc research teams and innovative investigation models, the institute aims to explore the fundamental laws of Nature from a cosmological and astrophysical perspective.