News and Events

(February 2018) Spring semester starts

The spring semester 2018 starts on February 19, and lasts until May 31. As
usual we offer two Graduate Courses suitable for a broad audience, from the
advanced Master level to PhD students and postdocs. The first course, by Urs
Wenger on Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena, takes off on Tuesday Feb
27 at 2:15pm in lecture hall 119.

(January 2018) Physik am Freitag

The yearly outreach series "Physik am Freitag" of the Department of Physics and Astronomy kicks off on Friday January 19 (at 16:30 in lecture hall 099), with a presentation by Urs Wenger on the mass of the proton, on the weight of Universe, and other related matters. The remaining presentations are by our experimental colleagues. There are in total 5 talks this year, on a level suitable for high school students and the general public.

(December 2017) Xmas Fondue

ITP celebrated the traditional Xmas Fondue on Thursday December 14, in the presence of more than 50 guests. In addition to the usual culinary joys and happy reunions with our alumni, the dinner should remain in memory because of a unique Ukrainian music performance as well as spectacular lightning over the city of Bern. We thank once again Thomas Becher and Christoph Greub for the organization, and wish all the participants, as well as other friends of the ITP, a relaxing holiday season and best wishes for a productive New Year 2018!

(November 2017) Several new postdocs at ITP

In the recent months, several new postdoctoral fellows have started their
tenures at the ITP: Franziska Hagelstein, Adrian Lewandowski, Keita Nii,
Debajyoti Sarkar, Christoph Wiegand.  Two further ones, Ahmad Zein Assi and
João Barros, start in January. The interests of the postdocs vary
from low-energy hadronic interactions and collider physics all the way to
supersymmetry and string theory. Hopefully everyone has a productive and
pleasent stay in Bern!

(October 2017) Good success in the latest SNSF round

In the latest round of Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) decisions,
which were released a few weeks ago, all AEC/ITP applicants got their grants
fully or partly funded (Ignatios Antoniadis, Gilberto Colangelo, Christoph
Greub, Urs Wenger). The grants will support several postdoctoral and PhD
student positions within the next 3-4 years.

(September 2017)  AEC/ITP contribution to "Nacht der Forschung"

On September 16, from 4pm until midnight, the University of Bern
organizes its main outreach event. Both parts of the AEC are present,
with a contribution called the "Dance of the particles", consisting of
demonstrations in a tent in front of the university main building and
of oral presentations in the lecture hall 201 of the main building.
Tabletop experiments, numerical simulations, theoretical wisdom,
and dance performances, are equally on offer. 

(August 2017) New Ambizione Grantee at ITP

One of the current ITP postdocs, Dr. Jacobo Ruiz de Elvira, has won
a prestigious 4-year Ambizione grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The topic of his project is "Dispersive techniques for light meson
interactions and spectroscopy". The work is scheduled to start
in coming November. 

(July 2017) Part of ITP moves to new premises

As a consequence of rearrangements following the acquisition of
the old SBB headquarters by the University of Bern, a part of the ITP
recently relocated to new offices at Gesellschaftsstrasse 2, just
above the university Mensa. This helps to concentrate our offices
into two areas instead of the previous four. A discussion area and
a seminar room close to our premises hopefully encourage active

(June 2017) LISA experiment approved by ESA

An age-old dream is one step closer to being realized, as ESA has approved
the LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space
as a large-class mission in its Science program. In the wake of the
LIGO gravitational wave discovery and the successful LISA Pathfinder
mission, gravitational wave astronomy is enjoying considerable
tailwind at the moment. The LISA launch is expected to take place
in 2028-2034. The ITP is represented in the LISA scientific
collaboration by a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Germano Nardini, who
acts as one of the coordinators of the LISA cosmology working group.

(May 2017) AEC plenary meeting

The biyearly AEC plenary meeting took place on Wednesday May 24, 2017,
in the Kuppelraum of the University main building. A full day of talks,
by PhD students, postdocs, and professors alike, complemented by an
invited presentation by Simone Bifani (U. Birmingham, UK)
on potential B physics anomalies recently observed at the LHCb,
was concluded with a lively apero in late afternoon. 

(January 2017) Three AEC postdocs obtain permanent positions in Italy

Two current ITP postdocs, Antonio Amariti and Domenico Orlando, have
obtained prestigious INFN positions in Italy in the very competitive
last round.  Towards the end of 2017, Dr. Amariti will join an INFN
section in Milano and Dr. Orlando the INFN section at U. Torino. From
our neighbouring LHEP, Alberto Cervelli obtained a similar position on
the experimental side, and will join the INFN section in Bologna.