June 2015 | Facts and Info from the European Physical Society | e-EPS
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Editorial – Is there a by-product of fundamental physics?

What is the aim of fundamental science? We have all asked ourselves this question, and however naive it may seem, we often have to provide an answer. When the question comes from policy makers and funding agencies, we suspect ulterior motives.

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Call for nomination of EPS president-elect

A number of vacancies will arise on the European Physical Society [EPS] Executive Committee in 2016, including the position of President-elect. According to the EPS bylaws, a Selection Committee has been created to establish a list of candidates for the replacement of outgoing members, and for the President-elect.

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Winter 2014 Emmy Noether distinction presented to Anne L’Huillier

On 4 May 2015, the Winter 2014 Emmy Noether distinction was presented to Prof. Anne l’Huillier (Dept. of Physics, Lund University), by the European Physical Society Equal Opportunity Committee [EPS-EOC] Chair and the former EOC Chair, on behalf of the EPS ...

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International Year of Light News

The International Year of Light 2015 Closing Ceremony to be held in Mexico on 4-6 February: Save the Date

ECOC Travel Grants available for students from developing countries

Cast your vote for SPIE People’s Choice Award

Light and Colour Concert in Germany

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LIGHT2015 Awards Winners Announced

The LIGHT2015 project – coordinated by the European Physical Society – announces the LIGHT2015 Award winners. The Young Women in Photonics Awards to honour young female scientists who has made outstanding contributions to photonics goes to Na Liu in the Fundamental category and Nathalie Vermeulen in the Applied/Engineering category.

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4th EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting

On 29-30 May 2015, the Institute of Photonic Sciences [ICFO] in Barcelona hosted the 4th EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting. This meeting brings together the members of the Young Minds (YM) programme of the European Physical Society ...

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Naples 4 Nepal, an EPS Young Minds activity

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 ...

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Physical expertise for Europe

The Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society, DPG) welcomes European Commission’s plans to set up a scientific advisory board. Bad Honnef, May 27, 2015 – As surprising the dismissal of the Chief Science Adviser, Anne Glover, was for many, this decision now …

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Investing in photonics (in Europe)

In April 2015 the European Photonics Venture Forum took place and a short video gives a powerful impression of this particularly successful event which brought together 110 people from 15 countries. Presentations included 24 short product presentations, 30 investors, and 45 one-on-one meetings. The video can be viewed directly on ...

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SESAME moves towards commissioning

In order for commissioning to start in mid-2016, and for the first stage of Phase 1 to be completed in 2017, some additional capital funding is still needed. Egypt will join Iran, Israel, Jordan, and Turkey (which are each providing $5 million) in making a voluntary contribution, which will partly fill the gap.
The Council was updated on ...

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Researchers from China Obtain High-quality InGaAs/GaAsSb Superlattice Structures

IInGaAs/GaAsSb superlattice structure is very attractive in photodetectors and light emitting devices. However, the growth of high quality GaAsSb alloys is a challenge. Recently, a research team from the ...

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G7 sends powerful message on climate change

In their declaration following the G7 summit that took place on 7-8 june 2015 in Schloss Elmau, Germany, leaders stressed their determination to adopt a legal instrument to ensure global warming is limited to 2 ...

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Highlights from EPL

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EPS Executive and Staff activity for May 2015

The EPS works to support its members. Click here for the list of the activities of EPS Executive Committee and staff for the last month.

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