SIGN is a new network of Italian scientists in Germany.
[What does SIGN do?]
You can apply for membership (irrespective of citizenship) if you work or have recently worked in Germany in science or technology, in academia or industry, and have received scientific education or training, or held research positions in Italy. German or Italian academic or industrial research institutions can also join as institutional members. All kinds of scientists (including in particular social sciences, economics, and humanities) are eligible. Membership is subject to the approval of the Executive Board.
Membership application: here
Marino Zerial called at the helm of Human Technopole Milan
We are delighted to congratulate SIGN founding member Marino Zerial (founding director of the Max Plank Institute for Molecular Biology in Dresden) who has been named director of the Human Technopole in Milan, Italy. A great way to bring back to Italy his decades of experience in cutting edge research in biology and medicine. Compliments to Marino and ad majora!
A warm welcome to our new Director Marino Zerial.— Human Technopole (@humantechnopole) February 22, 2023
“Human Technopole has a unique potential to catalyse Italian biomedical science. I will devote my efforts and my experience to lead the HT staff to realise its ambitious mission”. https://t.co/JKC1OE1tgG pic.twitter.com/yjmcazAE8l
Reliable perovskite solar cells
SIGN founding member Antonio Abate (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin and University of Naples) and his group have published a paper in Science reporting a breakthrough improvement of the mechanical robustness of active perovskite layers in high-efficiency solar cell stacks. As Abate comments, Temperature variations tend to undermine the mechanical stability of the film and decrease the efficiency: the polymer we added during the crystallization process made the crystalline film more plastic. Compliments to Antonio and his group!
A study led by @AntonioAbate83 shows that, by adding a special polymer during the crystallization of a perovskite film, the resulting solar cell can withstand temperature changes between -60 °C and +80 °C without losing efficiency. https://t.co/1xgaEQVVzT— Nature Italy (@NatureItaly) February 2, 2023
The Human Computer:Katherine Johnson at NASA
Friday 16 December at 7 pm Elena Sacchi, Valeria Korol, and Yuri Cavecchi presented the new book by Quaternion Books, collecting commented scientific works by Katherine Johnson, at Istituto di Cultura Berlin. Moderator: SIGN’s Vincenzo Fiorentini.
ESO at 60
Full INAF event in Rome (Dec 12) on youtube for the 60th anniversary of ESO:
Shout-out to SIGN founding member Roberto Tamai, head of ESO-ELT.
Italian Space Day
Webinar with Italian Embassy Berlin on 5 Dec 2022, including as speaker SIGN founding member Luciano Rezzolla:
* Press releases and tweets etc. will be hosted here.
* XFEL Hamburg press release: here
* Article by Isabella Bufacchi @ Sole24ore: here
* Interview on BerlinoMagazine: here
* Presentation slides at 12.10 event — n.1 – CNR reform: here
* Presentation slides at 12.10 event — n.2 – ITA-GER exchange: here
* Presentation slides at 12.10 event — n.3 – Goals of SIGN: here
SIGN Calendar (iCal): here
Statute: german (official); english, italian (unofficial)
Founding and registration documents