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EPS Executive and Staff activity for September 2014

By e-EPS. Published on 24 October 2014 in:
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The EPS works to support its members. Find below the list of activities of the EPS Executive Committee and staff for September 2014.
3 September: John Dudley, EPS president, attended the Portuguese Physical Society Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
9 September: David Lee, EPS secretary general, attended the Kavli Prize Ceremony, in Oslo, Norway.
15-17 September: members of EPS took part to the 18th Conference of Czech and Slovak physicists in Olomouc …

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18th Conference of Czech and Slovak Physicists

By Alice Valkarova. Published on 24 October 2014 in:
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The 18th Conference of Czech and Slovak Physicists (with participation of Hungarian and Polish Physicists) was held from 16th to 19th September in Olomouc, Czech Republic. This interdisciplinary conference has been organised every three years alternatively on the territory of Czech Republic and Slovakia. It aims at creating and extending a forum for further discussions of physicists from different R&D fields. The conference has a long tradition, and, for the first time speakers and participants from Poland and Hungary had been invited this year….

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Editorial – Getting girls into Physics – are we saying the wrong things?

By Averil McDonald. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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We are all keen to engage more girls in physics. And, certainly in the UK, there have been initiatives and large amounts of money thrown at this problem for the past 30 years. Yet the percentage of girls taking physics up to age 18 and as undergraduates has remained stubbornly at about 20%. We can only conclude that everything we have tried has made NO difference to the uptake of physics by girls.

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Condensed Matter in Paris 2014

By Kees van der Beek. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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From 24 to 29 August 2014, physicists from all areas of the condensed matter community met at the Pharmacy Faculty of Paris Descartes University, in the very heart of the French capital, for the 25th conference of the EPS Condensed Matter Division [EPS CMD], CMD25. On this occasion, CMD25 was organized jointly with the French Physical Society SFP’s 14th “Journées de la Matière Condensée” [JMC14], a fruitful collaboration that resulted in a bolstered attendance of well over 1000…

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Towards a European pension fund for researchers

By David Lee. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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The Swiss Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education [Swiss Core] has recently published an update on one of the ongoing hot topics in European Research. e-EPS is reprinting the article with their permission. The orginal article can be found here… A successful academic career in Europe entails a large degree of international mobility. From a European point of view and in the framework of the European Research Area [ERA], international mobility is often seen as a driver for excellence for research organisations as well as one of the key elements of the concept. However …

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Future of Physics publishing

By Martina Knoop, Bart van Tiggelen. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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In Paris, during the last week of August 2014, the largest European meeting of the community of solid state physicists to place. This meeting was co-organised by the EPS’ Condensed Matter Division [EPS CMD] and the Condensed Matter Division of the French Physical Society [SFP].
In a special (parallel) session on Wednesday afternoon, the “future of physics publishing” was discussed with an audience of around 100 participants. Bart van Tiggelen (CNRS and SFP) introduced the session with remarks about…

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International Year of Light News

By e-EPS, Pasi Vahimaa. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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IALD as Patron Sponsor
The IYL2015 consortium is delighted to welcome into its partnership the International Association of Lighting Designers [IALD] as a Patron sponsor …
Finland: It takes darkness to make light visible
Finland is a small country with a population of about 5 million people. The people working in photonics, both researchers in universities and in photonics companies form a small close knit community …

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ESA celebrated 50 years at ESOC

By e-EPS. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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On 28 August 2014, the European Space Agency [ESA] celebrated 50 years of European cooperation in space. Jean-Jacques Dordain, the ESA’s Director General, invited dignitaries, former astronauts, and colleagues past and present, the workforce at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany [ESOC] gathered to share the success story of the ESA.
In 1964, the Conventions of ELDO (launchers) and ESRO (science and later applications) entered into force. A decade later, a single European Space Agency was established, taking over from these two organisations.

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Following in Eratosthenes’ footsteps

By Angelos Lazoudis, Eugenia Kypriotis. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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An ancient experiment in schools around the world!
The Eratosthenes Experiment, organized by Ellinogermaniki Agogi’s [EA] Research and Development Department, on Friday 21 March 2014, in Athens Greece, on the occasion of the previous day’s equinox, received an overwhelming response, as 350 schools from 37 countries participated in this celebration of science and education, calculating the circumference of the Earth by using eLearning educational tools and simple instruments…

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EPWS: European Inventor Award – 2015 nominations

By EPWS. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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The European Inventor Award is presented annually by the European Patent Office to inventors who have made a significant contribution to innovation, economy and society in Europe. Inventions from all technological fields are considered …

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Cedric Linder wins the 2014 ICPE Medal for Physics Education

By Robert Lambourne. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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The International Commission on Physics Education [ICPE] is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 ICPE Medal for outstanding contributions to physics education is Professor Cedric Linder of Uppsala University, Sweden.

The award recognizes Professor Linder’s outstanding contributions to physics education research. His work has been notable for its range, depth and impact, as well for its international scope. Educated at universities in South Africa, the USA and Canada, Cedric Linder, in 1996, was awarded the first personal Chair in Physics Education in South Africa …

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Playing with Light

By Sally Reynolds. Published on 25 September 2014 in:
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Are you an Inspiring Science Teacher? Would you like to share some of your most inspiring teaching moments? If the answer is yes – then take part in the Inspiring Science Education [ISE] Competition 2014–2015 for a chance to visit London and some of its really exciting science museums and exhibitions.
This competition is all about recognising and rewarding inspirational science teaching practice and is aimed at teachers who are planning to run an exciting experiment in their science class between now and 31 March 2015, to coincide with the International Year of Light.

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