INFN promoted and organized last 22th March the webinar “Vaccination campaign anti CoViD-19: towards recovery”. Introduced by INFN president Antonio Zoccoli, the seminar has been held by Franco Locatelli, president of the Italian National Health Council and recently appointed as coordinator of the Scientific Technical Committee which supports the Italian Government in the management of CoViD-19 sanitary emergency. The meeting, dedicated to INFN community, has been organized to take the stock of the situation on contagion diffusion and on the evolution of the pandemic, in particular in our country. It was a moment of information and discussion on the vaccination plan. Here is proposed a summary of the main topics of the seminar. The full recording of the seminar [in Italian] can be found on the web page “Emergenza CoViD-19”, on the Institute website, dedicated to INFN community. Here is the direct link
The current scenario from an epidemiological point of view
I will start by presenting some data. To give you an idea of the global numbers, yesterday [21th March, ed] on the website of the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center there were 123,308,000 cases of people infected by SarsCov-2, the whole globe was substantially affected by this pandemic. The other very sad fact is that unfortunately there are already more than 2,716,000 people in the world who have lost their lives, with extraordinarily high numbers in the United States, in Brazil or Mexico. However, as you well know, about 105,000 people have lost their lives by now even in Italy. ...
The scientific collaboration EHT Event Horizon Telescope, which published the first image of a black hole in 2019, has now managed to produce a new representation of the huge astrophysical object at the centre of galaxy M87: this is the image of the black hole in polarised light. This is the first measurement of the polarisation of light - a phenomenon that indicates the presence of magnetic fields - in a region that lies practically on the ...
Is it possible to detect gravitational waves on the Moon? This is the challenge proposed by the international team of scientists and engineers of the Lunar Gravitational-Wave Antenna (LGWA) collaboration, to which INFN is contributing together with the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) and Italian Aerospace Research Centre ...
The scientific collaborations TOTEM at CERN, with a major INFN participation, and DØ at Fermilab have announced the observation of the odderon, an elusive state of matter formed by three fundamental particles called gluons and predicted almost 50 years ago. The outcome was observed with CERN's LHC particle accelerator, where the TOTEM experiment is located, and Fermilab's Tevatron, where the DØ experiment is installed. The presentation of the work at CERN follows the joint publication in December 2020 of a preprint by CERN and Fermilab. ...
On 23rd March, during the session of the annual Moriond conference devoted to electroweak interactions and a CERN seminar, the results of the latest data-taking campaign of the LHCb experiment were presentented. LHCb is one of the four large detectors housed along the ring of CERN LHC. Thanks to this campaign, it was possible to carry out one of the tests to verify the so-called leptonic ...
To promote and enhance the skills and technological innovations developed for research in fundamental physics, also to encourage the transfer of knowledge and the development of applications in other areas. This is the core of the framework agreement signed by ENEA Tech, the foundation that manages Italy's largest technology transfer fund set up by the Ministry for Economic Development (MiSE) with a budget of 500 million euros, ...
The Italian Innovation, the project for the enhancement and promotion of Italian excellence in science and technology abroad, was launched on 16th March with an online event. It is promoted by MAECI, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with INFN, ASI (Italian Space Agency), INAF (National Institute of Astrophysics), CNR (National Research Council), ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), and OGS (National Institute of ...
The evolution of the universe, its origin and expansion are the key themes at the centre of a new semi-permanent INFN multimedia installation hosted since the beginning of March at Trieste's museum Immaginario Scientifico, at the new premises of Magazzino 26 in the Porto Vecchio (Old Harbour). “Espansione” is an interactive multimedia exhibit that represents the structure of the universe and the ...
As part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission, the rover Perseverance, that in the coming years will have the task of searching for traces of present or past life on the surface of the Red Planet, landed on Friday 19th February. Among the instruments that Perseverance will use during its stay on Mars is the Italian Laser Retroreflector Array (LaRA), developed and built by the SCF_Lab group at INFN Frascati National Laboratories. LaRA, a device facilitating the identification of the rover by reflecting the light of the laser that will equip the probes expected to reach the Martian orbit in the near future, will perform various tasks, such as measuring the position of the vehicle on the planet's surface, geophysics and geodesy measurements and the verification of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. ...
Telling science in three minutes is the challenge open to young people researchers, female researchers and university students proposed by Famelab, the international competition promoted by the British Council and coordinated in Italy by Psiquadro. Pre-selections and selections will take place between 9 and 29 April. The test to pass: two three-minute presentations on two topics freely chosen, to win over the jury and the public. This year eight cities participate in Famelab Italia; the INFN is co-organizer of the Pisa stage and collaborates with the organization in the offices of Catania, Genoa and Sassari. In all locations, online workshops open to all on the communication of the science and public speaking are planned in preparation for the selections: the next one is proposed by the Catania team on 9 April.
Sign up: https://famelab-italy.it/famelab2021/ (in Italian)
While preparing the October 2021 edition, the Festival re-proposes the events of the 2020 edition.
For INFN in particular:
- Made in Italy Research. Born in Italy to be international.
With Anna Grassellino, Lucio Rossi, Viviana Fafone, Lucia Votano, Antonio Zoccoli, moderated by Beppe Severgnini
- Big Data in the fight against the pandemic
With Antonio Zoccoli, Giuseppe Ippolito, Gian Carlo Blangiardo, moderated by Marianna Aprile
- The Hidden Force. Women scientists in Physics and History.
With Fé Avougland and Elena Ruzza. Director: Gabriella Bordin. Curated by INFN Section of Turin and University of Turin.
- Unravel the secrets of the Universe with neutrinos.
Lectio magistralis with Takaaki Kajita
Read the programme: https://www.festivalscienza.online/ (in Italian)
A look at the heart of the galaxy: how to do it they observe black holes and compact objects.
With Mariafelicia De Laurentis, professor at the Federico II University of Naples e INFN researcher
with Leonardo Bianchi, Stefania de Curtis, Raffaele Tripiccione, Paola VerrucchiRead the programme: https://www.agomodena.it/it/programma/iquanti/ (in Italian)
Project and contents:
Eleonora Cossi, Matteo Massicci, Anna Greco, Francesca Mazzotta, Francesca Scianitti, Antonella Varaschin
Servizio Infrastrutture e Servizi Informatici Nazionali INFN