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 Welcome to the EPS Computational Physics Group Page.
  • The Computational Physics Group (CPG) dates back to the early years of EPS. It was created as a forum of discussion concerning the use of computers in physics, with the aim “to gather the physicists active in different branches of physics to discuss common problem concerning computation … and to foster European collaboration in the development of computational methods and tools in the context of the physics research”. A committee of few people proposed to EPS an interdivisional group. In 1972 the First European Conference in Computational Physics, in Geneva, was held where the first Board met, elected by a group of about 200 participants. The 2nd and 3rd European Conferences were organized in 1976 and 1978. Summers schools and publishing activities (Handbooks, and the birth of the review journal Computer Physics Reports were the relevant results of the actions of the Group). In 1990 the CPG counted more than 400 members.
  • Later, in the early ’90s, the tradition of an annual Conferences on Computational Physics (CCP) was established, by a joint initiative of American and European Physical Societies, initially in alternate sites in USA (where the Computational Physics had tits very begin in the fifties) and in Europe (where it diffused some years later). Then it has been sponsored by IUPAP (that created one of its Commissions – the C 20 – dedicated to Computational Physics in 1999). The conference series got a new name, with the inclusion ofthe IUPAP label into the name of the conferences. The involvement of the countries of other continents begun in 2000, when the 12th IUPAP CCP was in Brisbane; then the recurrence of European sites was about every three years.
  • In its statute of our Group - together with the promotion and development of Computational Physics, the links with other societies, and the sponsorship of computational physics candidates for awards and fellowships - it was clearly written the purpose “to ensure – in closed collaboration with IUPAP C 20 – that the Conference on Computational Physics, recognized as the main in this field, be organized properly in accordance with the established level of quality, especially when taking place in Europe”.
  • In the last few years CPG has reduced its strength, but there is a new will to enforce it again. A provisional Computational Physics Board, (CPB) mixing some old members and new coopted persons, is trying to give new momentum to the Group. Unfortunately at the beginning of this year 2020 the epidemic event of Covid has stopped the new plans. The CCP 2020, planned at Coventry for the beginning of this August, the 32nd of the Series, will be shifted to next year, in the same month. The same will happen for another important event for Computational Physics in Europe, that has a longer periodicity, the Yk Conference. It was fixedfor September 2020 and it is postponed to next year, in August 23-26, 2021, at Lausanne.
  • Now,the Board will plan to attract more members in the Group, to involve all to contribute to the life of CPG, encouraging the organization of meetings, the diffusion of information about schools and training activities, even in the forms that can be presently used, through the web. A further extension of the interim Board is planned to get a wider provisional representation of the community. As the Group at present is almost empty, the computational physicists are encouraged to join EPS as individual members and - as Members – to be part of the Group by signing tin hrough the web page. After reaching a sufficiently high number of participants and after the resumption of activities and community life, the election of a new Board is planned within next year.

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