As almost all of us know, the 19th edition of the International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (ICCF-19) will be held in Padua, Italy, on April 13-17, 2015.
The event is organized by TSEM SpA, the first private company to independently host ICCF. It is a leader, in Italy and not only, in developing know-how of excellence for the research, design and manufacture of innovative technologies in the fields of Healthcare, Energy and Security.
The website of the Conference is still under construction, but we can provide some information here. You can also sign up for their newsletter to receive updates.
Antonio La Gatta, engineer and professor, is the founder and President of TSEM, and the Chair of ICCF-19. He explains that “The purpose of ICCF-19 will be to discuss recent scientific findings as well as to encourage a more general public interest, encouraging a better understanding of the significance of this research and how it will impact society”.
The program of the Conference has not yet been published, but we know that there will be contributions on many areas: Calorimetry, Materials, Nuclear Measures, Theory, Technologies. The deadline for abstract submission is January 10, 2015. The time limit to enroll the Conference is February 15, 2015.
Interestingly, about four years ago, La Gatta led TSEM into the study of high bandwidth calorimetric measurement of palladium excess heat. Moreover, in the past his company has provided closed cell isoperibolic calorimeters to the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance (SKINR) – University of Missouri and collaborated also with Stanford Research International (SRI), The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Italian ENEA.
It is a real pleasure to read the history of the previous editions of ICCF in their website. The first edition, ICCF-1, dates back to 1990 and was in the USA (chair: Fritz), the second held in Italy (chairs: Preparata-Del Giudice-Bressani). Also ICCF-15, in 2009, took place in Italy, Rome (chairs: Violante-Lesin). Last edition, ICCF-18, was held in Columbia (USA).
The city of Padua has been called “the capital of the painting of the fourteenth century”, and we can find the most important pictorial evidence of this heritage in the Giotto’s series in the Scrovegni Chapel.
For the most avid of science, only 8 km from Padua are the Legnaro National Laboratories (LNL), one of the four big laboratories of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN). LNL have a leading position with regard to the study of the microscopic world known as “the structure and dynamics of the atomic nucleus“.