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VI EPS Forum Physics and Society: register until 28 September

Posted By Administration, 22 September 2014

The VI FPS meeting will be arranged in Belgrade, Serbia from 2-3 October 2014

Titles for the topics:

  1. Improving the image with students - curriculum action - what works?
  2. Improving the image with employers - what do employers want?
  3. Improving the image with the public - engaging non-specialists 

You can still register until 28 September. More info can be found on the forum website.

Tags:  conferences  Forum Physics and Society 

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Liquids 2014: winners of the EPS Invited Speaker Grant and of the EPS Poster Prize announced

Posted By Administration, 12 September 2014
The winners of the EPS Invited Speaker Grant and EPS Poster Prize awarded at the 9th Liquid Matter Conference - Liquids 2014, held in Lisbon, Portugal, 21-25 July 2014 are:

EPS Invited Speaker Grant: Professor Francesco Sciortino

from the Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Title of talk: Providing valence to colloids: equilibrium gels and ultrastable liquids

EPS Poster Prize: Shreyas Gokhale
from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Title of poster: Direct experimental evidence of growing dynamical facilitation on approaching the colloidal glass transition

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Liquids 2014

Tags:  conferences  Grants  liquids  prize 

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2015 EPS Prize for Research into the Science of Light: nominations are open

Posted By Administration, 11 September 2014
Updated: 11 September 2014

Nominations are to be received on line by October 1st, 2014 at the latest.
Visit the EPS QEOD website for details and on line submission.

Tags:  call  prize  QEOD 

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Call for undergraduate students' internship at ALBA-CELLS

Posted By Administration, 11 September 2014
From September 8th until September 28th, undergraduate students interested in doing an internship in the ALBA Synchrotron can submit a proposal. Further information can be found on the ALBA-CELLS website.

Tags:  ALBA Cells  Associate Members  students 

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ECOC2014: CLEO Focus Meeting postdeadline

Posted By Administration, 25 August 2014

Following on from successful conferences held since 2006, the European Physical Society and CLEO® Europe-EQEC in collaboration with the Chairs of ECOC 2014 are delighted to announce the organisation of a special

CLEO Focus Meeting on Fundamental Photonics for Future Telecommunications

as part of ECOC 2014. New developments and trends on emerging and highly forward-looking research in photonics will be at the heart of this special CLEO Focus Meeting, complementary to the regular ECOC sessions. The meeting will showcase state of the art results which bridge the gap between basic science and applications. The scope includes, but is not limited to, nanophotonics, nonlinear optics, novel materials, novel devices, nonlinear dynamics, quantum optics, emerging ultrafast technologies, new concepts in optical manipulation and wave guiding etc.

The submission for post deadline papers is now open. The deadline for submission is Monday 8 September at 23:59 CEST (time of Cannes). Authors will be informed about acceptance/rejection on Monday 22 September.

More info
ECOC 2014 website

Tags:  CLEO Europe  conferences  QEOD 

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The International Year of Light consortium welcomes the International Association of Lighting Designers as Patron Sponsor

Posted By Administration, 21 August 2014

21 August 2014 - IYL2015

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). The IYL2015 consortium is delighted to welcome into its partnership the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) as a Patron sponsor, and to include as a major focus of the year’s activities Light in the Built Environment.

The theme of “Light in the Built Environment” addresses both indoor and outdoor environments. The goals of good lighting are to put light where it is needed, when it is needed, while simultaneously minimizing energy use and light pollution. Practitioners of many disciplines, from engineering to architecture, deal with light in the built environment. Lighting designers specialize in applying insights from both science and art to optimize lighting installations, improving human comfort and productivity while also highlighting architectural impact. IALD is the only global organization of independent lighting designers, all of whom are recognized as leaders in the field.

As John Dudley, Chairman of the IYL Steering Committee explains: “Figures suggest that lighting represents almost 20% of global electricity consumption. The future development of society in both developed countries and emerging economies around the world are intimately tied up with the ability to effectively light our cities, homes, schools and recreation areas. Moreover, addressing issues of light pollution is essential for many reasons – from reducing energy waste to allowing us to appreciate the beauty of the night sky. Raising awareness of the importance of the interdisciplinary theme of Light in the Built Environment will be a key goal of the International Year of Light in 2015.”

The IALD will celebrate IYL 2015 throughout the year within its existing worldwide program of activities, such as its annual portfolio of Enlighten conferences, and by integrating with the other activities planned by UNESCO and the IYL community.

Members of the IALD community work closely with a diverse range of scientists and experts in many fields. As IALD President Barbara Horton, FIALD, stresses: “The International Year of Light 2015 offers a great opportunity to help draw public attention to the impacts of light on human comfort, productivity and well-being. IYL 2015 will allow lighting organizations around the world to build public and policymaker understanding of the role that light and lighting play in daily life.”

As a Patron Sponsor of the International Year of Light, IALD will work closely with the IYL2015 Consortium to design and implement actions to highlight the crucial role that lighting design can play in improving the quality of people’s lives worldwide. IALD will kick-off its involvement in IYL2015 through participation in the Opening Ceremony of IYL2015 in January 2015, where an IALD speaker will highlight the importance of these themes in a special symposium on lighting challenges for the future.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today. The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the International Centre of Theoretical Physics ICTP. Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), the International Network, The Optical Society (OSA) and 1001Inventions.


John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga
Assistant Programme Specialist International Basic Sciences Programme UNESCO HQ, Paris

About IALD

Founded in 1969 and based in Chicago, IL, USA, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated solely to the concerns of independent, professional lighting designers. The IALD strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers. Governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, the IALD is a volunteer association that relies on the active participation of its members. The over 1,000 lighting designers around the world who are members of the IALD hold a position of distinction and authority in the lighting design profession. Learn more at


John Martin
Public Policy
International Association of Lighting Designers [IALD] Tel. +1 415 898 5711
Mobile. +1 415 717 5200

Download the press release

Tags:  International Year of Light  IYL2015  sponsor 

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Results of the public consultation on the sustainable use of phosphorus

Posted By Administration, 19 August 2014

The European Commission has just published the results of a public consultation, to which EuCheMS provided input, on how to use phosphorus in a more sustainable way. Phosphorus is widely used in agriculture and is an essential component in fertiliser and feed, but it is a non-renewable resource. The consultation, asking how to ensure availability of reserves and how to minimise possible environmental side effects of phosphorus, closed on 31 December 2013 and received 125 replies from a wide range of stakeholders.

Read th full article on the EuCheMS website. ​

Tags:  EC  EuChems  European Commission  public consultation 

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ALBA Synchrotron is interested in brilliant students to perform their PhD thesis in synchrotron light related subjects.

Posted By Administration, 11 August 2014
The application period is open now, until the 5th of September, to receive requests from interested candidates. For further details please click on “OUTREACH” section of the ALBA web site (

Tags:  ALBA Cells  students  thesis 

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Read the latest news on Physics for Development

Posted By Administration, 01 August 2014

An open letter (in French) will be published in the July issue of Reflets de la Physique, a publication from the French Physical Society; Click here to access the journal's website;

A meeting will be organised in Paris in November aiming to gather together young researchers in mathematics and applied and fundamental physics from Africa: ;

Ethiopia Hosts East African Regional Office of Astronomy for Development.

Tags:  EPS IGPD  Physics for Development 

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IYL2015 Italian webpage at SIF - update

Posted By Administration, 29 July 2014
The IYL2015 Italian webpage, hosted in the Italian Physical Society (SIF) website, has been updated.
You can check the calendar and the news here:

More info
IYL2015 website
SIF website

Tags:  International Year of Light  IYL2015  light2015  SIF 

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