News and Events
Two SNF Eccellenza awards at the ITP
Admir Greljo and Pier Monni, two researchers currently at CERN, were awarded Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to carry out their research at the ITP. The projects Flavour Physics at the High Energy Frontier by Admir Greljo and Multiscale Cross Sections for Higgs Precision Physics by Pier Monni are both concerned with precision physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Faculty price for Thomas Rauh
Thomas Rauh won a faculty price for his graduate course Introduction to Feynman Integrals and Multiloop Techniques. The course was among the 4 courses (of a total of 144) with the highest scores in the student evaluations.
AEC Plenary Meeting
On September 3 an AEC Plenary meeting was held. The AEC is in its fourth and final year of the current funding period. One goal of the meeting was to highlight a few achievements of the past years and to gather input into the planning of the next period. Also members of the Advisory Committee (Poul Henrik Damgaard, Peter Jenni, Aneesh Manohar, Richard Wigmans) were present for the meeting.
In addition to research talks, reviews of experimental and theory activities were presented.
New ITP director, scientific program at Simons Center
As of August 1, 2019, Thomas Becher is Mikko Laine's successor as the ITP director. Good luck with the task! On the scientific side, towards the end of the month Susanne Reffert is co-organizing a program on Quantum-mechanical systems at large quantum number at the revered Simons Center in Stony Brook.
The rector has nominated Urs Wenger to an "assoziierter Professor" as of July 1, 2019. Congratulations!
Einstein medal ceremony
The Albert Einstein medal, awarded by the Albert Einstein Society, goes this year to Prof. Clifford M. Will from the University of Florida. The ceremony takes place on June 6, at 5pm, in the lecture hall ExWi 099, and involves a public talk, whose details can be found here.
Graduate course, Graduate student seminar, SwissMAP/GeNeZiSS meeting
As usual, the spring semester ends with a busy month. Starting on May 2, Gabriele Tartaglino Mazzucchelli offers a graduate course on Lie Algebras and their Extensions. On May 15, we have the regular AEC Graduate student seminar. Finally, on May 24, the SwissMAP/GeNeZiss String Theory Meeting returns once again to Bern.
AEC/ITP postdoc obtains permanent position in the UK
David Schaich, who had been a postdoc in Bern since 2016, recently obtained a faculty position at Liverpool University, among the strongest institutes in theoretical high-energy physics in the UK. He started his tenure there in mid-March. We thank David for his active presence in Bern and wish him good luck with the new challenges.
SNF professorship and promotion
Susanne Reffert's SNF professorship has been extended for another two years, until February 2021. From March 2021 she takes up a regular professorship (aoP) at AEC/ITP. Congratulations!
Conference, Graduate course
On February 18 - 20, Susanne Reffert co-organizes the next edition of the conference "Women at the intersection of Mathematics and High Energy Physics", in Geneva; more information can be found here. The first graduate course of the sping semester, by Thomas Rauh, starts on February 19, and presents an introduction to Feynman integrals and multiloop techniques.
New Year, New Team
The year starts with a reshuffling at the AEC: Gilberto Colangelo (ITP) takes over as the new director, with Michele Weber (LHEP) serving as the vice director. Florian Piegsa (LHEP) is the new president of the Board, with Thomas Becher (ITP) acting as the vice president. 2019 is the last year of the current funding period, so the new team is tasked with carrying out a self-evaluation of recent accomplishments, and coming up with new ideas for the next period. We wish the team good luck with these challenges!