ICTP Photo Archives/Roberto Barnaba

A conversation with Professor Fernando Quevedo, Director of ICTP (Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy)
Professor Fernando Quevedo is a well-known theoretical particle physicist with wide-ranging research interests in string theory, phenomenology and cosmology. He obtained his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg. Following a number of research appointments at CERN, McGill University, Institut de Physique – Neuchatel, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Quevedo joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1998, where he is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics. He was appointed director of The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in 2009 and leads the ICTP research group on String Phenomenology and Cosmology.

About ICTP: Cutting edge research, education and training.

For more than 50 years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has been a driving force behind global efforts to advance scientific expertise in the developing world.

Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. ICTP has been a major force in stemming the scientific brain drain from the developing world.

ICTP alumni serve as professors at major universities, chairpersons of academic departments, directors of research centres and ministers of science and technology in nations throughout the developing world. Many of them have been recognized in their own countries and internationally for their contributions to science and science policy. The impact of ICTP extends well beyond the Centre’s facilities to virtually every corner of the Earth.

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A meeting with Mauro Giacca, Director-General of ICGEB (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology).

The role of ICGEB (in Trieste and other sites of New Delhi and Cape Town) as a key player of the challenge.

The ICGEB is an international, nonprofit research organization. Established as a special project of UNIDO, it became fully autonomous in 1994 and now counts over 60 Member States.

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology provides a scientific and educational environment of the highest standard and conducts innovative research in life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. It strengthens the research capability of its Members through training and funding programmes and advisory services and represents a comprehensive approach to promoting biotechnology internationally.


The Centre is dedicated to advanced research and training in molecular biology and biotechnology and holds out the prospect of advancing knowledge and applying the latest techniques in the fields of:

  • Biomedicine
  • Crop improvement
  • Environmental protection/remediation
  • Biopharmaceuticals and biopesticide production

With Components in Trieste, Italy, New Delhi, India and Cape Town, South Africa, the Centre forms an interactive network with Affiliated Centres in ICGEB Member States. ICGEB is part of the United Nations System.

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In 1963 Leonardo Specogna, after residing in Switzerland as an emigrant for some years (typical situation for the people of the Friuli region in those years), went back to Friuli Venezia Giulia and bought a small plot of land on the hills of Rocca Bernarda in Corno di Rosazzo, in the heart of the vineyards in Friuli. These lands have always been devoted to oenology and here the plant of the vine has found the best conditions since Roman times, thanks to the fact that in this oriental strip of land of our region the climate and the soil have features that are unique and exceptional for wine making.

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Laura Frasca photography. The Borneo lands: a journey through a neglected forest.

Laura describes herself and her work with her own words.

“I am a Photographer, even though I like better to define myself a “Storyteller”: my stories are my photography projects, my keyboard is my camera, my pencils are my lenses.

I am a wanderlust-addicted traveller: I take every single opportunity to start a journey in all the corners of the globe, especially the most undiscovered, undeveloped and even forgotten sites.

My stories talk about figures, facts and places in which the key factor that underpins my efforts is represented by a social, cultural and ethical “fil rouge” (alternative: leitmotiv).

Being a woman, the most powerful driving force in my work is a strong empathy with the female word: I feel a commitment to narrate stories in which female gender plays a crucial role. Nevertheless, I always felt myself to be on the side of forgotten and unprotected minorities.

My ambition is to talk about what others do not mention; about people suffering is silence, about countries in which human rights are neglected, while the rest of the planet is keeping on its run to the future.

Moreover, Nature is my panacea: it is able to relieve my troubles and to mitigate my mood. It is a rescue for my body and soul, creating a cathartic effect that brings me back to my roots, my past, my origins. I enjoy the possibility to discover remote places and landscapes, reaching a Zen state of mind that allows me to reconnect with my inner toughs and gain a reconciliation with the rest of the world, with harmony and peace.

Through these pages, I wish to share the emotions I felt when I realized my shots and I hope to deliver this emotion to all the people browsing my work.

I also would like to thank you in advance for your appreciation: if you are reading these words, probably I reached my ultimate objective that is, in few words, to stimulate your curiosity and touch your sensitivity.”

Laura Frasca


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Research and experiments in photography. The innovative approach of Davide Cerati.

Davide Cerati is an Italian eclectic photographer. Most of his professional work is dedicated to advertising photography for different types of context: fashion set, design, food, beauty. Nevertheless, portraits are the best expression of his work. Quoting his own words, he is specialized in “photography of people” rather than mere portraits: when dealing with people there no distinction in the use of the photography itself, whether it is fashion, advertising or commercial destination. His camera captured images of people of all kinds: actors, models, entrepreneurs, managers, television and movie celebrities, as well as individuals and ordinary people wishing to award themselves with an exclusive, well-groomed and certified portrait.

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Special Photo Credit: Protrait of Davide Cerati, author Silvia Cardia Photographer.

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The experience of Luca Escoffier, Project Manager of the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk.

Luca Escoffier is an internationally renowned open innovation, and tech transfer expert thanks to his work across three continents. After graduating in law in Italy, and specializing in Intellectual Property between Italy and Switzerland, he then worked for the Centre of Molecular Biomedicine in Trieste for several years. He then moved to Seattle to join the University of Washington, and later he has been involved in various entrepreneurial experiences including the creation of several hi-tech startups in different countries. From 2014 he moved to Tokyo where he is now, among other academic and professional affiliations, Project Manager of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, and he runs the activities of the EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk. Mr. Escoffier authored dozens of articles on IP-related topics, and three books with several colleagues from around the world on nanotechnology, nanomedicine, and open innovation.

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Mirko Varano is a senior advisor for international projects at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden). Originally from Asti, Italy, he moved to Sweden in 2008 after having covered different position at a number of major European actors in the field of higher education since 1992. He earned a Master level degree in Political Science – International Relations at the University of Torino studying part of the curriculum at Umeå University (Sweden) as exchange student. Mirko is now an expert in Internationalization of Higher Education as well as European Integration and International Relations and collaborates with a number of International Organizations, University Networks and National Agencies operating in the field of higher education.

Full interview is available in the first issue of InnoVibe Magazine.