The so-called Higgs particle

[ 28/06/2013; 14:00 – 15:00. ] Speaker : Yasaman Farzan, IPM, Tehran, Iran


Last year in 4th of July, the world community witnessed the announcement of the so-called Higgs particle by the LHC collaborations. In this talk after a very brief review of the standard model of the elementary particles, I will introduce the Higgs mechanism in a non-technical way.I will summarize […]

The Quest for Quantum Gravity, The Necessity and Viewpoints

[ 27/06/2013; 14:00 – 15:00. ] Speaker : Shahin Sheikh-Jabbari, IPM, Tehran, Iran


According to our current understanding, dynamics of physical systems can be formulated once we know the interactions between basic ingredients of these systems. It has appeared that field theory, and in particular perturbative Quantum Field Theory (QFT), provides the right setup to formulate the question of interactions. Gravity is […]

LHC: Cutting-Edge Physics, Technology and Culture

[ 25/06/2013; 14:00 – 15:00. ] Speaker : Yasaman Farzan, IPM, Tehran, Iran


Large Hadron Collider or LHC refers to the large collider experiment that is located in the CERN laboratory at the border of France and Switzerland. Protons are accelerated to unprecedentedly high energies and are made to collide at this collider. Detectors study particles produced in these collisions. It takes […]

Self-Learning Kinetic Monte Carlo: From 2D on-lattice to 3D off-lattice and beyond

[ 25/06/2013; 10:00 – 11:00. ] Speaker : Abdelkader KARA, Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, USA


I will present the developments in the Self-Learning Kinetic Monte Carlo (SLKMC) with pattern-recognitions going from 2D fcc-on-lattice (SLKMC1) to 3D-off-lattice (SLKMC4) via SLKMC2: 2D fcc/bcc-on-lattice and 2D-off-lattice (SLKMC3). Applications of the SLKMC series include 2D island diffusion and coalescence. On-lattice as well as […]

World from a High Energy Physicist’s Viewpoint: From Quarks to Cosmos

[ 20/06/2013; 14:00 – 15:00. ] Speaker : Shahin Sheikh-Jabbari, IPM, Tehran, Iran


Physics, as one of the empirical sciences has the announced goal of understanding how the Universe works from the smallest scales we have been able to probe, to the largest scales we have seen. High energy physics is part of physics relevant to understanding the “early Universe” when our […]

Coordination, Chemistry and Structure Effects on the Adsorption of Acenes on Transition Metal Surfaces

[ 24/06/2013; 14:00 – 15:00. ] Speaker : Abdelkader KARA, Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, USA


Extended materials made of organic molecules fall between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ materials, which bare promising novel and interesting functionalities. Their growth through self-assembly is however poorly understood for the lack of a detailed and accurate account of the different operative forces responsible of the […]

A Brief Review of Neutrino Physics

[ 18/06/2013; 14:00 – 15:00. ] Speaker : Yasaman Farzan, IPM, Tehran, Iran


I will start with a review of neutrino properties and their role in expanding our knowledge on elementary particle physics in general. I will then discuss the widely circulated report on neutrinos traveling faster than the light and what have we learned from this erroneous report.

Yasaman Farzan

Period of Visit : June 10 – 29, 2013

Gulendam Tugrul


Gabriel Aeppli

London Centre for Nanotechnology

Ignatios Antoniadis

University of Bern

Baha Balantekin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nihat Berker

Sabancı University

Athanasios Fokas

University of Cambridge

Ramin Golestanian

University of Oxford

Rahmi Güven

Boğaziçi University

Klaus von Klitzing


Seifallah Randjbar-Daemi


Mehmet Sarikaya

University of Washington

Tina Beşeri Sevim

Koray Sevim

Fernando Quevedo

ICTP Director

Yusuf Baran


Efthimios Kaxiras

Harvard University

Serdar Sariciftci

Johannes Kepler University

Manfred Sigrist

ETH Zürich

Cumrun Vafa

Harvard University

Seifallah Randjbar-Daemi


Turkey Information

Since the beginning of history, Anatolia, well known as one the earliest settlements, has continued to flourish with the migration of various tribes, and accumulated a large cultural heritage through a line of succeeding empires and civilizations. Many empires ranging from the Sumerians to the Hittites, the Lydians to the Byzantines and the Seljuks to […]

New Directions for Developing-World Science

Welcome to ICTP

Condensed Matter Physics

Condensed matter physics is a branch of physics that deals with the physical properties of condensed phases of matter.Condensed matter physicists seek to understand the behavior of these phases by using physical laws. In particular, these include the laws of quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and statistical mechanics.

Material Science

Materials science, also commonly known as materials engineering, is an interdisciplinary field applying the properties of matter to various areas of science and engineering. This relatively new scientific field investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are continually replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.
Renewable energy sources, that derive their energy from the sun, either directly or indirectly, such as Hydro and wind, are expected to be capable of supplying humanity […]


Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science using methods of, and theories from, physics to study biological systems.Biophysics spans all levels of biological organization, from the molecular scale to whole organisms and ecosystems. Biophysical research shares significant overlap with biochemistry, nanotechnology, bioengineering, agrophysics, and systems biology.

Computational Physics

Computational physics is the study and implementation of numerical algorithms to solve problems in physics for which a quantitative theory already exists.Historically, computational physics was the first application of modern computers in science, and is now a subset of computational science.

Life Science

The life sciences comprise the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, such as microorganisms, plants, animals, and human beings, as well as related considerations like bioethics. While biology remains the centerpiece of the life sciences, technological advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have led to a burgeoning of specializations and […]


İzmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH) is a government university dedicated to research and graduate education in science, engineering and design. It has been established in 1992. Located at Urla district of İzmir, IZTECH has one of the largest university campuses of Turkey.
Aerial view of IZTECH campus


For almost half a century, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has been a driving force behind global efforts to advance scientific expertise in the developing world.
Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education […]

Agreements With Other Institutions

Memorandum of Understanding between IZTECH & ICTP in Trieste, Italy (September 2012)
Memorandum of Understanding with RIAPA in Tabriz, Iran (May 2015)
Memorandum of Understanding with CFP in Cairo, Egypt (June 2015)


The Centre will have certain practical needs to be covered by IZTECH, and these can be detailed in separate documents in case of need or by enforcement of local or international law. In the initial stages of the Centre, IZTECH will provide required office space, administrative and scientific positions, and infrastructure for the activities of […]


Steering Committee
The highest Governing Organ of the Centre will be its Steering Committee whose members will consist of the key partners, policy makers and scientists, in Turkey, in the regions, and int the international landscape.
The Steering Committee will decide about the major policies concerning the Centre. This consists of the funding of the Centre, selection […]

Brief Information

ICTP – Eurasian Centre for Advanced Research (ICTP – ECAR) is a new regional centre of ICTP which is currently in the process of being established.
The ICTP – ECAR’s goals are:

Conduct scientific research at the highest international standards.
Provide an international meeting basis for the scientists of the region and the world through schools, workshops and […]

Physics, Applied and Interdisciplinary Physics

[ 13/06/2013; 14:00 – 15:00. ] Speaker : Shahin Sheikh-Jabbari, IPM, Tehran, Iran

The standard classification of sciences and human knowledge is generically a either subject-wise or based on the methodology used. In this classification physics is one of basic, empirical sciences. Physics is about to uncover and formulate laws of nature and natural phenomena. Therefore, the borderline between physics and other […]

ICTP Prize Winners 2013

The 2013 ICTP Prize in honour of Marie Curie has been awarded to Dr. Yasaman Farzan, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
“The prize recognises Professor Yasaman Farzan (Iran) for her theoretical contributions to the physics of neutrinos, including development of the unitarity triangle method to determine the CP-violating phase, identification of symmetries leading […]