The EPS, the Fondazione Alessandro Volta and Edison S.p.A. have awarded the 2016 EPS Edison Volta Prize for outstanding contributions to physics to Michel A.G.J. Orrit, from Leiden University, the Netherlands “for seminal contributions to optical science, to the field of single-molecule spectroscopy and imaging (first single molecule detection by fluorescence and first optical detection of magnetic resonance in single molecule) and for pioneering investigations into the photoblinking and photobleaching behaviors of individual molecules at the heart of many current optical superresolution experiments.”
This new prize was established in 2008 by the EPS Plasma Physics Division. The prize is not awarded for cumulative career achievements or successful management and leadership. To foster collaborative research, it is allowed to nominate a group of up to three scientists.
In its plenary session of October 26th 2016 at Strasbourg, the European Parliament (EP) expressed its position with respect to the Draft Budget for the European Union for 2017. The EP reiterates its commitment to research and growth supported by appropriate funding.
With "PiA – Physics in Advent", we created a special and unique kind of Advent calendar: a physics Advent calendar. We introduce young scientists, and anyone else who is interested, to 24 simple and yet ingenious experiments and physics puzzles. They will arouse interest in doing experiments for yourself and ignite excitement in any observer.
For research purposes, neutrons are released from the nucleus and are used as probes with which researchers can look inside a very wide variety of materials, without damaging them. For example, with neutrons one can look inside a big car engine, investigate drug delivery, see how plants uptake water, get insights into the development of superconductors.
The Prague (CZ) EPS Young Minds (YM) section was established in April 2015, and since then its members have organised 22 social and scientific events for university and high school students. These events took place mainly at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague, where the section is based.
CERN’s new on-line journal CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation (CIJ) will publish empirical and theoretical research on the practice of strategic technology and innovation management. It is a multi-disciplinary, open on-line journal that focuses on in-situ innovation experimentation, strategic innovation management, knowledge transfer and management, and innovation policy issues.
EPL, the letters journal that explores the frontiers of physics, has opened a Twitter account. This new account provides EPL with an excellent opportunity to increase engagement with its authors and enhance the visibility of EPL content within the physics community.
The European Physical Society [EPS] is pleased to announce that Rüdiger Voss has been elected as the next EPS President-elect. He will take up office as the President of EPS in April 2017, when the term of the current President, Christophe Rossel comes to an end.
Despite this being a relatively quiet summer in Europe for physics education conferences, the Physics Education Division (PED) has been very active in promoting physics education research.
ECAMP 12, the 12 European Conference on Atoms, Molecules and Photons by the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Division [AMOPD] of the EPS took place at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany from September 5-9 2016.
European Commission, Director-General for Research & Innovation, Mr. Robert-Jan Smits announced as first recipient.
EuroScience, the European grassroots organisation acting since 1997 as a voice for scientists and other stakeholders in science, technology and innovation, has been a keen participant in the discussions and actions to create a new European landscape for science and innovation, and a better working environment for Europe’s scientists.