European Physical Society 2018 EPS Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize – Milan May the 15th 2018

The 2018 EPS Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize is awarded to Lucio Braicovich and Giacomo Ghiringhelli for the development and scientific exploration of high-resolution Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS). The discoveries made using RIXS have fundamentally changed the discourse on the electronic structure of the cuprates. Notably, Braicovich and Ghiringhelli and their collaborators showed that dispersive high-energy spin excitations persist well into the cupratesoverdoped regime. The greatly enhanced sensitivity of the SAXES spectrometer was crucial in the discovery of a charge density wave (CDW) phase in moderately doped cuprates. More info at Europhysics-prize 



On May the 16th, 2018 at 9:30, the Auditorium B. Touschek at INFN Laboratories in Frascati will host the second day of the European Project Gender Equality NEtwork in the Research Area”, jointly organized by CNR and INFN.

Free registration at GENERA and more information about the project at the link


National Geographic Sciences Festival

16 April 16 – 22, Rome Auditorium Parco della Musica

In this 13th edition of the National Geographic Sciences Festival, held in association with National Geographic, MIUR-Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, ASI-Italian Space Agency and INFN-National Institute of Nuclear Physics, the theme of causes will be examined in its various multidisciplinary dimensions.  For more information and to register to the different events, please visit the web page National_Geographic

INO Annual Symposium 2018 – Extreme Light-Matter Interactions

The INO-Pisa Unit “Adriano Gozzini” is pleased to host the 6th edition of the “INO Annual Symposium 2018”.
The event will take place at the Pisa CNR Research Campus (Area della Ricerca di Pisa), and fosters participation of collaborating academic and research institutions, including the Physics Department of the University of Pisa, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), the NEST Laboratory of Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) and Medical Physics and Radioprotection Unit of the S.Chiara Hospital in Pisa and many more.
The Symposium brings together researchers from Istituto Nazionale di Ottica and collaborating research and academic communities, presenting and discussing their most recent scientific results in a lively two-day meeting with the enlightening participation of distinguished international guests giving keynote lectures.

7th International workshop on Focused Electron Beam-Induced Processing (FEBIP)

Scope of the workshop, organized by the Nanoscience Institute in Modena from July 10th to 13th 2018, is to bring together the community of scientists using focused electron beams as a tool for direct nanofabrication, through gas-assisted deposition and etching. The scientific program will focus on the recent advances and applications of the technique, along with the fundamental aspects of electron-molecule interaction process and precursor design. Further information is available at FEBIP2018

Big Science Business Forum 2018

This event, which will take place in Copenhagen on 26-28 February 2018, represents the first one-stop-shop for European companies and other stakeholders to learn about Europe’s Big Science organisations’ future investments and procurements. The Forum will address 16 topics, organised in extensive parallel sessions, of Big Science as a business area.  Further information about the event and the registration procedure can be found at

Il Sistema industriale italiano nel mercato globale della Big Science

The event, promoted by the ILO Network Italia, will be hosted in Rome at the Sala degli Atti parlamentari, Biblioteca del Senato “Giovanni Spadolini”, Piazza della Minerva, 38 on January the 12th at 4 p.m.

The meeting will focus on main results and future opportunities for private companies in preparation of the next Big Science Business Forum Europeo which will take place in Copenhagen on February 26-28, 2018.

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School on Electron-Phonon Physics First Principles

On March 19-23, 2018  will take place in Trieste, the School on Electron-Phonon Physics First Principles, organized by ICTP. The School addresses senior PhD students and experienced researchers with prior working knowledge of DFT.

Online application is open and deadlines are:

  • First deadline:  1 December 2017 (for those needing visa and/or financial support)
  • Second deadline: 15 January 2018 (otherwise)

Further information on the ICTP web site.

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AIDB/CNR meeting

The annual meeting, which will take place in Rome on November 17th, 2017, is one of the national meeting with reference to Patent Information. The 2017 edition, organized in collaboration with CNR, is focused on a transversal theme which crosses different industrial sectors: Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT). The meeting aims at fostering the connection between the Patent Information and the Technology Transfer as essential tools for the technological development of Italian companies.

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Neutrons matter

7th – 8th November 2017, Villa Wolkonsky and Centro Fermi – Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi

Neutrons Matter, the seventh edition of the International Workshop on Electron-volt Neutron Spectroscopy, celebrates the 85th anniversary of the discovery of the neutron by James Chadwick, and the 80th anniversary of the patent issued by the Ministero delle Corporazioni on 27th October 1937 to Enrico Fermi for the use of neutrons to enhance artificial radioactivity. The last discovery took place at the Istituto di Fisica di Via Panisperna at the very heart of Rome. Following a successful sixth edition of this workshop series in the United Kingdom in 2014, we aim to bring to the fore and highlight the most recent (and quite exciting) advances in the field, with an emphasis on the use of the technique across condensed matter research, as well as the concurrent use of contemporary computational materials modelling. The workshop will be held in Rome, in the beautiful setting of Villa Wolkonsky and at the Centro Fermi – Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi.


MaX prize for frontier HPC applications in materials research – 2017

MaX – Materials at the Exascale is a European Centre of Excellence launched by the European Union to
enable advancements in materials research via high-performance and high-throughput computing towards
the exascale. Its activities are largely centred on frontier developments and applications of four
MaX flagship
codes, Quantum ESPRESSO, SIESTA, Fleur, Yambo,
and a workflow manager, Aiida. Further information about
MaX, its partner teams, and its activities is available at
With this call, MaX establishes a prize to recognize frontier research, performed anywhere in the world, that
enabled by Quantum ESPRESSO, SIESTA, Fleur, Yambo, Aiida, and/or contributes to their advancement:
MaX prize for frontier HPC applications in materials research – 2017

For further details see the full press release and the submission template.

TO-BE FALL MEETING 2017 11th – 13th September 2017 Riga (Latvia)

Towards oxide-based Electronics

The meeting aims to network researchers working in the field of the science and technology of transition-metal oxides and will help them to share their expertise, define future strategies, and cluster for future funding opportunities. Participation at the event is free of charge and is open to scientists, both from the public research sector and from the private sector, with or without oral or poster contribution. Support for travel and subsistence will be offered to a limited numbers of participants. Requests for support should be made before the deadline, together with the abstract submission (deadline for submission is July the 16th).

For more information, please visit the Conference: web site

9th Mediterrean Conference on Nano-Photonics

03/09/2017, 09.00am – 04/09/2017 5.00pm

Bussola Hotel – Lungomare dei Cavalieri, 16 – 84011 Amalfi SA

9th Mediterranean Conference on Nano-Photonics

The Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems (Cnr-Isasi) is hosting the 9th Mediterranean Conference on Nano-Photonics (MediNano-9) on 3-4 of September 2017, in Amalfi, Italy.

Nano-photonics is one of the most appealing fields having large variety of academic as well industrial applications. MediNano is an international gathering inviting participants from research institutes and industries in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea to present their most recent results as well as review of concepts in various topics related to nano-photonics.

Following the successful gathering of MediNano-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 which were organized in Istanbul (Turkey) in 2008, Athens (Greece) in 2009, in Belgrade (Serbia) in 2010, Rome (Italy) in 2011, Barcelona (Spain) in 2012, Lyon (France) in 2013, Tel Aviv (Israel) in 2015, Athens (Greece) in 2016 and now in Amalfi (Italy) in 2017.

The previous meetings had more than 100 participants on average from more than 25 countries (mostly but not only Mediterranean) presented the highlights of their recent achievements in the field of nano-photonics.

More information on the conference website:

Organizing institution:
Istituto di scienze applicate e sistemi intelligenti “E. Caianiello”

Antigone Marino
via Campi Flegrei 34, Pozzuoli 80078 (Na)

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1st International school on computational microscopy 2017

05/09/2017, 09.00am – 08/09/2017, 6.00pm

Bussola Hotel – Lungomare dei Cavalieri, 16 – 84011 Amalfi SA

1st International School on Computational Microscopy 2017

The international school on computational microscopy (Iscm) is organized by the Institute of applied sciences and intelligent systems (Isasi-Cnr). Its first edition, Iscm2017, will be focused on ‘Label free and quantitative phase imaging techniques’. The school will be held at Hotel La Bussola in Amalfi (Italy), from the 5th to the 8th of September 2017.

Computational microscopy is an emerging technology which extends the capabilities of the classical optical microscopy with the help of computation. In particular, the complexity of imaging systems moves from the optical arrangements to the computational part, which mainly consists into the smart data manipulation to achieve high-quality imaging capabilities.
The International school on computational microscopy school (Iscm) aims to provide the basic information about these unconventional imaging systems and relative advanced computational methods. Each edition of the school will be focused on one main topic in the field of computation microscopy.

The 4-day program is supposed to host more than 8 top-level international speakers, and 50 young researchers participating.

Check info on the school website:

Organizing institution:
Istituto di scienze applicate e sistemi intelligenti “E. Caianiello”

Antigone Marino, e-mail
via Campi Flegrei 34, Pozzuoli 80078 (Na)
Melania Paturzo Isasi Cnr, e-mail

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SINGLE PHOTON DEVICES The Italian perspective

The Department of Physical Sciences and Technologies of Matter will organize a day focused on the Italian activities in the field of quantum technologies based on single photon generation and detection. The aim is to promote the development of National technological platforms in view of the future European Flagship.  The event will take place on April the 21st in Rome, CNR Aula Marconi.


Please register before April the 19th, sending an email to

SIF – National Congress 2017

The SIF National Congress will take place in Trento on September 11 – 15. Abstracts can be submitted before May the 1st.

The best speakers will be awarded a prize and their contribution will be published on Il Nuovo Cimento.

Sections include:

Section 1: Nuclear and sub-nuclear physics
Section 2: Solid state physics
Section 3: Astrophysics
Section 4: Geophysics and physics of the environment
Section 5: Biophysics and medical physics
Section 6: Applied physics, accelerators and physics applied to cultural heritage (archaeometry)
Section 7: Physics education and history of physics

Further information at web page.

Nessuno mi troverà – Majorana Memorandum

Esce il 15 aprile 2016 il film- documentario “Nessuno mi troverà – Majorana Memorandum”, dedicato al fisico Ettore Majorana e al mistero che lo avvolge. Il ricercatore scomparve infatti il 26 marzo del 1938, all’età di 31 anni, senza lasciare traccia alcuna traccia di sé. Sulla sua sparizione sono state fatte diverse ipotesi (tra cui suicidio, rapimento, fuga volontaria), ma ancora oggi, a distanza di quasi ottant’anni, nessuna ha trovato riscontro.

L’enigma si è infittito ed è diventato un paradigma di questioni scientifiche, politiche e morali (come la responsabilità degli scienziati rispetto all’atomica). Questi temi vengono trattati nel film attraverso documenti, immagini d’archivio, animazioni da graphic novel, testimonianze e ipotesi investigative che diventerà anche un cofanetto dvd + libro.

Il CNR collaborerà con l’Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, accompagnando con i propri ricercatori alcune proiezioni del film in diverse sale cinematografiche italiane, scuole ed istituti universitari ed il 13 maggio a Torino, in concomitanza con il Salone del Libro, alla presenza del Presidente del CNR, Massimo Inguscio.

Corrado Spinella, Direttore del Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche e Tecnologie della Materia del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, prenderà parte alla conferenza stampa e proiezione del docufilm, martedì 12 aprile alle 10.00 presso la Casa del Cinema a Roma.

“Nell’immaginario collettivo la figura di Ettore Majorana si identifica con lo stereotipo dello scienziato eccentrico, geniale, molto riservato e distaccato dalla realtà. Eppure gli anni vissuti da Majorana sono stati, per la Fisica e per la Scienza in generale, anni di svolta nella comprensione dei meccanismi che regolano il comportamento della materia nella sua struttura più intima”, commenta Spinella. “Insieme a Fermi, Majorana diede un contributo rilevante alle applicazioni della Fisica quantistica nella descrizione della struttura della materia e della fisica delle particelle. In linea con l’eccentricità del suo personaggio, alcune sue idee portarono alla conclusione dell’esistenza di particelle elementare, i fermioni di Majorana, alle quali si continua a dare la caccia (come è stato per il bosone di Higgs). Soltanto recentemente, nel 2001, grazie a ulteriori sviluppi teorici delle idee di Majorana, si è ipotizzato che le sue ‘strane particelle’ potessero essere scovate cercando in forme speciali della materia, quelle che danno origine al fenomeno della superconduttività (la proprietà grazie alla quale un materiale può condurre corrente elettrica senza resistenza, senza dissipare energia). E a circa 80 anni dall’ipotesi dell’esistenza dei fermioni di Majorana abbiamo le prime evidenze della loro esistenza. Insomma, Majorana ci ha messo davanti a tanti misteri e sfide complesse”.

Il calendario delle proiezioni del film:

  • 15 aprile, Roma, cinema Farnese – ore 19.00
    Claudio Conti, direttore dell’Istituto dei sistemi complessi del Cnr
  • 20 aprile, L’Aquila, cinema Auditorium – ore 20.30
    Procolo Lucignano, ricercatore dell’Istituto superconduttori, materiali innovativi e dispositivi
  • 21 aprile, Milano, cinema Apollo – ore 21.00
    Paolo Solinas, ricercatore dell’Istituto superconduttori, materiali innovativi e dispositivi
  • 22 aprile, Napoli, cinema Modernissimo – ore 20.30
    Procolo Lucignano, ricercatore dell’Istituto superconduttori, materiali innovativi e dispositivi
  • 27 aprile, Palermo, cinema Rouge et Noir ore 20.30
    Corrado Spinella, direttore del Dipartimento scienze fisiche e tecnologie della materia
  • 28 aprile, Catania, cinema King – ore 20.15
    Corrado Spinella, direttore del Dipartimento scienze fisiche e tecnologie della materia
  • 29 aprile, Bologna, cinema Lumiere – ore 20.00
    Alessandro Braggio, ricercatore dell’Istituto superconduttori, materiali innovativi e dispositivi
  • 30 aprile, Firenze, cinema Stensen – ore 18.00
    Elia Strambini, ricercatore dell’Istituto nanoscienze
  • 4 maggio, Genova, cinema Club amici del Cinema – ore 21.00
    Alessandro Braggio, ricercatore dell’Istituto superconduttori, materiali innovativi e dispositivi
  • 12 maggio, cinema Giorgione, Venezia – ore 21.00
    Alessandro Braggio, ricercatore dell’Istituto superconduttori, materiali innovativi e dispositivi
  • 13 maggio, cinema Massimo, Torino — ore 20.30
    Massimo Inguscio, presidente del CNR

Organizzato da:
Istituto Luce
Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche e Tecnologie della Materia – CNR e Ufficio stampa CNR

Superconducting Electronics for Quantum Flagship: beyond the potential

On June the 15th, the 16th edition of the International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2017), held in Sorrento (Napoli), will host the satellite event “Superconducting Electronics for Quantum Flagship: Beyond the Potential”, dedicated to the role of superconducting electronics in the field of quantum technologies and with respect to their industrialization process. One of the aims of the workshop will be to stimulate and boost the interaction between the world of Quantum Technologies and industries which are active in the area of superconducting technologies (mostly electronics).

To participate, please register with the Quantum Event day pass available at the conference registration page:

Phosphorene and 2D Companions

Phosphorene and 2D Companions Flyer

The workshop, jointly organized by the DSFTM and DSCTM, will be held on May 8th 2017 at the Sala Marconi of the CNR Headquarter, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7, Rome. The program foresees plenaries, as well as oral contributions, with the aim of networking on phosphorene and functional 2D materials. Slots for oral communication are available.

Deadline for abstract submission has been postponed and is now April 7th, 2017.

Further information can be found at

Registration will be opened at the website

DSFTM @ MEMEX – The atom

4th Episode Memex RaiScuola: The atom

Matter is it made of atoms. The atom is the smallest portion of matter that retains all the characteristics of a single element. Every atom is composed of a core and one or more electrons arranged on circular orbits. The core that is made from high-density positively charged particles, protons, and particles with charge neutral calls precisely neutrons. The atom is not a discovery of modern science.

DSFTM @ MEMEX – See the atoms and the matter

3rd Episode Memex RaiScuola: See the atoms and the matter

The ability to magnify objects, atoms and matter, to grasp the details of their intimate structure is a need felt since the birth of modern science. In fact this need was at first directed to observations of distant objects, like the heavenly bodies, which appear small in their own right away. The physicists “see” by using various forms of radiation produced by, or interacting with, the bodies to be observed.

DSFTM @ MEMEX – The technology to spy on the matter

2nd Episode Memex RaiScuola:The technology to spy on the matter

Technologies to closely observe the atom and matter are many. The spectroscopy (atoms and molecules in motion), and the synchrotron light and pulsed electromagnetic radiation such as that produced in a free electron laser, allow to observe transient phenomena that take place inside of the molecules. These are phenomena which occur in very small time intervals, of the order of a millionth of a billionth of a second (femtosecond).

DSFTM @ MEMEX – Design the matter

1st Episode Memex RaiScuola: Design the matter

Our ability to “look closely” the atoms, molecules, matter, gives us leisure to study their structures and be able to manipulate matter at the atomic scale; this in order to achieve artificial forms of aggregation of the matter itself, not existing in nature, thus generating structures with unique properties, fundamental for the realization, for example, of devices which today cohabit daily with each of us, and then of miniaturized devices and apparatuses …


First international school on Nano Tooling@ScienceApp

Manipulating, shaping and functionalizing the matter

30-31 March 2017 – Pozzuoli
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The scope of Nano-Tooling School is to provide a two-day full-immersion training on 6 advanced technologies:

  • Holographic Lithography
  • E-Beam Lithography
  • Magnetic Nanosensing
  • Inkjet Printing & Additive Manufacturing at Nanoscale
  • Functional Nanoparticles for Nanomedicine
  • Femtosecond Laser Surface Structuring and Patterning


The school is directed by ISASl-CNR Team Leaders that are responsible for the facilities and for the related research topics. Lectures by worldwide  prominent scientists will be given in streaming on each one of the above Nano-Tools.

Further information at  School-on-nano-tooling

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Euromat 2017

This symposium which will take place in Thessaloniki on September 17-22, 2017,   intends to bridge the gap between the available modern X-ray synchrotron radiation techniques and innovative materials research. It aims at fostering the dialog between materials scientists and experts in X-ray methods.

Further information at Euromat2017