3rd Joint Dutch-Brazil School on Theoretical Physics

Start time:
 February 2, 2015
Ends on: February 6, 2015
Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Ana Achucarro (Leiden Univ.), Nathan Berkovits (IFT-UNESP/ICTP-SAIFR), Jan de Boer (Amsterdam Univ.), Rob Timmermans (Groningen Univ.)

Minicourse lecturers:
  • Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS Princeton) – Scattering Amplitudes and the Amplituhedron
  • Jan de Boer (Univ. of Amsterdam) – Entanglement Entropy and its Uses
  • Cumrun Vafa (Harvard Univ.) – Topological Strings and Supersymmetric Amplitudes
The Joint Dutch-Brazil School on Theoretical Physics is now in its third edition with previous schools in 2007 and 2011. This edition of the school will feature minicourses by Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS Princeton), Jan de Boer (University of Amsterdam) and Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University), as well as student presentations. The school is jointly organized with the Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics (DRSTP) and is intended for graduate students and researchers in the field of high-energy theoretical physics. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for local and travel support of participants. This school in São Paulo will be preceded by the XVIII J. A. Swieca School in Campos de Jordão.

More information and online application form at:http://www.ictp-saifr.org/dutch-brazil

Application deadline: December 1, 2014

ICTP-SAIFR Minischool on Biophysics of Protein Interactions

Start time: March 9, 2015

Ends on:  March 13, 2015

Location: São Paulo, Brazil


Organizers / Lecturers:

Fernando Luís Barroso da Silva (USP-Ribeirão Preto, Brazil): On the peculiar electrostatic effects observed in protein systems – a computational approach

Roland Netz (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany): Hydration and dielectric effects at surfaces

Rudolf Podgornik (U. Ljubljana, Slovenia): Charge regulation and electrostatic interactions in proteins

Invited Lecturers:

Mathias Boström (University of Oslo, Norway): Hofmeister effects, Van der Waals forces and material modeling of cellulose in solution

Hernan Chaimovich (USP-São Paulo, Brazil): Trifluoromethane sulfonate as a surfactant counterion: properties and applications

Ralf Eichhorn (Nordita, Sweden): Theory of phoretic effects induced by the (counter-)ions in the system

Rosângela Itri (USP-São Paulo, Brazil): Protein interactions as revealed by small-angle x-ray scattering

Yan Levin (UFRGS, Brazil): Introduction to statistical mechanics of charged systems

João Ruggiero Neto (UNESP-Rio Preto, Brazil): Electrostatic and non-electrostatic features in the interaction of lytic peptides with model membranes


The proposed school comes at an ideal time in order to compare and creatively confront different modern approaches to highly charged, structured, and disordered Coulomb systems. Its primary purpose will be to cross-pollinate the different theoretical, experimental and simulation approaches in order to progress towards a unified description of the electrostatic interactions in soft- and bio-matter. Approximate analytical theories as well as sophisticated simulations should pave the way in this endeavor and the school will first of all present their state-of-the-art as well as induce constructive interactions between these different theoretical approaches, as well as with the available experimental data.

Besides a poster session, attendants will be also invited to give short talks about their research activity in their home country in specific sessions that will be reserved in the working agenda for this purpose. This school is aimed at graduate students and researchers in the fields of statistical mechanics, materials science, biophysics and nanobiotechnology. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.

More information and online application form at: 

Application deadline: January 5, 2015