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The EPS Edison Volta Prize 2020 is announced

Posted By Administration, Thursday 18 June 2020

The European Physical Society [EPS], the Fondazione Alessandro Volta, and Edison S.p.A. are delighted to announce the award of the 2020 EPS Edison Volta Prize to

  • Dieter Weiss
  • Jurgen Smet
  • Klaus Ensslin

"for their seminal contributions to condensed matter nano-science."

Dieter Weiss is recognized for discovering a most spectacular new quantum phenomenon, the “Weiss Oscillations”. Originally, he used standing light waves to generate a sub micrometer periodic electron density modulation in a 2-dimensional electron gas, which leads to new quantum oscillations if the circular motion of electrons in a magnetic field is commensurate with this modulation. Today modern electron beam lithography is able to bring these dimensions down to 10 nanometers, which allowed the realization of artificial crystals and new quantum devices. Dieter Weiss later extended the concept of “Weiss Oscillation” successfully to topological insulators and to 2-dimensional electron systems with magnetic modulation. His expertise in the realization of micro magnets opened the field of controlled spin injection in high mobility 2-dimensional systems so that his group belongs to the top teams in the field of semiconductor spintronics.

Jurgen Smet is recognized for the demonstration – in cooperation with Dieter Weiss - of the so.called Hofstadter butterfly and the correctness of the Composite Fermion concept, a new quasiparticle consisting of a combination of an electron and two flux quanta, as well as for the exploration of the special properties of composite fermions. Jurgen Smet is honoured especially for devising new tools based an ingenious combination of mK temperatures, microwaves, surface acoustic waves, optical excitations, and quantized magnetic fields, which allowed for his ground-breaking investigations on electron spin - nuclear spin interactions and correlations among electron charge and spin degrees of freedom, when these electrons are confined in two dimensions, in semiconductors or in graphene.

Whereas most of the research of Weiss and Smet focuses on 2-dimensional systems, Klaus Ensslin is specialized in the field of quantum dots. Klaus Ensslin receives the prize for his discoveries connected with nonequilibrium phenomena in quantum dots including the emission of microwave radiation from double quantum dots and the time resolved tunnelling dynamics in the occupation of biased quantum dots. The demonstration of strong coupling between a single spin or a single electron with a single photon in a resonator - the building block for long-distant correlation of semiconductor quantum bits and a crucial step towards quantum information processing - was a ground-breaking contribution of Ensslin’s group. Starting originally with quantum dots in GaAs, Ensslin is now a world-leading figure in the realization of single and double quantum dots in single and bilayer graphene.

EPS Edison-Volta Prize

The EPS Edison Volta Prize promotes excellence in research and is given in recognition of outstanding research and achievements in physics. The EPS Edison Volta Prize is given biennially to individuals or groups of up to three people. The laureates receive a medal, which is a faithful reproduction of the “Medaglia Premio dell’ Associazione per l’Incremento del Commercio in Como": a portrait of Alessandro Volta together with the saying: Alexandro Voltae Novocomensi, i.e. (dedicated) to Alessandro Volta from Novum Comum, which was the old name given to the city of Como by Julius Caesar.

The Prize was established in 2011 and was awarded for the first time in 2012 to R. D. Heuer, S. Bertolucci and S. Myers from CERN, Geneva. Other laureates of the prize include and in 2014 to J.-M. Raimond (2014) N. Mandolesi, J.-L. Puget, and J. Tauber (2015), M. J. Orrit (2016), and A. Brillet, K. Danzmann, A. Giazotto, J. Hough (2018)

Background Information

The European Physical Society provides an international forum for physicists and acts as a federation of 42 national physical societies. Founded in 1968, the EPS now has around 4000 individual members, and it Members Societies represent together over 130,000 physicists. More info: https://www.eps.org

The other partners and sponsors of the Prize are Edison S.p.A. (www.edison.it) and the Fondazione Alessandro Volta (http://fondazionealessandrovolta.it/).

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My models are all the women with whom I work and have worked

Posted By Administration, Thursday 11 June 2020
Author: Luc Bergé

Giuliana Galati is a 30-year old physicist. After graduating in Nuclear, Subnuclear and Astroparticle Physics from Bari University Aldo Moro (Italy), she completed her PhD at Naples University Federico II, working on the underground physics experiment OPERA searching for neutrino oscillations. In 2017, she won the national "Bruno Rossi" prize for the best PhD thesis in Astroparticle Physics, awarded by the Astroparticle Physics Committee of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). In 2019, she was awarded the national prize "Ida Ortalli" for commitment and effort in the science field by the Italian Physics Society.
She is now working on dark matter search and medical physics.

Giuliana is also highly involved in science communication. She co-founded a science podcast (www.scientificast.it) aimed at conveying complex science topics in a way that is accessible to all. This podcast became one of the most famous in Italy. Moreover, recently, she became one of the authors and hosts for the Italian TV series Superquark+, aimed at disseminating science to a broad audience (http://www.raiplay.it/programmi/superquarkpiu).

Luc Bergé (LB), President-Elect of the EPS and chair of the EPS Equal Opportunities Committee, interviewed Giuliana Galati (GG).

LB: Why did you choose to study physics?
GG: I have always been very curious about how physical phenomena work, but in middle school I hated mathematics and preferred literature. In Italy, for the final exam at the end of high school, students are asked to prepare an essay. I chose the topic of “Time” and on my own, I studied the paradoxes of Einstein’s relativity. It was like falling in love! What impressed me the most was that physics seemed to be magical, but at the same time real, without tricks or illusions!
I must admit that I wasn’t really fully aware of what I was getting into!

LB: Any concerns about balancing your family life and a career in physics?
GG: Sometimes yes, but I don't think that physics is the problem. The reality is that I like what I do and if I have a computer, I can work anywhere and at any time. If at the very beginning of your PhD, you start working more than you should, later it becomes difficult to do less. You keep working also outside working hours, sometimes neglecting leisure and a social life.

LB: Are you worried about finding a job in physics?
GG: I know that it is difficult, but in general I’m an optimistic person and I think that things will go well. If I cannot pursue a career in physics, I will find a plan B!

LB:  What has been personally the most rewarding experience and also the biggest difficulty encountered so far in your career?
GG: It’s hard to think of a single rewarding experience: every time I accomplish a task, I feel rewarded. Finding a difficulty is easier: the biggest one is realizing – and it happens often to me! – that I’ve made a mistake or that I still have so much more to learn….

LB:  Did you encounter any difficulty in finding funding for a PhD or a postdoc position because you are a woman?
GG: No, I did not. In my research group there are many women and, so far, I have never felt preferences for someone just because he was a man. Nevertheless, it’s evident that most full professors are men. I hope things are already changing and that no woman will soon have to choose between having a family or a career.

LB:  Any suggestion to guarantee a balanced gender representation in physics?
GG: That’s a challenging question. I don't like those systems that have a quota for women: I don't want to be hired or win a competition just because I’m a woman.
What I would like is to have equal opportunities in physics and equal obligations outside the research world. For new mothers, it would be useful to have more supportive infrastructures, for example, day-care or kindergartens.

LB:   Any particular advice for a young aspiring researcher?
GG: The first is: “Don't give up!” I still remember that I spent the first six months at university crying every afternoon because I couldn't understand most of the lessons. I felt lost and I believed that I couldn’t make it.
The second one is: build a team. Together we are stronger when preparing for an exam or when working as researchers. Share ideas, ask for help, offer help. Don’t be a lone wolf.

LB:  Do you have any female ‘physicist cult figure’ or ‘role model’?
GG: Absolutely! One of them is Prof. Mariateresa Muciaccia, one of my Professors at university. When I was a student, she was one of the few women full professors. Her lessons were the first ones that made me say: “ok, I’m in the right place!”. I was really fascinated by her and I decided to ask her to supervise my bachelor thesis. I still work in that field of research, so without her my life would have been so different!
I could say that my cult figures are also great women like Fabiola Gianotti, but the truth is that my models are all the women with whom I work and have worked. Believe me: even if they are not famous, they are all great ones!



Giuliana Galati – Photo: Assunta Servello


Tags:  dark matter  gender equality  interview  medical physics  nuclear physics  women in physics 

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The State of Physics Teaching in Europe

Posted By Administration, Thursday 11 June 2020
Author: David Sands

It is well known that a shortage of specialist physics teachers exists in many countries around the world. Of particular interest to the EPS is the situation in Europe, but actually it is not easy to find out exactly what is happening in individual countries. Science at school is treated as a homogeneous subject and there is little or no sub-division into the different fields. For example, in the UK the STEM Centre at York (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) exists to provide support for teaching in STEM subjects, but on looking through the website I found it difficult to identify anything that related specifically to physics.

The shortage of teachers is not necessarily restricted to the sciences. Teaching as a profession is no longer seen as attractive, partly because of low pay but also because of the perception that it has slipped in social status. A recent report from the EU[1] , intriguingly titled, “Why boys do not want to be teachers”, contains some depressing statistics. An overwhelming 81%  of teachers in the EU feel that teaching is not valued in society, which might explain why a third of teachers work in schools ‘ with a shortage of qualified staff’. The word ‘qualified’ was not explained further and in the same paragraph mention was made of the shortage of teachers for students with special needs. However, it could also refer to those without a first degree in the subject they teach as well as, perhaps, those who do not have a teaching qualification.

Whatever the precise meaning, it points to some serious issues in the teaching profession.  Around 36% of all teachers in the EU are aged 50 or over while only 7% are under the age of 30. Moreover, 72% of teachers are female. This last statistic is devastating for physics. Although much has been achieved in recent years in improving the gender balance, physics is still very much male dominated. In the UK, for example, the proportion of female undergraduates is around 23%, give or take, so it would appear that whilst the teaching profession itself is facing a serious challenge, a low proportion of female graduates combined with a range of alternative, but attractive career options would suggest that physics is particularly hard hit when it comes to recruiting and retaining teachers.

The Physics Education Division (PED) recently launched a short survey[2] (8 questions) intended to gain a deeper insight into the situation. Individual members of the PED are physicists around Europe with a self-declared interest in education and are therefore well placed to comment. Just over 51% of the respondents to date teach in a university and a similar number are either teachers or involved in teacher education. Academics will know whether teacher shortages are affecting undergraduates entering university whilst teachers and teacher educators can comment meaningfully on the impact of teacher shortages on physics lessons at school.

The survey is not intended to be a definitive piece of research. Quite possibly, we will never arrive at a true picture without surveying the majority of schools in Europe, which is clearly a huge, probably impossible undertaking. However, we can get a better understanding than we currently have of what is happening in different countries in Europe. At the time of writing, 78 people from 25 different countries have completed the survey. This means that in some cases, only one or two people from a given country have commented, but that still represents a valid view. The overwhelming opinion of the respondents is that a serious problem exists. It is not a universal opinion, as illustrated in the figure below. Sixty respondents (81%) believe there is a shortage of specialist teachers in their country with 11% holding the opposite view (A). Of these 60, some 87% believe that physics is being taught by non-specialists with 57% believing that fewer physics classes are being taught (B) and 65% believe that this is affecting the quality of undergraduates entering university (C).

The next step is to contact those who have indicated a willingness to contribute further. This survey is only the start of the process of gaining a better understanding of the issues and the PED will be following up the responses to gain a deeper insight into the situation in particularly badly affected countries. The survey is available until 16:20 BST on the 29th July (see footnote 2)  if you would like to add your view.

Figure 1: The questions corresponding to the responses are indicated above the figures

 

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Richard Zeltner elected as Chair of the EPS Young Minds Action Committee

Posted By Administration, Thursday 11 June 2020

Author: Richard Zeltner


Traditionally, the Young Minds programme chair is elected by the action committee during the annual leadership meeting. As the Corona-pandemic prevented a physical meeting in 2020 so far, the voting was instead held online early in May. Dr. Richard Zeltner, former president of the hBar Omega section in Erlangen and action committee member since end of 2018, has been elected and follows Dr. Roberta Caruso into office. During the electoral process he sketched and discussed possible new perspectives for the project`s in the upcoming years: First, the consolidation of the current infrastructure of the project, including the webpage and the social media presence. Second, the objective to develop Young Minds, its sections and its members towards being a voice of the new generation of scientists in Europe. In this vision Young Minds will contribute more strongly to raise the understanding on scientific practices and the awareness on topics of major concern, such as climate change, Fake News or disinformation campaigns, in the broad public on both the local, national and international level. As we are currently witnessing, in the midst of the Corona-pandemic, there are never enough efforts made to bring science and society closer together and to reduce communication barriers, creating mutual benefits. Third, increasing the prominence of industry-related activities in the project, thereby expanding and diversifying the network of its members, and opening perspectives towards career paths outside of academia.

Besides the election of the new chair there were further changes in the committee: Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez and Giorgio Nocerino left to pick up new challenges, and Hripsime Mkrtchyan (from Yerevan, Armenia) and Tanausú Hernández (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain) , who joined early this year, were formally introduced. Many thanks to Araceli and Giorgio for their valuable contributions over the years and all the best for their future and to Roberta for leading the project during the previous two years successfully, and welcome to Hripsime and Tanausú.

Moreover, during the meeting the newly composed committee decided to aim at organizing a series of online seminars on networking and professional development. As some sections have already successfully launched online formats during the crisis to stay in touch with their audience, e.g. the outreach format Fisica in quarantena from Naples, the Action Committee would like to provide the sections content that would otherwise be included in the postponed leadership meeting. The first edition will be launched on 9th of June: Francesca di Franco, former member of the Naples YM section PONYS, will share her know-how on the production of multimedia contents to maximize the impact of science-related activities on social media.

From left to right: Hripsime Mkrtchyan, Tanausú Hernández, and Richard Zeltner

 

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EPS Council 2020: Luc Bergé is the next EPS President-Elect

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 9 June 2020

The 2020 Council meeting of the European Physical Society [EPS] took place on 29 May 2020. The EPS Secretariat organised the meeting on-line, allowing more than 70 people to participate in the meeting. The EPS President, Petra Rudolf, summarised the activity of the EPS and its Committees, Divisions and Groups. The accounts for 2019 were presented by the EPS Honorary Treasurer, Frances Saunders.

The two candidates for President-Elect, Luc Bergé (FR) and Zsolt Fülöp (HU), also presented their programmes to the EPS Council delegates. The EPS is pleased to announce that Luc Bergé has been elected as the next EPS President-elect. He will take up office as the President of EPS in April 2021, when the term of the current President, Petra Rudolf, comes to an end. The EPS warmly thanked Zsolt Fülöp, for standing as a candidate.

Luc Bergé graduated in mathematics and physics from the Universities of Toulouse and Paris-Sud, Orsay, France. In 1989, he received his PhD in theoretical physics, devoted to the strong Langmuir turbulence in laser-driven fusion plasmas. In 1990, he was employed as research scientist at CEA (French Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies). Working first on parametric instabilities in plasmas, he then turned to nonlinear optics in 1995. In 1997, he passed his Habilitation thesis on wave collapse in physics. He next devoted his research to the filamentation of ultrashort laser pulses in transparent media and related properties such as supercontinuum generation and pulse self-compression, which he pioneered in the early 2000. More recently, Luc Bergé focused his scientific activities on terahertz pulse generation induced by femtosecond pulses in gases. With his team he is exploring new ways to produce energetic THz waves by using ultra-intense laser pulses. Also involved in experimental efforts on innovative detection methods, Luc Bergé coordinates the French ANR project ALTESSE, which is devoted to ultrabroadband terahertz spectroscopy of molecules.

Luc Bergé’s research activities have been expressed in about 150 articles, six book chapters and 170 conferences (100 invited). He was elected Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA) in 2009, EPS Fellow in 2016, Fellow of the European Optical Society (EOS) in 2018 and Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2019. He received the DGA-Young Researcher Prize in 1997, the second Bull-Fourier Prize in 2012 and the 2018 Gentner Kastler Prize jointly attributed by the German and French Physical Societies. He is Director of Research at CEA Direction Ile de France, where he is heading a laboratory dedicated to radiation-matter interaction. Luc Bergé served as Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the EPS until 2017. He was General coordinating Chair of the conference CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015. Elected a member of the Executive Committee of the EPS, he was in charge of its Associate Membership policy and of the Equal Opportunities Committee. He co-created the Letokhov Medal awarding exceptional achievements in laser-matter interaction in partnership between the EPS and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 


Luc Bergé

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The Summer 2020 EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics is awarded to Hatice Altug

Posted By Administration, Friday 5 June 2020

The summer 2020 EPS Emmy Noether Distinction is awarded to:

  • Hatice Altug

from the Institute for Bioengineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, “for her seminal contributions to light-matter interaction at the nanoscale, manipulation of light on-chip and application of nanophotonics in biology, and her inspiring role for the next generation of researchers and women”.

Prof. Dr. Hatice Altug was born in 1978 in Turkey. She received her bachelor of science in physics from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) in 2000 and her PhD in applied physics from Stanford University (California, U.S.) in 2007. She is currently a full professor at the Bioengineering Department of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and the director of EPFL’s Doctoral School in Photonics. Prof. Altug is the recipient of the Optical Society of America Adolph Lomb Medal and the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which is the highest honour bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in their early career. She received an ERC Consolidator and Proof-of-Concept grant award, the U.S. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Massachusetts Life Science Center New Investigator Award, and the IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award. She is the winner of the Inventors’ Challenge competition of Silicon Valley in 2005, and has been named to Popular Science Magazine’s "Brilliant 10" list in 2011.

Hatice Altug is leading the Bionanophotonic Systems Laboratory at EPFL, and with her team she is introducing next-generation biosensors, spectroscopy and bioimaging technologies with significant importance for fundamental life sciences, early disease diagnostics, safety and point-of‐care testing. Her laboratory is addressing the key challenges of current bioanalytical tools by developing novel nanodevices that can enable label-free, ultra-sensitive, multiplexed, rapid and real-time measurements on biomolecules, pathogens and living systems.

 


Prof. Dr. Hatice Altug

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EPS Accelerator Group announces 2020 prize-winners

Posted By Administration, Wednesday 20 May 2020
Updated: Thursday 14 May 2020
author: Mike Seidel

The European Physical Society Accelerator Group (EPS-AG) has announced the winners of the 2020 Accelerator Prizes. The prizes were presented on 14 May in the context of the International Particle Accelerator Conference. It had been planned to hold IPAC’20 in Caen, France. Due to the restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic, the conference was not held as a presential meeting, but the oral program including a live presentation of the award session was made available under https://www.ipac20.org/.

Prof. Lucio Rossi of CERN, receives the Rolf Wideröe Prize for outstanding work in the accelerator field. He is rewarded for his pioneering role in the development of superconducting magnet technology for accelerators and experiments, its application to complex projects in High Energy Physics including strongly driving industrial capability, and for his tireless effort in promoting the field of accelerator science and technology.

The Gersch Budker Prize, for a recent significant, original contribution to the accelerator field, is awarded to Dr. Hideaki Hotchi, J-PARC. He receives the prize for his achievements in the commissioning of the J-PARC Rapid Cycling Synchrotron, with sustained 1 MW operation at unprecedented low levels of beam loss made possible by his exceptional understanding of complex beam dynamics processes, thereby laying the foundations for future high power proton synchrotrons worldwide.

The Frank Sacherer Prize, for an individual in the early part of his or her career goes to to Dr. Johannes Steinmann, ANL, for his significant contribution to the development and demonstration of ultra-fast accelerator instrumentation using THz technology, having the potential for major impact on the field of electron bunch-by-bunch diagnostics.

For further information, visit: https://www.eps.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=85227&id=143442 .


 


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How Yerevan Young Minds Faces Challenges in 2020

Posted By Administration, Wednesday 20 May 2020
Updated: Monday 11 May 2020
authors: Hripsime Mkrtchyan and Davit Aslanyan

The EPS Yerevan Young Minds Section was established in 2018 and since then has faced many problems associated with the popularization of science. However, members of Yerevan YM are determined to break stereotypes surrounding science, spread awareness of its various applications and simply show its beauty. To do so, we have organized various outreach and professional development activities.

As in many other countries, the Armenian school system was not adapted to transition to distant learning and online lessons. Many schoolchildren did not even have any electronic devices or stable WIFI connection for joining the online lessons. For some of them learning physical equations by heart and answering teachers’ questions without a blackboard did not bring any joy, so some did not participate in the distant learning process at all. They simply could not understand why they would have to do that.

To help remedy the situation and decide what our next steps should be, we transitioned our discussions to online platforms and started online meetings. To keep up with Yerevan Young Mind's goal to make studying physics fun and increase schoolchildren’s engagement, we decided to create a YouTube channel, start a short video series to supplement the online learning process and share them. Shortly after the start of the project, we got overwhelmingly positive feedback not only from schoolkids but also from their parents. Some children even started repeating the experiments at home, recorded and sent their attempts to us, which is a big encouragement for our section.

Furthermore, utilizing the advantages of online platforms, we have established connections with leading researchers from top universities all around the world. Soon after exams, we will start additional online series with seminars with professors working in NASA, MIT, Max Planck Institute and other universities. We believe that this will also help us tremendously in our professional development endeavours and will help us foster new research collaborations.

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EuNPC2021 on the “Way of Saint James”

Posted By Administration, Friday 15 May 2020
The Nuclear Physics Board of the European Physical Society has chosen, among several other worthy candidates, the beautiful Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela as the hosting site for the 2021 edition of the European Nuclear Physics conference. It will be the 5th edition of the EuNPC series, after the ones in Bochum, Bucharest, Groningen, and Bologna, and will take place from the 28th of June to the 2nd of July 2021.

The capital of Galicia and a millennial pilgrimage destination, at the end of the world-renowned Way of Saint James, Santiago de Compostela is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition to its millennial tradition of receiving pilgrims, it has a vast experience in organizing large national and international conferences. EuNPC2021 will take place in the Faculty of Chemistry of the South Campus of the University of Santiago de Compostela (photo below), a prestigious and historical university funded in 1495.

The Local Organizing Committee, composed by faculty staff of the “Instituto Gallego de Física de Altas Energías”, has expertise covering the majority of the themes dealt by EuNPC, such as nuclear structure and dynamics, heavy Ion collisions, theory and phenomenology.

EuNPC aims to review and discuss the status and prospects in the field of nuclear physics and its applications. The conference will be a showcase for forefront theoretical and experimental developments, promoting the interplay between outstanding research and innovative concepts in the field.
More details on EuNPC2021, such as the program, deadlines for abstract submission, information on accommodation, and the web site, will be provided in the upcoming months.

 

 


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EPS Young Minds: Best video award 2019

Posted By Administration, Saturday 25 April 2020
Updated: Tuesday 14 April 2020

author: Natalia Kuk, University of Warsaw



In 2019, Young Minds organised the 1st video contest for student chapters. Video was supposed to explain some physical phenomena in an interesting way and popularise science. The award ceremony took place during 8th Young Minds Leadership Meeting in Erlangen and the winner was chosen out of seven chapters from University of Valladolid, University of Warsaw, University of Strathclyde, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Skopje and Yerevan State University.

The prize was awarded to the Young Minds Section from the University  of Warsaw for a video entitled How to make a Jelly Fibre. The video presents an entertaining way of explaining total internal reflection using grocery products and a laser pointer. The jelly fibre experiment was also presented by the section during the biggest science fair in Poland  that took place on 11th of May  2019 at the National Stadium in Warsaw. The fair is an annual event that hosts around 100 thousand visitors. University of Warsaw YM Section is proud to be part of the Science Picnic for several years now.

Link to the video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8jjSvG4mE0

The video explains how to present a phenomenon of total internal reflection in an attractive way. All that we need is a homemade jelly and a laser pointer. Enjoy!

Jelly Fibre experiment during the 23rd Science Picnic of Polish Radio and Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. Photo by Michał Mikołajczyk

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