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CERN Council looking forward to promising future

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The excellent performance of the LHC – and the promise of five new Member States in the near future – were celebrated during the 159th meeting of the CERN Council at the end of last month.

On the 17 June this year the LHC reported a total delivery of one inverse femtobarn of data to the experiments – already meeting the target for the entirety of the 2011 run.

“A year ago, I thought the delivery of an inverse femtobarn in 2011 was an ambitious target,” said CERN Council…

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Greek-German academy celebrates 50th anniversary

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The Greek-German academy, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Ellinogermaniki Agogi, a private establishment, based in Pallini, Greece, which covers all stages of education from nursery to senior high school, is well known for its innovative efforts in the teaching of science.

The next milestone in this celebratory year will be their hosting of the next EDEN Open Classroom Conference, entitled ‘Never Waste a Crisis! – Inclusive Excellence, Innovative Technologies and Transformed Schools as Autonomous Learning Organisations’, on 27-29 October.

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New Associate Members join European Physical Society

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The EPS is proud to announce that the European Gravitational Observatory, the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and the Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche ‘E. Fermi’, have joined the European Physical Society as Associate Members.

The Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche ‘E. Fermi’ was created in honour of the achievements and vision of Enrico Fermi. It provides a centre for studies and research at the frontiers of science, along with providing scholarships for young scientists to undertake research in Italy…

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Advance notice of call for proposals in nanotechnology

By François Piuzzi. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The 7th Framework Programme for EU Research’s (FP7) Industrial Technologies programme – commonly referred to as NMP – promotes excellence, across all industrial sectors, in both new and existing technologies. The draft work programme for the 2012 call for proposals is now available on the European Commission website.

It should be noted that this is only a draft programme; potential applications should wait for the final call for 2012 to be published on the European Commission website at the end of July…

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SciTech Europe 2011 conference

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The third annual SciTech Europe conference will be held at The Square, Brussels Meeting Centre, in Brussels, on 24 November this year.

The event, which will focus on how European science and technology policy could benefit knowledge, prosperity and society, will also act as a networking opportunity between academic experts, industry stakeholders and major policy-makers…

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Symposium in honour of Luciano Maiani

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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A symposium in honor of Luciano Maiani, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, is being held in the physics department of Sapienza – Università di Roma, Italy, on 21-22 September, 2011.

The event, in which a number of distinguished scientists will present their research, will celebrate Maiani’s contributions to the field of particle physics. The symposium is being sponsored by Alitalia and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare.

For more information – and to view the event poster – please visit the symposium website.

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Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2011

By Zsolt Fulop. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2011 (WIRE2011) conference – which was dedicated to possible relationships between research infrastructures and cluster policy, was held between 7-9 June 2011 in Debrecen, Hungary. The event was supported by the Hungarian EU Council Presidency and was jointly organised with the European Commission.

The conference – which considered the documents ‘EUROPE 2020, a strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive development strategy’ and the ‘Innovation Union Flagship Initiative‘ – focused on questions related to knowledge, innovation and competitiveness in economy, with respect to research infrastructure investments, clusters and…

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Horizon 2020 voted name of new EC research programme

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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‘Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’ will be the name of the new European Commission Research Programme, following a ballot on three shortlisted choices last month. Over 8,300 votes were received in the ECs ‘You Name It’ competition, which was launched on 28 March this year.

“The new name marks another step in our endeavour to establish research and innovation where it belongs, at the centre of EU policy making,” said Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn…

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Nominations open for Historic Sites initiative

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The Historic Sites Initiative has been launched by the EPS to commemorate important places in the development and history of physics across Europe.

Sites with a national, or broader, significance to physics and its history may be considered for the distinction of becoming an EPS Historic Site. Commemorated locales will be recognised with a plaque, and an unveiling ceremony, organised between the EPS and the site nominators..

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Consultation on Research, Innovation & Gender

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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EPS members have been invited to take part in a Public Consultation on the Future of Gender and Innovation in Europe. The consultation, which is intended to complement the EC Green Paper ‘From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding’, will be published and discussed during the first European Gender Summit in Brussels on 8-9 November this year.

The consultation – which is being coordinated by genSET and the organisers of the European Gender Summit – is hoped will create a better understanding of how Europe might benefit from a more effective mainstreaming of the gender…

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2011 France-Asia Particle Physics School

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The 2011 France-Asia Particle Physics School will be held at the Ecole de physique des Houches on 9-21 October this year.

The focus of the school – which aims to teach Asian and French pre-doctoral students practical and theoretical tools – will be on data analysis; and accelerator and detector development at the International Linear Collider and the Large Hadron Collider. The school is to be held in English…

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EPS and SIF launch school on energy

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The first session of a new EPS-SIF joint International School on Energy will be held on 30 July – 4 August next year, at the Villa Monastero, Varenna, Italy. The school, which was recently approved by the EPS Executive Committee and the Council of Presidency of the Società Italiana di Fisica (SIF), will promote European research and technology competence in the field of energy.

The directors of this year’s school will be Luisa Cifarelli, of the University of Bologna, Italy; Friedrich Wagner, of the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Germany; and Diederik Wiersma, of the European Laboratory for Non-linear…

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