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On the use of bibliometric indices during assessment

Posted By Administration, 09 October 2012
Recent years have seen quantitative bibliometric indicators being increasingly used as a central element in the assessment of the performance of scientists, either individually or as groups, and as an important factor in evaluating and scoring research proposals. These indicators are varied, and include e.g. citation counts of individual papers published by researchers; the impact factors of the journals in which they publish; and measures that quantify personal research contributions over an extended period such as the Hirsch H-index, and variants with corrections such as the G-index.


Download the EPS statement here.

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1rst Physics for Development Group Symposium

Posted By Administration, 07 August 2012

Dear All,

The European Physical Society - Physics for Development Group organizes a Symposium dedicated to physicists willing to help Research Center and Universities from Developing Countries increasing their research capabilities.

 The Symposium will be held in Brussels - Belgium 11-12 October 2012. Special grants and subsidies are foreseen for reducing the trip/accomodation/fees burden of participants from developing countries.

Do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee for arranging your trip/accomodation.

Thanks in advance for your interest and see you soon in Brussels!

Conference website: http://www.epsphysicsfordevelopment.org/

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Enrico Fermi fountain designated EPS Historic Site

Posted By Administration, 21 May 2012

The "Second Conference of Fermi Centre Projects” took place on 19-20 April this year in Rome, Italy, in the temporary headquarters of the Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi”, which is presently located on the premises of the Italian Ministry of the Interior.

The conference focused on the presentation of the results and perspectives of the advanced inter- and multi-disciplinary research projects currently underway at the center. About 250 scientists, researchers and professors took part in this gathering, accompanied by a number of high school teachers and students.

A plenary session took place, in the conference hall of the Ministry of the Interior, on the morning of the second day. Activities were opened by Annamaria Cancellieri, the Italian Minister of the Interior, and Luisa Cifarelli, the President of both the European and Italian Physical Societies, as well as of the Fermi Centre.

A keynote speech detailing the fundamental scientific research undertaken in the nineteen thirties by Enrico Fermi, at the Institute of Panisperna Street, Rome, was delivered by Antonino Zichichi. The crucial and symbolic importance of the "Fermi fountain” in the history of physics was highlighted in his address.

The morning session of the conference concluded with a visit of the Head of State to the "Fermi fountain” during which a commemorative marble plate was unveiled, designating the fountain as a Historic Site of the European Physical Society.

The ceremony was undertaken in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano; the Minister of the Interior, Annamaria Cancellieri; the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Lorenzo Ornaghi; and the Undersecretary of State for Education, University and Research, Elena Ugolini.

The Fermi Centre is one of the youngest Italian scientific institutions. Formed in 2001 under the ten-year presidency of Antonino Zichichi – who was also president of the European Physical Society from 1978-1980 – the Fermi Centre implements important research projects, promotes the dissemination of scientific culture and gives top priority to talented young scientists.

Soon it will take up permanent residence in the former Physics Institute of Panisperna Street: which, embedded in the building complex of the Ministry of the Interior, is currently being restored.

Located in the institute’s garden, the "Fermi fountain” – the restoration of which has already been completed – is the famous goldfish pond that Enrico Fermi used, establishing for the first time – on 22 October 1934 – the importance of hydrogen-rich substances, like water, in slowing down fast neutrons for nuclear fission reactions.

In his address, Cancellieri underlined how the involvement of the European Physical Society significantly enhanced the importance of the event, testifying to the determination – since 1968 – of European scientists towards strengthening the cultural unity of science in Europe.

For more information, please see the Italian Ministry of the Interior press release.

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The EPS Edison Volta Prize : deadline for submissions 31 July 2012

Posted By Administration, 21 May 2012

The European Physical Society, and the Centro di Cultura Scientifica "Alessandro Volta", and Edison S.p.A. have established the "EPS Edison Volta Prize” to promote excellent research and achievement in physics.

The EPS Edison Volta Prize is awarded to individuals or groups of up to 3 persons on a biannual basis. The Prize consists of a cash award of Euro 10,000 for the prize winner(s), as well as a diploma and a medal.

For 2012 Prize:

Download the announcement

Download the nomination form in PDF or in DOC format

Deadline for nominations: 31 July 2012

The European Physical Society, and the Centro di Cultura Scientifica "Alessandro Volta", and Edison S.p.A. have established the "EPS Edison Volta Prize” to promote excellent research and achievement in physics.

The EPS Edison Volta Prize is awarded to individuals or groups of up to 3 persons on a biannual basis. The Prize consists of a cash award of Euro 10,000 for the prize winner(s), as well as a diploma and a medal.

For 2012 Prize:

Download the announcement [link: /resource/resmgr/distinctions/EPS_Edison_Volta_Prize_2012_.pdf]

Download the nomination form (PDF [link: /resource/resmgr/distinctions/EPS_Edison_Volta_nomination_.pdf]) (DOC [link: /resource/resmgr/distinctions/EPS_Edison_Volta_nomination_.doc])

Deadline for nominations: 31 July 2012

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EPL article highlighted in French newspaper Le Monde

Posted By Administration, 21 December 2011

An article published in EPL was featured in the French daily newspaper Le Monde on 29 November. The piece, ‘Comment la goutte d’eau lévite sur le fil de la scie’, concerns the article ‘Viscous mechanism for Leidenfrost propulsion on a ratchet’1, by G. Dupeux, M. Le Merrer, G. Lagubeau, C. Clanet, S. Hardt and D. Quéré, which was published in volume 96, issue 5 of EPL. "An evaporating drop placed on a ratchet self-propels, as discovered by Linke et al. in 2006. Sublimating platelets do the same, and we discuss here a possible viscous mechanism for these motions. We report that the flow of vapor below EPL is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by IOP Publishing on behalf of the European Physical Society. ‘Comment la goutte d’eau lévite sur le fil de la scie’ can be read on the Le Monde website. An English translation is also available, by means of Google Translate. ‘Viscous mechanism for Leidenfrost propulsion on a ratchet’ can be read on the EPL website.


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International Year of Light

Posted By Administration, 07 November 2011

The European Physical Society is delighted to announce the official start of a global project aiming at a United Nations proclamation of an International Year of Light in 2015.

The project prospectus can now be downloaded here.

 

Light plays a central role in human activities in science, technology and culture. Light itself underpins the existence of life, and light-based technologies will guide and drive the future development of human society. Light and optics have revolutionized medicine, have opened up international communication via the Internet, and continue to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society. Advances in lighting and solar energy are considered crucial for future sustainable development.

 

Scientists and educators, in a large variety of scientific disciplines ranging from physics, to astronomy, to chemistry and material science, to biology, etc., are very well aware of the tremendous importance of optical science and technology for future international development. But as the application of light through the field of photonics becomes the key cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century, it is critical that the brightest young minds continue to be attracted into science and engineering careers in this field.

 

It is the need to promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world which has motivated EPS to coordinate a proposal for the proclamation of an International Year of Light in 2015 under the auspices of the United Nations. As well as celebrating the anniversaries of important milestones in the history of science that fall in 2015, the International Year of Light project will include important aspects of education and development, focusing specifically on how the science of light can improve the quality of life in the developing world and in emerging economies.

 

"Light is an immediate and fascinating topic, but also inter- and multidisciplinary in all its numerous forms,” says EPS President Professor Luisa Cifarelli. "It is ideal to be chosen for the declaration of an 'International Year'.”

 

The project involves many international partners, representing major international scientific societies from all branches of physics. The release of the prospectus will be followed by a formal request for endorsement at the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) General Assembly in November 2011. This is the important first step in the process to approach the United Nations.

 

Contacts:

Luisa Cifarelli, EPS President luisa.cifarelli@unibo.it

EPS Project Secretariat light@eps.org

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