International Day of Woman and Girls in Science

The United Nations have proclaimed February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science aiming to ensure full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls.

Events in Trieste

To celebrate the International Women and Girls in Science Day 2018 and to join forces to build an inclusive scientific community, ICTP, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and SISSA are organizing two events scheduled on 7 and 9 February 2018.
At Antico Caffé San Marco on 7 February 2O18 a discussion aperitivo will take place starting from 6 pm . Following some short presentations from representatives of Trieste scientific institutions, the floor will be open for a discussion of the current status quo, the specific challenges facing members of our community, and specific events and strategies for moving forward. The second event will take place on 9 February 2018 at ICTP from 10.00 to 11.00. In that occasion, a group of female researchers from ICTP and SISSA will give a 5 minute talk to present to  high school students their work as scientists.
Also the Science Centre – Immaginario Scientifico of Trieste is going to celebrate on Sunday Feb. 11th. All-female staff will guide inside the museum (10 am – 6 pm). Reduce fee for women. No reservation needed.

Actividades en Madrid y toda España

En Madrid y en toda España ya está en marcha la organización de actividades para conmemorar el Día Internacional de la Mujer y la Niña en Ciencia en Febrero de 2018.

DiaMujerNinaCienciaCharlas, talleres, concursos, exposiciones y mesas redondas llenarán los museos, planetarios, centros culturales, las universidades y hasta el bar de la esquina.

Actividades 2018 (Toda España)

Muchas gracias a todas las mujeres (y todos los hombres también!) de la organización de ese 11/02 2018 y en particular gracias a mi queridas colegas del ICMM que el año pasado han puesto en marcha todo eso!  Mucha suerte!

Mas informaciones sobre Mujer y Ciencia


Exciton Condensation

Excitons are pairs of electrons and holes inside a solid material that together behave like a single particle. It has long been suspected that when many such excitons exist in the same piece of matter, they can form a Bose-Einstein condensate. However, actually proving that Bose-Einstein condensation of excitons occurs in any real material has been a challenge for physicists for decades. Experimental evidence of such a state has been found!

A comment about the discovery: Spontaneous Bose-Einstein condensation of excitons

The scientific article: Signatures of exciton condensation in a transition metal dichalcogenide



Public Presentations


Part of the broad mission of a scientist is to talk about science! There are a number of different occasions, conferences, festival, university open days and fairs,  and the audiences can vary a lot ranging  from people who work in your area of interest or in related fields, to potential funders, from high-school students, to general public.

Unfortunately, instead of engaging audiences and conveying enthusiasm, many presentations fall often flat. Pitfalls include overly complicated content, monotone delivery and focusing on what you want to say rather than what the audience is interested in hearing.


Creating a dynamic, engaging and effective presentation is a difficult task! In what follows some material I found online that can be useful to improve the effectiveness of our public speeches:

  • There are two major facets to a presentation: the content and how you present it. Let’s face it, no matter how great the content, no one will get it if they stop paying attention. Here are some pointers on how to create clear, concise content and how to give a dynamic scientific presentation.
  • Your presentations need great visuals to succeed. Skeptical? Check out these impressive statistics on the power of visuals.
  • The concept of “Death by PowerPoint” has largely been blamed on the over use of bullets in presentations.  How can you avoid people dying of your bullets? These are 10 techniques to use on your slides if you are stuck with the bullets and minimize the chance your audience will fall asleep during your presentation…

Fast Track from Master to PhD

The International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste offers 2 fellowships in the framework of an “Advanced Training Programme” leading to a fast track PhD in connection with the Inter-University Master course in Physics jointly delivered by the Universities of Trieste and Udine.

The programme lasts 2 years, it is aimed to candidates who wish to acquire theoretical tools and necessary skills to start a high level research activity in Theoretical Physics of the Condensed Matter and it consists of two parallel and complementary trainings: the Inter-University Master course in Physics jointly delivered by the Universities of Trieste and Udine and a set of courses held by the researchers and professors of the SISSA “Theory and Numerical Simulations of Condensed Matter” PhD course.

More information can be found here

Post-doc position available at SISSA

A postdoctoral position is available  at the Condensed matter group of SISSA/ISAS (International School of Advanced Studies),  in the group of of Massimo Capone, starting in Summer/Fall 2017.

The research activity is focused on strongly correlated materials close to Mott transitions using many-body approaches like Dynamical Mean-Field Theory, Gutzwiller approximation and slave-particle approaches in combination with Density-Functional Theory.

These approaches will be applied to explore the properties of iron-based superconductors, iridates and transition-metal oxides, but also fullerides and other organic materials, exploring the relation between many-body physics and functional properties of the materials. We will also explore non-equilibrium dynamics of these systems in close collaboration with experimental groups.

An experience in the above mentioned approaches is highly desirable. Candidates with some experience in the combined use of DFT and many-body approaches are ideal for the position.

The position is for two years with a possible one-year renewal.

Interested applicants should send a CV, list of publications, research interests, and the names of two references to