Global energy use is increasing rapidly, driven by rising living standards in developing countries. Although the percentage of primary energy provided by burning fossil fuels is falling slowly from its current value of some 80%, their contribution is rising in absolute terms and is expected to increase by around 25% by 2035. This is bad news given the need to decarbonise (to reduce air pollution as well as to moderate climate change): is it inevitable?
Paola Catapano, a member of CERN’s Communication Group, and Mike Struik, a member of the CERN TE Department, were invited to visit ESO’s experimental sites – the ALMA observatory and the Very Large Telescope in Paranal, Chile. Enjoy some of the beautiful images they sent to the Bulletin.
The ceremony declaring the Residencia de Estudiantes as an EPS Historic Site took place on 13 May 2015. It was presided over by EPS President Dr Christophe Rossel, Prof. J. Adolfo de Azcárraga, President of the Spanish Physical Society [RSEF], Prof. Emilio Lora-Tamayo, President of the Spanish National Research Council [CSIC] and Alicia Gómez-Navarro, Director of the Residencia de Estudiantes.
The Optical Society of Korea [OSK] held its annual meeting from 13-15 July 2015 in Gyeongju, the ancient capital of Korea located in the south of the country. This conference brought together physicists working in optics and laser-matter interaction. While most of participants came from Asia, some traveled from the US and Europe to celebrate both the 25th Anniversary of OSK and the International Year of Light. Presidents and official representatives of many learned societies (The Optical Society – OSA, IEEE, SPIE, EPS, the Japanese Society of Applied Physics) willingly answered the invitation of the OSK managers to address this meeting and debated the future of light in the world and more particularly in Korea.
The EPS works to support its members. Find below the list of activities of the EPS Executive Committee and staff for July 2015:
The European Physical Society is delighted to announce the 2015 winners of its young researcher Prizes in Quantum Electronics and Optics. These prizes are awarded once every two years, and recognise the highest level of excellence amongst emerging researchers. The young researcher prizes include the prestigious Fresnel prize for research achievements obtained before the age of 35, as well as prizes for the best nominated European PhD theses in optics over the last two years. The awards were presented in a ceremony on Tuesday June 23rd at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Europe and the European Quantum Electronics Conference (EQEC), held during the World of Photonics Congress in Munich, Germany.
“Lichtspiele” (light games) is this year’s motto to the science festival organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF], the German Physics Society [DPG], and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany.
Join the Global celebration of the Weekend of Light on 25-28 September 2015.
Join iSPEX-EU and Measure Air Pollution with your Smartphone.
LIGHT2015 – Lighting the Future Video.
Hamamatsu launches an educational website about light in celebration of the International Year of Light
From the 22-24 May 2015, the second edition of Physics League Across Numerous Countries for Kick-ass Students [PLANCKS] was held. The event started on Friday with a very successful opening symposium, which hosted over 300 people. The main event, the physics Olympiad, was organised on Saturday. A total of 28 teams from 18 countries took up the challenge, but only the best could be praised with the title of ”Best Physics Students of the World”, and winning the grand prize of …
The most recent updates and changes at EPL can be found on the journal homepage.
The Zurich Science Days “Scientifica15″ will take place from 4-6 September 2015.
Democracy relies on an educated population. High quality schools and teachers, classrooms open for all and interesting and exact teaching materials help to teach successive generations. The western world has known 70 years of peaceful co-existence. And although there is considerable turmoil in the world, parts of Asia, Africa and South America are also experiencing unprecedented growth. There are more people that are receiving a high quality education than ever before.