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1st EPS Conference on Physics for Development

By Martina Knoop. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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Convinced by the need to put forward common solutions, the EPS Physics for Development Group [EPS PDG] organized the first EPS Conference on Physics for Development.

The declared aim of the conference was to bring together a large audience of stakeholders, decision makers and concerned physicists from various countries to discuss important issues regarding the role of physics in economic and social development. The Conference focused on issues such as the coordination of existing efforts and programmes, …

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CERN has launched SCOAP3

By Martina Knoop. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics [SCOAP3] was officially at CERN on 1 October 2012.

This new publishing model, which grants free access to peer-reviewed articles in particle physics, redirects the funding traditionally spent by libraries for subscriptions to an internationally coordinated common fund.

Twelve publishers have been retained in the first call for tender…

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Open Access for UK and Horizon2020 publications

By Martina Knoop. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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In June 2012 a UK working group of scientists, funding agencies and publishers made available a report on “Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications”.

This work, known as the Finch report after the chairwoman of the group, Janet Finch, made the recommendation for a larger implementation of open access models in the UK publishing scene. The Finch report has very rapidly triggered a decision of Research Councils UK (RCUK), the umbrella body for Britain’s seven research councils,…

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Featured in EPN

By e-EPS. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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Recent highlights from EPN:

The seven months that changed physics: The discovery of the Higgs Boson and its implications for High Energy Physics
By Guido Tonelli

The adventure of quasicrystals: a sucessful multidisciplinary effort – By D. Gratias

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Outreach at the Glasgow Science Festival

By Ralf Bauer. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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The Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow Young Minds Section of the Students Community of Optics and Photonics Engineering [SCOPE] organized and ran an outreach event with hands-on experiments for kids and adults alike at the Glasgow science festival.

This annual event runs through the month of June 2012 with a huge variety of activities, from open days to guided tours, and aims to engage the general public with science and the scientific research…

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The EPS looks for a communication intern

By David Lee. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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The European Physical Society (EPS) has created a position for a Communications Intern, who will work closely with the EPS Communications Coordinator in order to enhance the influence and impact of the EPS and its activities.

The EPS is an international not for profit organisation whose goal is to promote the interests of physics and physicists in Europe. As a leading learned society in physics, the EPS communicates to various target audiences. These include EPS Members, policy makers, partner societies in Europe and around the world, and the general public…

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Nominations: Board of the EPS Nuclear Physics Division

By David Lee. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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The EPS Nuclear Physics Division [NPD] is organising elections to replace 2 outgoing members. The NPD is active in the organisation of the European Nuclear Physics Conference series, the Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics Conference series, and the award of prestigious prizes. The board also provides input to the EPS on issues related to nuclear physics and relations to other European and international bodies interested in nuclear physics and policy. More information is available on the the NPD website…

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Institute of Physics Awards Dinner

By David Lee. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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The Institute of Physics [IoP] Awards Dinner 2012, held in London on 3 October, attracted a record attendance of over 600 physicists.

The IoP President, Sir Peter Knight, a Fellow of the European Physical Society [EPS], highlighted in his address a new IoP report, which showed, yet again, the lamentable number of girls studying physics in the UK despite years of effort to improve matters…

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Professor Zalewska elected President of CERN Council

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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The 20 September 2012, CERN Council elected Agnieszka Zalewska as its 21st President. She will follow Michel Spiro, whose 3-year term will end at the end of December.

“I feel particularly honoured to have presided over the CERN Council through a period that has seen the first major results from the Large hadron Collider,” said Michel Spiro. “I’d like to wish Professor Zalewska all the very best as the LHC adventure continues to unfold…”

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A major step towards the International Year of Light

By John Dudley. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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Tremendous support was obtained at UNESCO for International Year of Light proposal from EPS and 40 other partners. More than 30 UNESCO member states supported the resolution placed on the agenda by Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand and Russia.

Read the full press release on the EPS website.

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Young Scientist Award in Statistical Physics

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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The Young Scientist Prize in Statistical Physics, established by the C3 Commission on Statistical Physics of the IUPAP, recognises outstanding achievements of scientists in the early stages of their career in the field of Statistical Physics.

Up to three awards will be presented at the Statphys25 conference, which will be held in Seoul, Korea, 22-26 July 2013. To be eligible for the Prize, nominees must have received their PhDs not more than eight years prior to July 1, 2013, and are expected to have displayed significant achievement…

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Nobel Laureates warn against Horizon2020 budget

By David Lee. Published on 26 October 2012 in:
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In an Open Letter to the EU Heads of States and Governments, 42 Nobel Laureates and 5 Fields Medallists have stated their grave concern that the upcoming negotations on the overall EU budget from 2014-2020 will disproportionally hit the research and innovation budget. The letter has been published on 23 October in leading newspapers across Europe:
Financial Times (UK), Le Monde (FR), Der Standard (AT), Irish Times (IE), El Páis (ES), Público (PT), Postimes (EE), Le Temps (CH), Jurnalul National (RO), Corriere della Serra (IT), Berlingske (DK), Svenska Dagbladets (SE)…

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