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Summer and Winter School and other Initiatives of potential interestes for SST PhD students

Gran Sasso Hands-on 2023 - PhD autumn school on experimental astroparticle physics

L'Aquila (ITALY) from 25 September to 6 October, 2023. Deadline for applications: April 15, 2023

Gran Sasso Hands-on 2023 is an autumn school offering Ph.D. students the unique opportunity of being directly involved in the research project activities at the Laboratori Nazionali Gran Sasso of INFN (LNGS), the world-leading laboratory for underground physics, astroparticle physics, and nuclear astrophysics.

The hands-on program will focus on: 

  • General Relativity
  • Cosmic-ray physics
  • Dark matter searches
  • Neutrino physics
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Space-based detectors

Students will be involved in a 10 day experimental project, in groups of 1-3 students per activity, under the supervision of the LNGS, GSSI and UnivAq scientists, with the goal of designing and performing a scientific experiment. A series of introductory lectures held by renowned field experts will provide the needed background for the proposed activities. 

The selected students will benefit from an outstanding scientific context and will work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment. This represents an enriching personal experience and a good opportunity to establish contacts with other students and worldwide scientists.

Deadline for applications: April 15, 2023. full info available at the dedicated webpage.

Eighth training school on Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC) detecting, monitoring and modeling

Nicolosi, Sicily (Italy) from 2 to 8 October 2023. Deadline for applications: August 31, 2023

The training school is supported and organized by researchers of the Università di Padova, the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), and the National Research Council (CNR), with the patronage of INGV, IAVCEI and AIV.
Attending the school you will get an overview of the state of the art techniques and methods for detecting and monitoring the volcanic and convective clouds, you will know the different instruments and platforms allowing us to get the best performance in detecting such kind of clouds, you will be projected to the future learning about new missions planned for solving the main issues on these fields, you will be involved in real applications as early warning systems and modeling, you will directly analyze the data.
The school topics will range from satellite instruments such as IR sensors or GNSS to aircraft measurements like lidar and radar, from study of ash and SO2 clouds to tropical cyclones, mediterranean hurricanes, land and maritime convection.
The purpose of the School is to train students with outstanding research interest in the techniques allowing to detect, monitor, and model convective and volcanic clouds, to gain knowledge of the instruments and satellite missions (present and future) and to be able to support such kind of studies. The double aim is to create a school managed by young scientists already well established and recognized in their respective fields for young scientists willing to reinforce or develop their knowledge on atmospheric extreme events detection and monitoring for supporting policy makers, early warning systems and aviation safety.
The extreme atmospheric event cloud detection is a high multidisciplinary and challenging topic since the same techniques and instruments can be used for meteorology, volcanic monitoring, atmospheric physics and climate purposes. Within all these fields there are still many unsolved issues making this school fundamental for creating a new generation of scientists able to use the synergy of several different instruments and techniques. The air transportation became fundamental in the last decades for the World economy and social life, and volcanic or convective events can affect the regular management and operation creating large economic losses. This training school will support creating a new generation of scientists specialized on monitoring and detection of atmospheric extreme events supporting the safety of the citizens. Most of the young researchers are usually focused in a single subject (e.g. convection or volcanic eruption) and they are not in touch with final users to get their feedback, this school will be the occasion for broadening their horizons and for creating useful connections. We expect scientists and final users (such as pilots or early warning system technicians) meet during this course for discussing common goals and for learning from each other how to improve their work toward a proficient collaboration.
The CVC school 2023 will take place in Nicolosi (Italy) on the slopes of Etna volcano. During the CVC 2023 all the topics will be deepened, and the participants will get an added value from:

  • a field measurement campaign they will be part of;
  • an excursion to the Etna craters;
  • laboratoires using professional softwares applied to real data;
  • presenting their research to the other participants and to the lecturers.

All the info:
Applications: The School is open to everybody with priority for graduate students, PhD students and early career researchers. More info available at the website  
Registration deadline: August 31, 2023
Stefano Corradini, stefano.corradini [at] 
Riccardo Biondi, riccardo [at]
Logistic info: info [at]

ESC23 - Efficient Scientific Computing (14th International INFN School on "Architectures, tools and methodologies for the development of large-scale scientific computing applications")

Bertinoro (Forlì Cesena - Italy), from 4 to 12 October, 2023. Deadline for applications: August 4, 2023

The Programme offers introductory lectures on current trends in the evolution of processor architectures and parallel programming.  This is followed by more in-depth lectures on advanced programming with C++, efficient use of memory, floating-point computation and programming in a heterogeneous environment, exploiting the potential of multi-threading computing, GPUs and cluster computing with MPI.

The School is mainly aimed at PhD students and young researchers who are actively involved in the development of scientific applications and software tools for research.

All useful information on the School's programme can be found on its website, where the registration form is also available:

Deadline for registration: 4 August 2023
Deadline with increased participation fee: 3 September 2023