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AIP Women in Physics Lecture Tour: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - 2018

Posted By Administration, 31 October 2017

The Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics Lecture Tour celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics. Under this scheme, a woman who has made a significant contribution in a field of physics will be selected to present lectures in venues arranged by each participating branch of the AIP.  Nominations are currently sought for the AIP WIP Lecturer for 2018. We are seeking a woman working overseas who:


       has made a significant contribution in a field of physics research

       has demonstrated public speaking ability

       is available in 2018 to visit Canberra and each of the six Australian State capital cities and surrounding regions.


Presentations will include school lectures, public lectures and research colloquia, subject to negotiation with the various AIP branches and their contacts. School and public lectures are expected to be of interest to non-specialist physics audiences, and to increase awareness among students and their families of the possibilities offered by continuing to study physics. University lectures will be presented at a level suitable for the individual audience (professional or graduate). Air/surface travel and accommodation will be provided.


Nominations should be sent via email to the AIP Special Projects Officer (see information below) via the nomination form available from the Women in Physics Lecturer page of the AIP website: 


Self-nomination is welcomed, as are nominations from branches or employers/colleagues.


1. Completed WIP Lecture Tour nomination form

2. Information requested on the nomination form include the following:

  •   Nominee’s name and contact details
  • a detailed record of presentations to the general public, schools and media
  • a brief statement of the research area of interest to the nominee
  • an outline of the nominee's significant contributions to physics
  • references to key publications in which these contributions were presented (via curriculum vitae
  • evidence of the nominee's ability to give a lecture which will excite an enthusiastic response in senior secondary and undergraduate students. (NOTE: this requirement must be adequately addressed in order for the nominee to be considered for selection)
  • Self-nominations should include names of two referees who can attest to the ability of the nominee to give lectures appropriate for the target audience. 

Closing Date: Friday 1st December 2017

Applications and nominations should be sent by email: 

Tags:  AIP  Australia  call  Catalina Curceanu  women in physics 

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Call for nominations for the EPS Emmy Noether Distinction

Posted By Administration, 30 October 2017

In 2013, the European Physical Society [EPS] launched the Emmy Noether Distinction to recognise noteworthy women physicists.

Emmy Noether, with her fundamental and revolutionary work in the areas of abstract algebra and theoretical physics, is a role model for future generations of physicists. The laureates of the Emmy Noether Distinction are chosen for their capacity to inspire with their scientific merits the next generation of scientists, and especially encourage women to pursue a career in physics.

The previous recipients of the Emmy Noether distinction are:

  • Dr. Catalina Curceanu, INFN Frascati , Italy (2017)
  • Dr. Patricia Bassereau, IC-CNRS Paris,France (2016)
  • Dr. Eva Monroy (2016), INAC-CEA Grenoble,France (2016)
  • Prof. Sibylle Günter, MPI- IPP Garching, Germany (2015)
  • Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland (2015)
  • Prof. Anne L’Huillier, Faculty of Engineering, LTH Lund, Sweden (2014)
  • Dr. Rumiana Dimova, MPI Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany (2014)
  • Prof. Nynke Dekker, TU Delft, Netherlands (2013)
  • Dr. Alessandra Gatti, IFN-CNR Como, Italy (2013)

The EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics is awarded twice a year. The selection committee, appointed by the EPS Equal Opportunities Committee, will consider nominations for female scientists working in Europe.

To make a nomination, please, email the following information to the EPS Secretariat:

A cover letter, detailing (in no more than 3 paragraphs) the motivation for awarding the Emmy Noether distinction to the nominee;

  • The nominee’s name, institution and email;
  • The nominee’s résumé;
  • The nominator’s name, institution, and email.

Download the distinction charter and read more about the Emmy Noether Distinction on the EPS website.

Tags:  Emmy Noether  EPS EOC  women in 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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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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