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3rd Leadership Meeting of the EPS Young Minds

Posted By Administration, Monday 17 March 2014
The 3rd Leadership Meeting of the EPS Young Minds will be held at University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, on 6 and 7 June 2014.

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EPS Young Minds in Dresden: report of activities

Posted By Administration, Friday 21 February 2014

On the 14th of November 2013, we visited the ’Technische Sammlungen Dresden’, along with new and old members of the jDPG regional group in Dresden. After getting to know each other we all took part in a journey through the history of electricity. But it wasn’t as tedious as it sounds. Indeed, it was a fascinating trip, which was enriched by short visits and talks of famous scientists like Thomas Edison or Benjamin Franklin. This spectacle was completed by sparkling flashes, rumbling thunders and amusing experiments! Although this journey was very galvanizing it was not the end of our trip: The mathemticians among us were thrilled to visit the ’Erlebnisland Mathematik’. There, we looked at fascinating patterns of geometry, mysteries of symmetries and wiggling stones. Each feature was equally delightful.

After this part of the tour, everybody was hungry, so to finish the day, we went to the top floor. During lunch and enjoying the panoramic view over Dresden we could get into contact with the new members and tried to motivate them to join our YMS. This day gave us loads of new experiences, and when looking back now, it was simply amazing! We are looking forward to the next great experience!

report and image credit Alexander Schulz

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EPS YM Section Konstanz visiting their neighbours in Zurich

Posted By Administration, Monday 3 February 2014
Updated: Monday 3 February 2014
From the 18 - 19 November 2013, the EPS Young Minds [YM] Section Konstanz visited three different institutes in Zurich, Switzerland, to give 11 students from Konstanz, Germany an inside view of the local research.

At ETH, Prof. Frank Schweitzer, the chair of Systems Design, researchers are trying to get a deeper understanding of dynamics of very different organizations. Several short talks gave a wide view of the various topics dealt with inside this interdisciplinary group – ranging from the analysis of the crashing of the social network Friendster to the wisdom of crowds or the relationship between social herding and cooperation. A following, very lively open ended discussion, gave the opportunity to further explore the research as well as more general aspects of studying and living in Zurich.

Together with the EPS YM Section Zurich, the students visited the labs of Prof. Ursula Keller, the head of the Institute of Quantum Electronics at ETH. Prof. Keller’s Group mainly works on the development and application of ultrafast laser sources. The labs current work includes investigating ultrafast processes using attosecond laser sources, new broadband thin-disk lasers and ultrafast lasers with GHz repetition rate based on semiconductor saturable absorbing mirrors [SESAMs]. These techniques presented the possibilities and challenges involved in modern ultrafast optics.

The visit at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology [EMPA] in Duebendorf gave an inside view on applied sciences. After an overview presentation of the broad range of projects, several lab tours gave provided insight into the ongoing work on self-assembling nanostructures, high power ceramics and high performance solar cells.

Report from Philipp Blumhardt, University of Konstanz

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Report on the 2nd EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting

Posted By Administration, Wednesday 3 July 2013


The EPS Young Minds project was started in 2010. Its purpose is to encourage physics students at university to engage in outreach activities at the local and national level. Through the Young Minds, the EPS hopes to attract new members, share best practice, and provide international leadership experience to the next generation of physicists.

An important activity for the Young Minds students is the Leadership Meeting which is an opportunity for them to meet with the other sections from Europe and USA, share experience and ideas, and socialise. The 2nd Leadership meeting was held in Mulhouse, from 21-22 June 2013. More than 11 sections were represented by their presidents, coming from USA Maryland, Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Turkey, Spain and UK.

Professor Jo Hermans, from the Leiden University, was invited to give a talk about "Physics in our daily life" showing also some experiments.

The EPS President Professor John Dudley gave a talk on "Surviving in Science: what they don't tell you about careers in research", a simple and practical advice to help early-career researchers to build a long-term career in photonics.

The young researchers were enthusiastic to see how many students are promoting physics around the world and to raise the interest in science. They were also happy to have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas.

During the meeting a Best Activity Award was attributed to the BMSTU section (Russia). The event was sponsored by the EPS, the University of Haute Alsace, the city of Mulhouse and the Wolfberger wines.

Ophélia Fornari, secretary of the EPS Young Minds committee

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2nd Leadership Meeting of the EPS Young Minds sections

Posted By Administration, Thursday 13 June 2013
Updated: Thursday 13 June 2013


The 2nd Leadership Meeting of the EPS Young Minds will take place on 21 and 22 June 2013 at the EPS Headquarters (6 rue des Frères Lumière) in Mulhouse, France. The meeting will give you the opportunity to meet the other scientists from all over Europe (and outside), who are members of the EPS Young Minds Project.
The project is sponsored by the UHA (Université Haute Alsace), the city of Mulhouse and the Wolfberger wines.

The Best Young Minds Activity Award will be given during the Leadership meeting, with Eur. 500.- and one year of free EPS membership to the winners.

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Two EPS Young Minds sections report on their activities supported by the EPS

Posted By Administration, Wednesday 3 April 2013

The report from the Messina Young Minds Section by Cristiano D’Andrea was released in the latest e-EPS issue here.
The report below from the Strathclyde EPS Young Minds section was written by Brynmor Jones, president of the section.


SCOPE – company visit activity report

The Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow EPS and OSA student community for optics and photonics engineering organised a company visit to Thales Optronics UK in Glasgow for its members. A company visit gives members a view outside the academic world into industry to get an idea of opportunities available in the local area, and what kind of work it entails. Companies are eager to facilitate these visits with the view to attracting future employees.

In contrast to recent visits which have been to smaller companies, Thales Optronics is a division of the multinational Thales Group, working on mainly on military optics, infra-red cameras, laser range finders and designators, and stabilised optics such as submarine periscopes. Its headquarters and factory are in Glasgow and this was the destination for the visit, providing a contrast for the participants to the single facility operations visited over the previous year.

13 SCOPE graduate student members were able to participate in the visit. After a presentation introducing the Thales Group and Thales Optronics specifically, the party was split and shown the production facility and products, including demonstrations. Following that, a discussion between the SCOPE members and several of the Thales staff provided interesting insight on a career path in a large company such as Thales, and some of the challenges faced when considering extreme operating conditions, when compared to the controlled environment of a lab.

 

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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.

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