EPS Special Activity Fund

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Join in the effort to finance original projects

Dear Colleagues,

The European Physical Society is in the process of setting up a Special Activity Fund to support actions that are not in the mainstream of EPS tasks or that need special financing beyond the regular EPS budget. This Fund will be comprised of contributions from EPS Individual Members and other private sponsors and donors. The EPS hopes to mobilise the support of its network of over 130’000 physicist who can contribute, through their individual donations, to projects not only in Europe but also in developing countries. The Fund will be supervised by an independent group of persons, external to the EPS Executive Committee and checked regularly by an external audit.

The EPS has decided that it will match each donation by the same amount, until a total of 50’000 EUR is reached. Thus if you donate 500 EUR, EPS will match it to double the value. To proceed with your online payment go to the link ‘DONATE’ below.

With additional independent funding, EPS aims for example to inspire future innovators, support career development for physics students, recent graduates and young professionals, foster equal opportunity and recognise distinguished achievement in the field of basic and applied physics through the presentation of awards and honours.

In the spirit of strengthening the research and training potential of developing countries, the EPS created a Physics for Development Group in 1981. This Group is currently pursuing several projects but unfortunately with very limited financial means.  Indeed physics can address many problems to help the development of poorer countries and communities, by providing well adapted solutions in various domains such as production of solar energy, monitoring of rural and urban pollution, methods for health monitoring, protection of natural resources and access to clean water, etc.

The aims of this EPS Fund are to finance activities such as:

  • Promote basic and applied physics for projects and activities in developing countries, specifically in Africa
  • Support physics teaching and teachers at all levels, including low cost lab equipment
  • Support the career development for physics students, recent graduates and young professionals
  • Support the development of student driven networking and outreach programs, such as the EPS Young Minds
  • Promote innovation and entrepreneurship through the organisation of “innovation fairs”
  • Promote the image of industrial physicists
  • Recognise outstanding achievements with awards and honours at student and junior research level

Be part of and support the EPS vision to develop projects where the need is big.

Donor Appreciation.
Gifts from EPS Members and Members of National Societies, family members, industry partners, award recipients and the philanthropic community will be recognised in a special list of honourable donors and by other specific events in the three categories below:
Platinum:  5’000 EUR or more
Gold: 2’500 to 4’999 EUR
Silver: 1’000 to 2’499 EUR

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