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Joint EPS-SIF International School on Energy 2017 - deadline for application 15 May 2017

Posted By Administration, 12 May 2017

Joint EPS-SIF International School on Energy 2017
Course 4 - Advances in Basic Energy Issues

Complete info at:

The primary goal of the School will be to present all physics fields with relevance for the technologies of energy production, conversion, transmission and savings, thus addressing today's most relevant energy issues. The potential of the vatious technologies will be presented but also the need for more research and development to fully unfold them will be indicated. For this purpose, basic lectures and topical seminars will be presented by specialists in their field.

The European energy supply situation is very inhomogeneous. There are countries with nearly 100% CO2-free, others with exclusively fossil-based electricity production. Some countries ban the use of future use of nuclear energy, for others, their dominant electricity production is based on it and they are building or planning new power reactors; some export electricity to a large extent, others have the need to import electricity; some invest heavily in Renewable Energies (RE), in other countries they do not yet play a major role. Despite this disparity, Europe has well defined energy and environmental goals. In order to meet these goals, most EU countries have to modify their energy supply technologies and have to increase their present RE share. This requires extensive R&D in energy technologies and is a tremendous chance for students in all technical areas, but specifically in physics. Also the energy efficiency has to be increased clearly beyond the present measures taken in the EU countries. The improvement of energy efficiency and the increase of energy intensity (which has been growing in the last decades) is a major challenge where again physics will play a key role.

The School will cover major fields in detailed lectures but it will also serve as a forum of discussion. It brings together scientists working in various energy related areas. The following fields will be covered by lectures or seminars: solar photovoltaic, hydro, wind, biomass, fossils, fission, fusion, energy saving technology, environment and climate issues along with other topics where physics play a role. The lectures will also identify cases where more research is necessary. In order to ensure a lively and up-to-date School, there will be plenary sessions going over several days and topical seminars.

In case you are interested in energy technology or even working in this field, we would encourage you to sign up.

Many fellowships for participating in this School will be available. Deadline for application: 15 May 2017

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New prize of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division of EPS - call for nominations

Posted By admin, 11 May 2017

The Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (SNPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) calls for nominations for two newly created prizes of the Division:

1. EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Prize

The EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Prize will be awarded for outstanding research contributions in the area of statistical physics, nonlinear physics, complex systems and complex networks. The prize winner will have made ground-breaking and agenda setting contributions for the development of this field. The prize can be shared by up to 3 persons. The prize consists of a medal and a cash sum. Prize winners can have any nationality.

2. EPS-SNPD Early Career Prize

This prize will be awarded to an early career scientist (defined as having obtained his/her PhD less than 6 years ago
at the time of nomination) who has made outstanding research contributions to an area of statistical physics, nonlinear physics, complex systems, or complex networks, as evidenced by a top quality and highly cited paper in an international journal. The prize can be shared by up to 2 persons. The prize consists of a medal and a cash sum. Prize winners can have any nationality.

Please send your nomination to with the subject header "EPS-SNPD prize nomination", attaching a brief
description of the research contribution of the candidate (1 page maximum, plus a list of up to 6 key publications).

Deadline for nominations for the 2017 prizes is 15 June 2017.

The prize selection committee consists of the current board members of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division of EPS in consultation with external experts.

Further information is available at the website of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division of EPS.

Christian Beck
Chairman of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division, EPS

Tags:  call  EPS  prize  SNPD  statistical physics 

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The European Physical Society supports the March For Science

Posted By Administration, 07 April 2017

The European Physical Society (EPS) offers its support to all scientists taking part in the March for Science which will be organised on April 22, 2017 in Washington, DC, as well as in the satellite marches planned in many places in Europe and around the world.

The support of the EPS follows the fundamental principles of the Universality of Science adopted by the International Council for Science (ICSU), under which “… the free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being.” Similar principles have been adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). Non-partisan research and sound scientific evidence are important constituents of fact-based policy and decision making. 

The March for Science is an excellent opportunity to recall that a constructive and rational dialog between science and society is an essential contribution to our collective future. 

Rüdiger Voss
EPS President

Tags:  ICSU  March for Science  science 

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The European Physical Society cosigned the EuroScience open letter

Posted By Administration, 28 March 2017

The European Physical Society (EPS) was founded in 1968, during the cold war, on the principle of free and open exchange of scientific ideas and scientists as a means to bring people together in a spirit of mutual respect, tolerance and peace. Blanket bans on travel on grounds of religion or nationality, as planned by the new US government, together with possible measures that would limit free communication inside the scientific community and with the public, strikingly violate this principle. Science was and will never be restrained by physical, cultural and political barriers. In our globalized world, where international scientific collaboration (e.g. at large-scale facilities such as CERN)  has become the rule, there is no place for discrimination and censorship. Any measure that restricts the freedom of movement and communication of our US colleagues will have a profound impact on science and innovation in Europe and other continents. These are the reasons why we cosigned the open letter by EuroScience.

Read the open letter on the website of EuroScience.

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2017 EPS Alfvén and Plasma Innovation Prizes: winners have been announced!

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, 13 March 2017

The 2017 Alfvén prize is awarded to Ksenia Aleksandrovna Razumova, from the Kurchatov Institute (Moscow, Russia), for

“obtaining, for the first time, a macroscopically stable plasma column in a tokamak configuration; this led to the world-wide programme of experimental exploration and development of the tokamak concept for magnetic confinement fusion”.

The 2017 Innovation award is going to Michel Moisan, from the Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada), for

“pioneering contributions to the development and understanding of microwave plasma sources and their applications to materials processing, healthcare and environmental protection”.


Tags:  2017  EPS Plasma Physics Division  EPS PPD  Hannes Alfvén Prize  Innovation Prize  prize 

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SigmaPhi2017 Europhysics Conference - Second Call for Abstracts

Posted By Administration, 07 March 2017
Updated: 07 March 2017
Dear Colleague,

this is the Second Call for Abstracts of the International Conference SigmaPhi2017 covering all the fields of Statistical Physics. Please note that the abstracts submission deadline is 12 April 2017.

Currently, the abstracts of the papers to be presented in the Conference  (Main Conference,  Workshops, Special Sessions), can be submitted  by using the Conference web site.

Finally, we focalize your attention to the  School of Statistical Physics organized jointly by the EPS and SigmaPhi2017 to be held in the same venue, 6-8 July 2017.

Looking forward to your participation.
Best regards,

Professor Giorgio Kaniadakis
Conference Chairman
Politecnico di Torino

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Dr. Hanieh Fattahi on Minerva Fast Track Programme

Posted By Administration, 03 March 2017

Dr. Hanieh Fattahi, a young physicist at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, has been chosen for the Max Planck Society’s Minerva Fast Track Programme.

On an annual basis, the programme currently supports two outstanding postdoctoral female scientists from the fields of the CPTS (Chemistry, Physics and Technology) Section to plan their careers in a more targeted way.

As the name of the programme suggests, it aims to pave the way towards establishing an own research group. In the first phase a three years position is funded by the Max Planck Society. This first phase includes a stay at an internationally renowned Research Institute for an extended period. From June 2017 on Hanieh Fattahi will work in the group of Prof. Sunney Xie at Harvard University (Boston, USA) for one year. When she will be back at MPQ, she will be able to set up a group with two PhD Students. Funds for the equipment and personnel resources will be made by the Institute. After this first stage she can apply for a Max Planck Research Group with a funding period of five years.

Hanieh Fattahi studied biophysics at Sharif-University in Teheran (Iran) where she received her Master of Science in Applied Physics in 2007. In her thesis she investigated the effect of laser irradiation on collagen bundles in the skin. Afterwards, she was accepted at the International Max Planck Research School for Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS), joining the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics headed by Professor Krausz. In 2015 she received her doctoral degree with summa cum laude on the topic “Third Generation Femtosecond Technology”. Since then she has been leading a group in laser development with the focus on waveform synthesis and four-dimensional imaging of electronic motion.

Since 2016 she has been Co-coordinator of the IMPRS-APS. In addition, she became Fellow of the Max Planck Center for Extreme and Quantum Photonics in Ottawa (Canada) in 2016.

Within the Minerva programme, Fattahi and her team will develop an innovative micro-spectroscopy tool for lable-free imaging of biological samples. The new tool combines femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy and field-resolved detection in order to achieve a higher sensitivity for distinguishing molecular fingerprint. This novel method keeps promise for in-vivo, early detection of cancerous cells.

Hanieh Fattahi is member of several scientific organizations, such as the Optical Society of America (OSA), the German Physical Society, and Young Professional Member of the OSA. She is also member of the executive committee of the OSA technical group “Short Wavelength Sources and Attosecond/ High Field Physics” and at present president of the “Young Mind Section of Munich” (ALPS) of the European Physical Society (EPS).
Olivia Meyer-Streng

Tags:  EOC  EPS Young Minds  research  women in physics 

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Dieter Meschede elected as next president of the German Physical Society

Posted By Administration, 02 March 2017
The DPG council unanimously elected Dieter Meschede as next presient of the Society from 2018 to 2020. Professor Meschede is leader of the Quantum Technology Group of the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Bonn. He will start his term in April 2018, following Rolf-Dieter Heuer, who will then be vice-president for two years.

Read the complete press release (German) on the website of the German Physical Society.

Tags:  2018  DPG  president  term 

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Eratosthenes Experiment March 2017

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, 28 February 2017

Following last March’s  great success with more than 1100  schools from around the world involved in the activity,  we are happy to announce the Eratosthenes Experiment March 2017, which will take place on the 21st  of March, 2017 (a day after the spring equinox day)! Do not miss the opportunity to participate in this fascinating international event! Take part through your school by registering at the website with your school’s longitude and latitude. Once you are registered, you will be put in touch with a school from the same longitude with you by the organizing team. Together with your partner school, you will record data, collaborate, calculate the circumference of the Earth and submit the data.

In order to stand a chance to win a scholarship to attend the 2017 European Science Education Academy (ESEA) Summer School in Greece, take a photo of your experiment and submit it until the 14th of April along with your data. More info at:

Please note that the Eratosthenes Experiment official website has been upgraded. From now on, you can create your account and make use of it   in order to register your school, submit & store your experiment data to compare them with future data, and upload to the gallery of Eratosthenes website photos from the experiment taking part at your school (or another location). 

On behalf of the Eratosthenes Experiment Organizing Committee,

Giannis Alexopoulos

Research & Development Department

Ellinogermaniki Agogi

Dimitriou Panagea Street

GR 15351 Pallini


Tel: (+30) 2108176790-91


Tags:  education  Eratosthenes  ISE  outreach 

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The EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 2016 was given to Dr. Patricia Bassereau

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, 23 February 2017

The EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 2016 (Automn/Winter) was given to Dr. Patricia Bassereau, for "her important and innovative work on the studies of soft matter and in vitro biological systems at the forefront of the Physics-Biology science. Her rich and fruitful career is an inspiration for young women researchers.”

Read the interview of Dr. Bassereau by Lucia Di Ciaccio in the February issue of e-EPS.

Tags:  Emmy Noether DIstinction  EPS EOC  women in physics 

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