The Galileo Galilei Institute (GGI), the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) National Centre for Advanced Studies dedicated to theoretical physics and located in Florence, won, for the second time, a Targeted Grant to Institutes, a very prestigious grant awarded by the Simons Foundation, worth approximately $500.000. The award aims at supporting institutes or centres operating in the fields of mathematics, physics, and computer science, as well as to strengthen their mission by increasing contacts with the international scientific community.
The selected scientific proposal concerns various activities to be carried out at GGI over the next three years. In particular, the Simons Visiting Program at GGI covers three different types of collaboration with the Centre’s activities:
– long-term visits by scientists;
– participation of eminent scientists in workshops organized by GGI;
– initiatives to increase the participation of young researchers, and doctoral students from institutions with limited funding.
Furthermore, a partnership is established for the development of the Pollica Physics Centre, a recently established institute in Cilento, Southern Italy, which organizes theoretical and mathematical physics workshops. The contribution from the Simons Foundation will complement institutional funding, supporting specific actions for the scientific mission of the GGI.
Stefania De Curtis, director of the Galileo Galilei Institute, was extremely pleased with the funding recently obtained, which marks the importance of the GGI and of the work carried out at the Centre. “The Simons Visiting Program that we will thus be able to implement at the GGI will expand and strengthen the role of our Institute as an international point of reference for advanced training and research, contributing to strengthening contacts within the international scientific community, and encouraging interaction and synergy between different skills. Furthermore, we will be able to introduce initiatives to promote the inclusiveness and development of the Pollica Physics Centre and, more generally, to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge between Italy and the rest of the world. We therefore thank the Simons Foundation for the recognition and for the wonderful opportunity it offers to the Galileo Galilei Institute,” remarked the Director.