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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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From the words of the Director General of ICTP

“Trieste represents a unique example of ‘City of Science’, not only in the region but also at national and international level and the recognition given by the ESOF confirms that the context is real and strong. It will be an important opportunity to attract a clear visibility and to strengthen reputation at European level.

Numbers are very clear, more than words.

Further than the Regional Science and Innovations System (which accounts about 59 among centres and institutions committed to scientific research and international cooperation), the city hosts the “Trieste System” formed by more than 30 research institutions located on its territory: universities, institutions and laboratories that carry out the most innovative research in diversified scientific fields with solid international collaborations. The city has an average ratio of 3:1 scientists for citizen; it is a matter of fact: a number that is well above the average number of other cities in Italy or even abroad.

Furthermore, we have an average number of 5000 scientists from every single country of the world visiting ICTP every year. This allows a continuous flows of scientists, therefore a continuous knowledge sharing, a continuous exchange of experiences, not only related to the scientific context but more in general, from a cultural point of view. It represents an exceptional opportunity for the overall growth of the international community. To complete the picture, we also have to mention that over 140,000 scientists from 188 countries, most of them developing countries, have benefitted from ICTP since its foundation. Including an average of per year of 800 participants to regional training courses organized by ICTP but held in other countries.

These numbers are a primacy that only science can boast: science is always ahead in society in its capacity to overcome contrasts and to bring together people from different countries.”

Professor Fernando Quevedo, Director General of ICTP