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Editorial International Year of Light 2015

By John Dudley. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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It is an absolute pleasure to announce that the United Nations [UN] General Assembly formally proclaimed the year 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies [IYL2015] on 20 December 2013. You can read our official press release on the EPS website. This is the official green light that will allow the EPS and our many international partners to accelerate towards a fantastic year of activities throughout 2015.

The UN General Assembly declares only a very small number of International Years, and it does so to raise…

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Victor R. Velasco is the new Editor of Europhysics News

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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After 8 years of hard work, Claude Sébenne’s term as editor of Europhysics News [EPN] has come to an end. The EPS welcomes his successor, Victor R. Velasco from the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid [ICMM]. e-EPS spoke with him. Find out his ambitions for the magazine.

In few sentences, what is your background in science?

I studied Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid [UAM], and got my Ph.D in 1979. I did Post-Doctoral…

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1954: CERN was born

By Antonella del Rosso. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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The Laboratory was the first scientific pan-European endeavour. Just a few years after the Second World War, twelve European countries joined forces and built what has become the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. In 2014, CERN will celebrate 60 years of cutting-edge science for peace.

It all started in 1949, when French Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Louis de Broglie called for the creation of a European laboratory. The idea was quickly adopted and, in 1953, twelve countries signed the Convention for the establishment…

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Horizon 2020 starts with €15 billion

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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The European Commission presented in December 2013 the first calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s [EU] research and innovation programme over the period 2014-2020.

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s biggest ever research and innovation framework programme with a seven year budget worth nearly €80 billion. With more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe’s knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people’s lives…

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SCOAP3 launched on 1 January 2014

By Martina Knoop. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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As of 1 January 2014, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics [SCOAP3] has become operational.

SCOAP3 contributes to the on-going evolution of the publication landscape by proposing a completely new approach for the high-energy and particle physics community. SCOAP3 is a new paradigm in scientific publication, relying on the redirection of funding from a large number of organisations and universities in order to cover publication expenses…

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Statement from the Ukrainian Physical Society

By e-EPS. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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The European Physical Society supports through its e-EPS newsletter the following statement of the Ukrainian Physical Society [UFT].

The Ukrainian Physical Society, on behalf of the physics community in the Ukraine, would like to express its disappointment that the Eastern Partnership Summit, Vilnius, 28-29 November 2013 did not seize the opportunity of reinforcing Ukraine’s ties to Europe. The Ukrainian Physical Society deeply believes that closer relations with…

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EPS Council 2014

By David Lee. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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EPS Council will take place in Trieste, Italy at the ICTP on 4-5 April 2014.

The Executive Committee will present modifications to the Constitution to make it easier to read and updated taking into account communications methods and revised structure. A list of all the modifications can be found on the EPS website.

Changes in Membership Fees for Individual Members only will also be presented to Council, modifying…

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On the 2014 to-do list: join the EPS

By David Lee, Gina Gunaratnam, Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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Since 1968, the European Physical Society [EPS] has provided a forum for physicists from around Europe to meet and develop activities. Ranging from community building to promoting scientific excellence, from sponsoring the next generation of leaders in physics to policy input, the EPS welcomes all interested and motivated physicists to become members.

As an Individual Member, you have the following privileges…

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International Max-Planck Partnership launched by Scottish universities

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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Launched on 19 December 2013, the partnership between five Max-Planck Institutes [MPI] in Germany and five Scottish universities is a major boost to the future development of new quantum technologies and fundamental science in Scotland.

The collaboration will lead to the establishment of the world’s first International Max-Planck Partnership [IMPP]. This new model will incorporate leading physics research groups from the universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde…

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The state of physics in the United Kingdom

By David Sands. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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The Institute of Physics [IOP] in the United Kingdom [UK] has just released a report detailing a wealth of statistical data about staffing levels in UK physics departments between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012. Higher education in the UK has expanded enormously in the last 20 years or so and this data captures some of that expansion in the growth of staff numbers. The headline figures show that staffing levels in higher education have increased by 21% since 2003-2004 with physics staff increasing by 20%. This is quite impressive given that a lot of expansion has occurred in the newer universities that do not teach physics and at the same time a number of physics departments have closed…

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Download the EPS calendar

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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The European Physical Society [EPS] has produced a nice do-it-yourself calendar in 3D. The EPS 2014 calendar is a polyhedron with 20 faces including triangles and (almost) squares.

To the best results, print the file using A3 paper (297 × 420 mm or 11.7 x 8.3 inches).

Download the net of the EPS Calendar 2014…

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Executive and Staff Activity for December 2013

By e-EPS. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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If you want to see how EPS works to support its members in different ways, here is a selection of the activities of EPS Executive Committee members and staff for the last month. Click here for the list.

  • 1-2 December: The EPS Executive Committee officers, M. Knoop, C. Latimer and J. Lister met with D. Lee and F. Burr at the EPS Secretariat to discuss staffing and budget issues
  • 2 December: EPS president, J. Dudley visits the French CEA to present the International Year of Light 2015…
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