ICTP-SAIFR 12th Anniversary Symposium:
Physics for South America

February 18-20, 2024

São Paulo, Brazil

ICTP-SAIFR / IFT-UNESP

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The ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research (ICTP-SAIFR) began its activities in 2012 as a collaboration of the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste (ICTP) with the Institute for Theoretical Physics of São Paulo State University (IFT-UNESP) and the São Paulo Research Funding Agency (FAPESP). To celebrate its 12th anniversary and plan its next phase of activities, ICTP-SAIFR is organizing a symposium of public talks, research seminars and round-table discussions with the participation of its Steering Committee and Scientific Council, its Associated Members from South America, and several invited speakers including Nobel Laureate David Gross. This symposium also is part of the ICTP 60th anniversary celebration.

There is no registration fee for any of these activities, and everyone is welcome to participate without registering. Seating may be limited, and the complete program is available on this webpage. All activities will be transmitted online by YouTube or Zoom at the following links:

Sunday public lectures (14:00-17:00): Youtube link https://youtube.com/live/ZN1SPMoeZzI?feature=share

Monday symposium (9:30-17:00): Youtube link https://youtube.com/live/VWxtQADiXUM?feature=share

Sunday parallel sessions (13:00-18:40) and Tuesday discussions (9:30-17:00): Zoom ID: 810 7114 0862, Zoom Passcode: 54321

Location:

  • Activities on Sunday-Monday, February 18-19 will be in the IFT-UNESP auditorium on the Barra Funda campus of UNESP.
  • Activities on Tuesday February 20 will be at Instituto Principia at Rua Pamplona 145 near Metrô Trianon-MASP.

Confirmed Participants:

  • L. Raul Abramo (USP São Paulo)
  • Vahan Agopyan (São Paulo state secretary of science, USP ex-rector)
  • Marcus Aguiar (Unicamp)
  • Ivone Albuquerque (USP São Paulo)
  • Gerardo Aldazabal (Balseiro Inst.)
  • Carlos Aragão (FINEP director)
  • Oswaldo Baffa (USP Ribeirão Preto)
  • Marcia Barbosa (MCTI secretary of strategic projects)
  • Beatriz Barbuy (USP)
  • Ignacio Bediaga (CBPF, INCT-CERN coordinator)
  • William Bialek (Princeton U., Center for Physics of Biological Function co-director)
  • Edson Botelho (UNESP dean of research)
  • Gustavo Burdman (USP São Paulo)
  • Sylvio Canuto (FAPESP advisor, USP ex-dean of research)
  • Rodrigo Capaz (Brazilian Physical Society president, Brazilian Nanotechnology Lab director)
  • Klaus Capelle (IIP-Natal, UFABC ex-rector, Instituto Principia council president)
  • Marcela Carena (Fermilab theory director)
  • Antonio Adilton Carneiro (USP Ribeirão Preto)
  • Pablo de Castro (ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP)
  • Hilda Cerdeira (IFT-UNESP)
  • Antônio José da Costa Filho (USP Ribeirão Preto)
  • Atish Dabholkar (ICTP director)
  • Gustavo Dalpian (USP São Paulo)
  • Elisabete Dal Pino (USP São Paulo)
  • Lucas David (ICTP-SAIFR outreach coordinator)
  • Silvina Dawson (Univ. Buenos Aires, IUPAP president-designate)
  • Oscar Eboli (USP São Paulo)
  • Rosario Fazio (ICTP, Trieste Institute for Quantum Technologies director)
  • Adalberto Fazzio (CNPEM-Ilum school director, Brazilian Nanotechnology Lab ex-director)
  • Alvaro Ferraz (IIP-UFRN director)
  • Chee Sheng Fong (UFABC)
  • Eduardo Fradkin (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Tobias Frederico (ITA)
  • Maysa Furlan (UNESP vice-rector)
  • Gabriela Gonzalez (Louisiana State Univ.)
  • André de Gouvêa (Northwestern Univ.)
  • Carlos Graeff (FAPESP advisor, UNESP ex-dean of research)
  • David Gross (2004 Nobel Laureate, KITP ex-director)
  • Luis Huerta (CLAF director)
  • Ado Jorio (Brazilian Physical Society vice-president, UFMG)
  • Marcelo Knobel (Unicamp ex-rector)
  • Roberto Kraenkel (IFT-UNESP)
  • Gastão Krein (IFT-UNESP)
  • Luis Lehner (Perimeter Inst.)
  • Danilo Liarte (ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP)
  • Marta Losada (NYU Abu Dhabi dean of science)
  • Martin Makler (ICAS Buenos Aires)
  • Eduardo Marino (UFRJ)
  • Marcelo Martinelli (USP São Paulo)
  • Ricardo Matheus (IFT-UNESP director)
  • Debora Menezes (CNPq DASD director)
  • Andrei Mikhailov (IFT-UNESP)
  • Andrew Miller (NIKHEF)
  • Eduardo Miranda (Unicamp)
  • Horatiu Nastase (IFT-UNESP)
  • Matthias Neubert (Mainz ITP director)
  • Sergio Novaes (AI2 and NCC-UNESP director)
  • Marek Nowakowski (Univ. Andes Bogotá)
  • Paulo Nussenzveig (USP dean of research)
  • José Nelson Onuchic (Rice U., Center for Theoretical Biological Physics co-director)
  • Victor Quito (USP São Carlos)
  • Oscar Reula (Univ. Nac. Córdoba)
  • Diego Restrepo (Univ. Antioquia)
  • Gustavo Romero (Argentinian Radioastronomy director)
  • Ana Luiza Sério (ICTP-SAIFR outreach coordinator)
  • Ilya Shapiro (UFJF)
  • Luis Vitor de Souza Filho (USP São Carlos)
  • Giovani Vasconcelos (UFPR)
  • Harry Westfahl Jr. (Sirius-LNLS director)
  • Gustavo Wiederhecker (Unicamp)
  • Pedro Wongtschowski (Ultra ex-president, FIESP innovation council president)
  • Marco Antonio Zago (FAPESP president)
  • Jorge Zanelli (CECs Valdivia)

ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP Researchers:

  • Nathan Berkovits (Director)
  • Rogério Rosenfeld (Vice-Director)
  • Pedro Vieira (Perimeter-SAIFR Coordinator)
  • Riccardo Sturani (ICTP-SAIFR fellow)
  • Dario Rosa (Simons-FAPESP fellow)

ICTP-SAIFR Steering Committee:

  • Atish Dabholkar (chair, ICTP director)
  • Pasqual Barretti (UNESP rector)
  • Márcio de Castro Silva Filho (FAPESP scientific director)
  • Hugo Aguilaniu (Serrapilheira president-director)
  • Luiz Davidovich (Brazilian Academy of Sciences representative)
  • Juan Maldacena (South American representative)

ICTP-SAIFR Scientific Council:

  • Carlos Brito Cruz (chair, Elsevier)
  • Rosario Fazio (ICTP)
  • Ricardo Matheus (IFT-UNESP)
  • William Bialek (Princeton Univ.)
  • Eduardo Fradkin (Univ. of Illinois)
  • Gabriela Gonzalez (Louisiana State Univ.)
  • André de Gouvêa (Northwestern Univ.)
  • Michael Green (Cambridge Univ.)
  • Karen Hallberg (Balseiro Inst.)
  • Luis Lehner (Perimeter Inst.)

 

Announcement:

Program

Sunday,  February 18 (IFT-UNESP building)

13:00-18:40 Parallel sessions of research talks on particle physics/field theory, complex systems/biophysics, condensed matter/quantum systems, and cosmology/astrophysics – Zoom ID: 810 7114 0862, Zoom Passcode: 54321

14:00-17:00 Public lectures by Paulo Nussenzveig (USP research dean), Harry Westfahl Jr. (Sirius-LNLS director), David Gross (2004 Nobel Prize, KITP Santa Barbara) – https://youtube.com/live/ZN1SPMoeZzI?feature=share

 

Monday, February 19 (IFT-UNESP auditorium) – https://youtube.com/live/VWxtQADiXUM?feature=share

9:30-11:15 Opening ceremony with presentations by Maysa Furlan (UNESP vice-rector), Marco Antonio Zago (FAPESP president), Atish Dabholkar (ICTP director), Ricardo Matheus (IFT-UNESP director), Nathan Berkovits (ICTP-SAIFR director), Rogério Rosenfeld (ICTP-SAIFR vice-director), Pedro Vieira (Perimeter-SAIFR coordinator), Ana Luiza Sério (ICTP-SAIFR outreach coordinator), Lucas David (ICTP-SAIFR outreach coordinator)

11:45-12:45 Roundtable discussion on “Physics and Society”

14:30-15:45 Keynote Talks by William Bialek (Princeton U.), Gabriela González (Louisiana State U.), Rosario Fazio (ICTP Trieste)

16:00-17:00 Roundtable discussion on “The role of Physics Centers”

 

Tuesday, February 20 (Instituto Principia buildings) – Zoom ID: 810 7114 0862, Zoom Passcode: 54321

9:30-9:50 Presentation of Instituto Principia by its director and council president, Gerson Francisco and Klaus Capelle

9:50-10:15 Discussion of KITP activity programs by its ex-director David Gross

10:30-12:30 Parallel discussions of future ICTP-SAIFR activities in  “Physics of Life”, “Fundamental Physics” and “Quantum Systems/Artificial Intelligence”

14:00-17:00 Concluding discussion session to plan future ICTP-SAIFR activities

 

Public Lectures

Sunday, February 18 in IFT-UNESP auditorium

14:00-14:40  Paulo Nussenzveig (USP research dean): A nova onda de tecnologias quânticas e o Brasil 

15:00-15:40   Harry Westfahl Jr. (Sirius-LNLS director): Sirius – Acelerando o futuro da ciência brasileira

16:00-16:40   David Gross (KITP ex-director, 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics): My bucket list (Minha lista de desejos) – com legendas em português

 

Live streaming in Portuguese / transmissão em português:

Parallel Sessions

Sunday, February 18  in IFT-UNESP building – Zoom ID: 810 7114 0862, Zoom Passcode: 54321

Topic: Complex systems/
Biophysics
Field theory/
Particle physics
Cosmology/
Astrophysics
Condensed matter/
Quantum systems
Financing research
Location: Computer Lab Room 2 Room 3 NCC auditorium IFT auditorium
13:00 Aragão
13:30 de Castro Zanelli Abramo Capaz
13:55 Kraenkel Aldazabal Makler Marino
14:20 Liarte Nastase Reula Dalpian
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15:00 Barbosa Burdman Sturani Fazzio
15:25 Dawson Neubert D. Menezes Fradkin
15:50 Aguiar Eboli Romero Miranda
16:15 Onuchic Restrepo Nowakowski Quito
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17:00 Vasconcelos Krein Rosenfeld Wiederhecker
17:25 Carneiro Shapiro Fong Martinelli
17:50 Costa Vieira V. de Souza Rosa
18:15 Bialek Mikhailov Albuquerque Ferraz

 

IFT-UNESP auditorium (fourth floor)

13:00-13:25 Financing research

13:00 Carlos Alberto Aragão de Carvalho – Financing science in Brazil

 

Computer Lab (3rd floor)

13:30-14:45 Complex systems/Biophysics session 1

13:30 Pablo de Castro – Collective dynamics of self-propelled agents from active matter to ecology

13:55 Roberto Kraenkel – Modelling an ongoing epidemic: Covid-19 and Brazilian data

14:20 Danilo Liarte – The ubiquitous criticality of disordered solids

15:00-16:40 Complex systems/Biophysics session 2

15:00 Marcia Barbosa – Atmospheric water harvesting using functionalized carbon nanocones structure

15:25 Silvina Ponce Dawson – The use of dynamics to enhance the signaling capabilities of cells

15:50 Marcus Aguiar – Generalized frustration in the multidimensional Kuramoto model

16:15 Jose Onuchic – Modeling the Genome: a view by a physicist

17:00-18:40 Complex systems/Biophysics session 3

17:00 Giovani L. Vasconcelos – Turbulence as a platform to study quantum and classical complex systems

17:25 Adilton Carneiro – Medical Physics beyond ionizing radiation: theranostic platforms

17:50 Antonio Costa – Biomolecular condensates as organizers of the intracellular milieu

18:15 William Bialek – Searching for scale invariance in animal behavior

 

Room 2 (3rd floor)

13:30-14:45 Particle physics/Field theory session 1

13:30 Jorge Zanelli – BPS conical excesses in AdS3 supergravity

13:55 Gerardo Aldazabal – A field theory with “stringy effects”

14:20 Horatiu Nastase – Monopole problem and monopole non-gaussianities in holographic cosmology

15:00-16:40 Particle physics/Field theory session 2

15:00 Gustavo Burdman – Momentum dependence in Higgs couplings and physics beyond the Standard Model

15:25 Matthias Neubert – Flavor probes of axion-like particles

15:50 Oscar Eboli – Effective theories at the LHC

16:15 Diego Restrepo – Abelian gauge theories

17:00-18:40 Particle physics/Field theory session 3

17:00 Gastao Krein – Mechanisms of quark confinement

17:25 Ilya Shapiro – New results on the conformal anomaly and anomaly-induced effective action of gravity

17:50 Pedro Vieira – One open problem in AdS/CFT

18:15 Andrei Mikhailov – Yang-Mills algebra and symmetry transformations of vertex operators

 

Room 3 (3rd floor)

13:30-14:45 Cosmology/Astrophysics session 1

13:30 Raul Abramo – Cosmology in the era of machine learning

13:55 Martin Makler – A new lensing landscape in the era of time-domain, multi-wavelength, multimessenger astrophysics

14:20 Oscar Reula – What are we doing at Córdoba?

15:00-16:40 Cosmology/Astrophysics session 2

15:00 Riccardo Sturani – Gravitational wave astronomy

15:25 Débora Peres Menezes – Gravitational waves as a tool to probe hybrid stars and the QCD phase transition

15:50 Gustavo E. Romero – Electromagnetic signatures of imminent supermassive black hole merger

16:15 Marek Nowakowski – Aspects of quantum gravity in gravitational collapse

17:00-18:40 Cosmology/Astrophysics sessions 3

17:00 Rogerio Rosenfeld – The Brazilian participation in Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time project

17:25 Chee Sheng Fong – Sphaleron portal baryogenesis

17:50 Luiz Vitor de Souza Filho – Astroparticle physics: the energetic elite of the Universe

18:15 Ivone Albuquerque – Search for light dark matter with LAr targets

 

NCC auditorium (ground floor)

13:30-14:45 Condensed matter/Quantum systems session 1

13:30 Rodrigo Capaz – Formation and rupture of ultrathin ionic wires

13:55 Eduardo C. Marino – A successful theory for high-Tc superconductivity in cuprates

14:20 Gustavo Dalpian – Data science in the context of condensed matter physics

15:00-16:40 Condensed matter/Quantum systems session 2

15:00 Adalberto Fazzio – Topological insulating phase arising in Jacutingaite-family ordered and random alloys

15:25 Eduardo Fradkin – The uses of duality

15:50 Eduardo Miranda – Achievements and challenges in the field of disordered interacting electrons

16:15 Victor Luiz Quito – Exploring quantum materials: novel insights through multidimensional spectroscopy

17:00-18:40 Condensed matter/Quantum systems session 3

17:00 Gustavo Wiederhecker – Harnessing light and sound interaction in photonic chips

17:25 Marcelo Martinelli – Building quantum machines with light

17:50 Dario Rosa – Shallow quantum circuits are robust hunters for quantum many-body scars

18:15 Alvaro Ferraz – Topological effects in strongly correlated systems

Keynote Talks

Monday, February 19  in IFT-UNESP auditorium

14:30 William Bialek (Princeton Univ.) – Ambitions for theory in the physics of life

14:55 Gabriela González (Louisiana State Univ.) – Gravitational waves astronomy

15:20 Rosario Fazio (ICTP Trieste) – Non-equilibrium quantum many-body systems and quantum simulators

Roundtable Discussions

Monday, February 19  in IFT-UNESP auditorium

11:45-12:45   Physics and Society

Moderator: Eduardo Fradkin (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Panelists: Sylvio Canuto (USP ex-dean of research), Silvina Dawson (IUPAP President-designate), Carlos Graeff (Unesp ex-dean of research), Ado Jorio (Brazilian Physical Society vice-president), Marcelo Knobel (Unicamp ex-rector), Debora Menezes (CNPq DASD director)

 

16:00-17:00   The role of Physics Centers

Moderator: David Gross (ex-director of KITP Santa Barbara)

Panelists: Marcela Carena (Fermilab theory director), Atish Dabholkar (ICTP director), Alvaro Ferraz (IIP-UFRN director), Luis Huerta (CLAF director),  Luis Lehner (Perimeter Institute), Marta Losada (NYU Abu Dhabi dean of science), Matthias Neubert (Mainz ITP director), Jose Nelson Onuchic (Rice Center for Theoretical Biological Physics co-director)

Additional Information

Attention! Some participants in ICTP-SAIFR activities have received email from fake travel agencies asking for credit card information. All communication with participants will be made by ICTP-SAIFR staff using an e-mail “@ictp-saifr.org”. We will not send any mailings about accommodation that require a credit card number or any sort of deposit.

BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by ICTP-SAIFR, should bring the boarding pass upon registration. The return boarding pass (PDF or scanned or photo) should be sent to secretary@ictp-saifr.org by e-mail.

COVID-19: Brazilians and foreigners no longer have to present proof of vaccination before entering the country.

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa. Nationals from Australia, Canada and USA are exempt from tourist visa until April 10, 2024. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants whose accommodations will be provided by the institute will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available here.

How to reach the Institute: The ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research is located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway and instructions are here. Instituto Principia is located at R. Pamplona 145 near Avenida Paulista and the Trianon-MASP metro station.