PLANCKS 2016 – registration opening

We are happy to announce that PLANCKS 2016 will be held in Bucharest, Romania, between 20 – 23 of May 2016!

Registration will be open from 16th November 2015 until 7th February 2016. Please check  for more information.

Very important, we kindly ask you to contact us until 15th  November 2015 if your country plans  to organize preliminaries!

If you have any questions regarding PLANCKS,  don’t hesitate  to write to or .

We cannot wait to meet all of you at PLANCKS 2016!


IYL School Day Grant

The IYL School Day is coming up. On 10. November students all over the world will learn more about light and light based technologies. Please motivate your members to participate. A template on how to contact schools can be found in the IAPS owncloud.

Help from IAPS is also available: To enable more events IAPS has issued a call for proposals to support events regarding the IYL School Day. The grant proposal can be found on the IAPS IYL School Day webpage.

Also, please feel free to contact us (iyl (at) iaps dot info) at any time, if you have any questions regarding the IYL School Day or grant.

Results of the IAPS AGM 2015

Dear members of IAPS,

We are sorry for the delay, but finally the minutes of this years Annual General Meeting which was held in August in Zagreb, Croatia are here now. With this we also want to thank James Kneller for being the secretary during the AGM 2015 and Thomas Kotzott for chairing the meeting.

As voted on at the meeting the IAPS regulations were updated.

The formulation of IMAP grant has been changed for the academic year 15/16, as discussed in the AGM.

Furthermore we would also like to introduce the Code of Conduct. Every IAPS member should act in accordance with the code, which should to be part of the terms and condition for every IAPS event, so please add them accordingly.

All relevant documents (Minutes, Code of conduct, IMAP, regulations update) can be found in the IAPS owncloud folder (IAPS_Member/AGM 2015/Results).

If you have any comments please send them to the EC.

Lights of Tuscany

IAPS and the Italian Association of Physics Students are happy to announce a new event for the end of this year!

Lights of Tuscany takes place at the end of the International Year of Light, with five days of full immersion on light-related themes! In December, 17-21 it will be possible to come to Pisa and visit research centres such as the physics facilities of the University of Pisa, the VIRGO (gravitational interferometer), the NEST (laboratory of nanoscience which strongly collaborates with the Scuola Normale Superiore), the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. We will also move to Florence to the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy (LENS).

Banner of Lights of Tuscany

During the opening ceremony there will be a LIGHTtalk: profiles from academia, artists, journalists and entrepreneurs are going to discuss themes related to light, its interdisciplinarity and its importance for progress and development. Social activities and sightseeing are also included, with a Pisa by Night and an entire free day in Florence, with the optional possibility to visit the Uffizi Gallery.

All the activities will be held in English, and we expect 2/3 of the participants to be international. All members of IAPS can apply. Check here to see if you are a member.

Programme, registration form and more details are available on the official portal

Registration closes 15 October and the participation fee is 110 €. There are around 40 places so be quick.

2015 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Stream and Chat

The 25th Ig Nobel ceremony is just behind the corner! If you haven’t got a ticket, don’t fret just yet:  you can still see the improbable (and incredible) show live from the comfort of your home. The ceremony will be streamed here on Friday 18th, starting at 12 am CET.

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people laugh, and then make them think. The winners come to a gala ceremony at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, and then give public lectures at MIT.

The 25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will introduce ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners – Each has done something that makes people laugh then think.
Winners will travel to the ceremony, at their own expense, from around the world to receive their prize from a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates, in Harvard’s historic and largest theater.