Nonlinear Optics Topical Meeting – Virtual OSA Meeting 9 – 13 August 2021

ISC Director Claudio Conti co-organizes an OSA Virtual meeting from 9th to 13th August 2021.

An international forum for discussion of all aspects of nonlinear optics, including new phenomena, novel devices, advanced materials and applications. Nonlinear optical phenomena play a key role in many applications of photonics. They are now studied and applied over a wide range of energies and powers, from single-photons to zettawatts and above, and over broad spectral ranges, from THz to Gamma-ray frequencies.… Read the rest

Research at ISC – Presentazione dell’Istituto al Dipartimento di Fisica della Sapienza – 25 Maggio ore 14.30

The director of the Institute of Complex Systems, Prof. Claudio Conti, will present the activities of our Institute at the Physics Department of the University of Rome.

The meeting  will be on-line  on May 25th at 14.30, more information can be found here.Read the rest

Seminar by Paola Verrucchi, Monday April 19 at 3 pm

There is only one time

We draw a picture of physical systems that allows us to recognize what “time” is by requiring consistency with the way that time enters the fundamental laws of Physics. Elements of the picture are two non-interacting and yet entangled quantum systems, one of which acting as a clock. In this setting, employing the Page and Wootters mechanism with tools from large-N quantum approaches, we show that there is not a “quantum time”, possibly opposed to a “classical” one; there is only one time, and it is a manifestation of entanglement.… Read the rest

Machine Learning Photonics Lake Como School of Advanced Studies

The school brings together experts in emerging photonic technologies, machine learning techniques, and fundamental physics who will share with young researchers their knowledge and interdisciplinary approaches for understanding and designing complex photonic systems and their practical applications. In the new era of artificial intelligence, algorithms and computational interfaces are broadly emerging as novel tools to do scientific research. The paradigms of machine learning also inspire interpretations and methodologies, in both theories and experiments.… Read the rest

Advances in interacting complex systems

A joint online event organized by the Department of Physics of Bar-Ilan and the CNR-Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi (ISC-CNR) as a part of project EXPLICS “Towards a physical realization of explosive phenomena in interacting complex systems”, granted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).

See the Conference Website for more information.

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NetSci 2020 in Rome

The Net Sci 2020 International School and Conference on Network Science is being held online this year from September 17th to the 25th.
NetSci 2020 is the flagship conference of the Network Science Society, which aims to bring together leading researchers and practitioners working in the emerging research area of network science.
Among the organizers are Guido Caldarelli and Giulio Cimini.… Read the rest

Lake Como School of Advanced Photonics

Machine Learning Photonics

Lake Como School of Advanced Studies

14 – 18 September 2020

The school brings together experts in emerging photonic technologies, machine learning techniques, and fundamental physics who will share with young researchers their knowledge and interdisciplinary approaches for understanding and designing complex photonic systems and their practical applications. In the new era of artificial intelligence, algorithms and computational interfaces are broadly emerging as novel tools to do scientific research.… Read the rest

Photonic Reservoir Computing and Information Processing in Complex Network

Trento, 4-6 December 2019
Sociology Building (Aula Kessler)
via Verdi 26, Trento (Italy)
Workshop Directors
Lorenzo Pavesi (University of Trento)
Manlio De Domenico (FBK – Bruno Kessler Foundation)
Claudio Conti (Sapienza University)
For further info see web site
Wednesday 4th December

19.00 Social event at MUSE – Science Museum of Trento (
Get together dinner buffet
The idea behind the workshop, L.… Read the rest

La genesi dei modelli: teoria, simulazioni e dati

25-27 Novembre 2019 Accademia dei Lincei, Roma

Sala delle Scienze Fisiche – Palazzo Corsini – via della Lungara, 10 – Roma

Nella pratica reale della ricerca scientifica si lavora, di fatto, sempre con “modelli”, termine che può essere inteso in modi anche molto diversi tra loro.

La meccanica classica e la meccanica quantistica, ad esempio, possono essere viste come modelli (in quanto buone approssimazioni di teorie ancora più generali); ma in questi casi siamo di fronte a descrizioni molto raffinate, e possiamo considerarle alla stregua di principi primi.… Read the rest

Polymers and Soft Materials: Glasses, Gels and Networks – Erice School

Summer Course – Erice, July 9th – 16th 2019
International school: “Water and water systems”
2nd Course: Polymers and Soft Materials: Glasses, Gels and Networks
For general information:

Course Description

The purpose of the course is that of giving a balanced view of fundamental topics in the realm of polymer, soft and glass materials.… Read the rest

Workshop: Monitoraggio e Manutenzione delle Aree Archeologiche

Colosseo 2019
Workshop on: Monitoraggio e manutenzione nelle aree archeologiche.
Cambiamenti climatici, dissesto idrogeologico e geomorfologico, degrado chimico ambientale
Roma, 20-21 Marzo 2019
Here are the slides by Massimo Materassi for the event.… Read the rest

Scientific perspectives of Italy-India collaborations

Venue Sala Lauree – Department of Physics, Sapienza University of Rome

From left to right: Dr. L. Benfatto, Prof. E. Gaudio, Dr V. Grippo, H.E. R. Sandhu, Prof. C. Spinella, Prof. P. Mataloni, Dr M. Pessina, Prof. N. Saini

On the 18th of March our Institute, in collaboration with the Physics Department of the Sapienza University and the Indian Embassy in Rome, organized a meeting o “Light and technology: the frontiers of emergent systems”.… Read the rest

International Day of Girls and Women in Science

Aula Amaldi, Edificio Marconi, Sapienza Università di Roma

Locandina evento
L’11 Febbraio è stato nominato dalle Nazioni Unite “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” con le finalità di: “…achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”.

In questa importante occasione, il Dipartimento di Fisica della Sapienza organizza un evento rivolto alle studentesse e agli studenti, al personale docente e ricercatore, e a tutte le persone interessate con la finalità di condividere dati, evidenziare stereotipi e discutere azioni positive attraverso il confronto con altre realtà nazionali e internazionali.… Read the rest

Seminar: Non-reciprocal resonant optomechanics in semiconductor nanostructures

Friday, 5 October 2018 from 15:00 to 16:00 (Europe/Rome)
University of Rome, Sapienza
Aula Cortini Dipartimento di Fisica – Edificio E Fermi

Alexander V. Poshakinskiy
Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia

In semiconductor quantum wells, photoelastic interaction is increased by several orders of magnitude at the exciton resonance frequency, making them promising for optomechanics [1]. Under resonant laser pump, the exciton-mediated stimulated Raman scattering leads to controllable sound amplification or attenuation, akin to the optomechanical heating and cooling effects.… Read the rest


International Workshop on 2D superconductivity, Rome 22 June 2018

SuperTop2018 is an international one-day workshop aimed at bringing together experts in the fields of two-dimensional superconductors, covering different topics ranging from conventional and unconventional superconductors to quasi-2D Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless physics and emergent inhomogeneity. The workshop will be held on June 22 2018 at the Department of Physics of the Sapienza University of Rome, and it is supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair (MAECI) under the joint Italia-India collaborative project SuperTop.… Read the rest

Complex Networks and Water Distribution Systems

April 19th 2018

Università della Campania “Vanvitelli”
Via Roma, 29 Aversa (CE)

“I giovedì del dottorato”, periodic meetings of the PhD School in Environment, Design and Innovation of Università della Campania “Vanvitelli”


Symposium EP07: Tailored Disorder─Novel Materials for Advanced Optics and Photonics

Hynes Convention Center (Boston, USA)
November 25-30, 2018
The MRS Fall Meeting 2018 symposium aims to create collaboration and a creative discussion among the many groups involved in the search, development and use of disorder covering all areas and disciplines from biology, physics and materials science and engineering.
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Mechanics of Earthquake Faulting

International School of Physics “Enrico Fermi”
July 2-7, 2018


Andrea Bizzarri – INGV, Sezione di Bologna (Italy)
Shamita Das – University of Oxford (UK)
Alberto Petri – CNR-ISC, Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy)


Anna Maria Loguercio – CNR-ISC, Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy)


Physics of shallow, intermediate and deep earthquakes
Fundamental of rock mechanics
Laboratory experiments
Inferences from real data
Applications to earthquake engineering

This is not merely a school in a strict sense, but is indeed a high–level event for post–doctoral students and scientists.… Read the rest

2018 Workshop on Complexity in Engineering (COMPENG)

COMPENG 2018 will focus on the latest developments in complexity science
and their application in an engineering perspective.
Authors are encouraged to submit abstract or papers on their research
considering, but not being limited to, the following topics:

– Agent-based systems
– Big Data and data-driven systems
– Bio-physics, stochastic processes and noise
– Complex Networks
– Critical Infrastructures, transportation systems, realtime management
– Dynamics in Memristor circuits
– Machine Learning
– Laser dynamics and optoelectronic systems
– Plasma control and nuclear fusion
– Control in sensor and actuator networks
– Smart grids

Keynote Speakers:

Giovanni DE NINNO (University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia)
Nadia DOMINICI (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Philippe GHENDRIH (CEA, IRFM, France)
Antonio POLITI (University of Aberdeen, UK)

Important dates:

Deadline for Abstract/Paper Submissions
May 31 2018
Notification of Acceptance
June 30 2018


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Ciclo di seminari: Dalla fisica della Risonanza Magnetica Nucleare alle immagini diagnostiche

Silvia Capuani (CNR ISC & NMR and Medical physics Laboratory Physics Dpt. Sapienza)
Friday, 26 January 2018 from 15:00 to 17:00 (Europe/Rome)
at Dipartimento di Fisica – Edificio G. Marconi ( Aula Conversi )
(locandina ciclo seminari)
Venerdì 26 gennaio 2018: Il segnale NMR.
Mercoledì 31 gennaio 2018: La spettroscopia NMR protonica e di eteronuclei.
Venerdì 2 febbraio: L’Imaging NMR convenzionale.… Read the rest

Workshop on Teaching and Learning Statistical Physics

April 4th-6th 2018
Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Via San Donato, 21 – 53045 (Google Maps)
Montepulciano (Siena, Italy)
Organizers: Roberto Livi (University of Florence) and Paolo Politi (Institute for Complex Systems, CNR)
Scientific Secretary: Giovanna Pacini (University of Florence)
Further information: (Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics (the book and beyond))… Read the rest

Talk: Miguel Alonso – November 22, 2017

Aula 6 – Edificio Fermi, Dipartimento di Fisica
The connection between rays and waves
Miguel Alonso (University Rochester)
While the ray model is outdated as a physical theory, it is still an extremely valuable conceptual and computational tool for the design and modeling of optical systems. It is therefore important to know the limits of its validity as well as its connection to the more physical wave framework.… Read the rest

Talk: Martin Weitz – November 2 2017

Aula Conversi, Dipartimento di Fisica (I piano edificio Marconi)
3pm-4pm (info)
Martin Weitz (Universität Bonn)

Bose-Einstein condensation has been observed with cold atomic gases,
exciton-polaritons, and more recently with photons in a dye-filled optical
microcavity. I will here describe recent measurements of our Bonn group
determining the heat capacity of a two-dimensional photon gas in the regime
around the Bose-Einstein phase transition.… Read the rest

Seminario: Alessandro Taloni – 15 novembre 2017

Aula Conversi, Dipartimento di Fisica (I piano edificio Marconi)
Ore: 16:00
Alessandro Taloni

Complexity models in biophysics and material science

I will review three topics of my recent activity:

  1. Fractional Langevin Equation and its application to linear stochastic models.
    The Generalized Elastic Model accounts for the dynamics of several physical systems, such as polymers, fluctuating interfaces, growing surfaces, membranes, proteins and file systems.
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Seminario: Andrea Marini – 8 novembre 2017

Aula Conversi, Dipartimento di Fisica (I piano edificio Marconi)
ore 16:00
Andrea Marini

Nanofotonica nonlineare su metalli e grafene: sfide e opportunità

La nanofotonica è la scienza che studia il confinamento della luce in regioni di spazio con dimensioni inferiori alla lunghezza d’onda. In mezzi dielettrici convenzionali questo non è possibile a causa della diffrazione, che pone il limite fisico della lunghezza d’onda come minima distanza di confinamento della luce.… Read the rest

ISC Meeting 2017

October 16th-17th 2017

Programma Meeting 2017

Soft Matter

Monday  16 October 10.00 → 12.20 (Morning)
10:00-10:20 Introduction by the Director
10.20-10.40 “In silico” synthesis of microgel particles E. Zaccarelli
10.40-11.00 Experimental behaviour of soft colloids: responsive microgels B. Ruzicka
11.00-11.40 Keynote talk
Can colloids teach us something on the anomalous
thermodynamic behaviour of supercooled water?
F. Sciortino
11.40-12.00 Flexible colloidal structures in active baths L.
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Physics of Complexity @ ISC-Sapienza

La Fisica della Complessità @ISC-Sapienza

17 Ottobre 2017, ore 16:00

Università La Sapienza,

Dipartimento di Fisica,

Aula Conversi

L’Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi (ISC) del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, la cui attività si svolge da vari anni in stretta collaborazione con i ricercatori del Dipartimento di Fisica, dedica un pomeriggio tematico alla presentazione delle sue attuali linee di ricerca. Le presentazioni avranno carattere generale, sono rivolte ai colleghi di tutti gli ambiti disciplinari e agli studenti interessati a svolgere tesi in collaborazione con il personale dell’Istituto.… Read the rest

Economic Fitness: Evolving Economic Complexity for Development

See also A Better Way to Make Economic Forecasts

Il 14 settembre alla Banca Mondiale di Washington
Questo evento è totalmente dedicato ai risultati e alle prospettive della collaborazione
tra il gruppo della Sapienza (Fisica) e dell’Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi del CNR,
coordinato dal Prof. Luciano Pietronero, con la World Bank.
Economic Fitness (EF) consiste in un nuovo paradigma sviluppato dal gruppo di
Pietronero in cui si descrivono le economie come processi evolutivi di ecosistemi di
tecnologie e infrastrutture industriali e finanziarie che sono globalmente
interconnesse.… Read the rest

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics of Small Systems Workshop

September 18-20, 2017
Venue University of Rome “La Sapienza” Physics Department, Marconi building I floor
A challenging frontier in statistical physics concerns systems with a small number N of degrees of freedom, far from the thermodynamic limit: such an interest is motivated by the recent increase of resolution in the observation and in the manipulation of the micro-nano world. The peculiar feature of small systems is the relevance of fluctuations, which cannot be neglected.… Read the rest

Summer School & Workshop on Data-driven methods for Multi-Scale Physics and Complex Systems

Summer School: July 24-28 at La Sapienza
Workshop: July 31-August 4 at the University Washington (Rome Center)
Further information
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ScienzEstate 2017

Eccoci giunti finalmente alla programmazione del nostro evento più atteso!

La manifestazione Scienzestate 2017 avrà luogo nella settimana dal 5 al 9 giugno 2017, con appuntamenti presso varie sedi dell’Università di Firenze!

Laboratori interattivi, giochi scientifici, visite guidate ai laboratori di ricerca e ai Centri di Eccellenza, le “passeggiate matematiche” del Prof. Conti nel Centro Storico di Firenze, spettacoli musicali e teatrali e, grande evento attesissimo, una conferenza del disegnatore di Dylan Dog Roberto Recchioni!… Read the rest


La Fisica della Complessità@ISC-Sapienza
6 Dicembre 2016, ore 16:00
Sapienza Università,
Dipartimento di Fisica,
Aula Conversi
L’Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi (ISC) del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, la cui attività si svolge da vari anni in stretta collaborazione con i ricercatori del Dipartimento di Fisica, dedica un pomeriggio tematico alla presentazione delle sue attuali linee di ricerca. Le presentazioni avranno carattere generale, sono rivolte ai colleghi di tutti gli ambiti disciplinari e agli studenti interessati a svolgere tesi in collaborazione con il personale dell’Istituto.… Read the rest

ISC meeting – Diffusion Processes

An ISC-meeting on diffusion processes took place in Sesto Fiorentino (Florence) on Sept. 27th and 28th.
It was the occasion to highlight the variety of ISC research fields where diffusion plays a relevant role:

If brownian motion has been a milestone to understand the atomistic nature of matter, diffusion processes are so widespread because diffusion is one of the main “way of transport”, as we learn from the kinetic theory.… Read the rest

Thematic Meeting “Materials for Energy”

Settembre 9th 2016
University of Roma “La Sapienza”
Physics Department
Aula Rasetti
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Metrology In A Complex World: From Urban And Energy Systems To Social Networks

July 26th 2016
CeSMA – Centro di Servizi Metrologici Avanzati
Workshop CeSMA 2016.07.26.pdfRead the rest

Giornate Didattiche SISN 2016

La Società Italiana di Spettroscopia Neutronica (SISN) organizza le Giornate Didattiche SISN 2016.

Introduzione alle tecniche neutroniche per lo studio microscopico della materia, con applicazioni alla Fisica, Chimica, Biologia e Geologia

Le Giornate Didattiche sono indirizzate a studenti delle lauree triennali e magistrali, dottorandi e giovani ricercatori interessati ad acquisire gli elementi di base delle tecniche neutroniche. La Scuola si svolgerà in due parti, come segue.… Read the rest

International Workshop SUPERHYDRIDES

Towards Room Temperature Superconductivity:
Hydrides and More
Rome, 9-10 May, Aula Marconi, CNR Headquarters
The recent discovery of superconductivity at 200 K in sulfur hydrides under pressure opens exciting perspectives in the search for superconductivity at room temperature and room pressure. Joint cooperative efforts in this direction, experimental and theoretical, from all the scientific community, are essential and welcome.

The workshop aims to summon the widest range of the scientific community in the field and to provide a first common space for exchange and discussion for both experienced and young researchers interested in the subject.… Read the rest

Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society, ECIS 2016 4-9 September 2016, Rome, Italy

The 30th Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS 2016) will be held from 4th to 9th September 2016, in the campus of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. The aim of the conference is to bring together experts from the interdisciplinary field of colloidal and interface science. ECIS 2016 covers fundamental and applied advances in the fields of Interfaces, dispersed systems, complex fluids, micro- and nano-engineered materials and devices formed by naturally occurring or synthesized elements: surfactants, polymers, proteins, particles.… Read the rest

Workshop: Tinkering with Android

CNR ISC – Via Taurini 19
Jan 12th-15th

As part of the Alternanza Scuola Lavoro program in which Junior High School students are given work experience, a 4 day workshop on Android programming was held involving around 50 students working in groups in the library at Via Taurini. Eleven PC kindly lent by the CNR Servizi di Reti where turned into diskless kubuntu workstations set up around CNR-IASI servers.… Read the rest

2nd International Workshop on Brillouin Scattering

University of Rome “La Sapienza” – Physics Department Feb. 3rd – 5th 2016
The general subjects to be discussed during the three days are:

  • THz excitations in disordered condensed matter and in biological and magnetic systems
  • Neutron and photon inelastic scattering at low Q
  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Instrumentation
  • Perspectives in Brillouin scattering

Please visit for info and registration.… Read the rest

Presentazione @Sapienza – 1 Dicembre 2015

Martedì 1 Dicembre ore 14:00
Università di Roma La Sapienza – Dipartimento di Fisica
Aula Amaldi – Edificio Marconi 1° piano
ISC presentation booklet Nov 2015 (pdf)

14:00-14:15 Claudio Conti, introduzione

14:15-15:45 Presentazioni

Silvia Capuani: Misura del grado di disordine e della complessità strutturale con metodi NMR di diffusione anomala.

Claudio Castellano: Processi epidemici su reti complesse

Valentina Mussi: Spettroscopia e mappatura raman per la bioanalitica e la diagnostica

Massimo Materassi: Formalismo metriplettico e algebrizzazione di sistemi non-Hamiltoniani

Silvia Gentilini: Fotonica nei sistemi complessi

Matthieu Cristelli: La complessità oltre le scienze naturali: network, finanza, economia.Read the rest

GROWTHCOM Project Summer School

Lipari (September 6-12, 2015)
GROWTHCOM Project Summer School: Socio-Economic Complex Systems
Target audience: PhD students, postdocs, young and senior researchers interested in Socio-Economic Complex Systems.
The deadline for application is July 20, 2015. The official language is English.

The school is organized within the Project Growthcom “Growth and Innovation Policy-Modelling: Applying next Generation Tools, Data and Economic Complexity Ideas” financed by the European Commission within the FP7 Framework Programme.… Read the rest

10th SICC International Tutorial Workshop on “Topics in nonlinear dynamics”

Turin, Italy September 7th-9th, 2015
Nonlinear Dynamics in Computational Neuroscience: from Physics and Biology to ICT
Fernando Corinto (Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy) and
Alessandro Torcini (ISC-CNR, Florence, Italy)… Read the rest

Brownian motion: Presentation at Physics library (Sapienza)

Thursday, March 19th 2015
The past, present & future of Brownian motion presented by
Andrea Puglisi and others at the Biblioteca di Fisica
Università di Roma, La Sapienza.… Read the rest

Biophysics@Rome 2015

Second Edition of the Biophysics@Rome Conference
with an opening dedicated to “light themes”
underlining the role of advanced optical techniques in
biophysics, bio-analytics and biomedicine.
May 28th & 29th 2015
CNR, Area della Ricerca di Tor Vergata
Via del Fosso del Cavaliere, 100
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Workshop “Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi” Oct 27



Inizio 9:30

10:00 Luciano Pietronero, Dove va la complessità
10:20 Stefano Ruffo, Fisica delle interazioni a lungo raggio
10:40 Angelo Vulpiani, Leggi senza leggi: “solo” teoremi limite?
11:30 Francesco Sciortino, Gel di equilibrio e liquidi ultrastabili: fisica interessante con la materia soffice
11:50 Fabio Sciarrino, Complessità quantistica e campionamento bosonico
12:10 Francesco Sylos Labini, Il tramonto della ricerca italiana?Read the rest