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Johanna Stachel new DPG president

By DPG. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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Johanna Stachel took office as president of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft [DPG] on 16 March this year. Stachel, a professor of experimental physics at the University of Heidelberg, is the first female physicist to head the DPG since its founding in 1845.

Stachel presented her presidential agenda during her inaugural speech, which took place in the Magnus-Haus Berlin. Besides the promotion of fundamental research, the main concerns of the new president are education…

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EPS-SIF School on Energy – Course 1

By Ian Randall. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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The first course of the Joint EPS-SIF International School on Energy – entitled “New strategies for energy generation, conversion and storage” – will be held at the Villa Monastero, in Varenna, between 30 July and 4 August this year.

The school aims to present all the fields of physics which are relevant to technologies for energy production, conversion, transmission and efficiency. Topics which will be covered during the course include: biomass; climate issues; energy saving technology; fission; fossil fuels; fusion; hydro; solar, photovoltaic and photothermal sources; and wind…

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Particle physics outreach database launched by IPPOG

By Ian Randall. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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A database of resources and tools for particle physics education and outreach has been published by the International Particle Physics Outreach Group. The collection aims to help and inspire physicists, communicators and teachers with useful and imaginative ways of teaching students and the public about particle physics.

“The idea behind the database was to create a basket of tools where people can go and dip in and use them for their own needs,” says Lisa Mc Carthy, the IPPOG staff member who helped to set up the database.

Submissions to the resource library can be made by anyone – after registering – extending the IPPOG tradition of sharing outreach tools, practices and successes.

The database can be searched by a number of parameters, including the learning topic, nature, intended audience and language. The site also features a rating system – similar to those seen on sites such as amazon and youtube – through which submissions may be reviewed by the community, with popular items earning featured status.

The database is still in its early stages, and the creators are inviting users to provide feedback, and make suggestions as to how it could be improved. Comments should be sent to IPPOG by email ippog [dot] outreach [at] cern [dot] ch.

For more information on IPPOG, please see our article “International Particle Physics Outreach Group meeting”.

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Symposium on Strategy for Particle Physics

By Ian Randall. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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The CERN Council Open Symposium on the European Strategy for Particle Physics will be held in Kraków, Poland, on 10-12 September this year. The event, held in anticipation of the Update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, aims to review the status of particle physics research and the preparation for future facilities.

The physics community was encouraged to submit input prior to the symposium. Such is published…

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Call for 2012 European Latsis Prize in Mathematics

By Ian Randall. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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Nominations are open for the European Latsis Prize 2012. This year, the prize will be given in the field of Mathematics, to an individual scientist or group in recognition of innovative, beneficial and outstanding research.

The prize, which values at 100,000 CHF, is given by the Latsis Foundation, through the European Science Foundation.

Nominations – which should be made online – should be accompanied by the nominee’s CV, publication list and a nomination statement. Such should be no more than two pages in length, and detail the merits…

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EPL Editor in Chief

By e-EPS. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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Position: Editor in Chief, EPL
Company: European Physical Society
Location: France

Nominations are now open for the position of Editor in Chief of EPL. EPL – formerly Europhysics Letters – is a leading global letters journal, owned and published by a consortium of 17 physical societies from across Europe…

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CERN tech to foster new UK businesses with STFC

By Ian Randall. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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Small UK companies will be turning ground-breaking CERN research into real-world technological applications, through a new collaboration between the European research laboratory and the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council [STFC]. The scheme aims to help nurture up-and-coming businesses, bridging the gap between science and industry.

“Small companies with a real mission to innovate will benefit from this initiative by CERN and STFC, which brings together some of the most advanced technologies in the world with the unique and focused business support…

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Deep Ocean Cabled Observatories workshop

By Ian Randall. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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The “Deep Ocean Cabled Observatories” workshop will be held at NIKHEF, in Amsterdam, on 24-25 May this year. The event will bring together marine scientists and astroparticle physicists to discuss the research potential of cabled observatories.

The first day of the workshop will focus on current research being undertaken in Canada, the Mediterranean and the United States; the second day, however, will concentrate on the future – looking at what answers…

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Lipid-Protein Interactions in Membranes

By Ian Randall. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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The “Lipid-Protein Interactions in Membranes: Implications for Health and Disease” thematic meeting of the Biophysical Society will be held at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, India, on 1-5 November this year.

The meeting – which will take place against the backdrop of recent advances in membrane protein crystallography – aims to bring together leading experts in membrane research in order to develop new models for the function of membrane proteins and design better therapeutic strategies to combat diseases which relate to the malfunctioning…

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Bologna Process Report

By Ian Randall. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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“The European Higher Education Area in 2012: Bologna Process Implementation Report” was published at the end of last month. The report both details how the higher education landscape in 2012 has been affected by the Bologna Process and the current state of process implementation from various perspectives.

Topics covered in the document include: the demographic and funding context for higher education; degree structures and qualifications; quality assurance; the social dimension of higher education; outcomes and employability…

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Quantum School

By Ian Randall. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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The Advanced School on Quantum Foundations and Open Quantum Systems will be held between 16-28 July this year, at the Tropical Hotel Tambaú, in João Pessoa, Brazil. The event aims to train young researchers and encourage the exchange of knowledge across various research areas.

Topics under discussion at the school will include: beyond the quantum; open quantum systems; philosophy of quantum mechanics; quantum information; quantum statistical physics and quantum solid state…

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International Particle Physics Outreach Group meeting

By Achintya Rao & David Barney. Published on 22 May 2012 in:
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The European Particle Physics Outreach Group [EPPOG] was established 15 years ago, under the joint auspices of the European Committee for Future Accelerators and the European Physical Society’s High Energy Particle Physics Board. In 2011 it evolved into the International Particle Physics Outreach Group [IPPOG], reflecting the international nature of the group. IPPOG’s principle aim is to maximise the impact of education and outreach efforts relating to particle physics, through information exchange and the sharing of expertise…

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