Ruđer Bošković

International Scientific Symposium

From Ruđer Bošković to Today:
Contribution of Croatian Scientists to the World Scientific Heritage



May 29
Venue Locations
Opening Ceremony: Bošković's Dubrovnik of the 18th century
Venue: Bridge in front of the closed Ploče Gate (Assembling of the guests)
  • Dubrovnik Cathedral (performance of a Requiem written on the occasion of Bošković’s death by the 18th century Croatian composer Julije Bajamonti)
  • Rector’s Palace (Opening Ceremony and Reception)
May 30
8:30 - 8:40
Opening session
Chair: Danica Ramljak, Director General, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Venue: Collegium Ragusinum (Old City of Dubrovnik)
8:40 - 9:20
Can Ruđer Bošković be our Role Model for the 21st Century?
Ivo Šlaus, Professor Emeritus, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
9:20 - 9:30
Particles and the Universe
Chair: Nevenko Bilić, President of Scientific Council, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
9:30 - 10:00
Special Lecture - Sterile Neutrinos
Carlo Rubbia, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany. Nobel Laureate Physics 1984.
10:00 - 10:10
10:10 - 10:40
The Large Hadron Collider LHC: Entering a New Era of Fundamental Science
Rolf Heuer, Director General, CERN - European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland
10:40 - 10:50
10:50 - 11:30
CMS, a World-wide Collaboration on a Detector at the LHC, and First Physics Results
Daniel Denegri, Physics Coordinator of CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) LHC accelerator, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
11:30 - 11:40
11:40 - 12:20
Coffee Break
12:20 - 13:00
Matter vs. Antimatter, in the Laboratory and the Universe
A. J. Stewart Smith, Dean for Research, Princeton University, Princeton, USA
13:00 - 13:10
13:10 - 13:50
Left-Right Symmetry in Nature and Laboratory
Goran Senjanović, Research Scientist, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
13:50 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
Neuroscience and Modern Challenges
Chair: Slobodan Vukičević, Head, Department of Anatomy Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia
15:00 - 15:40
The Development of Neuronal Circuits and Connectivity: a Biological Substrate Required for the Emergence of Human Consciousness
Ivica Kostović, Director General, Croatian Institute for Brain Research, Zagreb, Croatia
15:40 - 15:50
15:50 - 16:30
Making Map of the Mind
Paško Rakić, Chairman, Department of Neurobiology; Director, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience, Yale University, New Haven, USA
16:30 - 16:40
16:40 - 17:20
Common Pathways in Neurodegeneration: Focus on Lysosomes and Mitochondria
Professor Dmitrij Krainc, Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Associate Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Boston, USA
17:20 - 17:30
17:30 - 18:10
Gene Therapy: Progress and Prospects
Boro Dropulić, President, Lentigen Corporation, Gaithersburg, USA
18:10 - 19:10
Dubrovnik Sightseeing: Following Ruđer Bošković’s Footsteps in Dubrovnik
Gala Dinner
Venue: Fortress Revelin
May 31
Old City Port - Boat to Lokrum
Materials and Nanoscience
Chair: Mile Ivanda, Research Scientist, Molecular Physics Laboratory, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
9:45 - 10:25
Inorganic Nanotubes and Indorganic Fullerene-likes: a Progress Report
Reshef Tenne, Head, Department of Materials and Interfaces, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
10:25 - 10:35
10:35 - 11:15
Metallic clusters as building blocks for optical and catalytic materials
Vlasta Bonačić Koutecky, Full Professor, Department of Chemistry, Huboltd University, Berlin, Germany
11:15 - 11:25
11:25 - 11:40
Coffee Break
11:40 - 12:20
New Developments in the Physics of Condensed Matter
Tonica Valla, Research Scientist, Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, USA
12:20 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:10
Superconductivity Anniversary: Past, Present and Future History
Davor Pavuna, Adjnuct Professor, Institute of Condensed Matter Physics ICMP, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Laussane, Switzerland
13:10 - 13:20
13:20 - 14:00
Nano-biosilica, a New Bio-material from Marine Sponges. Did Ruđer J. Bošković anticipate it?
Werner E. G. Müller, Head, Department of Applied Molecular Biology, University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany
14:00 - 14:10
14:10 - 15:10
Molecular Biology and Cellular Processes
Chair: Igor Štagljar, Head, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
15:10 - 15:50
The Molecular Scenario of Cell Death
Miroslav Radman, Head, Laboratory for Evolutionary and Molecular Genetics, Necker Institute, Paris, France; Director, Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, Split, Croatia
15:50 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:40
What Your Genome Says About Who You Are
Brenda Andrews, Director, Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
16:40 - 16:50
16:50 - 17:30
Molecular Imaging in Oncology: a Guiding Hand of Personalized Cancer Care and Theranostics
Heidi Hricak, Chair, Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA
17:30 - 17:40
17:40 - 18:20
Epigenetics of Mammalian Development
Davor Solter, Senior Principal Investigator, Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore
18:20 - 18:30
Botanical Garden Tour
Lokrum Port – Boat to Dubrovnik
Free night
June 1
Molecular Medicine and Cancer
Chair: Đurđica Ugarković, Head, Department of Molecular Medicine, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
9:00 - 9:40
Mechanisms of Resistance to Anticancer Drugs as Predictive Biomarkers for Therapies
Branimir Šikić, Associate Director, Stanford Cancer Center; Co-Director, Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research; Director, Clinical and Translational Research Unit, Stanford University, California, USA
9:40 - 9:50
9:50 - 10:30
Protein Interaction Networks in Human Health and Disease
Igor Štagljar, Head, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
10:30 - 10:40
10:40 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:40
Regulation of the p53 Tumor Suppressor by Ribosomal Proteins
Siniša Volarević, Head, Department of Molecular Medicine and Biotechnology, School of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
11:40 - 11:50
11:50 - 12:30
Bone Regenerative Medicine When Natural Mechanisms of Fracture Repair Fail
Slobodan Vukičević, Head, Laboratory of Mineralized Tissues and Proteomic, Center fot Translational and Clinical Research, Medial School, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
12:30 - 12:40
12:40 - 13:40
Chemistry as a Basis for Modern Science
13:40 - 14:20
Squeezing Molecular Hydrogen in Nanoscale Cavities: Theoretical Treatment of Quantum Dynamics, Energetics, and Spectroscopy
Zlatko Bačić, Full Professor, Department of Chemistry, New York University, New York, USA
14:20 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:10
Many Faces of Order in Soft Matter
Goran Ungar, Principal Investigator, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK; WCU Professor, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
15:10 - 15:20
15:20 - 16:00
Engineering interfaces for biomedical applications
Vladimir Hlady, Associate Chair, Department of Bioengineering, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
16:00 - 16:10
16:10 - 16:50
Active Thermochemical Tables: Thermochemistry for the 21st Century
Branko Ruščić, Senior Scientist, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, USA
16:50 - 17:00
Cruise on the Karaka (replica of a 16th-century ship)
June 2
9:00 - 9:40
Ruđer Bošković the Polymath
Ivica Martinović, Director General, Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb, Croatia
9:40 - 9:50
9:50 - 10:30
Closing Session
Chair: Danica Ramljak, Director General, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
11:00 - 12:00
Dubrovnik Museums - Ruđer Bošković Exhibition
12:00 - 13:00
Organizers Dubrovnik RBI Gim TZDU Agrokor