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European Physical Society Accelerator Group (EPS-AG) 2017: elections to the board of the EPS-AG

Posted By Administration, 10 November 2016

Dear AG Member,

The Statutes of the European Physical Society Accelerator Group stipulate that half of the members of the Elected Board have to be renewed every three years. Nominations must be supported by three members of the Group. Members are elected for 6 years (2 European IPAC events).

Eight vacancies are announced herewith. Nominations should be made on the attached form and, together with a short C.V. and a description of the activities of the candidate, should be addressed to

David Lee
EPS Secretary General

European Physical Society
6 rue des Frères Lumière

F - 68200 Mulhouse

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 15 February 2017.

The list of candidates and ballot papers will be mailed to EPS-AG Members by 15 March 2017, who will be invited to vote by the deadline of 14 April 2017.

Newly elected Members of the Board of the EPS-AG will be notified of the result of the election in writing by 21 April 2017.


Sincerely yours,

David Lee

EPS Secretary General

Tags:  Accelertor Group  elections  EPS AG 

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Albert Polman is awarded the EPS QEOD Prize for Research into the Science of Light

Posted By Administration, 10 November 2016

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of EPS is delighted to announce that Prof. Albert Polman has been elected the winner of the 2017 prize for Research into the Science of Light "for mastering light at the nanoscale and for demonstrating novel applications in nanoscale optical circuits, photovoltaics, and super-resolution imaging". The prize will be awarded at the forthcoming 6th International Topical Meeting on Nanophotonics and Metamaterials (Nanometa) to be held in Seefeld, Austria from January 4-7, 2017.

Albert Polman is a scientific group leader at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and professor of photonic materials for photovoltaics at the University of Amsterdam. Polman obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in 1989, was a post-doctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories until 1991, and then became a scientific group leader at AMOLF. From 2006-2013 he also served as director of AMOLF.

Polman is one of the early pioneers in the research area of nanophotonics. His research group focuses on the realization of nanoscale metamaterials with tailored optical properties that do not exist in nature. He also designs and fabricates novel photovoltaic architectures with enhanced power conversion efficiency based on semiconductor and dielectric metasurfaces. Polman’s group is the inventor of angle-resolved cathodoluminescence microscopy, that is, a novel super-resolution microscopy technique that creates images with 10 nanometer resolution. The instrument is brought on the market by the start-up Delmic, which Polman co-founded.

Polman is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Optical Society of America (OSA), and recipient of two ERC Advanced Investigator Grants (2011, 2016), the Physica Prize of the Dutch Physical Society (2014), the Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics (2014), the ENI Renewable Energy Prize (2012), and the MRS Materials Innovation and Characterization Award (2012). 

Further details on the Research in the Science of Light prize and other QEOD prizes, including former prize winners can be found on the QEOD website at

Tags:  EPS QEOD  Quantum Electronics and Optics  resear 

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Institute Recognized by American and European Physical Societies as Joint Historic Physics Site

Posted By Administration, 10 November 2016

27 October 2016 - APS


The Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world’s foremost centers for curiosity-driven basic research, will be recognized by the American Physical Society (APS) and the European Physical Society (EPS) as their first Joint Historic Physics Site in the United States. The award ceremony will immediately follow  The Institute for Advanced Study: The First 100 Years, a public lecture that author and historian George Dyson will give at 5:30pm on Wednesday, November 9. Both will take place in Wolfensohn Hall, on the Institute campus.

The APS-EPS award recognizes the Institute’s pivotal contributions to the development of theoretical physics, including the work of Albert Einstein, one of the Institute’s first professors, who remained there from 1933 until his death in 1955. Also among the Institute’s past Faculty are distinguished scientists and scholars spanning a range of disciplines, including  Robert Oppenheimer, Clifford Geertz, Kurt Gödel, Erwin Panofsky, Hermann Weyl, Hetty Goldman, Homer A. Thompson and John von Neumann. The APS-EPS Historic Site award puts IAS in the company of the Einsteinhaus, the apartment where Einstein lived in Bern, Switzerland, from 1903 to 1905, and the first European site to receive a joint APS-EPS designation, in September 2015.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with the European Physical Society in the first-ever Joint Historic Site for physics in the United States,” said  Homer Neal, President of the American Physical Society. “The Institute for Advanced Study has been one of the premier centers for theoretical physics in the world, hosting physicists in all stages of their careers.” 

Christophe Rossel, President of the European Physical Society, added, “The European Physical Society is particularly pleased to be a partner with the American Physical Society in declaring the famous Institute for Advanced Study as a joint APS-EPS Historic Site. This collaboration, as well as the world’s leading researchers hosted by the IAS since 1930, demonstrate that physics is truly international. The APS and the EPS work in their respective regions to promote physics and its societal impact to the general public and policy makers, linking the past to the future for a successful curiosity-driven pursuit of knowledge.”

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute, said, “We are deeply honored to be recognized by the American and European Physical Societies, and particularly pleased to be acknowledged for the work of Albert Einstein, who exemplifies the Institute’s commitment to curiosity-driven research and academic freedom and their capacity to produce knowledge that results in technological and cultural advances.”

In celebration of this honor from the APS and EPS, George Dyson, a frequent Director’s Visitor at the Institute, will deliver a public lecture on the creation of the Institute and its early years. In March 1916, social theorist Thorstein Veblen, who coined the phrase “conspicuous consumption” in his 1899 Theory of the Leisure Class, completed his Higher Learning in America, published at the close of World War I in 1918. Veblen called for the post-war institution of “academic houses of refuge,” including “a freely endowed central establishment where teachers and students of all nationalities, including Americans with the rest, may pursue their chosen work.” In 1923, Oswald Veblen followed his uncle’s lead by suggesting to Simon Flexner, director of the Rockefeller Institute, that he help “found and endow a Mathematical Institute.” Noting how often “an attempt to solve a physical problem has resulted in the creation of a new branch of mathematics,” Veblen sought to add other sciences to the mix. 

Simon Flexner answered that “I wish that sometime you might speak with my brother,  Mr. Abraham Flexner,” and Veblen did. Their conversation led, in 1929, to siblings  Louis Bamberger and Caroline Bamberger Fuld, who had launched their retail fortune by selling distressed merchandise out of a vacant Newark storefront in 1892. The Bambergers saw the flood of distressed intellectuals fleeing Europe as an opportunity not to be missed. To advance not only the pursuit of knowledge, but, as Abraham Flexner put it, “the cause of social justice which we have deeply at heart,” they opened a department store for the freedom of ideas.

Support for this event is provided by a grant from the Schwab Charitable Fund made possible by the generosity of Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

About the  Institute for Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities—the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world. Work at the Institute takes place in four Schools: Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Science. It provides for the mentoring of scholars by a permanent Faculty of approximately 30, and it ensures the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute.

The Institute, founded in 1930, is a private, independent academic institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. Its more than 6,000 former Members hold positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. Thirty-three Nobel Laureates and 41 out of 56 Fields Medalists, as well as many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes, have been affiliated with the Institute.

About the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 53,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

About the European Physical Society

The European Physical Society is a not for profit association whose members include 42 National Physical Societies in Europe, individuals from all fields of physics, and European research institutions. As a learned society, the EPS engages in activities that strengthen ties among the physicists in Europe. As a federation of National Physical Societies, the EPS studies issues of concern to all European countries relating to physics research, science policy and education.

Tags:  APS  EPS Historic Site 

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Nomination for the EPS Plasma Physics Innovation Prize 2017

Posted By Administration, 25 October 2016

This new prize was established in 2008 by the EPS Plasma Physics Division. The prize is not awarded for cumulative career achievements or successful management and leadership. To foster collaborative research, it is allowed to nominate a group of up to three scientists.

The previous Innovation Prize laureates are:

  •  J. Allen and B. Annaratone (2008)
  • E. Marode (2009)
  • U. Czarnetzki (2010)
  • V.A. Litvak, M.K.A. Thumm and K. Sakamoto (2011)
  • E. Stamate (2012).
  • C. Hollenstein (2014)
  •  T. von Woedtke and K.D. Weltmann (2016)
The closing date for receipt of nominations is December 1st, 2016


The completed nomination form should be sent to the Chairperson of the Plasma Physics Divison Board of the European Physical Society, Prof. Dr. Richard Dendy, Warwick University, UK, preferably by electronic mail:

The board treats the nomination fully confidential and we kindly ask you the same.

Download the complete call below.

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Rüdiger Voss is the next EPS President-elect

Posted By Administration, 18 October 2016

The European Physical Society [EPS] is pleased to announce that Rüdiger Voss has been elected as the next EPS President-elect. He will take up office as the President of EPS in April 2017, when the term of the current President, Christophe Rossel comes to an end.

R. Voss was elected during the Extraordinary Council meeting of the EPS held on 14 October 2016 at the EPS Secretariat in Mulhouse. It is noteworthy that Council delegates could participate either in person, or on-line through the video conferencing system. The EPS welcomed 25 delegates in person and a further 23 attended over the internet.

The Council delegates listened to three inspiring presentations from the three candidates. The EPS would like to express its heartfelt thanks to Zsolt Fülöp (HU) and Sydney Galès (FR) who also stood as candidates for President-elect. Their contributions to the EPS and their vision were impressive as well.

R. Voss has recently served as Head of International Relations at CERN. In addition to a successful scientific career at CERN, R. Voss was instrumental in setting up the SCOAP3 Open Access consortium.

Tags:  elections  EPS Council  EPS president-elect 

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EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2017 - Nominations are open

Posted By Administration, 18 October 2016
Updated: 20 October 2016

Nominations for the EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2017 “For outstanding contributions to plasma physics” are now open. 

The prize was established by the EPS Plasma Physics Division in 2000 and is awarded for research achievements which have either already shaped the field of plasma physics or have demonstrated the potential to do so in future. To recognize collaborative research, a group of up to three individual scientists may be nominated.

The previous Alfvén Prize laureates are:

R Balescu (2000)

V Shafranov (2001)

M Rosenbluth (2002)

V E Fortov (2003)

J W Connor, R J Hastie and J B Taylor (2004)

M G Haines, T W L Sandford and V Smirnov (2005)

P H Rebut (2006)

F Wagner (2007)

L Chen (2008)

J Meyer-ter-Vehn (2009)

A H Boozer and J Nührenberg (2010)

P Diamond, A Hasegawa and K Mima (2011)

E Parker (2012)

M Porkolab (2013)

P Mora (2014)

N Fisch (2015)

S Bulanov and H Zohm (2016)


The closing date for nominations for the 2017 prize is November 4th, 2016

The completed nomination form should be sent to the Chair of the Plasma Physics Division Board of the European Physical Society, Prof Richard Dendy, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3DB, U.K., preferably by electronic mail:


 Call for the EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize 2017: download the pdf below

 EPS Hannes Alfvén Prize

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Tags:  2017  call  EPS Plasma Physics Division  EPS PPD  Hannes Alfvén Prize 

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EPS Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award - call for nominations

Posted By Administration, 18 October 2016
Updated: 20 October 2016

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) grants annually up to four prizes to young scientists from the 38 European countries associated with the EPS in recognition of truly outstanding research achievements associated with their PhD study in the broad field of plasma physics.

Complete information about the nominations can be found on the website of the EPS Plasma Physics Division.

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IBA-Europhysics Prize 2017: Call for Nominations

Posted By Administration, 18 October 2016
Updated: 20 October 2016
The board of the European Physical Society (EPS) Nuclear Physics Division (NPD) calls for nominations for the 2017 IBA-Europhysics Prize sponsored by the IBA company,

This prize is awarded every second year for Applied Nuclear Science and Nuclear Methods in Medicine. Therefore the NPD board welcomes proposals which represent the breadth and strength in these fields in Europe.

In the past, the prize has been awarded for research in radiation biophysics, in the application of accelerator mass spectrometry, in the Ion Beam Analysis techniques in the field of Cultural Heritage studies, in tumor therapy with heavy ions, in the development of spin polarized 3He targets by optical pumping and in improving PET-scans.

Last winner in 2015, was Prof. Salehpour who has been awarded in recognition of the considerable impact he has made in the field of biomedical Accelerator Mass Spectrometry by facilitating routine analysis of ultra-small DNA samples in the microgram range. The Prize was presented to Prof. Salehpour at a ceremony during the 3rd European Nuclear Physics Conference, in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Nominations should be accompanied by a completed nomination form, a brief curriculum vitae of the nominee(s) and a list of relevant publications. Up to two letters of support from authorities in the field, outlining the importance of the work of the nominee(s), would also be helpful.

The deadline for the submission of the proposals is 15th January 2017.

The prize rules, nomination form and more detailed information about the prize can be found on the website of the EPS Nuclear Physics Division:

F. Azaiez , Chair of the Nuclear Physics Board of EPS

Tags:  call  EPS NPD  IBA Prize  nomination  Nuclear Physics 

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Two post-doctoral positions in condensed matter theory

Posted By Administration, 07 October 2016

University of Bristol (UK) and University of Kent (UK)

Deadlines: 19 October 2016 and 16 October 2016

Two post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) positions are available at the Universities of Kent and Bristol in partnership with the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to pursue work in condensed matter theory. You will carry out research on broken time-reversal symmetry and topological order in superconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling, competing orders, multi-band pairing and/or lack of inversion symmetry.

Both posts are available as part of the collaboration “Unconventional Superconductors: New Paradigms for New Materials”. The team have recently been awarded an £844,000 (FEC) grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The Kent PDRA will carry out group-theoretical analyses of experimental data and develop novel theories of unconventional electron pairing, analytically and numerically. The Bristol PDRA will carry out Density Functional Theory calculations of the band structures of materials exhibiting novel forms of superconductivity. Both PDRA's will then work together to combine this information to create detailed models of specific materials. They will then use these models to predict the results of experiments.

For the advertisements of each of the two positions and application forms go to

Candidates whose background could be suitable for either post are encouraged to apply to both Kent and Bristol.

The universities of Kent and Bristol are equal-opportunities employers. Women, members of ethnic minorities, and members of other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Tags:  Condensed Matter  jobs 

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The European Physical Society to present an award to DIPC during Passion for Knowledge 2016

Posted By Administration, 26 September 2016

·      The EPS will be presenting an award to DIPC on the closing day of Passion for Knowledge 2016 in recognition of its scientific contribution and outreach activities.

·      The EPS will be holding its Executive Committee meeting at the headquarters of the DIPC on the occasion of the festival Passion for Knowledge 2016.

The European Physical Society (EPS) will be presenting the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) with an award recognising both its scientific excellence and its  outreach activities. The EPS will be granting this award to the San Sebastian-based research centre for its outstanding contributions in the field of condensed matter physics and materials science, as well as for its numerous, successful activities in the outreach and communication of science.

Donostia /San Sebastian. 21 September 2016

The European Physical Society (EPS) will be presenting an award to the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) for its outstanding contribution in the field of condensed matter physics and materials science, as well as for its numerous, successful activities in the outreach and communication of science. Set up in the year 2000, DIPC is a research centre devoted to high-level research in materials physics, that in only a few years has become a reference of Basque science. It is a unique centre in its institutional structure and operation, which in addition to excellence in research, plays an important role in conveying scientific knowledge to society. Indeed, it will be during the closing ceremony of the third edition of Passion for Knowledge, a large outreach festival organised by DIPC, that the President of the EPS Christophe Rossel will be presenting DIPC with an official plaque to mark the recognition.

Created in 1968, the EPS is one of Europe’s most important scientific associations. Its members include 42 National Physical Societies in Europe, individuals from all fields of physics, and European research institutions, thus bringing together more than 130,000 people. As a learned society, the EPS promotes the advancement of physics, defends the interests of the European physics community and fosters international co-operation. It acts as an advocate to policy-makers and citizens, promoting the contributions of physics research to the economic, technological, social and cultural advancement in Europe. 

As Pedro Miguel Echenique, President of DIPC, stated, “This recognition from such a prestigious institution like the EPS is a real honour for us, and it encourages us to keep on doing to become a worldwide reference in research and science communication.”  He explained that not only the award itself is important, but also the fact that on the occasion of Passion for Knowledge 2016, the EPS had chosen the headquarters of DIPC in San Sebastian to hold its annual Executive Committee meeting on 30 September and 1 October. The President of the EPS was keen to emphasise that “we fully share the aim of the festival, which is to promote science as a key cultural activity that also contributes to social and economic progress.” To achieve that aim, from September 27 onwards, Passion for Knowledge 2016 presents an extensive programme of activities addressed to all citizens. The full programme can be seen on the festival’s website:

Tags:  award  conferences  DIPC 

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