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January 2015 Number 102

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ICO congratulates the ICTP on its 50th Anniversary

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics celebrated its 50th anniversary with a four-day academic event from 6–9 October.

Roy J Glauber, Nobel Laureate, at ICTP’s 50th anniversary event. Courtesy of the ICTP.

The extraordinary success of the ICTP on forging international scientific cooperation and promoting scientific excellence in the developing world was recognized by more than 250 distinguished scientists, along with the representatives of the ICTP Governing bodies, namely, Mario Giro from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Irian Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO, and Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and local and regional Italian authorities. The highlight was the participation of H E Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, HRE Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, and three Nobel Laureates: David Gross, Carlo Rubbia, and Roy J Glauber, the “father of quantum optics”.

The ICO has been supporting the ICTP activities on optics and photonics for more than 15 years. In 2000 the ICTP Sarwar Razmi Prize in Optics, created by Gallieno Denardo in 1993, was replaced by the joint ICO/ICTP award, which was renamed in September 2007 as the ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award to honor the memory and legacy of the late Prof. Gallieno Denardo, who strengthened the optics and photonics activities initiated at the ICTP by its first director, Abdus Salam, in lasers and optical fibre communications.ICO’s then Secretary General, Pierre Chavel, was an enthusiastic supporter of Gallieno Denardo’s initiative to create the Trieste System in Optical Sciences and Applications Advisory Group (TSOSA), which meets annually during the ICTP Winter College on Optics and Applications and advises ICTP on capacity building and research activities in optics and photonics. Chavel served as the first Chair of the TSOSA. Since 2009, Angela Guzmán (current ICO Secretary General) has chaired the group.In April 2013, the TSOSA group celebrated its 10th anniversary and participated at the First International Planning Meeting of the International Year of Light 2015, a special meeting held at the ICTP and reported in the ICO Newsletter 95, April 2013.

photoFernando Quevedo (left), Director of the ICTP receives a commemorative Plaque from ICO’s Vice-president Joseph Niemela (right).

International Commission for Optics

Bureau members (2011-2014):

President: Y. Arakawa;

Past-President: D. T. MooreTreasurer: J A Harrington;

Secretary: A M Guzmán, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, PO Box 162700, 4000 Central Florida Blvd,Orlando, FL 32816-2700, USA; e-mail

Associate Secretary: G von Bally

Vice-Presidents, elected: J. Harvey, F. Höller, H. Michinel, J. Niemela, R. Ramponi, S-H Park, J. Zakrzewski, M. Zghal

Vice-Presidents, appointed: Y. J. Ding, J. C. Howell, S. Morgan, E. Rosas, P. Urbach, A Wagué, M. J. Yzuel

IUPAP Council Representative: C Cisneros

Editor in chief: A M Guzmán

Editorial committee:
K Baldwin, Australian National University, Australia;
J Dudley, Université de Franche-Comté, France;
William T Rhodes, Florida Atlantic University, USA.