The "Ettore Majorana" Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture
The Centre was founded in 1962 by the Italian physicist Antonino Zichichi (director of the Centre).The "Ettore Majorana" Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture is named after an outstanding Italian physicist. Born in Sicily in 1906, Ettore Majorana’s breadth of vision and exceptional contributions to theoretical nuclear physics moved Enrico Fermi to the following statement: "There are many categories of scientists, people of second and third rank, who do their best, but do not go very far. There are also people of first-class rank, who make great discoveries, fundamental to the development of science. But then there are the geniuses, like Galilei and Newton. Well, Ettore Majorana was one of them"".
The 49-year-old Centre of Erice hosts several workshops each year covering different scientific disciplines (e.g. physics, medicine, chemistry, life sciences etc.) with hundreds of scientists participating. Since its founding, this centre has represented an important meeting place for scientists from all over the world. Embracing 123 Schools, covering all branches of Science, the Centre is situated in the old pre-mediaeval city of Erice where four restored monasteries (one of which was the residence of the Viceroy of Sicily during the XIV and XV centuries) provide an appropriate setting for high intellectual endeavour. These ancient buildings are now named after great scientists and strong supporters of the "Ettore Majorana" Centre.
The San Francesco Monastery (former Viceroy’s residence) is now the Eugene P. Wigner Institute with the "Enrico Fermi" Lecture Hall.
The San Domenico Monastery is now the Patrick M.S. Blackett Institute with the "Paul A.M. Dirac" Lecture Hall.
The San Rocco Monastery is now the Isidor I. Rabi Institute with the "Richard P. Feynman" Lecture Hall, the Directorate and the main Secretariat of the Centre.
The "Ciclope" is now the Victor F. Weisskopf Institute with the "John S. Bell" and "Richard H. Dalitz" Lecture Halls.
There are living quarters in all four institutes for people attending the Courses at the Centre. The Polo Sismico, the first worldwide Network of Seismological Detectors (1981), is located in the I.I. Rabi Institute. The "Paul A.M. Dirac" and the "Daniel Chalonge" Museums are situated at the Patrick M.S. Blackett Institute.
For more details about the Centre activities and Erice location see the following website: