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The Angels of Davide Cerati

The words of Davide Cerati about his research project on Angels

 

“I do not know precisely how the project was born: at some point, I had the idea to take pictures of angels. The beginning of the project can be approximately dated in 2003, in the occasion of Christmas. I realized a holiday card with a portrait of an angel to be sent to all my friends and relatives. That was my first angel. Then I continued, every now and then, to take pictures of angels with no restraints, in complete freedom: no time restrictions, no restrictions on subjects or others: the project is still ongoing, always on development. I take the chance to take shots when I have the opportunity, when I have the inspiration, the willingness to do something for the implementation of the project. Eventually, taking advantage of one moment in which I am on stage for a work and I have the time to catch the moment to take a shot of a model that is there for a completely different purpose. I want to keep on with this job in complete freedom, until the moment I will feel the right inspiration, according to what I will have to do in the future with my job, find time by time a compromise between work and research.”

Davide Cerati, Photographer

For more information, please visit the website of Davide Cerati.

FOCUS: TRIESTE ESOF EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF SCIENCE, 2020

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.

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

FOCUS: TRIESTE ESOF EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF SCIENCE, 2020

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.

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

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Studying has never be so nice and fun: being a researcher at ICTP

Shiny Happy Scientists from all over the world

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

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The Angels of Davide Cerati

The words of Davide Cerati about his research project on Angels

 

“I do not know precisely how the project was born: at some point, I had the idea to take pictures of angels. The beginning of the project can be approximately dated in 2003, in the occasion of Christmas. I realized a holiday card with a portrait of an angel to be sent to all my friends and relatives. That was my first angel. Then I continued, every now and then, to take pictures of angels with no restraints, in complete freedom: no time restrictions, no restrictions on subjects or others: the project is still ongoing, always on development. I take the chance to take shots when I have the opportunity, when I have the inspiration, the willingness to do something for the implementation of the project. Eventually, taking advantage of one moment in which I am on stage for a work and I have the time to catch the moment to take a shot of a model that is there for a completely different purpose. I want to keep on with this job in complete freedom, until the moment I will feel the right inspiration, according to what I will have to do in the future with my job, find time by time a compromise between work and research.”

Davide Cerati, Photographer

For more information, please visit the website of Davide Cerati.