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EPS Executive Committee and Staff activities September 2016

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4 to 7 September 2016: Ophélia Fornari, Ahmed Ouarab and Gina Gunaratnam, from the EPS secretariat, attended the 2nd International Conference on the History of Physics in Pöllau, Austria.

4 to 7 September 2016: Christophe Rossel, EPS president, was invited to the annual meeting of the Brazilian Physical Society, celebrating its 50th anniversary, taking place in Natal (Brazil). He participated in a round table on ‘Perspectives for the development of physics in the next two decades’ as viewed by physical societies (EPS, APS, IOP, SBP, etc.) and delivered an invited symposia talk on ‘ Science & Technology, Innovation & Social Responsibility’.

7 September 2016: David Lee, EPS Secretary General, attended the awards ceremony for the 2016 EPS CMD Europhysics Prize.

7 to 9 September 2016: David Lee, and Gina Gunaratnam, EPS communication coordinator, presented the EPS services and the EPS conference department to the board of the AMOP division during ECAMP12 in Frankfurt, Germany.

13-14 September 2016: Christophe Rossel participated in the EPS Energy Group meeting in Brussels, Belgium. He shared a session with Luc van Dyck, consultant to EPS, on the possible involvement of EPS in the H2020 midterm assessment, focusing on the societal challenge ‘Secure, clean, and efficient energy’.

19 September 2016: Christophe Rossel took part as an expert member in the first meeting of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) at the EU Commission, Berlaymont building in Brussels.

19 September 2016: Christophe Rossel and David Lee met with EuCheMS president David Cole-Hamilton, secretary general Nineta Majcen and with Wolfram Koch Executive Director of the German Chemical Society in Brussels, to discuss first meeting of OSPP and future enhanced collaboration and joint projects.

19-20 September : David Lee and Jorge Rivero, EPS IYL 2015 outreach officer, met with the project officer, the reviewer and the other members of the consortium for the final review of the EU funded project, LIGHT2015.

23 September 2016: Xavier de Araujo and Gina Gunaratnam, from the EPS secretariat, attended the EPN Board meeting and the EPN Advisory Board meeting in Madrid, Spain.

30 September – 1 October 2016: An EPS Executive Committee meeting took place in San Sebastian, Spain. Christophe Rossel and D. Lee and the other members of the Executive Committee participated in the 4th Passion for Knowledge Festival with attribution of EPS recognition prize to DIPC during closing ceremony in the form of a plaque with the citation: “The European Physical Society recognises the outstanding contributions of Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) in the field of condensed matter physics and materials science, as well as its multiple successful outreach activities.”

30 September – 1 October 2016: Luc Bergé attended the EPS Executive Committee Meeting held at San Sebastian, Spain.



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