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ICTP-SAIFR Scientific Bulletin #12, October – December 2015 



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School on Complex Networks and Applications to Neuroscience

From September 28 - October 16, the three-week ICTP-SAIFR School on Complex Networks and Applications to Neuroscience was organized by J.M. Buldú (URJC-Madrid), H. Cerdeira (IFT-UNESP), J.G. Gardeñes (U. Zaragoza), C. Mirasso (IFISC-Illes Balears) and A. Roque (USP-Ribeirão Preto) which covered current trends in the theory of complex networks and provided a detailed course on neuroscience.        




Codello Minicourse on the Functional Renormalization Group

From October 6-21, Prof. Alessandro Codello (CP3 – Origins, Odense, Denmark) visited ICTP-SAIFR to present a minicourse on the functional renormalization group. His lectures provided an overview of the functional renormalization group approach to quantum field theory and the computation of non-perturbative beta functions for Yang-Mills theories.





Program on Particle Physics at the Dawn of the LHC13 

During the period of October 19 – December 19, Prof. Mariano Quirós (IFAE & ICREA, Barcelona) together with ICTP-SAIFR professors Eduardo Pontón and Rogerio Rosenfeld organized a two-month program involving 15 visiting researchers from the USA and Europe. The program included daily seminars and discussions of new results from the LHC accelerator experiment.



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IFT-UNESP/ICTP-SAIFR Prize for Young Physicists

Every year, the IFT-UNESP and ICTP-SAIFR organize an exam competition for physics students younger than 21 years old on the topics of classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, special relativity and mathematical physics. This year, the top student was Alex Freitas de Campos (USP São Carlos), who obtained a score of 24.0 out of 60 points.





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Dark Matter Day in São Paulo

On November 23, ICTP-SAIFR held the meeting Dark Matter Day in São Paulo. Organized by Fabio Iocco (ICTP-SAIFR) and Manuela Vecchi (USP São Carlos), this activity brought together South American researchers in the field of Dark Matter with the purpose of developing new projects within Brazil and South America in this research area.






Colloquium of Stefan Pokorski

On December 9, Prof. Stefan Pokorski (Univ. of Warsaw) presented a colloquium entitled “Flavor physics as a window beyond the Standard Model” in which he discussed lepton universality and flavour conservation in electroweak interactions and their role in exploring physics beyond the standard model. Prof. Pokorski received the 2014 Prize of the Prime Minister of Poland for his scientific achievements.




Colloquium of Chris Hull

On December 16, Prof. Chris Hull (Imperial College London) presented a colloquium entitled “Double Field Theory and Stringy Geometry” in which he discussed the geometry and physics of doubled spacetime, along with generalizations to string theory and M-theory. Prof. Hull was awarded the Dirac Medal for Theoretical Physics in 2003 for his work on supergravity and M-theory.  






Joint School and Masters Program with Perimeter Institute

 Applications are open here for a new joint school and masters program between IFT-UNESP/ICTP-SAIFR and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Students in the last year of their undergraduate studies will be selected to the joint masters program through an annual school and exam held every July, and will spend one year at IFT-UNESP/ICTP-SAIFR and one year at the world-famous Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) masters program in Waterloo, Canada.



Forthcoming events:

V Southern-Summer School on Mathematical Biology

(January 4 - 10, 2016)

School on Physics Applications in Biology

(January 11-29, 2016)

2016 Meeting of Scientific Council and Steering Committee

(February 1-2, 2016)

Joint ICTP-Trieste/ICTP-SAIFR Advanced School on Regional Climate Modeling over South America

(February 15-19, 2016)

School on Effective Field Theory across Length Scales

(February 22 – March 4, 2016)

Lehner/Pretorius Minicourse on Numerical Relativity 

(March 27 – April 2, 2016)


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