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.
The opening ceremony of the conference was organised in the historical Archbishop palace hall in Olomouc. As a part of this ceremony, young physicists – winners of competitions of Czech and Slovak Physical Societies – were awarded their prizes and presented their research work in a brief talks.
The subsequent programme of the conference took place in the newly opened building of the Faculty of science, Palacky University, and included plenary sessions with 11 invited lectures by leading researches on progress in the field of their interest. The EPS President John Dudley presented the lecture “Nonlinear optics”. The programme was complemented by short contributed talks and the poster session, which encouraged active participation of the early career researchers and PhD students.
Future plans and ideas for national conferences were discussed in the meeting of the EPS President John Dudley, the EPS Secretary General David Lee and representatives of the Czech, Slovak, Polish and Hungarian national societies. It was proposed to invite participants from these countries again to the conferences of the Polish physical society in 2015 and the Hungarian Physical Society in 2016. The opportunities in promoting physics within the 2015 Year of Light were also presented.