NEWSLETTER 101 | January 2023

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INTERVIEW

Stewart_Smith

THE ROLE OF EVALUATION FOR A COMPETITIVE SCIENCE

Interview with A. J. Stewart Smith, Professor emeritus at Princeton University, former President of the International Evaluation Committee of INFN

The INFN fully understands and values the importance of unbiased evaluation for it to remain a centre of excellence and maintain its competitive edge. For this reason, since 1997 its research activities have been evaluated by an International Evaluation Committee (Comitato di Valutazione Internazionale – CVI) made up of six international experts in the fields of economics, industry, and research. Each year the CVI issues a report on the INFN’s research activities, along with its recommendations for improving overall performance. This report and the INFN three-year plan is sent to the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research. The last meeting of the CVI with the INFN’s management and representatives was held on October 12-14 and was hosted by the Bari Division. It was also the last meeting to be chaired by Professor Smith, a senior particle physicist and an internationally renowned scientist, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, who successfully led the BaBar experiment at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, in California, USA. ...

FOCUS

THE NRRP ETIC PROJECT TO SUPPORT THE ITALIAN CANDIDACY FOR ET GETS UNDERWAY

A meeting was held on 19 December to mark the start of the activities of ETIC (Einstein Telescope Infrastructure Consortium), a consortium established and funded under Mission 4 of the NRRP (National Recovery and Resilience Plan), coordinated by MUR (Ministry for University and Research). INFN is both sponsor and lead partner of the ETIC project, which also relies on the collaboration of national universities and research organisations. ...

TAKE PART IN

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PHYSICS IN SUPER8. STORIES OF DISCOVERIES

From January 19th will start Physics in Super8. Stories of discoveries, a series of online live on INFN's YouTube channel, dedicated to the history of some of the most important discoveries in physics of the 20th and 21st centuries. The live streams were organized to support the student contest Science audioportraits launched by INFN in the context of La Mediateca dell’INFN. The History of Physics in Video, an archive of historical audiovisual material on Italian research in fundamental physics. All the events will be held in Italian. ...


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