PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series Video


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Date Title Speaker Additional Information
November 22, 2022

“PHYSICS MATTERS to celebrate the
100 years of existence of the IUPAP”


Michel SPIRO

Silvina Ponce Dawson
University of Buenos Aires & IUPAP

Laura Greene

Monica Pepe-Altarelli

FR - AR - US - CH


See slides [Slides_Michel_SPIRO]




See also International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has turned 100 years

27, 2022

Physics for Development and International Cooperation


Dr. Kate Shaw  Univ. Sussex, UK and ICTP, Trieste


See slides [Slides_Kate_Shaw]

See also Physics Without Frontiers - ICTP

September 29, 2022

Momentum grows for the African Light Source


Prof. Simon Connell
Johannesburg University, SA

South Africa

See slides [Simon_Connell Slides]

See also African Light Source Web page

August 22, 2022

Turkey in SESAME & SESAME in Turkey: a “Physics Matters” Relationship

[Description_Zehra Sayers]

Prof. Zehra Sayers
Sabanci University,
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences


See slides [Zehra Sayers]
July 28, 2022

FORUM to Celebrate ”The Origin of SESAME and beyond" with Prof. Herman Winick


Herman Winick,
Herwig Schopper,
Ada Yonath,
Rolf Heuer,
Chris Llewellyn-Smith,
Zafra Lerman,
Zehra Sayers,
Clarissa Formosa gauci,
Tord Ekelof, Giorgio Margaritondo, Eliezer Rabinovici, Ercan Alp,
Gihan Kamel, Kirsi Lorentz, Simon Connell, Sekazi Mtingwa, Maedeh Darzi

The Wall-of-Ideas content, Important Archives, Memoires, Photos and Q&A to the Guests of Honor:
"the Origin of SESAME and beyond" with Herman Winick

Bio of the Guests of Honor

June 30, 2022

Building small, fast and hot Si spin qubits


Prof. Dominik Zumbühl
University of Basel



More information at: National Center of Competence in Research SPIN QUBITS IN SILICON: NCCR SPIN 
May 19, 2022

POLARQUEST – A sailing expedition to measure cosmic rays (and not only) beyond the Arctic Circle

[Description_LuisaCifarelli_Ombretta Pinazza ]

Prof. Luisa Cifarelli
Bologna University

Prof. Ombretta Pinazza



See slides [Luisa Cifarelli]

See slides [Ombretta Pinazza]

April 28, 2022

"FORUM ”Science to facilitate Human heritage"


Kirsi Lorentz
Cyprus Institute

Gihan Kamel

Margaux Schmeltz

Kate Shaw
ICTP/ Sussex Uni.

Björn Nilsson
Bergen Uni. / LINXS

Kudakwashe Jakata

See slides [Margaux_Schmeltz]

See slides [Kate_Shaw]

See slides [Kirsi_Lorentz_Trans-disiplinarity]

Watch the “75 Years of Science with Synchrotron Light" - virtual symposium recording organized by Diamond and

March 31, 2022

Physics Matters in Artificial Intelligence: Natural and Artificial Cognition

[Description_Kalle_ Åström]

Prof. Kalle Åström
Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Lund University




See [Slides_Kalle_ Åström]

See also AI Lund

February 24, 2022

Physics Matters in (Bio)archaeology: Metals, human health and beyond


Prof. Kirsi Lorentz
Cyprus Institute
Cyprus Government’s Delegation to the SESAME Council




See [Slides_Kirsi_Lorentz]

See also SESAME Cultural Heritage Day

January 27, 2022

Dimensionality in Materials Science

[Description_Antonio Castro_Neto]

Prof. Antonio Castro Neto
Centre for Advanced 2D Materials
Institute for Functional Intelligent Materials
National University of Singapore



See slides [Antonio Castro Neto]

See also Prof. Sonia Haddad (University of Tunis El Manar) courses to the ASP

and see more "Topological Matter School"

December 9, 2021

Higher Education in Palestine and Forum


Prof. Muayad M. Abu Saa
Arab American University



See slides [Muayad_Abusaa_Slides]
Complement to the October 28 PHYSICS MATTERS colloquium by Prof. Dr. Ghaleb Natour. See recording:

The event was followed by a forum including:

  • Ercan Alp (Argonne National Laboratory and SESAME senior scientist)

  • Bernard Amadei (Engineer-Without-Frontiers founding president)

  • Zafra Lerman (Malta Conferences Foundation president)

  • Ghaleb Natour (Julich ZEA Institute director)

November 29, 2021

The Scientific Expedition Polarquest2021 – Save the Arctic White


Poala Catapano, Kevin Monneron and Mike Struik



See slides [Paola_Mike_Kevin_Slides]
Colloquium celebrating the One Year Anniversary of PHYSICS MATTERS launching event dating back from November 23, 2020. See the first event in this table.
October 28, 2021

Building Capacity for Palestine Research and Innovation


Ghaleb Natour
RWTH Aachen University




See slides [Ghaleb_Natour]
A follow-up event will take place on December 9th, when Prof. Muayad Abu Saa, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, will describe Palestinian Academic and Science.
September 30, 2021

New Horizons in Quantum Mechanics


Vahid Karimipour
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran



See slides [Vahid_Karimipour].
This event has been co-hosted by Prof. Reza Ejtehadi, President of the Physics Society of Iran, who gives a short introduction on Physics in Iran [Reza_Ejtehadi_IntroSlide].
August 26, 2021

Sirius: The New Bright Lights to Science From the Southern Hemisphere

[Description_Harry Westfahl]

Harry Westfahl
Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, LNLS’s Director



See slides [Harry_Westfahl]

July 15, 2021 

The Music of Physics


Eliam Gross
Weizmann Institute of Science



See slides [Eliam_Gross]

See Weizmann Nobel Laureate Prof. Ada Yonath explaining "
How do intruders take over their hosts?" (SCIENTIFika event organized in collaboration with ESS, MAXIV on the basis of APS March meeting “Chat with the Experts”) Prof. Ada Yonath, Israeli crystallographer, received her Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome.  
June 15, 2021

SESAME: The New Adventure of the Middle East Women Scientists


Gihan Kamel



See slides [GihanKamel]
Following the lecture, more insights are shared with a scientific expert panel composed of:

• Andrea Lausi, SESAME Scientific Director
• Ghaleb Natour, Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics – Engineering and Technology (ZEA-1), Jülich, Director
• Bernard Amadei, UC Boulder and Engineers-without-Borders, President
• Zafra Lerman, Malta Conferences Foundation, President
• Joe Niemela, ICTP and FIP elected-Chair
• Alan Hurd, Los Alamos Laboratory and FIP Chair
• Christine Darve, ESS and FIP vice-Chair (organizer)

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May 20, 2021

Fluid Dynamics of Wildfires


Rod Linn 
Los Alamos National Laboratory and UCSD


USA - Pakistan


Introduction to the Pakistani National Center for Physics (NCP) in Islamabad (Slides)
Hafeez Hoorani
March 29, 2021

Introduction to PHYSICS MATTERS 2021 and the SESAME Project


Christine Darve 
APS Forum on International Physics Vice-Chair

Andrea Lausi
Scientific Director of SESAME



See slides [AndreaLausi]
March 29, 2021

How Physics Can Measure Tempo and Mode of Human Evolution


Claudio Tuniz
Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste



See slides [ClaudioTuniz]
December 21, 2020 The Adventure of Physics in Timing and Positioning – From a Cesium Atom to the Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Patrizia Tavella 
Bureau International des Poids et Mesures, Sèvres, France – Director of the Time Department
December 14, 2020 Governing the Digital Transformation

Sergio Bertolucci 
University of Bologna, Italy – Past CERN Director of Research and Scientific Computing, Geneva, Switzerland
December 7, 2020 Playing Lego With Layered Materials

Petra Rudolf 
University of Groningen, The Netherlands – President of the European Physical Society
November 30, 2020 Metrology and Inspiration for Science: The New International System of Units

Diederik Wiersma 
University of Florence, Italy – President of the Italian Metrology Institute, Turin, Italy
November 23, 2020 POLARQUEST – A Sailing Expedition to Measure Cosmic Rays (And Not Only) Beyond the Arctic Circle

Paola Catapano (CERN, Geneva Switzerland – Head of the Audiovisual Production Service for the CERN Communications Group and Project Leader of Polarquest)

Luisa Cifarelli (University of Bologna, Italy – FIP Chair and past President of the Centro Fermi, Rome, Italy)