Perimeter Institute (PI) and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote academic ties and collaboration on outreach programs between the institutes.
The agreement will facilitate a flow of researchers between the institutes, with extended visits of two to four weeks, and will encourage collaborations on workshops and schools on subjects of common interest. Faculty, postdoctoral researchers and advanced PhD students will be eligible to participate in the program. The agreement is for one year, and may be renewed for another two years at the end of the current term.
Both PI and ICTP pursue research in fundamental physics, and have several areas of research focus in common, including quantum gravity, superstring theory, cosmology and gravitation, and particle physics. Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP also has a particular mandate to transfer knowledge to scientists from developing countries.
The agreement was signed during a UNESCO conference titled Africa: the Choice of Science, the AIMS (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences) Initiative, held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from April 14 – 15, 2011.