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Physics Colloquia and Seminars are held usually on Thursdays afternoon at 16 pm in Room A102-Aula Giulotto during the Fall and Spring semesters, unless otherwise announced.

The Physics Colloquia host distinguished guest speakers who highlight the forefront of ongoing research in Physics and in related fields with a one-hour presentation addressed to a general audience. This provides an excellent opportunity for the graduate students to get a feeling of different research areas in physics and related fields, to sample the various research opportunities for future jobs and to talk directly with leading scientists. The Physics Seminars are similar to the Colloquia, but they may deal with more focused subjects and can be somewhat more specialized.

Attendance of the Colloquia is compulsory for all graduate students. Attendance to the Seminars is encouraged for everybody, and is compulsory for graduate students of the corresponding area/curriculum.

The Voltian Lecture is an annual event named after the renowned Italian scientist, professor of experimental Physics at the University of Pavia during the last quarter of the eighteenth century. It is often the inaugural event of the series of Physics Colloquia for each academic year, and it represent an important part of the Graduate School's public events programme. It is also meant to create a wider awareness of the outcome and benefits of our research. The Voltian Lecture is awarded to a career scientist whose work has made a major contribution in Physics. The nominated scientist will present a distinguished lecture and will be awarded a commemorative silver medal.

SCHEDULED COLLOQUIA 2016/2017 (titles may be preliminary)

October 20, 2016 ................  Michele Punturo (INFN Perugia): The detection of Gravitational Waves: the dawn of a new era in the observation of the Universe - Slides

November 24, 2016 ................  Stefano Zapperi (University of Milan): How randomness controls the failure of disordered complex systems - Slides

January 26, 2017 ................  Davide Iannuzzi (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): Fiber-top technology: from fundamental physics to pre-clinical research - Slides 

February 2, 2017 ................  Klaus Fredenhagen (Univ. Hamburg and DESY): The vacuum is not empty: virtual particles, Casimir forces and dark energy - Slides

February 16, 2017 ............... Workshop on biomedical physics: Katia Parodi (Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. Munich), Kevin Prise (Queen's Univ. Belfast), Lembit Sihver (TU Vienna) - Announcement

March 2, 2017 ................... Slava Mukhanov (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich): Quantum Universe - Slides

March 23, 2017 ................... Tiziano Camporesi (CERN): True measurements, false discoveries: a walk through High Energy Physics achievements - Announcement - Slides

April 6, 2017 ................ Maarten Boonekamp (IRFU/SPP, CEA Saclay): Electroweak physics at LHC

May 11, 2017 ................ Giacomo Ghiringhelli (Politecnico di Milano): Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering: a new viewpoint on the properties of matter

May 23, 2017 at 15 pm ................ Gabriele Mascetti (ASI): Human space missions

COLLOQUIA 2015/2016 

June 23 ................  Marco Bersanelli (Università di Milano): Missione Planck: la prima luce dell'Universo -  Slides - Video

June 9 ..................  Marco Durante (TIFPA-INFN Trento): Heavy ions in theraphy and space -Slides

May 19 ................ Carl Carlson (College of William and Mary in Virginiam, USA): The puzzle of proton radiusSlides

May 5  ................ Aleandro Nisati (INFN Roma): High-energy physics with particle colliders: the present and the future - Slides - Video

April 21 ................  Massimo Passera (INFN Padova): The muon anomalous magnetic moment and new physics beyond the Standard Model (Seminario indirizzo teorico) - Slides

April 7    ..............  Francesco De Angelis (IIT Genova): 3D nanostructures for bio-photonics and neuro-plasmonics Slides

March 10 ............. Walter Belardi (Optoelectrics Research Centre, Univ. of Southampton): Hollow-core optical fibers: a brief history and future perspectives (Seminario indirizzo di Fisica della Materia) - Slides

February 25  ........ Paolo Mataloni (Univ. Rome La Sapienza): Integrated waveguide photonics circuits for quantum simulation and beyond Slides

February 11   ........  Roberto Gaudino (PoliTo): Photons to the home: status of the art in optical access networks and forecasted optoelectric component requirementsSlides

January 28 ........... Richard Wigmans (Texas Tech University, USA): Some practical applications of calorimetry, Voltian lecture - Slides

Past Voltian Lectures

2015/16 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 28 January 2016

Prof. Richard Wigmans (Texas Tech University, USA) presents the 7th Voltian Lecture on: Some practical applications of Calorimetry - Slides - Photos: 12345678

2014/15 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 12 February 2015

Prof. Nicolas Gisin of the University of Geneva presents the 6th Voltian  Lecture on: When Science meets Science Fiction: from Newton to Quantum Teleportation - Slides - photo

2013/14 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 6 March 2014

Prof.  Giorgio Benedek of the University of Milano Bicocca and DIPC Donostia/San Sebastian  presents the 5th Voltian  Lecture: The Quantum Sonar: Fishing Bosons in the Depths of Fermi Sea

2012/13 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 28 February 2013

Prof.  Giulio Giorello of the University of Milano  presents the 4th  Voltian  Lecture: Matematica e fisica nella scoperta scientifica

2011/12 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 27 January 2012

Director of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA, Trieste) Prof. Guido Martinelli presents the 3rd  Voltian  Lecture: Symmetries, Masses and Mysteries: The origin of masses, flavor and CP violation in the Standard Model and beyond

2010/11  Annual Voltian Lecture – 7  April 2011

Tate Medalist for International Leadership in Physics, (American Institute of Physics),  Prof.  Erio Tosatti from SISSA presents the 2nd Voltian Lecture lecture: Condensed Matter Physics: Where do we go?

2009/10 Annual Voltian Lecture – 11  February 2010

President of the ISI Foundation (Institute for Scientific Interchange, Turin), and Chair of the Graduate Schools of the Polytechnic University of Turin,  Prof.  Mario Rasetti presents the 1st Voltian Lecture: The Frontiers of Quantum Information: Matter that Computes, Thinks, and Lives.

COLLOQUIA 2014/2015

February 12.............Nicolas Gisin (Univ. Geneva): When Science meets Science Fiction: from Newton to Quantum Teleportation, Voltian lecture Slides

March 12................ Claude Weisbuch (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau): LEDs for lighting Slides

April 9................ Cesare Franchini (TU Wien): Orbital-Lattice-Spin Interactions in Functional Materials (S) Slides

April 23................ Stephen Blundell (Oxford University): How to build a superconductor Slides

May 7................ Vittorio Lubicz (Univ. Roma Tre): Lattice QCD

May 21................ Sandro Rossi (CNAO Pavia): CNAO (S) Slides

June 4................. John E. Sipe (Univ. Toronto): Dynamics of the effective mass and the anomalous group velocity (S) Slides

June 11................ Nicolao Fornengo (Univ. Torino): Particle Dark Matter Slides


Occasionally, our Graduate School hosts seminars from distinguished guest speakers who introduce to a general educated audience important research themes  in Physics and in related fields.

In the Academic Year 2012/2013 Prof. Guglielmina Nadia Ranzani (Biology Department) has given two distinguished seminars on:

The Humane Genome: beyond the DNA sequence I (January 9)

The Humane Genome: beyond the DNA sequence II (January 10)


  • January 16.............E. D'Angelo (Pavia):
From cellular biophysics to spiking networks for robotic control
  • March 6................ Giorgio Benedek, (Università di Milano Bicocca and DIPC Donostia/San Sebastian): Voltian Lecture:

The Quantum Sonar: fishing bosons in the depths of Fermi sea

  • March 13...............Bernd Büchner, (Institute of Solid State Research, IFW Dresden and Institute for Solid State Physics, Technical University Dresden):

Intrinsic Magnetic and Electronic Nanoscale Structures in Transition Metal Oxides

  • March 27...............Francesco Spano', (Royal Holloway, University of London):

Top quark physics at the Large Hadron Collider

  • April 10.................Caslav Brukner
  • May 5....................A. Deshpande
  • May 12..................TBA
  • May 22..................S. Heinemeyer
  • June 5.................. R. Schiavilla
  • June 19..................Lee Smolin
  • TBC September 11........N. Tantalo TBC
  • September 25........Marco Bersanelli


January 31............J. Pachos, (Leeds, UK): Topological Quantum Computation

February 14............G. Tino, (Firenze): Cold Atoms

February 28............G. Giorello, (Milano): Voltian Lecture:


March 14............C. Hogan : Quantum space-time

April 11..............Degrassi (Univ. Roma III): The Higgs boson and New Physics

May  2............A. Polosa, (Roma): The New Hadrons

May 16............A. Morpurgo, (Ginevra, SW): An Experimental Tour Through Some of

the Unique Properties of Graphene

May 30............M. Vanderhaeghen, (Mainz, Ge):

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