The Galileo Galilei Medal 2019 was awarded to Juan Martin Maldacena with the following motivation: “For his ground-breaking ideas in theoretical physics, and especially for the discovery of duality between gravity and ordinary quantum field theory, with far-reaching implications.” Born in Buenos Aires in 1968, Juan Martin Maldacena is one of the most influential theoretical physicists in the last decades. His ideas have opened new scenarios in string theory, field theory and quantum gravity. He is currently a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (USA).
The Galileo Galilei Institute for
Theoretical Physics (GGI) organizes
and hosts small-size advanced workshops
in theoretical particle physics in its
Each workshop is devoted to a specific topic at the forefront of current research. During its typical duration of 2-3 months it hosts about 10 to 30 participants selected among those most active in the field within the international community.
The purpose of each workshop is to foster discussions, confrontation of ideas, and collaborations among participants.
As in similar Institutes, the aim is
to produce results with a significant
impact on the corresponding research
field. Various Institutes for Theoretical
Physics already work along similar lines,
hosting distinguished researchers from all
over the world for extended periods. They
play an active and important role in the
development of theoretical physics.
However an institution focused on the
physics of fundamental interactions was
still lacking in Europe and the Galileo
Institute is filling this gap.
The Galileo Galilei Institute, funded by INFN and
sponsored by INFN and University of
Florence, is located on the historic
hill of Arcetri, near the house where
Galileo spent periods of his life and
died in 1642, in a building owned by
the University of Florence.
Its basic referent is the INFN Scientific Committee for Theoretical Physics which gives its full support to favour the activities of the Institute.
The internationally recognized excellent record of INFN physicists in this domain of theoretical physics guarantee a profitable and fertile environment. The activity of the Institute is organized jointly by a Scientific and an Advisory Committee.
A "Launching Committee" was appointed
with the task of giving advice about
scientific and management structures
and of suggesting criteria for the
formation of the Scientific and Advisory
The appointed members of the Launching Committee were David Gross, Giuseppe Marchesini, Alfred Mueller, Giorgio Parisi and Gabriele Veneziano (chair).
Together with the research activities, the Galileo Galilei Institute has recently developed a training program at postgraduate level based on a number of schools. They take place every year during winter, when the Institute is not running research programs. Each school last two-three weeks and is devoted to a specific subject: particle physics, string theory, statistical field theory, nuclear physics, etc.
The schools aim at providing pedagogical introductions on the basic concepts and tools needed for research in theoretical physics, and cover basic as well as advanced topics. Lectures are given at the blackboard and mostly in the morning. The afternoon is devoted to exercises, study and discussions with lecturers and senior participants. A desk and standard research facilities are provided to all students.
The lectures are primarily addressed to Ph.D. students, but participation of postdocs is also encouraged. The courses are officially part of the Italian Ph.D. training program for the Universities that have joined the initiative. In this case, there is the possibility of a final exam with the lecturers.
Running and next Events
- Feb, 20 2019 - Feb, 22 2019
43rd LQP “Foundations and Constructive Aspects of QFT”
Foundations and Constructive Aspects of QFT” will be held in Italy, at the Galileo Galilei Institute of Florence. The workshop aims to feature recent developments in quantum field theory, operator algebras, non-commutative geometry, quantum statistical mechanics, quantum information, quantum gravity and cosmology, and related topics. There will be review talks to stimulate discussion and new research lines.
We encourage Master and Ph.D. students and young Postdocs to present their works.
- CMTP - “Center for Mathematics and Theoretical Physics”, Rome.
- ERC Advanced Grant 669240 QUEST “Quantum Algebraic Structures and Models”.
- MIUR Excellence Department Project awarded to the Department of Mathematics, University of Rome Tor Vergata, CUP E83C18000100006.
- MIUR-FARE R16X5RB55W QUEST-NET "Operator Algebras and (non)-equilibrium Thermodynamics in Quantum Field Theory”
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- Feb, 25 2019 - Mar, 08 2019
Frontiers in Nuclear and Hadronic Physics 2019
The school is primarily addressed to Ph.D. students in Theoretical Nuclear and Hadron Physics. Participation of experimentalists and post-docs is also encouraged. The 2019 edition will be devoted to Hadron Physics, and it will provide a pedagogical introduction to the basic concepts and tools needed for carrying out cutting-edge research in Continuum QCD (non-perturbative QCD), Hadron and Exotic Spectroscopy (Tetraquarks,Pentaquarks,Hybrids), Light-Front Dynamics and Holography, Amplitude-analysis theoretical tools and Electron-Ion Collider physics. The aim will be both to stress the intimate connections among those fields and to give much attention to the interpretation of experimental data, within framework based on ab initio or more phenomenological approaches.
- Mar, 11 2019 - Mar, 22 2019
Theoretical Aspects of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation
Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation are nowadays very active areas of research. The School aims at providing robust and detailed introductions on the basic theoretical concepts and tools needed for performing research in these fields. Gravitational waves of astrophysical and cosmological origin, neutrino physics and astronomy, dark matter and dark energy, galactic and extra-galactic cosmic rays and gamma-rays will be some among the main topics. The lecturers are selected among the best experts of our international communities.