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Symposium and Workshops

Symposium and Workshops

The Centre has organized a large number of National and International Symposia and Workshops on Physics, Mathematics and Computer Sciences and related areas.

Symposia are organized as part of Frontiers of Fundamental Physics series, and Workshops are organized annually as part of Indo Italian workshops and summer schools.

Frontiers of Fundamental Physics Series

For over a decade the International Symposium Series, FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS has attracted some of the greatest Physicists in the world as also several other Physicists. The broad objective of the series has been to enable scholars working in slightly different areas to meet on a single platform and exchange ideas and status reports and even dissenting views.

The areas covered have included Astronomy and Astro Physics, Particle Physics, High Energy Physics, Theoretical Physics, Gravitation and Cosmology, Computational Physics and related areas. The Symposia have been held in India, Italy, Spain, Paris, Canada and Australia.

The eminent Physicists who have delivered Special Lectures over the years, sometimes more than one, have included Nobel laureates, professors G ‘t Hooft, Steven Chu, Charles Townes, Klaus von Klitzing, Pierre de Gennes, Douglas D Osheroff, Sir Harry Kroto, Sir Tony Leggett as also Prof. Yuval Ne’eman and several other prominent scholars.

These apart there were Invited Talks, Contributed Papers and some Posters. Increasingly over the years, sessions involving students and Physics teaching have also been included. Physicists from India and other Asian countries including the Middle East, Europe, Russia, the US, South America and elsewhere have presented papers.

The Proceedings of almost all the symposia in the series have been published by the Universities Press (Orient Longman), Kluwer Academic, Springer and the American Institute of Physics.

The series of Symposia include
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 1, December 11-12, 1997.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 2, December 30, 1998 -January 01, 1999.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 3, December 17-22, 1999.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 4, December 11-13, 2000.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 5, January 09-11, 2003.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 6, September 26-28, 2004, Udine, Italy.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 7, July 27-29, 2005, Waterloo, Canada.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 8, October 17-19, 2006, Madrid, Spain.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 9, January 07-09, 2008, Udine & Trieste, Italy.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 10, November 24-26, 2009, Perth, Western Australia.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 11, July 06-10, 2010, Paris, France.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 12, November 21-23, 2011, Udine, Italy.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 13, November 14-16, 2013, Hyderabad, India.
  • FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS 14, July 14-18, 2014, Marseilles, France.
Physics Meet

Every Year the B.M. Birla Science Centre organizes a one day symposium “PHYSICS MEET”.

In this Meet several eminent physicists from abroad like Prof. O.W. Greenberg, Prof. Walter Greiner have participated and Indian physicists from Osmania University, University of Hyderabad and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Participated.

The topics covered include
  • Astronomy
  • Gravitation and Cosmology
  • High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Physics and
  • Theoretical Physics

The Physics Meet 2009 ended with a Panel Discussion “How to Revive Interest in Science” which was participated by more than a hundred faculty members, students, and researchers, who expressed interesting and exciting ideas. While the students stressed that teaching methodology and syllabi should be changed in such a manner that science should be more fun and experimental rather than just memorizing equations and derivations, the teachers lamented that they are burdened with such heavy syllabus that they are unable to concentrate on outdoor learning or interactive experiments.,/p>

The B.M. Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad organized the “G.P. Birla Physics and Astronomy Meet 2016” on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Prof. Larisa Laperashvili, leading researcher of the Theoretical Department of the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics and National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” Moscow, delivered the Keynote Lecture. Other important physicists also delivered lectures.

Indo Italian workshops – IT: Education, Research & Industry

The B M Birla Science Centre has been collaborating with various institutions in Udine (Italy), namely the University of Udine, the Municipality of Udine, the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, and the Indological Society L.P. Tessitori. All our joint activities would not have taken place, or would not have been so successful, if the Italian Embassy in New Delhi and the European Union would not have been supporting us as they have been over this decade.

Since December 1999 when the first workshop of the European project EU-India Past Present and Future took place in Hyderabad our collaboration has been very fruitful, and the impact of our joint activities will propel vigorously in the future mutual awareness and understanding between Telangana State and Fruili Venezia Giulia.

Over the years there have been thirteen yearly Indo-Italian Workshops on IT Research Education and Industry in Hyderabad, 11 Summer Schools in Hyderabad some in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. We have conducted also a three-yearly long joint Master Programme in IT, which involved nearly 50 students from Italy and India, and a joint PhD Programme which has led nearly a dozen of Indian students to a Doctorate degree in Mathematics or Computer Science at the University of Udine. Ten scholarships for young Indian researchers have been awarded by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research to scholars involed in our activities. Two Internatioinal Conferences on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics have been organized. The European Union funded our project ICT for EU-India Cross-Cultural dissemination. Currently a joint PhD in Information Technologies, which involves also institutions from Spain and France is running. Finally the grand project on the International Institute for Applicable Mathematics and Information Sciences was launched in 2007. This project which has focused for the time being on applications of IT to tourism and preservation of cultural heritage originates from the agreement signed by the Italian Minister of Research L. Moratti and the Indian Minister for Sciences and Technology Kapil Sibal during the state visit of the past Italian president C.S. Ciampi in India in 2005. Our Institute involves various institutions, namely the University of Udine, the University of Bologna, the University of Siena, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, the B M Birla Science Centre in Hyderabad, the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Hyderabad, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai.

In addition there have been faculty exchange programs and also a large number of international workshops organized in both the places. We firmly believe that this Institute, which has two branches one in Hyderabad and the other in Udine, Italy has the intellectual momentum to stay for the benefit of future generations!

The Italian Embassy has supported the annual Indo-Italian Workshops and other workshops on topics like water and waste management, for the last eight years. The focus has been on Information Technology and its applications in Industry, Academia and Research. Each year a number of leading Italian scholars, notably from the University of Udine in Italy have been participating and presenting scholarly papers. So too from the indian side academics and captains of industry have taken part.

They include: Prof. Furio Honsell, Mayer, Udine, Professors Carlo Tasso, Roberto Ranon, Andrea Buruzzo, Donato levi, Martina Visentin, Michele Baggi, Massimo Fuccaro and Walter Armari from Italy, H.E. Dr. Roberto Toscano, Ambassador of Italy in India, Prof. L. Szpyrkowicz, Scientific Attache, Italian Embassy, Dr. C.S. Rao, Advisor, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Prof. D.N. Reddy, Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Dr. B.G. Sidharth, Director, B M Birla Science Centre, Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, Infotech-Enterprises, Dr. Sarat Chandra Babu, Director, C-DAC, Dr. C.S.R. Prabhu, Deputy Director, National Informatics Centre, Dr. G. Rammurthy, IIIT and others.

This apart the workshops have been followed by three day Schools on Computer Science and Information Technology topics for B.Tech students from different universities and colleges.

In this regard, thanks are particularly due to Prof. Furio Honsell, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Udine and presently the Mayor of Udine City, for his untiring efforts.

It is hoped that this cooperation between the B M Birla Science Centre and Italian institutions under the aegis of the Italian Embassy will continue and grow over the years.

The Workshop and Schools were attended by academics, professionals, Researchers and students and entrepreneurs from India and Italy from the IT / Computer Science stream.