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Rüdiger Voss is the next EPS President-elect

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 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, Tuesday 18 October 2016
Updated: Thursday 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, Tuesday 18 October 2016
Updated: Thursday 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, Tuesday 18 October 2016
Updated: Thursday 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, Friday 7 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, Monday 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:

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Launch of the IYL 2015 Final Report on 3 October 2016

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 13 September 2016

The Final Report of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) will be delivered to UNESCO leadership at a special half-day event to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on Monday 3 October 2016.

The IYL 2015 has been a tremendously successful global initiative with thousands of events reaching millions of people worldwide. United by the interdisciplinary theme of light, IYL 2015 has brought together a diverse range of participants along with UNESCO, all committed to raising awareness of how light science and technology provide solutions to the many challenges facing the world today.

The event will consist of an overview summarizing key facts and figures of the International Year, followed by a series of short speeches from a selection of IYL 2015 partners. Finally, the IYL 2015 Final Report will be officially delivered to the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences Flavia Schlegel. For more information, see the programme below.

Participation at the event is free but invitations are limited and therefore registration is mandatory. If you wish to attend the event, please contact as soon as possible to provide further details on the registration process.

Tags:  events  International Year of Light 2015  IYL 2015  report 

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Call for the Research into the Science of Light Prize 2017 - reminder

Posted By Administration, Tuesday 30 August 2016

The Quantum Electronics and Optics Division (QEOD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) is soliciting nominations for the biennial prize

Research into the Science of Light

to be presented at the Nanometa Conference organised in Seefeld, Austria, between the 4th and 7th of January, 2017.

Nominations will be received online until October 1st, 2016 at the latest.

The EPS Prize for Research into the Science of Light is a major prize awarded in recognition of a recent work by one or more (up to three) individuals for scientific excellence in the area of electromagnetic science in its broadest sense, across the entire spectrum of electromagnetic waves.

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

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

Nominations must include:

  • A cover letter provided by the nominator with proposed citation.
  • A two-page summary of the significance of the work being 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:

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NANOMETA 2017 - the abstract submission is now open

Posted By Administration, Thursday 18 August 2016

NANOMETA 2017, 6th International Topical Meeting on Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, will take place from 4-7 January 2017 in Seefeld (Tirol), Austria.

The on-line submission is now open.  SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT NOW! Submission Deadline: 10 October 2016

NANOMETA 2017 aims to bring together the international Nanotechnology, Photonics and Materials research communities where most recent and challenging results and plans are discussed in the informal setting on a glorious mountaineering resort.

The technical programme will include invited and selected contributed papers in the areas of: 

  • Plasmonics, Metamaterials & Metadevices
  • Quantum and Topological Nanophotonics
  • New Materials for Nanophotonics
  • Optical Super-resolution

NANOMETA 2017 will present 4 Plenary Speakers:

  • Manfred Bayer, University of Dortmund, Germany - "Giant Interaction Effects of Rydberg Excitons in Cuprous Oxide"
  • Federico Capasso, Harvard University, USA - "High Performance Metasurface Planar Optics at Visible Wavelengths"
  • Atac Imamoglu, ETH Zürich, Switzerland - "Polaritons in Atomically Thin Semiconductors"
  • Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom - "The Orbital Angular Momentum of Light: 25 Years on"

The conference will be organised in two oral parallel sessions (Nanophotonics and Metamaterials) and will feature plenary, breakthrough, invited and contributed oral sessions together with poster sessions. 

The committee is now accepting submissions and reminds that the on line submission system will remain open until Monday 10 October 2016.

In order to submit your paper, please follow instructions here.
More details to be found on the conference website:

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Call for candidates for the position of Director of Ganil

Posted By Administration, Monday 27 June 2016

The French National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics – IN2P3 – of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) invites applications for Director of the Heavy Ions Accelerator National Laboratory (Grand accélérateur national d'ions lourds – Ganil) in Caen.

Founded in 1975, Ganil is a joint CNRS and CEA laboratory. It operates several facilities, including Spiral to produce and study exotic nuclei. A growing part of Ganil activities involves interdisciplinary research on material science and radiobiology.

This year a new facility, Spiral2, will start operation and enlarge the scientific reach of Ganil, with the irradiation and neutron beam-line NFS and the S3 spectrometer in a near future. For the coming period of 5 years, starting in January 2017, the director is proposed by CNRS and CEA will propose a deputy director. The director and the deputy director will then be jointly appointed by the two organizations during a Ganil governing board meeting.

The future director of Ganil should have an outstanding scientific profile, experience in leadership positions in the domain of nuclear physics or related fields of research and a strong ambition for the laboratory. Applications for the position should be sent to Reynald Pain, IN2P3 director ( and Ursula Bassler, IN2P3 deputy director (, before July 31 2016. The applicant should join a curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation in which he or she is invited to express his or her vision of the laboratory in 10 years from now, and lay out a plan of actions for the next five years. An appreciation of the place and role of the laboratory in the international landscape is expected.

It is further expected that the candidate will present his or her vision of:

  • The internal organization and management of the laboratory (management team, research activities, construction and operation of the accelerators, hosting of experiments, experimental support, data management, nuclear safety …)
  • The administration of the laboratory, its human and financial resources, the relation to the funding organizations as well as the committees and councils of the laboratory
  • The interface and the collaboration with the neighboring laboratories and the regional scientific cluster
  • The relation and the interactions with IN2P3 laboratories and CNRS and with the related services and institutes of CEA
  • The collaboration with foreign laboratories and their possible implication in the development of Ganil
  • La collaboration avec les laboratoires étrangers et leur possible implication dans le développement du Ganil
  • More generally, the candidate should identify projects and activities, which should be primarily supported and developed in order to reinforce the position of Ganil as a world-class laboratory

The applicants will be preselected in view of an interview with the management of IN2P3 and of CEA, based on a short presentation (15’) followed by a discussion on the points mentioned above.

Tags:  CEA  CNRS  GANIL  jobs  position 

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