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Hosting Institution

Hosting Institution Photo by Andrea Tomicich

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), founded in 1978, was the first institution in Italy to promote postgraduate courses aiming at awarding a Philosophiae Doctor (or PhD) degree. SISSA is a centre of excellence in the Italian and international university context. It encompasses around 65 faculty, 100 postdocs and 245 PhD students. Located in Trieste, it extends over a 100,000 square-meter large campus with a wonderful view on the Gulf of Trieste.

Established as a high-level training school and as a center for theoretical research in mathematics and physics, since the 1990s SISSA has broadened its interests to include new cutting-edge disciplines, such as cognitive neuroscience and neurobiology.

Today its PhD courses provide original and innovative post-graduate curricula that are considered a reference model in the international scientific scenario under every respect, comparable to few other research and teaching institutes worldwide.

SISSA is characterized by a large, high-ranking and multidisciplinary scientific production. All scientific papers produced by its researchers are published in high impact factor, well-known international journals, and often in the world’s most prestigious scientific journals such as Nature and Science. More than 1000 students have started here their careers in the fields of mathematics, physics and neuroscience research.


  • The event will be held on the premises of The International School for Advanced Studies. To reach the venue from downtown Trieste a free-of-charge shuttle bus will be available for the days of the Congress. The bus will leave from Piazza Oberdan (near the tramway number 2 stop, see the map) according to the following schedule:

    Downtowm Trieste - SISSA, departures every 10 minutes

    May 27: 16.15 – 18.30 (we recommend that you take an early bus to pick your badge and delegate bag on-site)
    May 28: 07.30 – 08.30
    May 29: 07.30 – 08.30
    May 30: 07.30 – 08.30

    SISSA - Downtown Trieste, departures every 10 minutes

    May 27:  20.30 – 22.30
    May 28:  17.00 – 18.45
    May 29:  17.00 – 18.45
    May 30:  17.00 – 18.45

    Poster viewing sessions

    The evening Poster viewing sessions will take place at the Magazzino 42, downtown Trieste.   

Important Dates

  • All deadlines are strictly enforced and expire at 23:59 Central European Time on the designated date

    Nov. 18, 2013 - Online registration starts 
    Jan. 10, 2014 - Early-bird fee deadline
    Apr. 25, 2014 - Regular fee deadline
    Nov. 18, 2013 - Abstract submission starts
    Feb. 24, 2014 - Abstract submission ends 
    Mar. 7, 2014 - Abstract notification 
    Mar. 20, 2014 - Hotel special rate deadline