EPS Executive and Staff activity for March 2015

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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 March 2015:

3 March : James Hough, member of the EPS Executive Committee, represented the IOP and the EPS at an honorary degree ceremony in Edinburgh for Professor Peter Higgs. The honorary degree was conferred by the University of North Carolina where Professor Higgs had spent a year in 1965 working on a third longer paper on what was to be called the Higgs Boson. The ceremony was held at what had been the Tait Institute for Mathematical Physics in Roxburgh Street, Edinburgh, to unveil the IOP sponsored blue plaque commemorating the writing of the first two  papers on the Higgs, 51 years ago.

6 March: D. Lee, P. Helfenstein and J. Rivero, from the EPS Secretariat, attended the Steering Committee Meetings of the World of Photonics Congress 2015 and the CLEO®/Europe-EQEC in Munich, Germany.

7 March: A. Ouarab, P. Helfenstein, O. Fornari and Z. Oulmakhzen attended the CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2015 Technical Programme Committee Meeting

8 March: A. Ouarab, P. Helfenstein, O. Fornari and Z. Oulmakhzen, from the EPS secretariat,  attended the CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2015 Session Planning Meeting in Munich, Germany.

8-11 March: John Dudley, EPS President, delivered a lecture, represented EPS and met with OSA and SPIE leadership at a special International Year of Light session during the World Photonics Forum, Raleigh NC, USA.

10 March : X. De Araujo, J. Hermans and V. Velasco attended the EPN Editors Meeting in Paris.

18 March: Christophe Rossel, EPS President-elect, met with EPS Secretariat staff in Mulhouse to discuss local issues and prepare Council 2015 with David Lee.

26 March: Christophe Rossel led the Executive Committee meeting at DPG Headquarters in Bad Honnef in the absence of EPS President John Dudley.

27-28 March: David Lee, O. Fornari, Sylvie Loskill and Frédéric Burr, from the EPS Secretariat, attended the EPS Council Meeting in Bad Honnef, Germany.

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