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INSPYRE 2020 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the…Universe

For 10 years the INternational School on modern PhYsics and REsearch, INSPYRE, has been one of the major and most prestigious events of the Educational program of INFN Frascati National Laboratory (LNF).

The School is addressed to High School students, attending the last two years, coming from all over the world and explores the most relevant issues of Modern Physics. Since its first edition in 2011, the School program has been organised in 5 days at LNF, featuring frontal lessons and experimental sessions performed in team with INFN researchers.

Due to the current emergency situation, LNF has rescheduled the 2020 edition of INSPYRE – “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe” – live-streaming the School lessons directly on the INFN-LNF YouTube channel, in order to reach all the students who are passionate about science and technology at their home. The YouTube live will be available at this link:

and will be held every day from March 30th to April 3rd, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

In the special program of this edition: Amedeo Balbi, professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Tor Vergata University of Rome, will talk about the search for life in the Universe. Fabio Sciarrino, professor of Experimental Physics of Matter at Sapienza University of Rome, will give a lecture about Quantum Mechanics and technologies. Lorenzo Maccone, professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Pavia, will deal with time in Modern Physics. Stefano Bellucci, INFN-LNF Senior researcher, and Antonino Cataldo, INFN-LNF researcher, will illustrate bionanotechnologies and their applications. Viviana Fafone, professor of Astrophysics at Tor Vergata University, will give a lecture about gravitational waves. Catalina Curceanu, director of the School and INFN-LNF Senior researcher, will explore the strangeness of the stars and how to study them using the Dafne accelerator. Frederik Van Der Veken, researcher of Theoretical Physics at CERN, will talk about particle physics and the research conducted at LHC, and Matteo Martini, professor of Particle Physics at Marconi University and President of Frascati Scienza, will give a lecture about the debunking of fake news using a scientific approach.

The aim of the School is to transfer knowledge in the context of frontier research, cutting-edge technologies and present the connection between science and society.

The School will be held in English and students will have the chance to directly interact with the speakers by sending their questions live during the lessons. The 2020 INSPYRE edition will be an exceptional opportunity extended to every student to take part of a School of international level.

Students and teachers are invited to join the lectures.

All details about the program and further updates will be available on the webpage:

Stay tuned and get Inspyred!

INSPYRE, national project of the INFN Public Outreach activities, is organized thanks also to the sponsors: Società Italiana di Fisica (SIF), European Physical Society (EPS), FQXi Foundational Questions Institute, Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi, Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NUPECC) e Strong 2020.

The online lectures are realized thanks to the support of the media partner Frascati Scienza.