The first meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the
School of Physics of IPM was held on Saturday 15th of
April at IPM. It included meeting with the Director of IPM Dr.
Larijani, and a meeting with the academic council of the School of
Physics of IPM.
The agenda of the meeting were to draft a series of
recommendations to the director, for future development of the
school, and a concise evaluation of its research status.
Also the winner of the "IPM-Mansouri String Prize for a
Young Iranian String Theorist" was chosen in this meeting and
announced on 17th April; awarded by Dr. Larijani during
the 2006 annual string school of IPM (ISS2006).
The idea of formation of a scientific consultative body
had been envisioned from the very inception of IPM in 1989. However,
the school of Physics had to develop to an extent that it could
effectively profit from such a body.
At last during The String 2004 Conference in Paris in a
meeting of Farhad Ardalan and Hessamaddin Arfaei of IPM with Cumrun
Vafa, the renowned Harvard string theorist, in which Spenta Wadia of
Tata institute, a stead fort supporter of physics at IPM,
participated, formation of the scientific advisory body, was
In subsequent negotiations with the Director of IPM Dr.
Larijani, and members of the Scientific Council of the School of
Physics of IPM the idea of the International Advisory Committee was
approved. Upon consent of candidates of the committee the following
were appointed in 2005 by the Director of IPM. (In counter clockwise
Ashoke Sen of Harish-Chandra Research Inst, India
Alexander Belavin of Landau Institute, Russia
John Ellis of Cern, Switzerland
Werner Nahm of DIAS, Ireland
Robert Brandenberger of McGill U., Canada
Cumrun Vafa of Harvard U., USA
Farhad Ardalan of IPM, Iran
left to right: Ashoke Sen, Werner Nahm, Alexander Belavin, Robert
Brandenberger, Mohammad Javad Larijani, John Ellis, Farhad Ardalan
Members of the Committee are long time associates and collaborators
of IPM Physics and by and large have had first hand knowledge of
its workings and have contributed to its excellence over the years.