Conferences & Workshops

SCOOL provides scientifc and/or technical support to the organization of national and international conferences and workshops.


02-06 December 2024, Salerno (Italy)
Organised by ALICE group at the Physics Department "E.R. Caianiello" of the University of Salerno. With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
The ALICE Physics Week is a scientific meeting of the ALICE Collaboration dedicated to presentations and discussions of recent physics results, future perspectives, and upgrade activities.
This year the event will be held in Salerno, next to the Amalfi Coast, Italy. The participants will be hosted in the Grand Hotel Salerno, a luxurious and famous hotel with a long-standing tradition of conference tourism. The hotel is located on the coast, within walking distance of downtown, and has a nice panoramic sea view. The meeting hall is in the same hotel, on the ground floor, and can host up to 350 people.
09-11 October 2024, Florence (Italy)
Organised by National Research Council (CNR). With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
The Nanomedicine School is dedicated to Master students, PhD students, early stage researchers, and whoever is interested in an introduction to this rather new field of research.
The scientific programme includes the following topics:
  • Nanomaterials for nanomedicine
  • Tissue engineering
  • Therapeutics nanotechnological approaches

Flavour Tagging Workshop

09-13 September 2024, Genoa (Italy)
Organised by INFN-Genoa section and Physics Department University of Genoa. With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
The workshop will bring together the ATLAS and CMS Flavour tagging communities. The techniques used to identify heavy-flavoured jets in resolved and boosted topologies will be discussed with plenty of time allocated for discussions.
The workshop will feature public plenary sessions as well as internal parallel sessions. Invited speaker on theory modeling aspects of heavy-flavored jets as well as advanced machine learning techniques are also foreseen.
Scientific programme of the plenary sessions:
  • Algorithms for the identification of jet flavours: from impact parameter-based tagger up to transformers
  • Calibration techniques to measure b- and c-tagging efficiency in data
  • Identification of boosted bb/cc jets
  • b-jet triggers
  • Software developments
  • State-of-the-art machine learning techniques for flavour tagging
  • Modeling aspects of b- and c-jets: fragmentation functions, b-jets labeling at higher order

16th International Workshop on Boosted Object Phenomenology, Reconstruction, Measurements, and Searches at Colliders

From 29 July to 2 August 2024, Genoa (Italy)
Organised by INFN-Genoa section and Physics Department University of Genoa. With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
BOOST 2024 is the 16th conference of a series of successful joint theory/experiment workshops that bring together the world's leading experts from theory and LHC/RHIC experiments to discuss the latest progress and develop new approaches on the reconstruction of and use of jet substructure to study Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and look for physics beyond the Standard Model. The conference will cover the following topics:
  • Searches for new particles (phenomenology and experiment)
  • QCD calculations and measurements in vacuum or in medium from any collision system
  • Jet reconstruction and calibration
  • Other aspects of hadronic final state reconstruction, such as pileup mitigation
  • New observables and techniques, including machine learning
  • Studies related to future colliders

H-MAG '24
Magnetic Particles: From Bottom-Up to Top-Down Approaches

27-29 June 2024, Iglesias (Italy)
Organised by Nanostructured Magnetic Materials Laboratory (nM2-Lab) of CNR-ISM (Rome, Italy) and University of Genoa-DCCI (Genoa, Italy).
The New Horizons on Nanostructured Magnetic Materials (H-MAG) workshop series, sponsored by the Nanostructured Magnetic Materials Laboratory (nM2-Lab) promises to be a dynamic biannual event set to explore and advance the field of nanostructured magnetic materials. Each year, the workshop will focus on a different cutting-edge topic, attracting academic scientists, researchers, and industry professionals to share their experiences and the latest achievements and challenges in modeling, fabrication, and characterization of nanostructured magnetic materials, devices, and systems. The H-MAG workshop aspires to become a hallmark in the field of nanostructured magnetic materials. 
The workshop is designed to stimulate the discussion on strategies, properties and applications of magnetic particles, obtained by using both bottom-up and top-down fabrication processes.
This year's main topics were:
  • Nanoparticles, Nanoarchitectures, Nano/Micro-disks
  • Magnetic and transport properties
  • Theoretical modeling and computer simulations
  • Advanced design and fabrication methods  
  • Advanced characterization techniques
  • Applications: Biomedicine, Energy, Life Science, Electronics

Determination of the absolute electron
(anti)-neutrino mass

From 26 February to 1th March 2024, Genoa (Italy)
Organised by INFN-Genoa section and Physics Department University of Genoa. With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
The international NuMass 2024 workshop aims to better exploit the potential of current and future direct neutrino mass experiments and to provide a unique opportunity to discuss experimental details and theoretical implications in a synergistic setting. Workshop topics included the following:
  • Neutrino mass experimental overviews
  • Direct neutrino mass measurements: beta decay and electron capture (EC) end-point studies
  • Experimental aspects
  • Data analysis
  • Theoretical description of beta/EC spectra
This meeting brought together the direct neutrino mass experiment community and experts from neutrino physics, astrophysics, and cosmology to critically assess the prospects for the measurement of the neutrino mass.


Frontiers in Materials Physical Chemistry: Nanostructures and Nanomaterials

19 - 23 June 2023, Villa San Remigio, Verbania (Italy)
Organised by DISIT University of Piemonte Orientale and INFN - Sezione Genova. With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
The National School of Physical Chemistry 2023 is an event promoted by the Physical Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society which this year has dedicated itself to investigating the chemical-physical properties of nanomaterials and nanostructures.
The School was aimed at Italian and foreign graduates and doctoral students, as well as post-docs and young researchers. The lessons were held by high-profile international researchers who illustrated the aspects of synthesis and advanced characterization of nanomaterials, furthermore they explored the most recent results in the field of nanocomposite materials, magnetic materials, bio-nanomaterials, heterogeneous catalysts and of the applications of nanomaterials in the environmental, energy and cultural heritage fields.
16 - 20 October 2023, Sestri Levante (Italy)
Organised by INFN-Genoa section. With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
The annual series of the International Workshop on Vertex Detectors (VERTEX) is an international forum with the aim of reviewing the recent, the ongoing, and the future activities on silicon based vertex detectors, covering a wide range of topics: existing and future detectors, new detector developments, radiation hardness, simulation, tracking and  alignment performance, electronics, triggering, applications to medical and other fields.

5 - 9 June 2023, Genoa (Italy)
Organised by INFN-Genoa section and  University of Genoa. With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.

This series of conferences started in 1985 at Maryland, USA. It brings together experimentalists and theorists every other year to review the status and progress in hadron spectroscopy, structure and related topics and to exchange ideas for future explorations. The main topics of this conference include:

  • Meson spectroscopy
  • Baryon spectroscopy
  • Exotic hadrons and candidates
  • Hadron decays, production and interactions
  • Analysis tools
  • QCD and hadron structure
  • Hadrons in hot and nuclear environment
  • Hypernuclei and kaonic atoms
  • New facilities
  • Hadrons and physics beyond the standard model
12 - 18 March 2023, Courmayeur (Italy)
Organised by Department of Physics of the University of Genova, CNR-Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism and Associazione Science is Cool.

The topics of 3S'23 will include all aspects of surface science, including, but not limited to:

  • Surface structure
  • Reactions and dynamics at surfaces
  • Particle-surface interactions
  • Epitaxial growth
  • Adsorption and desorption
  • Applications of surface science

The scientific program will include 48 oral presentations (20 minutes slots including discussion), to be selected from the extended abstracts submitted as oral.

All other contributions will be presented as posters. Poster boards are 180 cm high and 90 cm wide. The poster session will be preceded by poster introductions, in which authors will have the opportunity to present highlights of their work orally as a two – minute pitch.
In addition to the scientific program, an important purpose of this symposium is to foster informal contacts during daily skiing activities. Therefore the central hours of each day will be devoted to skiing in groups both with and without skimasters.


17 - 21 October 2022, Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy)
Organised by INFN-Sezione di Genova and the Department of Physics of the University of Genova. With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
The 13th International Workshop on the Physics of Excited Nucleons (NSTAR) workshop aimed at bringing upon expertise from both experiment and theory to focus on the physics of the spectrum and the structure of excited nucleons. Dedicated experimental programs exist to perform accurate measurements of meson photo- and electro-production off the nucleon in order to discover its excitations, and determine its internal structure. Effective field theories, QCD-inspired models and Schwinger-Dyson approaches to QCD aim to identify the key degrees of freedom describing the nucleon, while lattice QCD provides first principle calculations of a precision that can confront experiment. The purpose of this workshop was to present the latest results in each of these areas,  explore how together they can build a picture of nucleon excitations and the nature of QCD in the low-energy regime and to discuss the future developments. The program included a series of invited plenary talks, together with contributed parallel sessions.
26 - 30 September 2022, Sestri Levante (Italy)
Organised by INFN-Sezione di Genova and the Department of Physics of the University of Genova.  With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
International conference PUMA22 Probing the Universe with Multimessenger Astrophysics aimed at gathering an overview of the status and future prospects of astrophysics and cosmology with a multi-messenger approach. The sessions dealt with astrophysics with electromagnetic waves, astrophysics with gravitational waves, astroparticle physics and neutrino astrophysics, nuclear astrophysics, cosmology. The sessions and the talks were organised according to astrophysical sources and phenomena: compact objects, neutron star mergers, supernovae, active galactic nuclei, CMB, ..... highlighting the current status of the knowledge and the benefit of a multi-messenger approach.
The conference had plenary sessions, with both invited and contributed talks.

20 - 23 September 2022, Rome (Italy)
Organised by the Nanostructured Magnetic Materials Lab (nM2-Lab) of CNR-ISM and University Genova - DCCI. With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.
3NANO belongs to a series of scientific international conferences aimed at providing a forum for discussing the most recent development of the research in Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and NanobiotechnologyThe series of conferences was born in 2007 as a Brasilian - French conference and over the years it became an international conference. 3NANO 2022, the VI edition of the series, focused on the latest advances in modeling, synthesis and characterization of (multi)functional nano-materials, nano-composites and multiscale systems with magnetic, electric and optical properties and their applications in different fields including biomedicine, energy, life science and electronics. The program consisted of invited talks, oral and poster contributions.

4 - 7 July 2022, Genoa (Italy)
Organised by the Physical Chemists of the University of Genoa.
The 48th National Congress of Physical Chemistry (XLVIII CNCF, Genoa 2022), was promoted by the Physical Chemistry Division of the Società Chimica Italiana.
The scientific program was divided in topics of general interest and different thematic sessions, with the aim of representing an important meeting point for dissemination of this discipline. During the conference, dedicated to theme of general interest, talks open to the public was proposed.

08 - 10 June 2022, Rome (Italy)
Organised by National Research Council (CNR).  With the support of Associazione Science is Cool.

The Nanomedicine School was dedicated to Master students, PhD students, early stage researchers, and whoever is interested in an introduction to this rather new field of research.
The scientific programme was included the following topics:
  • Nanomaterials for nanomedicine
  • Tissue engineering
  • From bench to bed
  • Therapeutics nanotechnological approaches
10 - 14 April 2022, Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy) 
Organised by the University of Genoa, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), the SuPerconducting and other INnovative materials and devices institute of the National Research Council (CNR-SPIN) and the Association Science is Cool.
The aim of 51st edition of the Journées des Actinides was to disseminate and discuss recent and/or unpublished results on the physical and chemical properties of actinide elements, their alloys and compounds. Scientists, engineers, and students from universities, national laboratories, and the nuclear industry are invited to participate with their technical contributions, with a special attention to orals by PhD students and young researchers.
From 28 March to 04 April 2022, Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy)
Organised by Department of Physics, University of Genoa, and Association Science is Cool.
The school, organized within the ‘Dipartimento di Eccellenza MIUR’ project, was primarily aimed to Ph.D. students and early stage researchers interested in the different aspects of topological condensed matter physics, both in and out of equilibrium. Theory, experiments, and applications were addressed during the lectures.


2 December 2021, On-line event

Organized by Nanostructured Magnetic Materials Laboratory, Institute of Structure of Matter - CNR, DCCI - University of Genoa) and Association Science is Cool; Chairs: D. Peddis (Un. Genoa/CNR-ISM), S. Laureti (CNR-ISM), G. Varvaro (CNR-ISM), D. Fiorani (CNR-ISM).

The 3NANO Live webinar aims at promoting exchange of ideas between internationally recognized experts in the fields of nano-science, nano-technology and nano-biotechnology. The program includes 7 invited talks on selected topics. The online event predates the VI edition of the 3NANO Conference that will be held in Roma in autumn 2022.

Video recording here.

13-15 October 2021, Genoa (Italy) 
Organized by University of Genoa, CNR-SPIN and Association Science is Cool.

The International Workshop on Oxide Electronics series has become an important venue to discuss recent advances and emerging trends in this developing field. The aim of the workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers - theorists as well as experimentalists - on understanding the fundamental electronic and structural properties and also on the design, synthesis, processing, characterization, and applications of (epitaxial) functional oxide materials. Results of critical scientific importance as well as studies revealing the technological potential of functional oxide thin films to create devices with enhanced performance will be showcased.


27 November 2020, On-line event
Organized by ENEA
The webinar "COVID-19: lo stato locale e nazionale della pandemia globale" was held during the European Researcher's Night (ERN). In the event was given information  to citizens on the evolution of the pandemic on the basis of scientific evidence, countering fake news and unaware behavior.
The event was attended by distinguished national and international scientists, and regional/local health authorities.
Video recording here.

20 November 2020, On-line event

Organized by CNR, in collaboration with ENEA, Raw Materials Hub - Regional Center Southern Italy, Ass. Science is Cool, Enterprise Europe Network, along with EIT RawMaterials, Ass. Mineraria Sarda and Ordine degli Ingegneri della provincia di Catania

The aims of the Joint Symposium "Sulcis International Meeting - Raw Materials for Circular Economy" has been:
- Discussing new raw materials supply strategies, based on the identification of new mining sites, on the environmental remediation of closed mining sites and on the value recovery from end-of-life goods through circular economy approaches.
- Disseminate within the society the science and the technology on which is based the raw materials supply, and their use and exploitation to obtain our daily life goods on which is based our well- being.
- Involve politicians, entrepreneurs and industrialists in these discussions, in order to generate the virtuous cycle that leads from the political decision-maker to investments in innovative technologies through support for entrepreneurship, including young people.

19 November 2020, On-line event

Organized by Nanostructured Magnetic Materials Laboratory (Institute of Structure of Matter - CNR and DCCI - University of Genoa); Chairs: D.M. Trucchi (CNR-ISM), G. Varvaro (CNR-ISM)

The sTE2C online Colloquium aimed at promoting the dialogue and the exchange of ideas with renowned international researchers in the fields of photovoltaics, thermo- photovoltaics, thermo-electrics and thermionics. The program included 9 invited talks of 10 minutes followed by Q&A sessions involving all the participants.

- Technologies and materials for thermoelectric energy conversion;
- Smart fluids for thermoelectric energy conversion;
- New concepts and materials for thermionic energy conversion;
- Thermophotovoltaic conversion and related materials;
- Hybrid thermal energy conversion;
- Concentrated solar power storage and conversion;
- Other solar energy materials & concepts.

Download the "Book of Abstracts" here.
Video recording here.

10-12 February 2020, Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy)

Organized by University of Genoa and CNR-SPIN; Chairs: D. Marré and M. Putti

In the 5th edition of SuperFox, Conference on Superconductivity and Functional Oxides, following the evolution of current research trends, new scientific topics have been included with the aim of promoting knowledge exchange between adjacent fields of research in solid-state physics.

- Superconducting materials and properties;
- Multifunctional oxide materials and properties;
- Interfaces, heterostructures and low dimensional materials;
- Topology and correlation in quantum materials;
- Non-equilibrium and ultra-fast phenomena;
- Quantum electronics and spintronics;

- Applications of superconductivity;
- Nano-structures and devices.

Download the "Book of Abstracts" here.

03 - 07 February 2020, Rome (Italy)

Organized by Nanostructured Magnetic Materials Laboratory (Institute of Structure of Matter - CNR and DCCI - University of Genoa)

The 5th Italian School on Magnetism, promoted by the Italian Magnetism Association (AIMagn), provided training in the basic principles of magnetism and magnetics thorough a broad series of fundamental lectures, while offering the latest insights into up-to-date aspects of magnetism and applications of magnetic materials with lectures focusing on specific topics.
The School was addressed to Italian and foreigner graduate and PhD students, as well as to post-doc and young researchers.

Outreach event: Luca Bindi (Un. Florence) - Once Upon a Time in Kamchatka: The Extraordinary Search for Natural Quasicrystals

Download the "Book of Abstracts" here.


11 - 13 December 2019, Trieste (Italy)

Organized by University of Trieste, INSTM and CNR-IC; Chairs: T. Da Ros, R. Lassandro and T. Sibillano

The Nanomedicine School was dedicated to Master students, PhD students, early stage researchers, and whoever was interested in an introduction to this rather new field of research.
The scientific programme included the following topics:
- Nanodrugs;
- Materials for Nanomedicine;
- From bench to bed;
- Nanodevices.

Special Session: Pietro Greco talks with Paolo Netti - Science is cool! Nanosciences, biology, society


2 - 6 July 2018 , Roma (Italy)

Organized by ISM-CNR; Chairs: D. Peddis, S. Laureti, G. Varvaro

The 25th "International Symposium on Metastable, Amorphous and Nanostructured Materials" (ISMANAM 2018) is an international conference belonging to the prestigious series of annual conferences initiated in 1993 (Paris, France). The ISMANAM Symposium is a multidisciplinary forum aimed at promoting scientific and technological discussions on nanostructured metals and alloys, ceramic and rapidly quenched glasses, porous materials, quasicrystals, polymers and other materials. The last advancements in synthesis methods, high-level characterization approaches and technological application are discussed among scientists and engineers from all over the world.

Download the "Book of Abstracts" here.

28 - 30 November 2018 , Iglesias (Italy)

Organized by EIT Raw Materials, Ass. Science is Cool, Ass. Mineraria Sarda

SulcIS Meeting aimed at promoting discussions among key players, both scientists from academia/industries and policy makers.
The event has been an opportunity to:
- Disseminate the expertise, competences and technologies developed by the KIC RM community;
- Exploiting Sulcis Iglesiente mining and industrial territory as a test bed for the development and deployment of innovative technologies;
- Fostering collaboration between ESEEE regions stakeholders and EIT RM countries;
- Promoting collaboration among scientists and local governments in order to maxime the societal impact of EIT RM coordinated actions.


Raw Materials Day

2 December 2017, Iglesias (Italy)

Organized by EIT Raw Materials, Ass. Science is Cool, Ass. Mineraria Sarda

A full day dedicated to the issues and perspectives related to Raw Materials with particular attention to the resources present in Sardinia territory. The workhop represents one of the initiatives of the EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation, new educational approaches and guided entrepreneurship.

23 - 24 October 2017 , Roma (Italy)

Organized by ISM - CNR; Chairs: D. Peddis, G. Varvaro

The Workshop on "Magnetic Coupling in Nanostructured Materials" (MaCMat-2017) is the 9th in a series of small format workshops (Spin Symposium) devoted to selected topics in nanomagnetism that were started in 2009 by Prof. Dr. Hamid Kachkachi at the University of Perpignan, France. The Workshop aimed to join together academic scientists and researchers involved in the study of magnetic materials, devices and systems whose magnetic properties are strongly affected by the interactions among constituents. The topics covered both theoretical and experimental aspects, with a special focus on magnetic dipolar interactions in nanostructured materials, interface exchange coupling in nano-heterostructures, magnetization dynamics and reversal mechanism in interacting systems, magneto-electronics and magneto-optics phenomena.

Download the "Book of Abstracts" here.

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