Information from Liechtenstein 2016

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Electricity Museum

This year the Liechtenstein Scientific Society held its annual meeting in the premises of the “Lawena-Museum”.

That is an interesting Electricity Museum situated in the oldest hydro-electric Power Plant in Liechtenstein in the Lawena valley. Last Year Dr. Cyril Deicha donated hundreds of historic scientific, technical and didactic objects to complete the original collection of the museum. Now it is the largest collection of its kind in the region. In the summer the museum is open to the public on several weekends (


March 2nd 2016 was the “Last day of reporting IYL2015”. This event was comemorated by a postal obliteration of both stamps issued in Liechtenstein in relation to the International Year of Light (IYL2015). One of them was quoted as the earliest IYL2015 commemorative stamp in the world. The other one was awarded an international design prize: the Red Dot Award ( and

Popularisation of Science

In the yearly magazine “Vereinsinfo“ there is always a whole page about the EPS. From time to time we also write in national daily newspapers. Our contributions in foreign media are also appreciated (e.g. in the French Bulletin de l’union des Physiciens BUP November 2016) . On May 11th 2016, the Liechtenstein Government recognised the value of our work: “We are pleased that the Scientific Society Forum takes part in the EPS as the Liechtenstein section, and thus contributes to improve the knowledge about our country, especially in scientific circles” ( and

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IUPAC approved the names of the elements 113, 115, 117, and 118

On 28th  November 2016, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry announced that the elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 are now formally named.

The name nihonium with the symbol Nh for element 113 was proposed by the discoverers at RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science (Japan); the name came from Nihon which is one of the two ways to say “Japan” in Japanese, and literally mean “the Land of the Rising Sun”.