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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 website or you can reach us via e-mail: You can register on the website. The deadline is 9th of April.

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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:

We look forward to seeing you this December.

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.

Submit Your Opinion

What should the Executive Committee of IAPS be aware of? What should it discuss? Have you something on your mind? Then tell us!

The IAPS Executive Committee is having its yearly meeting in Mulhouse, France at the headquarters of the European Physical Society in order to discuss IAPS in the coming year and in general. The meeting is the most important within IAPS after the general assembly which is why it is especially important that IAPS receives your input.

So what should the EC discuss? Write your suggestion to:

The meeting takes place 29 November – 1 December 2015.


Frontiers of Quantum Optics

Logo of the International Year of Light 2015 (vertical)

A very special event in the International Year of Light will take place on October 25-30, 2015, in the Physikzentrum in Bad Honnef, Germany, and advanced master and PhD students are very welcome to participate.
The 600th Heraeus seminar will give an overview on the recent achievements in the field of quantum optics, namely the Bose Einstein condensation of light and matter, Hawking radiation, the Unruh effect, tests of the foundations of quantum mechanics, etc.

Confirmed speakers of the seminar are the world’s leading experts in the field of quantum optics, including the three Nobel Laureates: Prof. William D. Philipps, Prof. Dr. Theodor W. Hänsch and Prof. Dr. Roy J. Glauber.

Thanks to the generous support of the Heraeus foundation, accommodation and meals will be provided for all selected participants free of charge.

Don’t miss this fascinating opportunity to learn more about the quantum nature of light and matter!

Website of the 600. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar                    we-heraeus-logo-125w