The 12th EPS Young Minds Action Committee meeting took place at the University of Konstanz (Germany) on 28 November 2015. The YMAC meets twice a year to discuss the most relevant information of the EPS Young Minds project. This time, all members of the committee were present (Ulrike Ritzmann, Antigone Marino, Enrique Sanchez, Bence Godó and Eva Salvador) along with the President of the EPS, Christophe Rossel, the EPS Project leader for YM activities, Ophélia Fornari and the Director of the Institute of Nuclear Research (Debrecen, Hungary), Zolt Fülöp. They welcomed two new members, Robert Caruso and Jonas Berzins.
The meeting opened with a presentation of the activities of the Konstanz YM-jDPG section by Karl-Philipp. The continuous growing of the number of Young Minds Sections around Europe was highlighted. This year, after the incorporation of Prague (Czech-Republic), Tenerife (Spain), the project now has 35 Sections. This growing success has been possible thanks to the work of the committee as well as the support of the EPS governance. Extra funds were made available in 2015, due to the International Year of Light, allowing the running of more activities. Another success of this year was the 4th Leadership Meeting which took place at ICFO (Castelldefels, Spain). Also in this year, several members of the committee promoted Young Minds in different international conferences such as the EuNPC conference that took place in August in the Netherlands and the IONS conference that took place in Valencia (Spain) at the end of September.
Although 2015 was successful for the Young Minds project, sunstained effort is needed to continue growing. In the following months a friendlier webpage with more information about sections will be designed. The 5th Young Minds Leadership Meeting will be organised. Moreover, grants criteria will be slightly modified to ensure high participation and impact of the accepted projects. Finally, Young Minds will contact other institutions to collaborate with some activities such as the Physics for Development Group or the Equal Opportunity Committee [EOC].
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