October 2012 | Facts and Info from the European Physical Society | e-EPS
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Editorial – Joining forces for science and scientists in Europe

What a nice initiative from the EuCheMS president Ulrich Schubert to invite me to participate in the General Assembly of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences. This took place on 11-12 October 2012 in Dublin, in the beautiful library of the Irish Royal Academy…

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A major step towards the International Year of Light

Tremendous support was obtained at UNESCO for International Year of Light proposal from EPS and 40 other partners. More than 30 UNESCO member states supported the resolution placed on the agenda by Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand and Russia.

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2012 Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland for the development of “ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”.

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Institute of Physics Awards Dinner

The Institute of Physics [IoP] Awards Dinner 2012, held in London on 3 October, attracted a record attendance of over 600 physicists.

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Professor Zalewska elected President of CERN Council

The 20 September 2012, CERN Council elected Agnieszka Zalewska as its 21st President.

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The Dark Energy Camera opens eyes and data

The Dark Energy Camera in Chile took its first picture in September 2012. After a series of tests, the 570-megapixels camera is expected to be operational in December 2012.

The Dark Energy Camera is the most powerful survey instrument of its kind, able to see light from over 100 000 galaxies up to 8 billion light years away.

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CERN has launched SCOAP3

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics [SCOAP3] was officially at CERN on 1 October 2012.

This new publishing model, which grants free access to peer-reviewed articles in particle physics, redirects the funding traditionally spent by libraries for subscriptions to an internationally coordinated common fund.

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Open Access for UK and Horizon2020 publications

In June 2012 a UK working group of scientists, funding agencies and publishers made available a report on “Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications”. This work, known as the Finch report made the recommendation for a larger implementation of open access.

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Young Scientist Award in Statistical Physics

The Young Scientist Prize in Statistical Physics, established by the C3 Commission on Statistical Physics of the IUPAP, recognises outstanding achievements of scientists in the early stages of their career in the field of Statistical Physics. Up to three awards will be presented at the Statphys25 conference, which will be held in Seoul, Korea, 22-26 July 2013.

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Nobel Laureates warn against Horizon2020 budget

In an Open Letter to the EU Heads of States and Governments, 42 Nobel Laureates and 5 Fields Medallists have stated their grave concern that the upcoming negotations on the overall EU budget from 2014-2020 will disproportionally hit the research and innovation budget. The letter has been published on 23 October.

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FP7: 2013 Calls for proposals

The European Commission has published 4 new calls for proposals under the Framework Programme 7 [FP7].

• ICT – EU Japan Coordinated Call on topics Optical or wireless communications, cybersecurity, extending the cloud paradigm to the Internet of Things, the Federation of testbeds: Control, tools and experiments, as well as green and content centric networks.Deadline for submission: 29 November 2012.

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Nominations: Board of the EPS Nuclear Physics Division

The EPS Nuclear Physics Division [NPD] is organising elections to replace 2 outgoing members. The NPD is active in the organisation of the European Nuclear Physics Conference series.

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The EPS looks for a communication intern

The European Physical Society (EPS) has created a position for a Communications Intern, who will work closely with the EPS Communications Coordinator in order to enhance the influence and impact of the EPS and its activities.

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1st EPS Conference on Physics for Development

Convinced by the need to put forward common solutions, the EPS Physics for Development Group [EPS PDG] organized the first EPS Conference on Physics for Development.

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Outreach at the Glasgow Science Festival

The Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow Young Minds Section of the Students Community of Optics and Photonics Engineering [SCOPE] organized and ran an outreach event with hands-on experiments for kids and adults alike at the Glasgow science festival…

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Featured in EPN

Recent highlights from EPN:

The seven months that changed physics: The discovery of the Higgs Boson and its implications for High Energy PhysicsBy Guido Tonelli

The adventure of quasicrystals: a sucessful multidisciplinary effort By D. Gratias

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