In celebration of the International Day of Light on May 16, IAPS announces the “Lumière Photo Contest”. It aims to raise awareness on the role light and light-based technologies play in the social, cultural, economic and scientific spheres. Amateurs, hobbyists or professionals – everyone is encouraged to participate.
The theme of the contest is “Light in science and everyday life”, and we are open to, but not limited to, images that depict things like
The role of light and light based technologies in society
Interaction of light with environment, nature and materials
Light and science – images taken using telescopes, microscopes
Light painting or astrophotography
Images must be 300 dpi or more and at least 3000 pixels on the longer side
File size should be no less than 3 MB and no greater than 20 MB in the .jpg format
Each participant can send up to two entries
Only minor enhancements of the original photograph are permitted (such as brightness, contrast, basic post-processing)
The photographs should not contain inappropriate content and should respect the privacy of the subject with prior consent
To participate, send your entries digitally with your name, image title, location, caption, and a description of how the image relates to the theme to email@example.com with the subject “Lumière Photo Contest”. We also invite you to post your images on instagram with our hashtag #lumiereiaps.
The contest opens today, May 16 and runs until May 31. The winners will be announced a week after the competition closes. The top 3 winners of the contest get their images published in jIAPS, our annual journal, and win IAPS merchandise.
The International Physicists’ Tournament (IPT) 2022 will take place 9th to 14th of May in Bucaramanga, Colombia. We are looking for an official IAPS delegate to represent us at this event. IAPS would cover the 120€ participation fee and up to 100€ of transport costs.
In order to be selected as a delegate, it is crucial that you have significant experience in IAPS, including its Regulations and Charter, and that you are familiar with IAPS’ long term goals.
If you are selected, you would also be expected to play an active role in the IPT Working Group and write a jIAPS article about your experience.
Today we are proud to revive the great tradition of jIAPS, the journal of IAPS! For the past few years, jIAPS has been published only once per year. Now, jIAPS is coming back as an online journal, with articles published regularly for your reading pleasure.
What’s new this time?
The journal is going to be on the front page of the IAPS website!
But brand new jIAPS is not just a journal anymore. We officially got the job of the news reporter at IAPS. jIAPS will now publish news on upcoming events, experiences from past events, casual conversations about the lives of physics students, interviews with researchers from around the world, along with the scientific and non-scientific articles that our lovely authors send us… phew, the list never ends.
The best articles published online will also be published in the printed edition for this year. Stay tuned!
How can you get involved?
jIAPS is open to submissions from physics students around the world. We are always open for business, so we’ll be accepting articles throughout the year.
Has your NC or LC organized a great event recently? Have you just remembered the fun you had at ICPS or PLANCKS three years ago? Have you wanted to share your ideas, scientific findings, or just something that genuinely amazes you? This is your chance to present it to an international audience.
Not sure how to get started? We’ve made a document just for that: jIAPS Submission Guidelines. You can also look at articles from past editions of jIAPS for inspiration. Just take a deep breath… and start writing now! Once your article is done, send it to our email, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email or at the #jiaps channel on IAPS Discord.
Until the next article…
On behalf of jIAPS Staff, Zlatan Vasović, Editor-in-Chief
The International Association of Physics Students represents over 70,000 students around the world. One of IAPS’ commitments is to promote peaceful international collaboration, which is why it is crucial that IAPS addresses matters concerning the security, safety and wellbeing of its members.
IAPS is deeply concerned about the military conflict and Russian invasion that is currently happening in Ukraine. It is in the interest of all IAPS members that the situation can be quickly resolved with a minimal loss of life. IAPS encourages the international community to reach a peaceful and diplomatic solution, and strongly supports our members’ wishes to continue to be able to live in a peaceful country.
IAPS strongly expresses its solidarity with all members affected by this conflict. It is IAPS’ sincere hope that this conflict will not affect access to education in Ukraine. Education is a human right and should never be part of the collateral damage of international conflict.
IAPS calls out to our members to form a bond of strong community in these difficult and frightening times, and to show solidarity and support to our friends and peers affected by this conflict. It is with this statement that IAPS is launching the #physics4peace campaign. Stand with us for peace.
The program is now accepting applications until 11:59pm PDT on March 24, 2022.
Who can participate? Students who meet all the following criteria: • Students who are interested in applying for graduate programs in Physics, Astronomy, Medical Physics or Engineering Physics in 2022 or 2023 (entry 2023 and 2024). • Students who are women or non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), 2SLGBTQ+, living with disabilities, and/or are in the first generation in their family to attend university. • The in person-participation is restricted to students from Canada, the US and Mexico. The online participation is open to students from anywhere.
Why join the program? • A three-day workshop held at UBC campus (in-person and remote) from June 15 to June 18, 2022 to learn about physics research programs and graduate student life at UBC, engage in conversations with faculty members, research scientists and graduate students, experience an afternoon in a laboratory, visit laboratories, participate in workshops on preparing, improve their graduate program application and secure a paid research experience. • Participants will also be paired up with UBC Physics & Astronomy mentors (graduate students and post-docs) who will continue to be in touch to provide support and guidance in participants’ journey to join graduate school in the future. • All cost, including travel, will be paid by the program.
Registration for ScienCon, held in-person in Poland between March 31st – April 3rd, with close on February 20th. ScienCon is a unique 4-day event where physics students from all over the world are given the time, space and support to plan their future scientific career! There will also be cultural trips, guest lectures and much more.
The International Day of Light (IDL, May 16th) celebrates light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development. IAPS is a high-level Endorsing Partner on the IDL Steering Team and will support IDL events from our NCs and LCs during the month of May with the Light Grant of up to 300€.
The International Physicists’ Tournament will take place between the 9th-14th May in Colombia. The IAPS EC and IPT ExeCom are closely working together to formally make the IPT an IAPS Major Event.
IAPS has been allocated 25 spots with funded accommodation at the EPS Forum, held in-person in Paris between the 2nd and 4th of June 2022! This is a very exciting event with multiple Nobel laureates, cutting-edge physics and a focus on supporting students and recent graduates. Apply here by 23:59 UTC, February 19th.
Apply to become the new IT Manager in the IAPS Executive Committee for the remainder of the 2021-2022 EC Term. The election will be held online on April 10th.
Become a Meeting Official (Chair, Minute Taker or Teller) during our upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting held at 1pm UTC on Sunday the 10th of April. Email email@example.com if you would like to volunteer or if you have questions.
If you have graduated from a degree in physics or a related subject and are interested in mentoring an IAPS student, sign up here. This is an easy and non time-consuming way to really help and connect with someone.
Join a Working Group. IAPS Working Groups currently have record levels of engagement! Working groups can be joined throughout the year and are the perfect low-commitment way to try out IAPS leadership.
The IAPS Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) 2022 will be hosted online by the IAPS Executive Committee (EC) on Sunday, March 10th at 13:00 UTC on Zoom. The primary aim of this EGM is to elect a new IT Manager for the IAPS EC for the remainder of the 2021-2022 term. Members are welcome to suggest points for the agenda until the 6th of March 2022.
With the Covid-19 pandemic still raging in a majority of the world and the new variant being more dangerous than ever before, we as the community face new uncertainties and risks. Thus, because the health of all IAPS members is the highest priority to us, instead of fully canceling the event, we will provide you in next year’s summer with a beautiful online ICPS 2022 made in Mexico.
So stay tuned for the ICPS 2022 Social Media and website and don’t miss the registration opening soon.
Working groups for the 2021-2022 term have now been launched! These are a great low-commitment way to get more involved with IAPS. See a full list below:
The Advocacy & Outreach working group spreads the joy of physics to students around the world and uses the IAPS platform to speak up for students who need it.
The PR working group keeps students engaged and informed in the IAPS community, through creative posts, initiatives and campaigns.
The Recruitment working group aims to to make IAPS even more international, empowering students around the world to form student groups (IAPS Local and National Committees).
The Members working group provides the backbone to the IAPS community and ensures that each National and Local Committee is getting all the support, help and value that IAPS can provide.
The Events working group oversees events run by IAPS Local and National Committees, and also hosts many additional events, such as iaps2CERN and the IAPS Industry Talks.
The Finances working group fundraises for IAPS initiatives and is crucial in ensuring that IAPS’ year-round events are possible.
The IT working group maintains, updates and recreates IAPS’ IT infrastructure. With a new website, database and more platforms coming soon, there are many projects to get involved in.
The External Relations working group maintains strong relationships with IAPS’ partners, makes the most of these partnerships and builds connections with new organisations.
The Strategic Committee works to help IAPS reach its strategic goals. This working group is perfect for anyone with ideas for how things could be improved and excitement for what IAPS could become.
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Working groups are a fantastic way to meet new people in IAPS, get involved in cool projects and increase your chances if you plan to run for any elected IAPS positions.
We will be holding a Working Group Fair on Kumospace at 14:00 – 15:00 UTC on Sunday the 26th of September (join here). It will be a good opportunity to speak with the working group leaders and ask any questions you may have.