The EPS works to support its members. Find below the list of activities of the EPS Executive Committee and staff last month:
The European Physical Society is in the process of setting up a Special Activity Fund to support actions that are not in the mainstream of EPS tasks or that need special financing beyond the regular EPS budget. This Fund will be comprised of contributions from EPS Individual Members and other private sponsors and donors. The EPS hopes to mobilise the support of its network of over 130’000 physicist who can contribute, through their individual donations, to projects not only in Europe but also in developing countries. The Fund will be supervised by an independent group of persons, external to the EPS Executive Committee and checked regularly by an external audit
The EPS Executive Committee met in Brussels on 17-20 October 2015. The meeting was chaired by the EPS President, C. Rossel. The Members of the Executive Committee present were: A. Bracco, L. Di Ciaccio, A. Friberg, Z. Fulop, C. Hidalgo, G. Leuchs, E. Rachlew, M. Reiffers and F. Saunders. Excused were J. Dudley, T. Müller, and S. Sotiriou. Invited were E. van Groningen, C. Latimer, D. Lee, and V. Velasco.
The group has a new chairman, Ernst van Groningen. He is the director of the physics program at the International Science Program [ISP] located in Uppsala, Sweden. He is a renowned scientist and an expert in the scientific cooperation with developing countries.
The group needs to better define its positioning and to think and design new action types by particularly promoting the application of new methods or/and new technologies to create a better situation for physics in developing countries.
In the early stage of their training, young researchers need to learn a lot of skills for their future career. In order to assist with these challenges, the EPS Young Mind Project organised a special session at the European Nuclear Physics Conference, which took place in September in Groningen (NL). In this session invited speakers gave overview talks to train young scientists for their professional knowledge as well as in promoting science.
An introduction of the Young Minds Project was given by Ulrike Ritzmann highlighting the fast growth of the project in the last five years and the variety of different actions of the self-organised sections. More than 30 self-organised sections in Europe engage in outreach activities, seminars and workshops to promote science and to broaden the knowledge in science and beyond train their professional skills.
The EPS works to support its members. Find below the list of activities of the EPS Executive Committee and staff for July 2015:
The Young Minds Valladolid section is included in the non-profit association Physics League which has engaged in several outreach activities in 2015. One of them is a show to demystify some of the most common beliefs of pseudo-science called “The power of physics”. In this show some apparently ‘paranormal’ tricks or “superpowers” are easily explained with physical laws. For instance:
The EPS works to support its members. Find below the list of activities of the EPS Executive Committee and staff for June 2015:
On 25 April 2015, at 06:11 UTC, Nepal was shaken by a violent earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.8 Mw. Its epicentre was located in the north-west of the capital Kathmandu. In a few seconds, entire villages were flattened: nine thousand deaths, nineteen thousand people injured, with hundreds missing, and thousands more homeless.
The EPS works to support its members. Find below the list of activities of the EPS Executive Committee and staff for May 2015.
4 May: L. Di Ciaccio, EPS Executive Committee Honorary Secretary, presented the Emmy Noether award to prof. A. L’Huillier in Freiburg im Breisgau, DE.
5 May: D. Lee, EPS Secretary General and J. Rivero attended the CSA-PPP Meeting in Brussels (BE).
6 May: Christophe Rossel, EPS president, represented EPS at the EPS Historic Site ceremony for the celebrated …
The International Year of the Light 2015 [IYL 2015] is celebrated worldwide with many events and initiatives. The European Physical Society is one of the founding partners of the IYL2015 and the Board of the Nuclear Physics Division of EPS also contributes to this effort with dedicated publications foreseen in journals like Europhysics News and through other actions in different media.
During 2015, hundreds of students from schools in up to 30 countries within the Galileo Teacher Training Program, the Global Hands on Universe (GHOU) and leading cultural institutions will collaborate to create and simultaneously perform a Science Opera inspired by Cosmic Light together with the support of real-time technological collaboration. This will provide a platform for both creative science learning as well as cross-border friendship and cooperation.