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ICTP-SAIFR Scientific Bulletin, January - March 2013
ICTP-SAIFR completes its 1st year
ICTP-SAIFR started its activities in 2012 with the organization of 3 Schools, 3 Workshops, 3 Mini-courses and several other events. More than 300 participants were involved. The full list can be accessed at

2013 meetings of the Steering Committee and Scientific Council

The Steering Committee of the ICTP-SAIFR, headed by Fernando Quevedo (Director of ICTP Trieste), and its Scientific Council, headed by Peter Goddard (ex-Director of IAS Princeton), met in São Paulo in February. These meetings were preceded by a short workshop on February 17. The Steering Committee approved the Director’s Report and discussed future directions for the ICTP-SAIFR. The Scientific Council heard short presentations on the scientific activities of 2012 and deliberated on the proposals for 2014.

New personnel

Eduardo Pontón, a leading researcher in Elementary Particle Physics, arrived in February as a visiting professor. Riccardo Sturani, an expert in Gravitational Waves, was awarded In February a FAPESP Young Investigator fellowship.

II Southern-Summer School on Mathematical Biology

The interplay among Mathematics, Physics and Biology has brought many advances that were discussed in the lectures of this School In January. Topics such as Introduction to Population Biology, Spatial Models in Ecology, Mathematical Models and Control Strategies of Infectious Diseases, Population and Community Ecology and Conservation were the subjects of the lectures. More information at

Agreement with Nordita

The ICTP-SAIFR and Nordita signed in February an Agreement for Cooperation with Nordita that will allow the exchange of scientists and the joint organization of workshops. This is in addition to similar agreements with CERN, Perimeter and ICTP-Trieste. For more information see

Visit of IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf, the current Diector of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, visited the ICTP-SAIFR in February where he discussed the importance of theoretical physics institutes for the advancement of knowledge.

2012 IFT-ICTP Premio para Jovens Fisicos

The ceremony for the five winners of the 2012 IFT-ICTP Premio para Jovens Fisicos was held in March. These Prizes are awarded annually to students who obtain the highest score on an exam administred by IFT and ICTP-SAIFR professors. The 2012 winners (left to right) are João Fernando Doriguello Diniz (Unicamp), Ricardo Hernandez Moreno (IFT-UNESP), Cássio dos Santos Sousa (ITA), Ivan Guillhon Mitoso Rocha (ITA), Vilson Fabricio dos Santos Juliatto (Univ. Estadual do Centro Oeste, Paraná), together with Director Berkovits.

Visit of Sir Michael Berry

Sir Michael Berry (Univ. of Bristol), a renowned expert in quantum mechanics and chaotic systems, visited the ICTP-SAIFR in March where we presented a colloquium on superoscillations.

Forthcoming events:

School on Particle Physics in the LHC Era
April 1-12, 2013

School on Non-Perturbative QCD
May 27- June 7, 2013

School on Approaches to Quantum Gravity
September 2-9, 2013

School on Fundamental Astrophysics
October 7-18, 2013

School on Nonlinear Optics and Nanophotonics
November 26 – December 6, 2013