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News from the International Day of Light 2018

Posted By Gina Gunaratnam, 12 September 2017

After the success of the International Year of Light in 2015, the International Day of Light will be proclaimed at the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2017 and take place on 16 May 2018 in Paris.

Stay tuned by following #IDL2018 on Twitter and by subscribing to the IDL2018 newsletter here.

Tags:  IDL2018  International Day of Light 2018  IYL 2015  Light 

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Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche's Lecture at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse

Posted By Administration, 06 June 2016

The French Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche will give a lecture at the Université de Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse (France) on June 10th as the final event of the European project LIGHT2015 coordinated by the European Physical Society.

Serge Haroche was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with David J. Wineland for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems", a study of the particle of light, the photon. Since 2001, Haroche is a Professor at the Collège de France and holds the Chair of Quantum Physics.

S. Haroche’s talk will discuss how quantum physics was born from fundamental questions about light and will serve to close the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) activities in Mulhouse, France.

The lecture will be the final event of the LIGHT2015 project, which is funded by the European Commission H2020 programme, and that have organized around 120 activities in 30 European countries during IYL 2015 to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in Europe during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015.

The event will be organized on Friday 10 June 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Amphitheatre WEISS
Université de Haute-Alsace,
6 rue des Frères Lumière - 68200 Mulhouse, France

Free admission

About LIGHT2015

LIGHT2015 is a European project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. It aims to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in all Member States of the EU during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015).

LIGHT2015 Partners include the European Physical Society (EPS), the European Optical Society (EU), the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO), Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI), Universiteit Leiden and EYESTvzw.

About European Physical Society
The European Physical Society (EPS) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote physics and physicists in Europe through methods such as physics outreach. Formally established in 1968, its membership includes the national physical societies of 42 countries, and some 3200 individual members. The EPS Secretariat is based at Mulhouse, France.

Contacts

Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Manager
jorge.rivero@eps.org
 

David Lee
European Physical Society Secretary General
d.lee@eps.org

Tags:  conference  IYL2015  light  LIGHT2015  quantum mechanics 

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Call for the EPS QEOD Research in Laser Science and Applications Prize 2016

Posted By Administration, 15 December 2015
Updated: 15 December 2015

Overview

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division [QEOD] of the European Physical Society is presently soliciting nominations for their biennial prize in ‘Research in Laser Science and Applications’ to be presented at the 2016 Europhoton Conference on Solid-State, Fibre and Waveguide Coherent Light Sources.  Details of the application procedure and information required are given below.

Nominations are to be received online by April 15th, 2016 at the latest.

The European Physical Society (EPS) Prize for Research in Laser Science and Applications is a major prize awarded on behalf of the European Physical Society through its Quantum Electronics Optics Division (QEOD). The prize is awarded every 2 years in recognition of recent work by one or more individuals (no more than three) for scientific excellence in the area of laser science and applications in its broadest sense.

The work for which the individual(s) is (are) nominated must be such that a significant component of it was performed during the period 5 years prior to the award. In addition, the award will recognise research for which a significant portion of the work was carried out in Europe or in cooperation with European researchers, and may be given for either pure or applied research.

The award is accompanied by an engraved glass medal, a certificate, and a monetary sum of 2000 euros.

The Prize Ceremony and Lecture will be highlights of the EPS Europhoton Conference in Vienna, Austria between the 21st and 26th August 2016.

Nominations must include:

  • A cover letter provided by the nominator with proposed citation
  • A two-page summary of the significance of the work which is the subject of the nomination. For a nominated team of more than one person, the summary should clearly specify the individual contribution of each nominee, and when and where the work has been performed.
  • Nominee CV(s)
  • A list of publications covering the last five years (a few earlier articles particularly relevant for the nomination can also be included).  Five articles of most significance should be highlighted.* Up to three letters of endorsement of the nomination.

Online Submission Details

All material must be prepared in English and combined into either a single consolidated PDF file or a ZIP archive. Please click the link below to access the submission site:  http://qeod.epsdivisions.org/RLSP/

European Physical Society: http://www.eps.org/

Email: conferences@eps.org

Tags:  EPS QEOD  Light  prize  Quantum Electronics and Optics 

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Call for nomination for the EPS Prize for Research into the Science of Light

Posted By Administration, 16 June 2014
The European Physical Society (EPS) Prize for Research into the Science of Light is awarded on behalf of the European Physical Society through its Quantum Electronics & Optics Division (QEOD). The prize is awarded every 2 years in recognition of recent work by one or more individuals (no more than three) for scientific excellence in the area of electromagnetic science in its broadest sense, across the entire spectrum of electromagnetic waves.

The first Prize for Research into the Science of Light was awarded on 3 January 2013 during Nanometa 2013 in Seefeld, Austria, to Philip St J Russell, from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany.

The 2015 Edition of the Prize for Research into the Science of Light is now open for nominations.

Please click here to access full details of the call on the submission website.

Read more

QEOD website
QEOD Prizes

Tags:  Light  prize  QEOD 

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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

Tags:  events  Light 

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