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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

Registrations for first edu weekend of IAPS outreach network are open!

Dear members,

the registration for the event in Zagreb is now up! Register here.

Participation fee is set at 65 € and only IAPS members may attend.

Schedule of the event can be found here. For any questions, contact edu[at]iaps.info

* denotes events related to EGM and it is possible to join those as well (not included in price of the trip). If you are coming to the EGM, please let the EC know. (ec[at]iaps.info)

For more info visit NOTE  or event pages.

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The IAPS School Day Grant 2016

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We are repeating the IAPS School Day!

10 November is an occasion for you to spread interest in physics and this year’s theme is Environment and Energy. Around the world, members like you will organise activities at schools, universities, and other venues in order to ensure that we will have a new generation of physics students. For inspiration, this is what it looked like last year.

To help you in this endavour, we have decided to make a dedicated School Day Grant. Each member committee can receive up to 500 € with a total of 1500 € given out by IAPS.

The deadline is 19 October.

So do you have an idea for a fun experiment in a local school? Then join us!

Questions are welcome and can be sent to: edu(at)iaps(dot)info

We hope to see you!

Results of the AGM 2016 in Luqa, Malta!

Dear Members of IAPS!

This years ICPS is already over for a couple of weeks now. We hope you had a great time at ICPS 2016 in Malta!
As always the AGM took place during the conference, this year on August 14 in Luqa. You can now find the minutes in the IAPS owncloud folder (IAPS_Member/AGM 2016/Results). We also want to thank Siddarth Mahesh for being the secretary and Tamas Almos Vami for charing the meeting.

The discussed documents, including the regulations, this years IMAP grant, Code of Conduct, PLANCKS General Rules and the IAPS reimbursement guideline, were updated as voted on and are also available on the owncloud and on the IAPS website.

Furthermore the IAPS Terms and Conditions were introduced in the AGM. Those should be included in all registrations for IAPS events and can be found on the website as well.

If you have any comments please send them to the EC (ec(at)iaps(dot)info).

Introducing the IAPS Contact Network!

As you know, IAPS offers grants, volunteering work, and opportunities to gain experiences in an international non-governmental, non-profit association, and help to its members.
To help each student interested in an exchange or starting at a new university, IAPS is establishing a Contact Network. The goal is to have at least one student at each university, willing to help others with information on the university, city, or country. At the same time. it’s always nice to already know a person in the city you move to, e.g. to find good places to hang out.
If you are interested, and we hope you are, please send an email with your name and university to secretary@iaps.info. Only your university will be published, and your name and email address will be provided to an interested student on request to the same email address listed above.
We are looking forward to having a huge network and help as many students as possible.
If you do have questions, suggestions, or comments about the Network, please do let us know.

AGM 2016 final agenda is here!

The Annual General Meeting comprises all members of IAPS, who are up to date with their subscriptions. The Annual General Meeting 2016 of IAPS will be held on

Sunday, 14th of August at 14:00 (UTC+2:00)

At Microsoft Innovation Center (Skyparks Bussiness Center), Malta International Airport Luqa, Malta.

It is recommended that all interested parties go together, so we will meet in front of university (quadrangle) at 13:00. For those unable to physically attend, stream will be available.

Furthermore, members interested in bidding for ICPS 2018, PLANCKS 2018 or who are interested in running for an office in the IAPS EC 2016/2017, should contact the Executive Committee as soon as possible at ec (at) iaps.info

Final agenda of Annual General Meeting 2016

  1. Election of chair, secretary and tellers
  2. Membership
    1. Voting rights
    2. New members
    3. Expulsion
    4. Quorum
  3. Approval of the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
  4. Auditors report and accounts of the previous Executive Committee
  5. Election of auditors
  6. Report on the work of the outgoing Executive Committee
  7. IAPS Reimbursement Guideline
  8. Code of Conduct
  9. IAPS IMAP grant 2016/2017
  10. Regulation changes
  11. PLANCKS General Rules
  12. IAPS School Day topic
  13. IAPS archivists
  14. EC structure for 2017/2018, jIAPS editor position
  15. Provisional budget and setting of membership fees for 2016/2017
  16. Final report of the ICPS 2015 Organizing Committee
  17. Election of the host of ICPS 2018
  18. Progress report of the ICPS 2017 Organizing Committee
  19. Final report of the PLANCKS 2015 Organizing Committee
  20. Election of the host of PLANCKS 2018
  21. Progress report of the PLANCKS 2017 Organizing Committee
  22. Election of Executive Committee members
  23. Other points of interest

We look forward to seeing you there!