Sometimes we are so busy working on tasks at hand that we forget to look backwards to see how much we have achieved. In a sense, this is exactly the way it should be, because looking forward keeps us focused on moving in new directions! But in this last editorial of 2014, it’s perhaps the right time to go through exactly what EPS has achieved concretely over the last 12 months.
Council in 2014 was held in April at the beautiful location of the ICTP in Trieste. Council saw the election of Christophe Rossel who will take over as EPS President from April 2015. Christophe has worked closely with David and I since …
The outstanding astrophysicist and prominent science communicator Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, FRSE, MRIA is the new President-elect of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The election follows a ballot of all RSE Fellows which saw an overwhelming response in favour of her nomination. She succeeds Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA, PRSE, since October.
Professor Dame Jocelyn is best known for discovering pulsars, one of the most significant scientific achievements of the twentieth century. These rapidly spinning neutron stars are formed in supernova explosions, the phenomena which …
The European Physical Society would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for your interest and support throughout 2014. It was a year full of activity, from the European community, policy makers and the EPS. We hope that you spend a peaceful and restful holiday season, to prepare for 2015, the International Year of Light and Technology. We look forward to regularly providing you with content of interest to and about the physics community in Europe.
The IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015. will take place at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, on 19-20 January 2015. It will introduce all the key themes of the year, and will aim to inspire activities and events worldwide for the following 12 months. After high-level opening addresses by international political leaders and diplomats, a series of keynote lectures by Nobel Laureates, symposia and round-tables will cover areas of basic science, innovative lighting solutions for society, light pollution, emerging trends in photonics, …
Finding new forms of matter and understanding the formation of elements are only two of the many intriguing questions in nuclear research and drive the construction of FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research, http://www.fair-center.eu), one of the largest nuclear research facilities worldwide. FAIR14 focussed on the status and prospects of the experiments at FAIR.
EPS Nuclear Physics Division
Nuclear Physics Division Prizes
One of the main objectives of the Nuclear Physics Division (NPD) of the EPS is to assist and stimulate the advancement and the dissemination of knowledge in nuclear physics.
EPS High Energy Particle Physics Division
The EPS HEPP Board is calling for nominations for the EPS High Energy Particle Physics Prizes in 2015 : …
On 2 occasions duringthe past year, the European Physical Society has had the opportunity to meet with Prof. Anne Glover, the former the Chief Science Adviser to the President of the European Commission. Our goal was not to promote a specific political agenda, but to ask how we could demonstrate and/or explain how physics contributes to policy objectives of the EC. Our discussions were fruitful, allowing us to better understand the role that the EPS could play in providing information to the EC for evidence based policy making.
The International Conference CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2015, Europe’s premier joint conference on Lasers, Electro-optics and Fundamental Quantum Electronics, will take place from Sunday June 21st, 2015 to Thursday June 25th, 2015 at the Munich International Congress Centre [ICM], Germany. It will be held in conjunction with Laser World of Photonics 2015, the largest European Exhibition of laser and electro-optic equipment and services.
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3-4 November: the EPS ExCom meeting took place at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.
7 November: John Dudley, EPS president, hosted an IYL 2015 meeting with David Lee, EPS secretary general, Jorge Rivero, EPS IYL 2015 outreach officer, and UNESCO staff in Besançon, France.
Particle accelerators, digital data acquisition, isotope technology, sophisticated detector systems with imaging software… You can find these instruments in a high tech physics research laboratory, or, if you look a bit closer, in a modern hospital as well.
Modern healthcare from diagnostics to therapy is largely based on physics. That is why NuPECC, the Nuclear Physics Expert Committee of the European Science Foundation compiled a report on the impact of nuclear physics in medicine.
The Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light will take place from 19-20 January 2015 in Paris, France. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
This first day will start with a high-level session and will include welcome addresses by UN and UNESCO representatives and Member States, as well as other dignitaries. The session will also see representatives from the International Year of Light Steering Committee provide a brief overview of the objectives and themes of the year, the anniversaries …