For its January meeting, the EPS Executive Committee met at The Institute of Physics [IOP] premises, Portland Place, London, on the same day as the IOP council. During a joint lunch, the EPS president gave a short overview of EPS’s activities to the Council and there were fruitful discussions between IOP Council and EPS Executive Committee members.
Traditionally, a large fraction of discussions in January is turned towards the preparation of agenda items for the EPS Council meeting in spring. The preliminary accounts 2013 are part of this, as well as on-going activities such as the European Academy of Science Education, or Action Committee activities.
The set-up of a supplementary EPS secretariat in Brussels can be realized in different ways. In particular the profile of the person in charge can have a variable impact on the budget. Long-term financial issues have to be foreseen. A presentation (supported by the corresponding budget figures) will be given to council.
EPS’ publications are a service to all its members and contribute to the visibility of the Society. The Editors-in-chief of EPL and Europhysics News participated in the meeting presenting on-going transition processes regarding the editorial structure (EPL) and some first ideas and limit conditions for a mean-term evolution of the member journal (Europhysics News).
The ExCom has also briefly discussed the draft paper on “Global Energy Policy and Reduction of CO2 emissions” prepared by EPS’ group on Energy. This statement will be circulated to EPS Council members for feedback in order to prepare its publications as an EPS position paper.
The complete report is available for EPS members (after login) on the EPS website.