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SISSA Lectures & Colloquia 2019

01 January 2019
The full calendar of Lectures and Colloquia

A series of Lectures and Colloquia are planned for the coming months at SISSA also thanks to the active participation of its PhD students, who are now for the first time represented in the Colloquia Committee. To save the dates check the poster.

  • SISSA Colloquium | Between Order and Disorder

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 - 14:30 to 15:30

A talk by physicist Paul Fendley of All Souls College, University of Oxford, celebrating Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann on his birthday.

  • SISSA Colloquium | Consciousness and our place in nature

Wednesday, 15 May, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00

What is consciousness, and what is its neural substrate in the brain? Why does consciousness fade with dreamless sleep even though the brain remains active? Giulio Tononi, neuroscientist and psychiatrist of the University of Wisconsin, will introduce the Integrated information theory (IIT) as an attempt to answer these and other questions in a principled manner.

  • SISSA Colloquium |  Topological adventures in neuroscience

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00

Kathryn Hess Bellwald of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne will introduce the latest research results at the interface of topology and neuroscience and in particular those achieved through the collaboration with the Blue Brain Project on digitally reconstructed microcircuits of neurons in the cortex.

  • SISSA Colloquium |  Quantifying Performance and Success in Science and Art

Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 - 16:00

A talk by Roberta Sinatra of IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) on success in science and art as a way to testing our ability to measure and predict success. Sinatra will discuss in particular the role of luck in achieving success and will address the relation between performance and success in a variety of settings, highlighting the challenges of gauging performance through success.

  • SCIAMA LECTURE | Quantum Mechanics and Reality: the Schism in Modern Physics, from 1927 to the Present Day

Wednesday, 16 October, 2019 - 17:00

Quantum mechanics is singular among physical theories in that it does not make clear statements about what actually exists. Physicist Antony Valentini of  Clemson University will discuss how the uncertainty principle and 'quantum superposition' appear to challenge conventional ideas about reality and how these challenges may be overcome by a theory of 'hidden variables' containing a wealth of potentially new and radical physics.

  • SISSA Colloquium |  Geometric phases and the separation of the world

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019 - 16:00

A seminar by Michael Berry of the University of Bristol on geometric phases and the unsolved problem of how strictly a system can be separated from a slowly-varying environment.

  • SISSA Christmas Lecture | " Il pianeta delle piante ", Stefano Mancuso - "Il Sistema Periodico" with Sara Alzetta

Wednesday, 11 December, 2019