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The perfect Christmas tree

Posted By admin, Monday 17 December 2012
Updated: Thursday 20 December 2012

Nicole Wrightham and Alex Craig, students in mathematics at the University of Sheffield, have created a formula to calculate the number of balls to hang on a Christmas tree. The formula also determines the height of the angel, and the length of the garlands and even the number of lights. Read the detailed calculation here.

Whether you decide to trust to your intuition, or let yourselves be guided by the formula, the EPS would like to wish all of its members, and all of the readers of e-EPS a wonderful holiday season.

The EPS secretariat will be closed between Christmas and New Year
The EPS secretariat closes between 21rst December 2012 and 2nd January 2013. To contact us, click here

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EPS Poster Prize attributed to Mrs. Aneliya Dakova at the 17th ISQE

Posted By Administration, Monday 10 December 2012
Updated: Tuesday 11 December 2012
The 17th issue of the International School on Quantum Electronics (17th ISQE) was traditionally organized by the Institute of Electronics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. It took place this year in hotel Festa Panorama, Nessebar from 24 to 28 September 2012.

The first day of the ISQE began with welcoming speeches by the organizers and welcoming remarks were presented by the head of the Institute of Electronics- Bulgarian Academy of Sciences assoc. prof. Sanka Gateva and the chairmen of the Advisory board of the school prof. A. Serafetinidis from NTUA, Greece.

Lecturers from 18 leading laboratories have been invited to present the recent development in five scientific topics:

• Laser − matter interactions
• Laser spectroscopy and metrology
• Laser remote sensing and ecology
• Lasers in biology and medicine
• Laser systems and nonlinear optics

The lectures were structured to start brief overview in the domain for the very young participants and point out the recent achievements and results in the presented laboratory. The final program contained presentations of 18 invited speakers from 13 countries.

The 17th ISQE has been visited by 92 regular participants and 5 accompanying persons from 16 countries. They have presented 79 poster contributions. The young participants (aged under 35) was given the opportunity to participate in the "Best young scientist poster presentation” competition. The competition meets 15 candidates from 5 countries. The International Advisory- and Program- Committees have elected a jury to evaluate the quality of the posters. The organizers were very pleased to give the jury the opportunity to distribute three sets of awards offered to the school by the Optical Society of America, by the SPIE and by EPS. The awards were published on the school web-site along with the nomination criteria one year before the school opening.

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2013 Activity Grants: deadline for application January 15th, 2013

Posted By Administration, Monday 3 December 2012

EPS Young Minds Local Sections can apply for 2013 Activity Grants, totalling up to 1000€ per year. The next deadline for the application is January 15, 2013. Setting up of matching funds schemes is highly encouraged and strongly increases the chances of obtaining the grants.

Activities that are eligible for grants

The EPS Young Minds Project is currently supporting the following categories of activities:
- Educational Outreach;
- Seminars;
- Networking.
Each Local Section can be awarded Activity Grants totalling up to 1000€ per year.

Obligations of the Local Sections receiving grants

Local Sections awarded an Activity Grant are expected to report on how the Activity Grant has been employed and on the impact of the activity associated with the Activity Grant. All the reports should be available in the Local Section space on the EPS Young Minds website for the benefit of other Local Sections and of the physical community at large. Furthermore, Local Sections are encouraged to maintain their own website promoting their activities.

Visit the EPS Young Minds website.

Tags:  Grants  Young Minds 

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Join EPS Divisions and Groups and participate to our activities

Posted By Administration, Monday 19 November 2012
Updated: Monday 19 November 2012
EPS Divisions and Groups are the scientific heart of the EPS. They organize conferences, award prizes and provide input to the EPS on issues of importance in their specific field.
Divisions represent specific fields of physics and Groups are concerned with cross discipline issues.

All Individual Members are encouraged to join the Divisions and Groups, and to participate in their activities.

You should join at least one division, close to your own field of physics. Groups always need interested IMs, so please look at their activities as well.

Read more about EPS Divisions and Groups.
Join EPS Divisions and Groups.

Tags:  EPS activities  EPS division  EPS group 

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Associate Members Delegates to EPS Council - call for nominations

Posted By Administration, Monday 5 November 2012
Dear EPS Associate Member,
Dear Madam / Sir,

According to the Constitution, articles 12, 15 Associate Members (AM) are represented in Council by five representatives elected by Associate Members. The term of offices is four years. At present one post is vacant to replace H. Bindslev (RISOE, Denmark).

The following representatives of Associate Members continue to serve in accordance with the Constitution:
  • N. Brookes, ESRF France: Councils 2013-14
  • E. Coccia, INFN Italy: Councils 2013-14
  • R. Voss, CERN Switzerland: Councils 2013-14-15-16
  • M. Meedom Nielsen, DTU Denmark: Councils 2013-14-15-16
Please find below the following document:
the Nomination Form for a Delegate of AM to the EPS Council

Your nomination form has to be returned no later than 17 November 2012 to:

European Physical Society
« AM Election »
6 rue des Frères Lumière

FAX: ++ 33 (0)389 329449
E-MAIL:, with copy to

Thank you very much for your co-operation.

Sincerely yours,

David Lee

EPS Secretary General

N.B.: This nomination call is being sent for information to CERN, DTU, ESRF, INFN.

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The EPS looks for a communication intern

Posted By Administration, Wednesday 31 October 2012

The European Physical Society (EPS) has created a position for a Communications Intern, who will work closely with the EPS Communications Coordinator in order to enhance the influence and impact of the EPS and its activities.

The EPS is an international not for profit organisation whose goal is to promote the interests of physics and physicists in Europe. As a leading learned society in physics, the EPS communicates to various target audiences. These include EPS Members, policy makers, partner societies in Europe and around the world, and the general public.

The Communications Intern, under the supervision of the Communications Coordinator, will coordinate and develop communications materials and activities for the EPS. Reporting and working directly with the Secretary General, she/he will also work closely with other members of EPS Staff, the Executive Committee and Divisions and Groups.

Download the detailed description of the position.

Applications must be sent to David Lee.

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On the use of bibliometric indices during assessment

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 9 October 2012
Recent years have seen quantitative bibliometric indicators being increasingly used as a central element in the assessment of the performance of scientists, either individually or as groups, and as an important factor in evaluating and scoring research proposals. These indicators are varied, and include e.g. citation counts of individual papers published by researchers; the impact factors of the journals in which they publish; and measures that quantify personal research contributions over an extended period such as the Hirsch H-index, and variants with corrections such as the G-index.

Download the EPS statement here.

Tags:  assessment  bibliometric  EPS  indices  statement 

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1rst Physics for Development Group Symposium

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 7 August 2012

Dear All,

The European Physical Society - Physics for Development Group organizes a Symposium dedicated to physicists willing to help Research Center and Universities from Developing Countries increasing their research capabilities.

 The Symposium will be held in Brussels - Belgium 11-12 October 2012. Special grants and subsidies are foreseen for reducing the trip/accomodation/fees burden of participants from developing countries.

Do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee for arranging your trip/accomodation.

Thanks in advance for your interest and see you soon in Brussels!

Conference website:

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Enrico Fermi fountain designated EPS Historic Site

Posted By Administration, Monday 21 May 2012

The "Second Conference of Fermi Centre Projects” took place on 19-20 April this year in Rome, Italy, in the temporary headquarters of the Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi”, which is presently located on the premises of the Italian Ministry of the Interior.

The conference focused on the presentation of the results and perspectives of the advanced inter- and multi-disciplinary research projects currently underway at the center. About 250 scientists, researchers and professors took part in this gathering, accompanied by a number of high school teachers and students.

A plenary session took place, in the conference hall of the Ministry of the Interior, on the morning of the second day. Activities were opened by Annamaria Cancellieri, the Italian Minister of the Interior, and Luisa Cifarelli, the President of both the European and Italian Physical Societies, as well as of the Fermi Centre.

A keynote speech detailing the fundamental scientific research undertaken in the nineteen thirties by Enrico Fermi, at the Institute of Panisperna Street, Rome, was delivered by Antonino Zichichi. The crucial and symbolic importance of the "Fermi fountain” in the history of physics was highlighted in his address.

The morning session of the conference concluded with a visit of the Head of State to the "Fermi fountain” during which a commemorative marble plate was unveiled, designating the fountain as a Historic Site of the European Physical Society.

The ceremony was undertaken in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano; the Minister of the Interior, Annamaria Cancellieri; the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Lorenzo Ornaghi; and the Undersecretary of State for Education, University and Research, Elena Ugolini.

The Fermi Centre is one of the youngest Italian scientific institutions. Formed in 2001 under the ten-year presidency of Antonino Zichichi – who was also president of the European Physical Society from 1978-1980 – the Fermi Centre implements important research projects, promotes the dissemination of scientific culture and gives top priority to talented young scientists.

Soon it will take up permanent residence in the former Physics Institute of Panisperna Street: which, embedded in the building complex of the Ministry of the Interior, is currently being restored.

Located in the institute’s garden, the "Fermi fountain” – the restoration of which has already been completed – is the famous goldfish pond that Enrico Fermi used, establishing for the first time – on 22 October 1934 – the importance of hydrogen-rich substances, like water, in slowing down fast neutrons for nuclear fission reactions.

In his address, Cancellieri underlined how the involvement of the European Physical Society significantly enhanced the importance of the event, testifying to the determination – since 1968 – of European scientists towards strengthening the cultural unity of science in Europe.

For more information, please see the Italian Ministry of the Interior press release.

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The EPS Edison Volta Prize : deadline for submissions 31 July 2012

Posted By Administration, Monday 21 May 2012

The European Physical Society, and the Centro di Cultura Scientifica "Alessandro Volta", and Edison S.p.A. have established the "EPS Edison Volta Prize” to promote excellent research and achievement in physics.

The EPS Edison Volta Prize is awarded to individuals or groups of up to 3 persons on a biannual basis. The Prize consists of a cash award of Euro 10,000 for the prize winner(s), as well as a diploma and a medal.

For 2012 Prize:

Download the announcement

Download the nomination form in PDF or in DOC format

Deadline for nominations: 31 July 2012

The European Physical Society, and the Centro di Cultura Scientifica "Alessandro Volta", and Edison S.p.A. have established the "EPS Edison Volta Prize” to promote excellent research and achievement in physics.

The EPS Edison Volta Prize is awarded to individuals or groups of up to 3 persons on a biannual basis. The Prize consists of a cash award of Euro 10,000 for the prize winner(s), as well as a diploma and a medal.

For 2012 Prize:

Download the announcement [link: /resource/resmgr/distinctions/EPS_Edison_Volta_Prize_2012_.pdf]

Download the nomination form (PDF [link: /resource/resmgr/distinctions/EPS_Edison_Volta_nomination_.pdf]) (DOC [link: /resource/resmgr/distinctions/EPS_Edison_Volta_nomination_.doc])

Deadline for nominations: 31 July 2012

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