In August, new members Hugo Aguilaniu and Luiz Eugênio Mello joined the ICTP-SAIFR Steering Committee which governs all ICTP-SAIFR activities. Hugo Aguilaniu is President-Director of the privately funded Serrapilheira Institute and Luiz Eugênio Mello is Scientific Director of the São Paulo Research Funding Agency FAPESP.

In August, the editors of Physical Review Letters highlighted the paper ”Where is string theory in the space of scattering amplitudes" written by Pedro Vieira (ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP/Perimeter), Andrea Guerrieri (ICTP-SAIFR/Tel-Aviv U.) and João Penedones (EPFL-Lausanne). The paper initiated an ambitious program to use S-matrix Bootstrap to carve out the space of possible theories of quantum gravity with string theory playing a special role.

In August, ICTP-SAIFR began a new project for the general public called Physics Pioneers in Brazil. Organized by ICTP-SAIFR journalist Ligia Pereira, the project consists of biographies on the inspiring careers of the scientists who shaped the current Brazilian physics landscape. The first biography describes the life of Sergio Mascarenhas who pioneered several research areas in Brazil including solid state physics, medical physics, molecular biophysics, neurophysics and soil physics.

Instituto Serrapilheira together with ICTP-SAIFR is launching a program to develop the skills of future scientists in transdisciplinary research in the life sciences: the Serrapilheira/ICTP-SAIFR Training Program in Quantitative Biology and Ecology. The first edition was held online from July 5-31, 2021 with 15 distinguished lecturers.

ICTP-SAIFR announces the opening of a SImons-FAPESP Research Group Leader Position in all areas related to theoretical physics. Applications are currently being evaluated by an International Search Committee.

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ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research

The ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research (ICTP-SAIFR) is a South American regional center in the city of São Paulo created in a collaboration of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the Instituto de Fisica Teorica (IFT) of São Paulo State University (UNESP) and the Sao Paulo Research Funding Agency (FAPESP). Its activities include seminars, minicourses, schools and workshops for graduate students and researchers in all areas related to theoretical physics, as well as outreach activities for the general public and for high-school students and teachers. The center has funding for short-term and long-term visitors as well as for postdoctoral and permanent researchers.

São Paulo International Schools on Theoretical Physics

IV Joint ICTP-Trieste/ICTP-SAIFR School on Cosmology: Challenges for the Standard Cosmological Model
January 18-29, 2021

Serrapilheira/ICTP-SAIFR  Training Program in Quantitative Biology and Ecology
July 5-30, 2021

Joint ICTP-SAIFR/MITP Summer School on Particle Physics
September 13-24, 2021

School on Critical Stability of Few-Body Quantum Systems
October 4-8, 2021

Joint ICTP, SAIFR and UNESP  School on Systems-on-Chip, Embedded Microcontrollers and their Applications in Research and Industry
October 18-29, 2021

School on Applications of Nonlinear Systems to Socio-Economic Complexity
October 25-27, 2021

School on Quantum Computation
November 16-26, 2021

2nd School on Data Science and Machine Learning
December 6-10, 2021

Meetings/Programs/Workshops

Reuven Opher Memorial Symposium
January 23, 2021

Challenges for Witnessing Quantum Aspects of Gravity in a Lab
June 7-11, 2021

Strings 2021
June 21 – July 2, 2021

Workshop on New Horizons in Quantum Correlated Materials
August, 2021

Workshop on Critical Stability of Few-Body Quantum Systems
October 11-15, 2021

Workshop on Sociophysics: Social Phenomena from a Physics Perspective
October 18-22, 2021

SILAFAE XII3/4
November 8-12, 2021

Minicourses/Minischools

Outreach

Curso de Verão para Professores do Ensino Médio
January 11-15, 2021

Escola de Verão para Jovens Físicos
January 17-23, 2021

ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP Physics Discussions
January – July, 2021

Ciência em Diálogo: Física e Ficção Científica
February 23-26, 2021

Distinguished Lecture of Quantitative Biology and Ecology Program: Simon Levin
March 2, 2021

Distinguished Lecture of Quantitative Biology and Ecology Program: Akiko Iwasaki
March 4, 2021

Física de Fronteira em Português
March-November, 2021

Física de Frontera en Español
March-November, 2021

Física em Casa
March – July, 2021

Minicursos para Estudantes do Ensino Mêdio
March – November, 2021

Inspirando novas gerações para a Física
June 2, 2021

ICTP-SAIFR Distinguished Public Lecture by Jim Gates
June 26, 2021

Ask a String Theorist
June 27, 2021

2021 IFT-Perimeter-SAIFR Journeys into Theoretical Physics
July 2021

Prêmio Jovens Físicos 2021
July 2021