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One molecule at the time

25 June 2015

June 25, 2015, 11 am

SISSA, “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall

The Peruvian-born biophysicist Carlos Bustamante has been awarded an honorary PhD by SISSA in Trieste for his innovative research and important contribution to our knowledge of the workings of biological systems through the development of molecular level investigation techniques. The ceremony will be held on 25 June at 11.00 am in the “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall of SISSA.

MCS sempre al top, anche per l’occupazione

04 June 2015

In contemporanea con la pubblicazione dei dati sull’occupazione del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico” della SISSA di Trieste, si aprono le iscrizioni al nuovo anno accademico 2015-2016. In oltre vent’anni dalla fondazione, questa scuola continua a essere la migliore nel suo campo nel nostro paese, come testimonia l’output occupazionale, che vede oggi un’altissima percentuale di ex-studenti lavorare nel campo della comunicazione della scienza in Italia a all’estero.

Endless oscillations

27 May 2015

According to classical physics, the universe tends to equilibrium but the same does not apply to quantum systems, which are destined to shift constantly between different configurations without ever finding peace. A theoretical study conducted by SISSA and the University of Oxford illustrates this dramatic difference and explains that in order to be described correctly one-dimensional quantum systems should be thought of as being defined on discrete points in space. 

Coderdojo alla SISSA

26 May 2015

Aiutare i bambini a imparare l’informatica in modo divertente e con un approccio intuitivo, questo è quello che l’iniziativa CoderDojo fa in tutto il mondo, Trieste compresa. Il prossimo appuntamento nella nostra città è alla Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste e vedrà partecipare un gruppo di bambini di quarta e quinta elementare (del ricreatorio comunale Fonda Savio di Opicina) che potranno realizzare un videogioco, un’animazione, un cartone animato con Scratch! il programma ideato al MIT di Boston.

MHPC 2015: applications now open

21 May 2015

Students who have just completed the first edition of the Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) held at SISSA/ICTP last year (and who still have to finish their dissertations) are already starting to work in the field. Now it is time to select candidates for the 2015-2016 academic year: the master’s course has in fact just opened applications, which should be made online at and will remain open until 6 July 2015.

Quantum “gruyères”

12 May 2015

They are “strange” materials, insulators on the inside and conductors on the surface. They also have properties that make them excellent candidates for the development of spintronics (”spin-based electronics”) and more in general quantum computing. However, they are also elusive as their properties are extremely difficult to observe. Now a SISSA study, published in Physical Review Letters, proposes a new family of materials whose topological state can be directly observed experimentally, thus simplifying things for researchers.

Non-Euclidean geometries for grid cells

06 May 2015

Grid cells, space-mapping neurons of the entorhinal cortex of rodents, could also work for hyperbolic surfaces. A SISSA study just published in Interface, the journal of the Royal Society, tests a model (a computer simulation) based on mathematical principles, that explains how maps emerge in the brain and shows how these maps adapt to the environment in which the individual develops.

Shedding light on rods

05 May 2015

By using “unusual” optic fibres in a novel fashion, an international team of researchers led by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, scrutinized the response to light of rods, the light-sensitive cells of the retina, and demonstrated that the intensity of response varies according to the region of the cell hit by the light.