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Open nominations for the EPS-Quantum Electronics and Optics Division 2017 Prizes

Posted By Administration, 26 January 2017

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) is soliciting nominations for the biennial Quantum Electronics and Optics Prizes, Fresnel Prizes and Thesis Prizes, which will be presented at the 2017 Edition of the CLEO/Europe-EQEC Conference in Munich, Germany, between Sunday 25 June and Thursday 29 June 2017.

Nominations are to be received on line by March 24th, 2017 at the latest. 


EPS Quantum Electronics & Optics Prizes

Two Quantum Electronics & Optics prizes are awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics. There is one prize for fundamental aspects and another one for applied aspects. Each Prize winner will receive a medal and 5000 Euro.

Fresnel Prizes 2017

Two EPS-QEOD prizes will be awarded for outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics made by young scientists before the age of 35 (as of December 31st, 2017). There is one prize for fundamental aspects and one prize for applied aspects. The prize winners will each receive a medal and 2000 Euro.

EPS-QEOD Thesis Prizes 2017

Four EPS/QEOD prizes will reward excellence in PhD research and scientific communication in quantum electronics and optics related to a PhD thesis defended in the period June 2015 - June 2017. The prize winners are each to receive a diploma and 1000 Euro.


On line Submission

All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive.

Please click the links below to access the submission site:

On behalf of the European Physical Society - Quantum Electronics and Optics Division

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EPS Awards - Nominations are open for 2017

Posted By Administration, 17 January 2017

Dear Colleagues,

It is time to think who among your colleagues deserves special recognition by the European Physical Society. At Council 2017, a number of awards will be presented, and we would like to ask you for your nominations. Please note that the deadline for nominations for all awards is 28 February 2017 and can addressed per email to the EPS secretariat (). Nominations can be made in the following categories:

EPS Fellows
Individuals whose achievements in physics, whether in research, industry or education and/or through commitment to the SOCIETY warrant specific recognition are eligible to become EPS Fellow
More information can be found here:

EPS Honorary Members
In recognition of extraordinary contributions to the EPS and physics, the EPS awards Honorary Membership to truly outstanding individuals.
More information can be found here:

EPS Achievement Awards
The award is given annually by the Society for excellent contributions to the promotion and development of: EPS Divisions or their Sections; EPS Groups; EPS Committees.
More information can be found here:

EPS Gero Thomas Medal
The Commemorative Medal,created in 2000 to honour the memory of G. Thomas, is awarded to individuals for their outstanding service to the Society.
More information can be found here:

The EPS secretariat

Tags:  award  EPS Achievement Award  EPS Fellows  EPS Honorary Members  Gero Thomas 

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Early Career prizes - the call for nominations is now open

Posted By Administration, 10 January 2017

The EPS has two Early Career prizes to be awarded each year – one each for achievements of a mainly theoretical or experimental nature.

Those eligible for these awards should have made a substantial contribution to the development or reputation of physics in Europe. “Early Career” is defined as those individuals in the first 12 years of their career in physics following their first degree or equivalent, with allowance for any career breaks.

Full details of the criteria and nomination procedure can be found at

The deadline for the receipt of eligible nominations and supporting statements by the EPS Secretariat is 28 February 2017.

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Nominations for Editor in Chief of EPL

Posted By Administration, 10 January 2017
Updated: 10 January 2017

Nominations are now open for the Editor-in-Chief of EPL, a leading global letters journal owned and published by a consortium of 17 national physical societies in Europe. The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) needs to be a recognized authority and leading researcher in a field of physics, and have a broad knowledge and interest in physics and its frontiers. The EiC will need to demonstrate strong commitment and leadership to further develop EPL as a top-ranking journal. Experience with the editorial process for a physics journal is also desirable. The EiC is central to enhancing EPL’s position as a leading global physics letters journal. The term of office of EPL Editor-in-Chief is three and a half years beginning in July 2017. A job description is available here.

Nominations must include a CV, publication list, and a brief covering letter describing the qualifications and the interest of the individual in the position of EPL Editor-in-Chief.

Nominations should be sent to the EPL Editorial Office no later than 15 January 2017.

Further information can be obtained from the Editorial Office in Mulhouse (

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EPS-QEOD Travel Grant Student Awards - deadline 19 January 2017

Posted By Administration, 05 January 2017

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division and Young Minds 

Action Committee of the European Physical Society offer travel grants 

for PhD Students wishing to attend CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2017



  • Grants are available.
  • The monetary sums are 500 € for PhD Students working in a country of the European Union (EU) or 1000 € for PhD Students working outside EU.
  • The amount will be sent to the recipients by wire bank transfer.


Selection procedure and criteria

  • A Committee composed by QEOD Board members and EPS Young Minds will review the applications.
  • Grants will be awarded to PhD Students having not yet defended their thesis at the dates of the meeting.
  • Only one grant will be awarded per person and per research group.
  • Recipients must have an accepted oral or poster contribution at the conference.


Application procedure

  • Applications must be made between October 17, 2016 and January 19, 2017 by using the online system for conference submissions (
  • There, a special item points to the EPS-QEOD Travel Grant Student Awards.
  • If you are interested in applying, below this item upload a double-page pdf file detailing

(i) your name, surname and date of birth,

(ii) your complete affiliation,

(iii) the title and the 35-word abstract of your contribution,

(iv) the starting date of your PhD and expected date of the PhD defense,

(v) your list of publications limited to the five most significant articles,

(vi) a support letter of your supervisor.



  • Results of the selection Committee will be sent to the applicants from March 17, 2017.


We are looking forward to seeing you in Munich!


Luc Bergé                                                                                                 




Eva Salvador Balaguer

EPS Young Minds Chair

Tags:  CLEO Europe  conferences  Grants  students 

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Call for Papers: CLEO®/Europe - EQEC 2017

Posted By Administration, 05 January 2017
Updated: 05 January 2017

The European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the European Quantum Electronics Conference will take place from Sunday 25 June to Thursday 29 June 2017 in Munich (ICM), Germany as part of the World of Photonics Congress and the Laser World of Photonics 2017, the world's leading laser trade fair.

The Congress will be the largest, most comprehensive and prestigious gathering of optics and photonics scientists and engineers organized in Europe in 2017.

A full list of topics and committees can be viewed on the conference website at  and we hope you will agree that the high quality of plenary, keynote, tutorial, invited speakers and short courses promises to make this conference unmissable!

The chairs invite you to come to Munich during June 25 - 29, 2017 and participate in Europe's most exciting photonics and quantum electronics event. The historical and cultural atmosphere of Munich in June also provides a perfect environment for scientific and professional networking and is a tremendous source of scientific inspiration.

Contributed papers can now be sent on line via

Please remember the deadline for the submissions: Thursday January 19, 2017, 23:59 CET.

Submissions should consist of a 35-word abstract and a single A4 page summary in pdf format.

Conference topics cover a very wide spectrum of technical areas including laser development, new optical materials, nonlinear optics and nonlinear dynamics, ultrafast phenomena, telecommunications technologies, atom and quantum optics, quantum information, precision metrology, fibre optics, optical sensing, photonic crystals, nanophotonics and metamaterials etc.  A particular highlight of the 2017 programme will be a series of special symposia surveying recent advances in the following emerging areas of: 

  • Free Electron Lasers and Applications
  • Advanced Microscopy and Nanoscopy
  • Photonics in Cancer Detection and Therapy
  • Optics of Topological Insulators
  • Perovskite Optoelectronics

More details can be found at

The conference is organised by the European Physical Society and its Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD), in cooperation with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA).

The CLEO®/Europe-EQEC conference series provides a unique European forum, offering informative reviews and discussing recent advances covering a wide spectrum of topics, from fundamental light-matter interactions and new sources of coherent light, to technology development, systems engineering and applications in industry and applied science.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Munich!

With best regards,

Giulio Cerullo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy 

Valerio Pruneri, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences & ICREA, Spain

CLEO®/Europe General Chairs

Thorsten Ackemann, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Christine Silberhorn, Universität Paderborn, Germany

EQEC General Chairs

Jörg Schreiber, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany CLEO®/Europe-EQEC Local Chair

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Season’s greetings from the European Physical Society

Posted By Administration, 13 December 2016

The European Physical Society would like to thank you for your interest and support throughout 2016.

The secretariat will be closed between Christmas and New Year.
The EPS secretariat will be closed between December, 23rd 2016 and January, 2nd 2017. Click here to contact us.

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John Pendry has been nominated as winner of the Ugo Fano Gold Medal 2016

Posted By Administration, 06 December 2016

John Pendry, professor of theoretical solid-state physics at Imperial College London and winner of the 2015 Prize for Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics, has been nominated as winner of the Ugo Fano Gold Medal 2016 for the physics of metamaterials.

The Prize Award Ceremony will take place on 19 December 2016 at the Aula Marconi, CNR Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Visit the website of the symposium.

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1st announcement of SigmaPhi2017

Posted By Administration, 01 December 2016
Dear Colleague,

I'm pleased to announce the International Conference on Statistical Physics SigmaPhi2017 to be held in Corfu, Greece on July 10-14, 2017.
As in the previous edition SigmaPhi2014, the Conference will cover all the fields of Statistical Physics.

Keynote Lectures, Invited Talks, Topical Workshops, Special Sessions, Satellite Events, etc, are going to be announced soon.
Questions and proposals are welcome and should be sent to the official Conference address:

The conference venue is the Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel. Updated information can be found at the Conference web-site
Looking forward to your participation.
Best regards,

Giorgio Kaniadakis
Conference Chairman
Politecnico di Torino

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Solar kits at the COP22 in Marrakech

Posted By Administration, 29 November 2016

Assembling solar kits and delivering light to the urban area of Beni-Mellal
Visit and presentation of the project at COP22 Marrakech conference

A report by Enrique Sánchez, member of the EPS Young Minds Project

During the second week of November 2016, the EPS Young Minds project, in close cooperation with the associations Migrations Co-developpement Alsace, Liter of light France and the University of Beni Mellal, developed solar kits lamps. The group of more than 30 assembled the different components collected for the project "Solar lamp kits". Once ready, these solar kits were aimed to be delivered to families and other workers in places where the use of light is often limited due to geographical or economical reasons.

A few days later, the group attended the UN Climate Change Conference [COP22] held in Marrakech, Morocco from the 7-18 November 2016. The project was presented with a poster exhibited throughout the conference and with a talk given by representatives of the associations involved. The project could partly be developped with the help of the "EPS Special Activity Fund" provided by the European Physical Society.

Description of the project

The Project was carried out in the following three phases:
1. Presentation of the project to the students of the University of Beni Mellal and the assembly of the solar kits
2. Delivery to families and people in need
3. Presentation at the COP22 conference

1. Presentation of the project to the students of the University of Beni Mellal and the assembly of the solar kits

During the first three days of my visit, I could interact with the student chapter of Beni Mellal. During the presentation of the project, they were attracting new students to participate in the project providing information and spreading the word among other students. On Monday 7th the project was presented in the auditorium of the university with a participation of more than 50 people and a local news reporter.

• Introduction by Prof. Mustapha Mabrouki, Head of the Physics department of the   University of Beni Mellal
• Liter of light France – Lucie Baron
• EPS Young Minds project – Enrique Sánchez Bautista
• Beni Mellal student chapter – Youssef Najih
• Migrations Co-developpement Alsace – Ahmed Ouarab

Description and assembly of the solar kits
After the presentation held on Monday 7th in the morning, during that afternoon and on Tuesday 8th, about 20 students were actively participating in the assembly of the kits, both in the mechanical workshop making the metal structure and in the electronics lab setting up the elements of the devices. Each device consists of: a solar panel, cables, a battery, a light bulb into a plastic bottle and a plastic box (where all the connectors and electricity distributors are located).

2. Delivery to families and people in need

On Wednesday 9th, the solar kits were delivered to families in need and workers in areas with a lack of proper light distribution systems. The highly motivated students were crucial to the success of the activity by delivering all the kits on time.

3. Presentation at the COP22 conference

On Thursday 10th, Prof. Mustapha Mabrouki, Lucie Baron, Ahmed Ouarab and I were presenting the Project developed in the University of Beni Mellal and in the villages of Bouachouch and Oulad Mbark in the COP22 conference. The talk was very successful with many questions along all the event. Additionally, one poster was presented in the stand of the Conference of Presidents of the Moroccan Universities, CPU, located on the green pavilion of the COP22 conference.

Overall impression

I found a very energetic and highly motivated group of students willing to participate in new activities. Not only the senior members of the student chapter were motivated; many other students were participating performing great work and spirit of cooperation. What I could see is that, apparently, these activities including direct participation of the students in projects working in teams -both boys and girls-, are not as common as in other locations. During the last day of the workshop, students were acknowledging us because these kinds of projects allow them to work in teams and cooperate and interact with each other.

Considering both the high degree of motivation of many of the students as well as the real and positive impact that this activity has supposed to the recipients of the light devices, from my point of view, I see highly recommendable to continue promoting these kinds of activities and this project in particular.



Complete report
EPS Special Activity Fund
Liter of light France
Migrations Co-developpement Alsace

More images

Facebook page of Migrations Co-developpement Alsace

Other EPS funded activities

3D for development, an initiative of the EPS Physics for Development Group

Tags:  EPS IGPD  EPS Special Fund  Physics for Development 

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