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"Il Progetto delle Città Intelligenti nel periodo di Programmazione 2014/2020Smart cities in the framework program 2014-2020" this is the title of the speech that will be held by Francesco Profumo next Friday, July 25th.Francesco Profumo is an Italian engineer and academic who was Italy's Minister of Education, University and Research. In this function he made possible the creation of the GSSI. He has been President of the National Research Council (CNR) and had previously served as Chancellor of the Politecnico di Torino. Currently, he is President of IREN, a multiutility…
From July 25 to August 3, back in Civitanova Marche Futura Festival, Workshop of the future, Laboratory of the future. The 2014 edition will count among the protagonists Eugenio Coccia, Gran Sasso Science Institute director, with the lectio This great book which stands open in front of our eyes (I mean the universe) on Saturday 25 at 11 p.m. at the Teatro Annibal Caro. Coccia, in the afternoon at 6 p.m., al Cortile Ex Liceo, will talk together with Roberto Casati on topics of astronomy and philosophy. Fernando Ferroni, Italian…
They have recently started a period of summer research at the National Gran Sasso Laboratories on the XENON experiment: they are Sumit Dahal, Nepali, and Luis Pazos Clemens, Mexican, both students at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). The two students, of the second and third year, became aware of the activities of the Gran Sasso Laboratories at NYUAD, where Francesco Arneodo, INFN researcher now on leave, is presently teaching. Having the opportunity to propose summer research projects to be carried out also at foreign institutions, they asked to participate…
The applications for the XXX PhD cycle at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) are increasing: this year 811 people have applied for the four courses of study. “The more than 800 applications submitted from around the world demonstrate the growing interest in the PhD programs of the Gran Sasso Science Institute,” said the director Eugenio Coccia. “Of these, 600 were admitted to the selection process that will lead to L’Aquila 40 new students within next November. This result makes us proud and confirms that L’Aquila can believe in the…
Thanks to the collaboration between INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratories, Gran Sasso Science Institute, University of L’Aquila and L’Aquila City, for the first time the European Researchers’ Night will also take place in Abruzzo. On September 26th, the annual appointment with one of the most important events for popular science will be coordinated by SHARPER, one of the five Italian projects to have passed the selection as part of the Horizon 2020 program. Sharper is a consortium which includes Psiquadro, the University of Perugia, the University of Marche, INFN and…
Thursday, 19 June 2014

Here is the blog 'Urban Studies'

The blog 'Urban Studies' is edited by the research group GSSI Cities of the Gran Sasso Science Institute. The goal of the blog is to help stimulate a thorough public discussion on important issues affecting the Italian and European cities. The blog
Marino Sinibaldi, director of Rai radio3, will present tomorrow 10 June his last book at 6 pm at GSSI. The event is in italian, and all interested people are welcome.
"An Urban Agenda for Italy", this is the title of the national scientific seminar to be held at the Gran Sasso Science Institute on 28 and 29 May. The purpose of this meeting of the top experts in the field, from both academia and public administration, is to undertake a reflection about the evolution of our urban system. Following the dicetions of the European Commission, indeed, each nation is called to participate in the definition of the European Urban Agenda by the end of the year. The agenda will propose…
Thursday, 22 May 2014

GSSI on YouTube

The Gran Sasso Science Institute just opened a dedicated YouTube channel have a look at our latest video presenting the school and its activities. Stay tuned for more videos!
The laying operations of the new detector of the submarine neutrinos telescope Km3NeT are successfully concluded. The first signal arrived from the deep sea to the Capo Passero laboratory. The neutrinos telescope is under construction at 3500 m depth off of Sicily. “The new facility consists in a kind of ‘string’ and has been deposited using a spherical ‘launch vehicle’ with a diameter of 2 m, around which it was wrapped completely, - explains Klaus Leismueller of the National Laboratories of the South (LNS) of the National Institute for Nuclear…
Announcements of the competitive examinations for the four curricula of study in physics, mathematics, computer science and social sciences, at the Gran Sasso Science Institute have been published. Applications are now open to participate in the selection for admission to the doctoral school. At the webpage http://www.gssi.infn.it/phd/ you can download the call for applications and fill the online form to apply. In 2013 the GSSI registered 553 applications for admission from 63 countries, a large number to be the first year of operation, and today it is the school of…
Thursday, 10 April 2014

IFAE 2014 in L'Aquila

The thirteenth edition of the High Energy Physics Meeting (IFAE 2014), the annual conference, that brings together the community of particles physicists, is being held in L’Aquila. The event is organized by the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) and the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratories, with the partecipation of more than 120 researchers, including many young graduate students and new PhDs. From neutrinos to the dark matter and the Higgs boson, IFAE 2014 will deepen the main topics of the high-energy physics and its avant-garde experiments, designed with the purpose…
On 5th and 6th April, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that struck L’Aquila, RAI Radio 3 and Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) organized live events to tell about what has happened in the city and what future awaits L’Aquila. The live radio broadcasts will be three : - Saturday 5th from 5:45 to 5:55 p.m. with Antonio Calafati, coordinator of the GSSI PhD in urban studies; - Sunday 6th from 10:15 to 11:20 a.m. with institutions and civil society to depict the current situation of…
Thursday, 20 March 2014

The GSSI director in APPIC

The GSSI director Eugenio Coccia was appointed by the Council of IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) as member of APPIC (AstroParticle Physics International Committee). He is the only Italian in the committee. The mandate of APPIC is to review on a regular basis the scientific status of the field of Astroparticle Physics, to engage in a continuous dialogue with The Astroparticle Physics International Forum (APIF) of the Global Science Forum (GSF), and to give scientific advice to APIF, whose members are appointed by funding agencies, to comment…
The echo of the very first instants of the Universe has been captured by the experiment BICEP2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization ) . The announcement was made by the Harvard - Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, one of several scientific institutions involved in the project, by the team led by John Kovac. BICEP2, a telescope located at the South Pole, observed indirectly gravitational waves emitted during the period of inflation in the earliest moments after the Big Bang, thanks to a special impression left by these photons of the…
DarkSide-50, the new experiment searching for dark matter, has just presented its first results at the Dark Matter conference 2014 at California University, Los Angeles. DarkSide-50 has recently started taking data in the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS), where it operates in an environment protected from cosmic radiation, thanks to the 1,400 meters of rock above it. “The data presented at the conference came from the first period of operation - said Gioacchino Ranucci, INFN researcher and one of the two coordinators of the project - and it is…
The GraWIToN project is starting, this is an initial training network through which thirteen young European researchers will be trained in the research field of gravitational waves detection with interferometers such as Virgo, the experiment placed in Pisa and built as a collaboration between the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the French CNRS. In Italy will be recruited a total of five young researchers. "The initial training of three of these researchers recruited by INFN will be followed by the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) - explains Eugenio…
The director of the Gran Sasso Science Institute GSSI Eugenio Coccia and the coordinator of the GSSI PhD in Urban Studies Antonio Calafati were called by the Minister for Territorial Cohesion Carlo Trigilia to be part of a working group. The aim of the team will be to study policies for the territorial development of L’Aquila and the Commons hit by the earthquake. The other members of the working group are the rector of the University of L’Aquila Paola Inverardi, the sociologists Arnaldo Bagnasco and Alessandro Cavalli and the city…
Tuesday, 07 January 2014

The GSSI on the New York Times

From L'Aquila Quake's Rubble, an Academic Birth by Gaia Pianigiani
The Rai Radio 3 broadcast Radio3Mondo has devoted a special issue to the city of Amsterdam. Guest in the studio to comment on the topic the economist Antonio Calafati, coordinator of the Gran Sasso Science Institute PhD in Urban Studies.To listen to the episode click here.
Friday, 06 December 2013

Scoap3 for the open access

It's called Scoap3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) and will be launched by early 2014. It is a project in support of Open Access, to scientific publications, argued on the basis of the fact that the results of public research should be accessible to everyone. The launch of the project was announced by CERN , the leader of this initiative, thanks to which most of the articles about particle physics will be available at no cost to users, both authors and readers. The subscription costs, in…
The scientific objective of one of the two major upcoming missions of the European Space Agency (ESA) will be the gravitational universe. This is the decision of ESA Science Programme Committee. Its name is eLISA (evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) and it will be an high-tech experiment looking our universe from a new perspective. It will be a laser interferometer, such as those already existing in-ground Virgo and Ligo, but it will consist of three satellites in orbit around the Sun."The National Institute of Nuclear Physics welcomes this decision -…
Day of conviviality at the Gran Sasso Science Institute for the inauguration of its first academic year. The first greeting to the students came from the Prime Minister Enrico Letta. In his message, read by the GSSI Director Eugenio Coccia, Letta reminded the students that “you are the promise of a possible future for this region. A future rooted into the internationality and able to attract talent from all over the world.” And the 36 talents selected this year were welcomed at their new school by the Nobel Prize for…
Lessons at Gran Sasso Science Institute officially started on November 11th for all the 36 doctoral students. To welcome them the INFN President Fernando Ferroni, the president of Regione Abruzzo Giovanni Chiodi, with the GSSI director, Eugenio Coccia. The next event at GSSI is scheduled for next Thursday, November 14th, when prof. Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Prize for Physics and senator for life of the Italian Republic, will hold a lectio magistralis on the science of the twenty-first century, on the occasion of the inauguration of GSSI A.A. 2013-2014.
Monday, 28 October 2013

The Higgs boson, a Nobel particle

The Nobel Prize 2013 in Physics was awarded to the British Peter Higgs and the Belgian François Englert for the “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.” In 1964 Higgs and Englert, independently, formulated the theory that describes the assignment of the mass. Now, 50 years later, the result of the two theoretical…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013

First students at GSSI

The lessons started October 16th at GSSI for the students of the PhD in Physics and in Mathematics. “With the arrival of the first students, GSSI comes to life - said with great satisfaction the Director Eugenio Coccia - and the enthusiasm we saw in their eyes is the best incentive to achieve a high level of graduate school”. Students of PhD in Computer Science and in Urban Studies will begin to attend the courses on November 6th.
Saturday, 14 September 2013

PhD at the University of L'Aquila

The University of L'Aquila has published the call for applications to the XXIX cycle of its PhD courses. Among others, PhD curricula are on Physical and Chemical Sciences, Mathematics and Models, Information Engineering and Computer Science. The deadline to present the application is October 7th 2013, click here to download the call for applications and all relevant information concerning also the number of the available positions and the procedures to apply.
Friday, 13 September 2013

Carlo Rubbia senator for life

The President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano appointed Professor Carlo Rubbia senator for life, a recognition of distinguished merit of those Italians who, through their commitment and work, have brought honor to our country. "In the GSSI - Eugenio Coccia GSSI Director said - we are particularly happy about this important recognition given to Carlo Rubbia, who has joined the project of our new international PhD school. Rubbia is signing all of his scientific works as Professor of the Institute and our students will have the opportunity to attend his…
On August 9th Paolo Gatti, councillor for Labor of the Abruzzo Region, and Stefano Ragazzi, director of INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratories (LNGS), signed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides for the allocation of 1.4 million euro in favor of the LNGS. The funding draws on the resources of the Operational Plan that supports the project System, Knowledge, Growth, with the aim of promoting economic growth and social development of the Abruzzo Region. INFN and the Abruzzo Region fruitfully collaborate since 2006: “the ability of the Gran Sasso Laboratories to…
Beyond the expectation the response to the call for applications at GSSI. 552 young students from 63 countries have applied to take part in the selection for the PhD. “We are very pleased of this result” - the GSSI Director Eugenio Coccia said - “our cultural offer was found attractive by more than five hundred graduates and approximately half of the applications come from abroad. The fact that so many talented young people aspire to study in our new institute in L’Aquila is an extremely positive sign for the city…
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