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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

Tags:  call  conferences  EPS SNPD  statistical physics 

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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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DPG on the statement from science organisations in Germany

Posted By Administration, 07 February 2017

3rd February 2017 - German Physical Society

„Wissenschaft ist ein hohes Gut und eine wichtige kulturelle Errungenschaft. Wissenschaftliches – also kritisches und kreatives – Denken bedarf eines entsprechenden gesellschaftlichen Umfeldes. Der freie Austausch von Meinungen, eine Kultur des Aufeinander-Hörens und des mit rationalen Argumenten geführten Diskurses sind Voraussetzungen dafür, dass gute Wissenschaft auf Dauer gedeihen kann. Insbesondere sind Dialog und Austausch auch über Grenzen hinweg für die Wissenschaft von vitaler Bedeutung. Umgekehrt kann die Wissenschaft dazu beitragen, eine Kultur der Toleranz und der Zusammenarbeit zu fördern.“ (DPG-Präsident Rolf-Dieter Heuer)

Published on the website of the German Physical Society.


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Open Readings 2017

Posted By Administration, 30 January 2017
Dear Members of EPS YM,

International conference "Open Readings 2017", which takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania on 14-17th of March, strikes again with 4 days of thrilling sessions on extensive range of topics, social events and world-class lectures.

You can be a part of it either by presenting your research or enjoying overwhelming lectures by:

• John Ellis, UK & CERN
• Ben Feringa, Netherlands (*2016 Nobel laureate)
• Philip Russell, Germany
• Xi-Cheng Zhang, USA
• Michael Grätzel, Switzerland
• Naomi Halas, USA
• Robin Lovell-Badge, UK
• Eugenio Coccia, Italy

The deadline for thesis submission - 3rd of February! 
Students can take part in oral and poster sessions, do not hesitate - register now!

Please forward this letter and its attachment to students and encourage them to participate! Participation is free of charge.

Best wishes,
Organizing Committee


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Tags:  conferences  EPS Young Minds 

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