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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…
During the joint conference Amaldi 10/ GR 20, that takes place in Warsaw July 7th to 13th, the GWIC, the Gravitational Waves International Committee, unanimously elected as its Chairman Eugenio Coccia for another two years. The GWIC is the world committee that coordinates the research of gravitational waves and this year it joined the IUPAP, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, that brings together physicists from all sectors.
Awarded by the European Research Council with a grant of 3.5 million Euros, the project SOX (Short distance Neutrino Oscillations with BOREXINO) has just started few days. Marco Pallavicini, professor at the University of Genoa and researcher of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Principal Investigator of SOX, was awarded under the Seventh European Framework Programme. The project will be developed at the National Laboratories of Gran Sasso. It will study for five years, thanks to the Borexino detector, the neutrino oscillation phenomenon looking for a particular type of neutrino,…
Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Cosmic spies

Unaspected high-energy neutrinos were spotted at the South Pole. These neutrinos could have been produced by astrophysical processes occurring outside of the solar system and still unknown. The discovery was made by the Ice Cube experiment, a neutrino detector placed under the Antarctic ice. "It’s a very interesting result", underlined Giorgio Riccobene, from the INFN Laboratories of the South, who works at Km3Net project for the construction of a neutrino observatory in the abyss of Mediterranean Sea. "Neutrinos actually carry intact energy and direction: thus detect and study these particles…
Tuesday, 23 April 2013


MPE 2013 Under the patronage of UNESCO, 2013 was designated the Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth. Backed by over a hundred scientific societies, universities, research institutes and organizations around the world, which have decided to dedicate their efforts to raise awareness of the role that mathematics plays in the field of Earth Sciences. The challenges that our planet and our civilization have to face are multidisciplinary and multifaceted, and mathematics plays a central role in the effort of understanding this complexity and cope with these challenges. For further information…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Abruzzo in 2030

March 1st, the OECD has presented its new report “The action of the policies in response to natural disasters: helping regions to develop resilience. The case of Abruzzo after the earthquake”. The meeting, organized by the OECD in collaboration with the University of Groningen, was focus on the discussion about a shared strategy for recovery, development and revitalization of the area of L’Aquila after the earthquake of 2009. International experts, planners and economists partecipated to the conference, as well as the Minister for Territorial Cohesion, Fabrizio Barca, and local authorities,…
On August 1st, 2012 at the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Assergi (L’Aquila), the GSSI strategic plan was officially presented by the Minister of University and Research, Francesco Profumo, the Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Fabrizio Barca, the President of Regione Abruzzo, Giovanni Chiodi, the INFN President, Fernando Ferroni and the GSSI Director, Eugenio Coccia. The strategic plan was prepared by the GSSI Commettee, composed by Eugenio Coccia (Rome Tor Vergata University), Richard Burdett (London School of Economics), Mario Calderini (Politecnico Torino), Paola Inverardi (L’Aquila University) and Massimo Sargiacomo (G.…
On May 4th, 2012 the Italian Minister of Research, Francesco Profumo, appointed the GSSI committee. The committee will be chaired by Eugenio Coccia (Rome Tor Vergata University) and composed by Richard Burdett (London School of Economics), Mario Calderini (Politecnico Torino), Paola Inverardi (L’Aquila University) and Massimo Sargiacomo (G. D'Annunzio Chieti Pescara University). Mission of the GSSI commitee is to write the strategic plan of the Institute.
On April 9th, 2012 the Italian Parliament approved the National Law that establishes Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) as a new research and higher education institution. The Institute will be activated in the city of L’Aquila by the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). GSSI is established with the mission of reinforcing the Italian higher education system creating an international center of scientific excellence, facilitating the attraction of high-level resources in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science and social sciences.
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