IAPS turns 30!

Today, 12th September 2017 is IAPS’ birthday. The institution which you call come to know and love is celebrating today to mark its 3rd decade since its founding. IAPS was founded because an enterprising group of Hungarian physicists, in the mix of the cold war wanted to look forward to a bright future where physics students of any nationality, race or creed could get meet and discuss freely. A direction at that time the world was not heading towards. They founded the first ICPS with this goal in 1986 and a year later in 1987 IAPS was born.

Since then IAPS has grown to include more the 40 countries worldwide and has a wide program of events. From outreach in the International School day to excursions such as iaps2cern. From competitions like PLANCKS to the flagship event that started it all ICPS.

Join us today in celebrating the work IAPS has don’t over the past 30 years, which we hope to continue and expand for decades more!

Interested in working with IAPS?

We are currently sending out calls to join IAPS “Subbies” and volenteer comittees.
An organisation as big as IAPS cannot be run by 9 people, which is why we rely on people joining our subbies to help keeps the cogs turning and IAPS running smoothly.

By joining a subbie you will have the opportunity to work closely with the respective EC member to help coordinate what needs to be done, whether it’s helping to coordinate events, generating material for the newsletter and jIAPS, helping to reach members across the globe or having fun with grant proposals and sponsorships.

More specific call for each induvial subbie can be found in the volenteer section of the website, or below for convience!

Finance: http://www.iaps.info/opportunities/volunteering-work/call-for-finances-subbie

Members: http://www.iaps.info/opportunities/volunteering-work/members-committee-calls-for-volunteers

PR: http://www.iaps.info/opportunities/volunteering-work/pr-and-jiaps-call-for-volenteers

IT: http://www.iaps.info/opportunities/volunteering-work/call-for-volunteers-it

Events: http://www.iaps.info/opportunities/volunteering-work/call-for-volunteers-events

Outreach: http://www.iaps.info/opportunities/volunteering-work/call-for-volunteers-outreach

We support AstroMundus!

The following open letter has just been approved by the Executive Committee of IAPS in which we support the AstroMundus programme. The programme allows many students in the EU as well as around the globe the opportunity to have a world-class education in astronomy and astrophysics at universities in several countries. As the programme is set to be discontinued, we have written this letter to the European Commission.

A special thanks goes to IAPS member Suzanne Dalgleish, who made us aware of the problem, and to IAPS volunteer Binod Bhattarai for his help drafting the letter.

See the .pdf of the original letter here.

To,

The Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency

Unit A3

Avenue du Bourget 1

J59 BE-1049 Brussels

Belgium

 

Date: 10 July 2017

Ref: Open letter of support for the continuation of the AstroMundus programme

It has come to the attention of the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) that the AstroMundus programme is being discontinued. The AstroMundus programme is undoubtedly a great opportunity for students from all over the world to learn in an excellent international environment and foster the intercultural dialogue and exchanges between students from all over the world.

AstroMundus has been a 2-years ERASMUS+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics (120 ECTS). The programme was initiated in 2009 as an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course and has been continuing within the framework of the new Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The Masters Course was offered by a consortium of four partner universities in Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia, with the participation of four research institutions as associated partners in Italy, Serbia, and Germany.

Physics is without a doubt an “exciting intellectual adventure that inspires young people and expands the frontiers of our knowledge about Nature.” (Statement by IUPAP, March 1999). Physics graduates are the pillar to the world’s economy. The fundamental discoveries made by Physics graduates and students are the building blocks to the technological advancements, that will help drive the economy forward and improve the overall quality of life of the whole human civilization. Physics is an essential part of the educational system and of an advanced society and this can only be achieved through support of physics education and research in all countries throughout the world.

AstroMundus students currently carry out their master studies in at least two and up to four of these countries (Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia), in a stimulating and scientifically excellent international environment with a four-semester sequence. A limited number of scholarships for the course that will be starting in September 2017 is expected to be funded through the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme of the European Commission and the AstroMundus Consortium. The main objective of the programme has always been to provide top-ranked students with an excellent background in Astrophysics, introduce them to the world of modern astrophysical research, and foster their future career in this field. At the same time, in the spirit of the Erasmus Mundus programmes, it aims to promote cultural exchanges between non-European and European students and academics. This is unprecedented in traditional single-country university studies and a continuation of the programme would lead to a further strengthening of international connections. Thus, the programmes like AstroMundus should be continued with even higher capacities and facilities than that in present so that the deserving and capable young minds could be supported.

Owing to the great success and importance of this programme, we hereby declare this open letter of support to the AstroMundus programme.

WHO ARE WE ?

IAPS is an international, student-run educational association. It comprises students enrolled in a University or similar institution on a physics or physics related course, as well as up to twelve months after receiving a degree from a university or similar institution. We are an association of physics students and student societies from around the globe working to promote peaceful collaboration amongst them. Our members are represented by national and local committees, who meet regularly to ensure the relevance of our activities. We currently have 15 National Committees and 15 Local Committees across the globe along with over 100 individual members from different parts of the world.

The aims of the association are:

  • To encourage physics students in their academic and professional work in an international context;
  • To promote peaceful relations among physics students around the world;
  • To introduce physics students to the international community, help them to build professional relations and foster a collaborative attitude amongst young physicists across the globe.
  • To organise international conferences and events run by physics students for physics students.

We envision IAPS as an international association of many members, who share activities both large and small, and their knowledge and experience with each other on a regular basis; who form a real community through their common interests and needs, and who actively take part in forming their environment.

Through this open letter of support to the AstroMundus programme, IAPS anticipates that the programme will be continued and reach as many students worldwide as possible.

 

On behalf of the International Association of Physics Students,

 

 

Henrik Siboni                                                                                                               Anton Saressalo

IAPS President                                                                                                               IAPS Vice President

Running for the EC!

IAPS is doing great work since lots of years now – at least in our opinion – with the awesome annual ICPS as a highlight, our competition PLANCKS and excursions to the different most sites just to mention some of our events. But IAPS is way more than that!

All of our events and projects need to be planned, promoted, supported and reported, one of the most important benefits – IAPS network – needs to be cared for, IT needs to be managed, new events for example outreach activities are invented, finances need to be taken stock of, everything needs to be archived,… A lot of work, and only done by nine volunteers!

You love the work done by IAPS and want to give something back? This is your chance – apply to one of the EC positions for the next term! Some more information can be found at the opportunities page.

Balaton Summer School 2017

The Hungarian Association of Physics Students gladly announces that the Balaton Summer School in Physics will be organised this year again. Wide spectrum of topics will be covered on the physics of gravitational waves in four sections: general relativity, astrophysics, laser physics and on the physics of gravitational wave detectors. A poster session will be held for students eager to present their own research. The lecturers will be acknowledged researchers of the LIGO and the VIRGO collaboration. Professor Peter Saulson, former spokesman of LIGO will open the school and hold the first lecture.

It is a great opportunity to spend a week with approximately 80 physics students by Lake Balaton, the largest lake of Central Europe. The Summer School will be held at Siófok which is also known as the capital of Balaton and provides plenty of opportunity to have fun. We plan to host 40 hungarian and 40 foreigner students from all over the world therefore you will have the chance to meet and share your knowledge with a lot of new and awesome people who are also interested in physics. And while doing that you can enjoy a wonderful week at the hungarian sea.

The participation fee is 130 EUR that contains the accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner and local transport for the whole week. You can find more information about the accommodation on the website of the event.

The timetable is available on the website. Besides the lectures we will provide a lot of different programs such as scavenger hunt, beach party and a hungarian night to bring the hungarian culture and kitchen closer to you. There will also be an excursion day when you can choose from 3 different outdoor activities to participate.

You can find every information on bss.mafihe.hu website or you can reach us via e-mail: bss@mafihe.hu. You can register on the website. The deadline is 9th of April.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1242501339138513/

 

EGM 2016

You are all invited to the Extraordinary General Meeting as called upon by the IAPS Executive Committee. The meeting will start at:

4 pm (CET), 11 December 2016

It will be hosted by:

NC Croatia at The University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

For staying overnight, it will be possible to book a room at a hostel.

If you would like to attend remotely via online stream and vote electronically, please let us know as soon as possible by replying to this email.

Preliminary agenda:

  1. Election of Chair, Secretary, and Tellers
  2. Agree the minutes of the AGM in August
  3. Membership
  4. Election of the host of PLANCKS 2018
  5. Other points of interest

We are very much looking forward to candidates who can host PLANCKS in 2018. It is our largest competition and our largest event after the ICPS. Any member committee – national or local – can apply. Should you be in doubt, you are encouraged to consult the information on our webpage. Questions regarding the endeavour are welcome at: events@iaps.info

We look forward to seeing you this December.