IAPS Statement on the Breach of Fundamental Rights of Belarusian Students

September 16th, 2020

The International Association of Physics Students represents thousands of physics students around the world, and is committed to the well-being of our member community. Students’ rights form the foundation of academic development and civic engagement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of IAPS to address matters which impede upon these rights.

IAPS is deeply concerned with the infringement of fundamental human and civil rights following the recent presidential election in Belarus. A culture of fear has been imposed upon academics who criticised policies of the current government. Members of the scientific community who signed an open letter against the ongoing violence have been intimidated by the head of the Belarusian Academy of Science. Rights of thousands of peaceful Belarusians have been violated through unprecedented physical violence, restriction of internet access and suppression of freedom of speech. 

We are troubled by the implication of these events on the educational and academic activities of fellow students. IAPS stands in solidarity with the Belarusian scientific community and supports their call for an end to violence and the arrests of peaceful protestors.

The Executive Committee of the International Association of Physics Students


The International Association of Physics Students (IAPS), as its Charter states, is an international, student-run educational association, which aims to encourage physics students in their academic and professional growth by developing an ever-growing worldwide community within which peaceful relations are established in a collaborative, diverse and friendly social environment.

You can read the Original Statement from the People of the Republic of Belarus: https://scienceby2020.github.io/#en

Things We Can Do As Students:

1. Write (open) letters of support.

2. Members can sign this open letter in support of Belarusian scientists who are now under administrative pressure for their civil stance: Statement in support of Belarusian scientists: https://forms.gle/VHw7X4sgn7fLxtqq9

3. If your university has contacts or partnerships with education officials at Belarusian universities, please use them to express solidarity with protesting students and concerns with lawless repressions;

4. Spread the word about the situation in Belarus / Belarusian academia with the help of local media, student organizations, public events at your university;

5. Donate to Belarus Solidarity Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/donate/759400044849707/1523380014538448/

To read more about the latest events in English, please follow these links: 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/belarus-students-protest-1.5707670

https://belarusfeed.com/

IAPS AGM Fridays for Future Statement

August 22nd 2020

Statement of support for the Fridays for Future movement

Fridays for Future as a movement advocates for the recognition of scientific facts regarding the climate crisis and demands actions in accordance with the current scientific consensus. The International Association of Physics Students supports the demands of the Fridays for Future movement and calls for their implementation.

Concerning higher education, research facilities and universities, this entails a requirement to facilitate the participation at peaceful protests, for all people, no matter their age, place of living, or level of employment. Additionally IAPS condemns all kinds of repression or threads thereof against participants of those protests.

We also call on everyone to support these protests and the implementation of the demands from Fridays for Future. An example of this could be to host Public climate schools at facilities of higher education, advocate environmental awareness and co2 neutral research buildings/labs,and to promote participation in these matters.

The IAPS 2020 Annual General Meeting

IAPS @ a distance – Week 4

IAPS @ a distance proceeds to its final Week 4 – Standing on the shoulders of giants. The sessions are the following, with Zoom registration links below:

⚛️ Condensed Matter Physics, with Dr. Roberta Caruso of the European Physical Society (EPS) and Dr. Omololu Akin-Ojo of the East African Institute for Fundamental Research (EAIFR)
Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w_sqo7xWS2OvQZcsiyYNRA

🪐 Astronomy I, with representatives of the European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_afJy5_WQRGyvVJD1XgPL-Q

🌋 Volcanology, with representatives of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI)
Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KdmuGOpCQkWOTs2l5Olmpg

👩🏾‍🔬 Women in Physics II, with Dr. Jessica Wade and Dr. Maryse Nkoua of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ws1XVJblTOyik9Bgi3Q0_Q

🌱 Environmental Physics, with representatives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ix6erD63TQuZ9oZSetOOjg

🪐 Astronomy II, with representatives of the ALMA Observatory
Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1tL8N0W3TbmMnr0axbQoPQ

📉 Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, with Dr. Christian Beck of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (SNPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS)
Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tnUQItc_Td2yfNJUvLOjqw

🌐 Opportunities & EPS, with Dr. Petra Rudolf, President of the European Physical Society (EPS)
Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2MWooi5zTrq_bPNwuD611w

You can also watch the sessions live on the IAPS Facebook page or on IAPS Streams Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn1qbebAtgGFt5LzTH77LjA.

Stay tunned and participate!

IAPS @ a distance – Week 3

IAPS @ a distance proceeds to Week 3 – Fantastic topics and how to explore them. The sessions are the following, with Zoom registration links in parenthesis:

📈 Physics of Socio-Economic Systems I, with Dr. Magda Schiegl of the Max Planck Alumni Association
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UAGGCE12T2GWoI-BoG2Lrw)

📐 Metrology, with representatives of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UAGGCE12T2GWoI-BoG2Lrw

👩🏾‍🔬 Women in Physics, with representatives of the OWSD and of The International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Women in Physics Working Group
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KrrrtgROS96f64_olUYbvQ

📊 Physics of Socio-Economic Systems II, with Dr. Marc Timme and Dr. Oliver Richters
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lnM1BxFOSoitojNMTYrXXA

🎓 Physics Education, with representatives of the African School of Fundamental Physics and Research (ASP)
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bQaPkoB2RZabJGKW7Sp9Rw

🧬 Biophysics, with representatives of The International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB)
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bQaPkoB2RZabJGKW7Sp9Rw

🍎 Gravitational Physics, with representatives of the South American Institute for Fundamental Research (associated with the ICTP – International Centre for Theoretical Physics) and the Virgo Collaboration
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H23GaRSRTdGwWLfFvSxC4Q

🖥 Seismology, with representatives of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior (IASPEI)
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2Lx7I2kxRRmj5rSkGeS-vw

🌀 Gravitational Wave Cosmology, with Dr. Misao Sasaki
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T-8ZcDyBSvu7PiXNDLNrPw

💎 Physics of Crystallography, with representatives of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0qz_n9e9RIecRBNFSweldw

🧭 Geomagnetism & Aeronomy, with representatives of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA)
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FfjmC5alSIug0IH_YdrZPQ

🌐 Physics for Development, with representatives from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics – IUPAP’s Commission on Physics for Development (C13)
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oF2WFBL3S9euOoT9_V4ELg

You can also watch the sessions live on the IAPS Facebook page or on IAPS Streams Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn1qbebAtgGFt5LzTH77LjA.

Stay tunned and participate!

IAPS @ a distance – Week 2

IAPS @ a distance powers on and the sessions for week 2 are the following:

Physics Outreach, on August at 17th 3:00 PM CEST, with representatives from the European Physical Society (EPS) Young Minds (YM), the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG) and The Optical Society (OSA)

Geodesy, on August 18th at 1:00 PM CEST, with representatives from the International Association of Geodesy (IAG)

Astronomy in Culture, on August 18th at 7:00 PM CEST, with representatives from The International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Working Group on Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture

Physics at a global scale, on August 19th at 3:00 PM CEST, with Dr. Michel Spiro, President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)

Advocacy in Physics, on August 20th at 2:00 PM CEST, with representatives of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the CAPhys – Canadian Association of Physicists

Climate Change, on August 21st at 11:00 AM CEST, with representatives of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Philosophy & Ethics in Physics, on August 21st at 5:00 PM CEST, with representatives of the Division of Logic, Methodology and philosophy of Science and Technology (DLMPST) of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST)

In addition, there will be:
:male-teacher: an IAPS Workshop, on August 21st at 2:30 PM CEST, on the topic of Advocacy for IAPS members only
:busts_in_silhouette: a social session, on August 17th at 12:00 PM CEST, for Physics students to share with each other their experiences in studying Physics

You can watch the sessions live on Facebook or on IAPS Streams Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn1qbebAtgGFt5LzTH77LjA.

If you want to watch through Zoom, where you can ask questions to the speakers, you can register for each session through the respective link:
Outreach: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ELCC3ql8Qc2rxwuAv2_7Xg
Geodesy: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QZ2Wrw9KRlCB7TKqwk-nUA
Astronomy in Culture: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JaGCr8MxTCOelHgPr8hNoA
Physics at a global scale: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7FRyeDLvRVG4DKGqqRv4ng
Advocacy: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tFMnFt1tRE2kzBxP1H8t8g
Climate Change: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AG4DSXQ8Qua06hMK3Fx8Wg
Philosophy&Ethics: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sQkFq_rQRAWdTh8yErIjIw

If you are a student affiliated with IAPS, you can register for the workshop or the social session here:
Social Session: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoduGhpjgsE9ZmfPciWZ-lh7Rmm1UeCjC_
Workshop: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckcumuqDMuHN3GqpxaOz29sUENGi1UboGV

Stay tuned and participate!

IAPS @ a distance – Week 1

As we all know, the current challenge we are all facing of the pandemic, along with the consequent socio-economic difficulties, has forced the suspension of the major IAPS physical events, particularly PLANCKS and ICPS. These are, of course, very sad circumstances for us all.

Yet, though we may not be able to meet physically, we should strive to continue connecting as a community of students. In the spirit and responsibility of contributing to that purpose, the IAPS EC, in particular the Advocacy and the Events Working Groups, have prepared a calendar of online sessions about various Physics, Advocacy or general topics of interest to Physics students.

The sessions for week 1 are:

Physics of the Cryosphere, with Dr. Richard Essery – Secretary General of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) on August 13th at 8.00 PM CEST

LGBTQ+ People in Physics, with Dr. Jake Noel-Storr – Member of the International Astronomical Union Executive Committee Working Group Organizing Committee on Accessibility and Inclusion on August 14th at 1.00 PM CEST

You can watch the sessions live on Facebook or on IAPS Streams Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn1qbebAtgGFt5LzTH77LjA.

If you want to watch through Zoom, where you can ask questions to the speakers, you can register for each session through the respective link:

Cryosphere: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hEBMbhZKR82zDDu3XXet5Q?fbclid=IwAR3QTJnHI4AMGqjrFC1Mf_wFbIiv8EhZqVifqAkZ7hF6MKtVEfIT1qccCe4

LGBTQ+: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X4oWov_wT_GK1zClFwCM4Q?fbclid=IwAR18DN8ev9nhH66KcTuSUpxanjHXeJY2a4lFBnUGz5BrgbYnIk7osmYdbg8

Stay tuned and participate!

Annual General Meeting, 2020

IAPS Annual General Meeting, hereby AGM, is going to be hosted online by the IAPS Executive Committee on Saturday August the 22th 2020 at 01:00 PM UTC. We expect to hold the meeting using Jitsi, like it was done in this Spring’s Extraordinary General Meeting. Details will be fixed and sent along the final agenda later.

The National Committee representatives will have 7 votes, and the Local Committee representatives will have 2 votes. All of the individual members from one country have 1 vote between them. All member committees are to send details of their representatives with delegated voting rights, maximum of 2 persons, to the Executive Committee prior the meeting. Please also note it is your right as a member of IAPS to propose topics to be discussed in the meeting 4 weeks prior to the AGM. Other topics may also be discussed during the meeting under the other topics point but these discussions cannot be used to make formal decisions.

Please find below the provisional AGM agenda.

  1. Election of the Chair, Secretary, and Tellers
  2. Membership
    1. Voting Rights
    2. New Members
    3. Expulsions
    4. Quorum
  3. Approval of the minutes of the 2020 Extraordinary General Meeting
  4. Auditors reports and accounts of the 2018/2019 Executive Committee
  5. Election of Auditors
  6. Election of IAPS Alumni Representative
  7. Election of IAPS Archivist
  8. 2019/20 Executive Committee Report
  9. 2020/21 Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities
  10. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Charter
  11. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Regulations
  12. IAPS Code of Conduct
  13. IAPS Privacy Policy Update
  14. IAPS Reimbursement Guide
  15. 2020/2021 budget
    1. Membership fees
    2. 2020/2021 budget
  16. 2020 IAPS School Day Topic
  17. iaps2CERN
    1. Report for 2020 iaps2CERN
  18. PLANCKS
    1. Status of 2020 PLANCKS
    2. Possible decisions regarding the holding of 2020 PLANCKS
    3. Election of the host for the 2022 PLANCKS
  19. ICPS
    1. Final Report for 2019 ICPS
    2. Report for current status of 2020 ICPS
    3. Possible decisions regarding the holding of 2020 ICPS
    4. Election of the host for the 2022 ICPS
  20. Election of Executive Committee members
  21. Other points of interest
    1. IUPAP relations
    2. Quarterly delegate day