As a satellite meeting to the European Energy Conference and the EPS General Meeting in Budapest, the EPS Executive Committee [ExCom] met in the Hungarian capital at the end of October.
The ExCom approved the final version of the position paper “Managing the transition to Open Access”, which is an outcome of the Round Table that EPS organised with partners at the EPS Council 2013. Other learned societies (e.g. EuCheMS) have also endorsed this paper.
Various solutions for a Brussels representation of the EPS have been discussed in terms of budget, location and staff. Concrete descriptions are about to be drafted and will be presented to the EPS Council on 4-5 April 2014 at ICTP, Trieste, Italy; along with the respective financial engagements.
The ExCom actively prepares the renewal of its members (election at Council 2014) with a search balanced by geographical, topical and gender criteria. It has also been informed about the on-going activities of the presidential search committee chaired by past president Luisa Cifarelli.
Claude Sebenne, Europhysics News’ actual editor-in-chief, will retire at the end of 2013, the ExCom prepares the roadmap for his successor, aiming at a long-term transition to all-electronic publications.
EPS has been solicited to organise a European Workshop on nuclear disarmament. The ExCom sees the difficult balance between policy and technical issues, and would welcome the feedback of its members.
The complete report is available for EPS members (after login) in the EPS website.