ICTP – Introduces MaX to the International Scientific Community

Ivan Girotto[1] one of the key members of MaX[2] consortium from International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) representing the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – UNESCO, enthusiastically highlights their innovative contributions and impact to the future horizon.

“MaX is important because it will drive the development of scientific tools for material discovery at the exascale.”

Driving the scientific dissemination and partnership

MaX offers training to generation of code developers and scientists in computational materials research, including specialized and hands-on courses to provide state-of-the-art technical information and know-how.

ICTP will help MaX, as part of the work package (WP) 8, in providing specialized training and education as well as scientific dissemination in computational materials science. ICTP also foster a partnership between MaX and the joint SISSA/ICTP Master in HPC to sustain skills development complemented by the availability of ICTP facilities and experience in international scientific events as an EU-led global opportunity for scientists from emerging economies as active participants and enabling exchanges with world-class scientists within the MAX network.

ICTP as UNESCO’s Centre for science and education

As UNESCO category 1 centre for science and education, ICTP are the hub where scientists from developing countries can either collaborate or get in contact with MaX staff members in the form of scientific collaboration and/or participation to conferences and MaX related events.

Impact to the future Horizon Europe

Ivan Girotto highlighted the importance of MaX, as a scientific community, ICTP is extremely interested in making sure that MaX initiatives and achievements will reach also the scientific communities in developing countries.


[1] Ivan Girotto works at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) as HPC application specialist. Ivan is co-director of number of international workshops and advanced schools, co-author of the Master in HPC curricula as well as lecturer at the on-going program. His main activity at the ICTP remains to conduit and support the world-wide community to efficient research production on platforms for high-performance computing.

[2] MaX – “MAterials design at the eXascale. European Centre of Excellence in materials modelling, simulations, and design” supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 project and funded under the H2020-INFRAEDI-2018 call. MaX CoE enables pre-exascale and exascale computers to meet the demands of a large and growing base of researchers committed to materials discovery and design.


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