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2012 EPS University Student Fellowships

By e-EPS. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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Three University Student Fellowships – of 2,000 euros each – are available from the European Physical Society [EPS] in 2012. The EPS fellowships are given to promising young physics students in recognition of academic excellence.

Applicants should be enrolled, at a European institution, in a physics – or related – degree course at the Masters level (second cycle: post-Bachelor, pre-PhD), or equivalent. Third cycle students and previous EPS fellowship recipients are not eligible…

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Second European Energy Conference

By Ian Randall. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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The Second European Energy Conference [E2C] is being held at the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre, in the Netherlands, on 17-20 April this year. The event, part of a bi-annual series, will act as a forum for the discussion and definition of the role of energy science and research in the future European energy system.

The conference programme will consist of morning plenary lectures, covering overarching subjects of energy and associated climate research, with afternoon symposiums focusing on the essential key fields in the development…

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Featured in EPL

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Demographic noise can lead to the spontaneous formation of species
by T. Rogers, A. J. McKane & A. G. Rossberg

“When a collection of phenotypically diverse organisms compete with each other for limited resources, the population can evolve into tightly localised clusters. Past studies have neglected the effects of demographic noise and studied the…

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Manifesto on the Gender Dimension in Research

By Ian Randall. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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Interested parties are encouraged to sign the Manifesto for Integrated Action on the Gender Dimension in Research and Innovation. The manifesto discusses potential actions to enhance research and innovation by addressing gender equality issues.

The manifesto follows on from the European Commission public consultation on the green paper “What actions should be taken at EU level to further strengthen the role of women in science and innovation?”, which received 300 responses…

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SEMST-5 conference

By Ian Randall. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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The 5th International Scientific and Technical Conference: Sensor Electronics and Microsystem Technologies [SEMST-5] is being held in Odessa, Ukraine on 4-8 June this year. The conference, which will be accompanied by a technical exhibition, aims to discuss current achievements and issues in the fields of sensorics.

Topics being covered at the conference will include: acoustoelectronic sensors; biosensors; chemical sensors; microsystem technologies; nanosensors; physical sensors; radiation, optical and optoelectronic sensors…

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European Physical Society a STEPS THREE partner

By Hendrik Ferdinande. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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The European Physical Society has become a partner in the third Stakeholders Tune European Physics Studies [STEPS3] network. The project, spanning 2012-15, will bring together 60 institutions – representing 31 European countries – in order to gather input from stakeholders in European physics education.

The aim of the project is to increase the number and quality of physics graduates within Europe and, in consequence, the economic impact of physics. Working groups will investigate topics grouped under three themes…

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Students “hangout” with CMS physicists on Google+

By Achintya Rao. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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The Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the LHC [CMS] recently organised two virtual visits to the CMS experimental cavern, around 100 meters underground, using the Google+ Hangouts platform. Schools, universities and interested members of the public were invited to remotely connect with physicists in front of the CMS detector and in the above-ground control room, to talk about the detector, the LHC, and the physics goals of the collaboration.

Google+ Hangouts, a feature of the new social network, are multi-user video calls with up to ten participants…

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Call for C16 Young Scientist Prize in Plasma Physics

By Ian Randall. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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Nominations are now open for the 2012 C16 Young Scientist Prize in Plasma Physics of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics [IUPAP]. The prize will be given in recognition of exceptional achievement in the study of plasma physics by a scientist in the early stage of their career.

The award, consisting of a certificate, medal and 1,000 euros in prize money, will be presented during the opening session of the EPS/ICPP conference, which is being held in Stockholm on 2-6 July this year…

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American Physical Society approves strategic plan

By Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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At a recent meeting of the American Physical Society [APS] Council executive board, the APS Strategic Plan for 2013-2017 was approved.

The plan takes into account the evolution of the APS, and the new challenges concerning physics and physicists: especially APS members. It provides a roadmap for ensuring that the APS will continue to fulfil its role and duties, in accordance with a number of prime goals which have been identified to shape the future activities of the society…

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Conference on new frontiers in physics

By Larisa Bravina, Yiota Foka & Sonia Kabana. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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The first International Conference on new Frontiers in Physics [ICFP 2012] is being held in Kolymbari, Crete, on 8-16 June this year. The conference will address high energy particle and nuclear physics, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies.

Registration for the conference is currently open. A discounted fee is available for students. The deadline for registration is 27 April. Papers contributed to the meeting will be peer reviewed and published in the Proceedings of the Conference…

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IoP report benchmarks physics research in the UK

By Ian Randall. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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The Institute of Physics has published a report on the “Bibliometric evaluation and international benchmarking of the UK’s physics research”.

The publication reports a decline in the United Kingdom’s share of physics paper publications over the last decade – a trend seen across most G7 countries, following an increase in the output of Chinese research. Despite this, the UK’s contribution was regarded as still having a significant impact…

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IZEST-Helmholtz Beamlines Workshop

By Ian Randall. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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The Joined IZEST-Helmholtz Beamlines Workshop is being held at GSI Darmstadt, in Germany, on 23-25 April this year. The event will explore potential collaborations between the IZEST and atomic/plasma physics communities with regarding to coupling lasers at the planned Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research.

Topics under discussion will include atomic physics; high-energy, high-intensity laser technology; high field physics; and plasma physics…

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