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European Physical Society Physics Education Division

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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Since 2000, the European Physical Society’s Physics Education Division has been contributing to awareness of the relevance of physics in everyday culture, to interaction amongst schools and universities and to a better quality of physics teaching at all levels.

The Physics Education Division achieves this by addressing and promoting physics, the continued education of teachers, large scale educational changes – such as the Bologna process – and successful new teaching methods, taking into account differences and similarities in the European education systems…

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Nominations for 2012 Kavli Prizes open

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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Nominations have opened for candidates for the 2012 Kavli Prizes, which are given for outstanding research in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The deadline for nominations is 1 December, 2011.

Each winner, in the three fields covered, will receive gold medal, a scroll and prize money to the sum of $1,000,000. The prize winners will be announced in June next year, with the award ceremony taking place in Oslo, Norway, on 4 September 2012…

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Report on European gender consultation

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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The European Gender Summit has published the results of its Public Consultation on the Future of Gender and Innovation in Europe.

The consultation was designed to complement the European Commission Green Paper ‘From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding’, and is hoped will contribute to a better understanding of how Europe can enhance its research and innovation systems, through the addressing of gender issues…

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McBean: International Council for Science president-elect

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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The International Council for Science [ICSU] appointed Gordon McBean president-elect during their General Assembly in Rome, Italy, which was held between 24 September and 1 October this year.

McBean, a geography and political science professor at the University of Western Ontario, is a noted expert in the fields of climate change and risk reduction. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he currently also serves as the chair of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences and the director of Western’s Policy Studies Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction…

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Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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‘Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis’ [MPSVA 2012] is the title of a conference being organised by the Applied Mechanics Group of the Institute of Physics, to be held in the Boyd Orr lecture theatre and Wolfson Medical School, Glasgow, on 29-31 August 2012.

The conference will act as a showcase for international research in the fields of stress and vibration analysis, and the technical areas where such intersects…

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EGO-ICRR gravitational wave meeting

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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A meeting between the European Gravitational Observatory [EGO] and the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research [ICRR], on the topic of gravitational wave research, was held at the University of Tokyo’s Kashiwa campus on 4-5 October this year.

The meeting, held within the framework of “Italy in Japan 2011”, was intended to foster the collaboration between the Large-scale Cryogenic Gravitational wave Telescope [LCGT], which has been recently funded for construction in the Kamioka mine; and the Virgo Gravitational Wave Observatory, which has been in operation for several years…

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2012 EUROPHOTON Conference

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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“Solid State, Fibre, and Waveguide Coherent Light Sources” is the title of the 5th EUROPHOTON Conference of the European Physical Society’s Quantum Electronics and Optics Division, which is being held in at the AlbaNova University Centre, Stockholm, Sweden, on 26-31 August 2012.

The conference will provide a forum for the discussion of the latest breakthroughs in the fields of fibre, solid-state, and wave-guided light sources. In addition, the event will play host to vendor displays, informal breakout sessions, summer school sessions for PhD and postdoctoral students and half-day special symposium…

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Executive Committee Meeting Summary

By Martina Knoop. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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In conjunction with the Asia Europe Physics Summit conference, the European Physical Society Executive Committee met in Wroclaw, Poland, on 25 October 2011.

The open session of the committee was, of course, dedicated to meeting representatives from the Polish Physical Society and the Wroclaw University Physics Department. The committee also learned of the impressive scientific and economic situation of the Wroclaw region…

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IHEP appoints Wang Yifang as new institute director

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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The Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has appointed Wang Yifang as their new director. The decision was announced during a meeting held at the institute on the 24 October.

The Institute of High Energy Physics [IHEP] is the biggest basic science research centre in China. Fields studied at the institute include accelerator physics and technologies, astrophysics, particle physics and synchrotron and nuclear radiation applications. IHEP has extensive relationships with many high energy physics laboratories worldwide, and participates in many international experiments. The institute is employs over 1,200 people, and supports…

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International Energy Agency 2011 World Energy Outlook

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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The International Energy Agency has published the 2011 edition of its World Energy Outlook. The booklet brings together the latest data and policy developments, and serves to analyse the current and future global energy markets.

The 2011 World Energy Outlook can be downloaded from the International Energy Agency website.

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Editorial

By Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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Dear Readers,

The Executive Committee of the European Physical Society met in Wroclaw, Poland, at the end of October. News from the meeting, in the now customary summary format by Martina Knoop, can be found herein.

The Executive Committee meeting was held at the eve of the second Asia Europe Physics Summit, ASEPS2, which also took place in Wroclaw on 26-29 October. The summit witnessed a reinforced spirit of collaboration and cooperation…

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Conference on nanoscience and technology

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 November 2011 in:
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The 2012 International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology [ICN+T] will be held in the Sorbonne University, Paris on 23-27 July 2012.

Over 600 attendees are anticipated at the event – where leading scientists present on the latest developments in nanoscale science and technology and the recent advances in scanning probe microscopy and related techniques. The plenary speakers will lecture in the great amphitheatre of the Sorbonne University. In addition, vendors will be able to exhibit their equipment for nanoscale measurement…

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