iaps2CERN trip 2016

In the last week of April almost 50 students met in Geneva, Switzerland to visit CERN. The annual excursion organised by the IAPS EC always reached a high number of interested physics students from all over the world. This year highly motivated people from 15 different countries spent two days at the CERN facilities. Apart from listening to a lecture and building their own cloud chamber, they also walked underground at the CMS detector site.
If you are interested in the excursion for next year, note it down now. The registration will be open again in December.

For now, you can find photos of the event here.

Become a Student Ambassador

Having trouble getting your fellow students excited about IAPS and the world of physics students? That is now a thing of the past – introducing the Student Ambassador Program!

If you have ever been part of an IAPS activity, chances are that you found it to be a rewarding experience, which you will cherish for years. However, most physics students have never had that chance, and for whichever reason, they have not been motivated to seek it.

As an Ambassador, you will be part of an international team sharing information about our offers to local student communities all over the world. This can be achieved through, but is not limited to, putting up posters, distributing flyers, telling your colleagues, writing to magazines, getting students involved, and more. Whether you want to focus on your local environment or a larger area is up to you. The workload is defined by your own schedule.

Though not required, you will have easy access to participation in our projects and subbies and you will inevitably help improve and change what it means to study physics. You will receive regular emails with information and material in need of sharing and you will be able to write directly to the PR Subbie and discuss your progress with us. Thus, IAPS will support you with ideas on how to get your community involved while we can all learn from your experience in return. As such, the Ambassador position is also an opportunity to change IAPS as well as making it grow.

Many new students will benefit because of passionate Student Ambassadors and we very much hope that you are willing to join in the efforts.

Write to pr(at)iaps(dot)info if you are interested or want to know more.

Fund your participation at the ICPS 2016

Participating in the ICPS now has even less barriers – introducing the ICPS Worldwide Grant!

The grant is given to help academically gifted, but financially challanged, students to participate in the International Conference of Physics Students. The grant is large enough to cover the participation fee and up to 80 % of the travel expenses for a total of a maximum 1000 €.

Deadline for receiving applications is 20 March. Details are available here.

Also don’t forget to check the jIAPS Article Contest where you can win your participation fee.

Note that, after Monday 29 February (CET), the participation fee is 40 € more expensive. Registration continues until all places are taken. Read more on the ICPS here.

Register for The International Conference of Physics Students

It is now possible to register for The International Conference of Physics Students which is the main event of IAPS. This year, it will take place 11-17 August in Malta and will offer a wide variety of  lectures, excursions, and social activities with fellow physics students from all across the world.

So far 140 have already registered and acceptances and rejections are expected to be send already on Monday 8 February so be sure to sign up during this week.

Register here.

Note that you can get you registration fee of 190 € plus an excursion refunded by participating in the jIAPS Article Contest until 31 March.

Extended deadline for IAPS subbie volunteering

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If you didn’t apply to volunteer in one of our subcommittees (subbies), you still have the chance as the deadline has been extended by a whole week and now ends on 17 January at 13:00 CET. If you are interested, just send an e-mail to the subbie of your interest and tell us what you want to do

Check the specifics of each committee here:

Specific calls for subbies 2015/2016

At the end of the year, all hardworking participants will receive a certificate for their work which you can attach to your CV.

In case you have additional questions, send them to ec (at) iaps.info, we will try to respond as quickly as we can.

IAPS subbies – why should you join one?

Volunteering and gathering experience in student associations is getting increasingly popular and useful to have on your CV whilst looking for your first job. You can be an enthusiastic beginner, a self-made pro looking to share knowledge or something in between. What is important: to have an open mind, good work ethics, the will to help and learning by doing.

Your Executive Committee wants to implement a lot of fun & useful new things in out network and needs your help. In accordance with the regulations (5.1.3), the EC decided form subcommittees on IT, PR, Member issues, Education & Outreach, Finances, External relations and their members will not have a vote in the EC.

If you are interested in working in these fields for IAPS, send in an email with your CV and motivational letter to appropriate address. List of emails and specific skills we are looking for can be found here:

Specific calls for subbies 2015/2016

The application process starts 23/12/2015 13:00 CET and ends 10/1/2016 13:00 CET, when EC will evaluate the applications. The procedure can be found here:

General information – procedure specifications.

At the end of the year, all hardworking participants will receive a certificate for their work which you can attach to your CV.

 

In case you have additional questions, send them to ec (at) iaps.info, we will try to respond as quickly as we can.

 

Lights of Tuscany

A group of motivated physics students joined together just before Christmas in order to spend some days in the beautiful area of Tuscany, Italy and learn more about light-related research and technologies.

The organisers from AISF did an amazing job in the creation of this new event! At the opening ceremony, a set of LIGHTalks gave an introduction into medical applications, quantum sensors, the research done at the University of Pisa and much more. We later visited the European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS) near Florence, where researchers described to us their work on photonics, atomic and biophysics. On Saturday afternoon, we spent some hours at the University of Pisa Physics Department and then at The European Gravitational Observatory EGO-VIRGO. This enormous facility, with arms of a Michelson interferometer extending for several kilometers, aims at proving the existence of gravitational waves through the use of advanced laser technology. On Sunday, we spent a fantastic day in Florence, which is undoubtedly a unique and wonderful city!

We concluded the event with visits of the NEST and TeCIP institutes of the Scuola Normale and Scuola Sant’Anna of Pisa, where we were inspired by great work on nanotechnology and integrated photonics.

The event offered many possibilities to get in contact with researchers at the individual institutes as well as with students from around the world. With participants coming from 14 countries, the event was a true international one.

Many thanks to the organisers!