October 2015 | Facts and Info from the European Physical Society | e-EPS
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Editorial – Pugwash : Physicists, nuclear weapons and scientists’ responsibility

Born during the Cold War, the Pugwash movement gathers physicists who promote the peaceful use of science.
Many scientists were shocked by what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, even among those who had supported or taken part in the Manhattan project. In 1955 Einstein teamed with mathematician and Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Bertrand Russell to sign and promote a manifesto encouraging scientists to work for a peaceful use ...

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The first joint EPS-APS Historic Site: the Einstein House in Bern

Walking through the historic centre of Bern, the curious traveller comes across a sign at Kramgasse 49 indicating the “Einsteinhaus”. Walking up the steep, narrow staircase, it is possible to visit the apartment where Albert Einstein lived from 1903 to 1905.
During his time in Bern, A. Einstein lived with his wife and baby while working a 48 hour week as a clerk in the Patent Office. Despite a busy family and professional life, A. Einstein also published the 4 papers that revolutionised physics at the beginning of the 20th century.

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EuNPC2015: “The Future of Nuclear Physics, Today!”

The KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (KVI-CART) was the host of the 3rd European Nuclear Physics Conference (EuNPC2015) that was held from August 31 to September 4, 2015, in the city of Groningen, in the Netherlands. The conference, an activity of the Nuclear Physics Division of the European Physical Society, was the successor of earlier events held in Bochum (2009) and in Bucharest (2012).

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France inaugurates APOLLON Laser

The summer of the International Year of Light ended brilliantly in France.
After PETAL’s achievement celebrated in mid-September near Bordeaux (see related e-EPS news of this issue), the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) together with Université Paris-Saclay (which includes the Ecole Polytechnique, ENSTA, IOGS and the Université ...

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International Year of Light news

Queen Letizia of Spain to chair the Honorary Committee of the International Year of Light in Spain

IYL 2015 African Regional Conference celebrated in Ghana

SPIE People’s Choice winning photo illustrates life with little access to electricity

GalileoMobile’s new documentary celebrates Cosmic Light

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IYL 2015 Best Practice Exchange Event

On 9 October 2015 the German Physical Society [DPG] organized a meeting between National Node representatives of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 [IYL 2015] at the Magnus Haus in Berlin, Germany. The ...

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EPS Edison Volta Prize 2016: Call for nominations

Nominations are now open for the Edison Volta Prize of the European Physical Society [EPS]. The award – intended to promote excellence in research – will be given in recognition of outstanding research and achievements in physics.

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International Conference GIREP EPEC 2015

The Conference of the International Research Group on Physics Teaching [GIREP] and the European Physical Society – Physics Education Division [EPS PED] was held on 6-10 June 2015. The GIREP-EPEC meeting, recognised as an ...

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Guido Altarelli

We have learned with great sadness that the distinguished Italian theoretical physicist Guido Altarelli passed away on the 30th of September 2015.
Guido was a major figure in the field of particle physics, who made important contributions to the understanding of electroweak and strong ...

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Inauguration of PETAL at the French Megajoule Laser Facility

On 29 May 2015, PETAL, (PETawatt Aquitaine Laser), delivered a power of 1.2 Petawatt (one million billion Watts). Supplying almost ...

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2015 Nobel Prize in Physics to T. Kajita and A.B. McDonald

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 to Takaaki Kajita, Super-Kamiokande Collaboration ...

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Optics in Ancient China

The early contributions of ancient China to optics predate those of Euclid, but are little known in the west. During the Warring States period, 2400 years ago in China, Mo Zi, a philosopher, thinker and scientist, stated explicitly the ...

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IPCC elects Hoesung Lee of Republic of Korea as Chair

DUBROVNIK, Croatia, Oct 6 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) elected Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea as its new Chair on ...

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EPS Executive & Staff activity for September 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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