jIAPS 2018

This year’s edition of jIAPS, the journal of the International Association of Physics Students, is now available.

It contains events reports from our members. If a scientific trip to another country seems appealing, read these to see in-depth descriptions of what the events were like by the participants themselves. The majority are set to be re-held again this academic year. Email events@iaps.info for more info on a specific event.

The next part of the contents are introductions from our new members. We had articles from 6 new members this year, from the Hellenic Society of NC Greece to Local Committee SPHERE in the Philippines and WINAK of LC Antwerp. These are useful to read to see how physics societies around the world handle becoming IAPS members and for info on their unique structure and events. If you are interested in becoming an IAPS member by forming either a National or Local committee, you can contact members@iaps.info for advice and guidance.

The second part of jIAPS is the scientific articles. Every year we hold an article contest to give students practice of writing scientific articles based on their current research or science interests. This is open to all levels of study and the first prize is a free trip to our conference, ICPS.

I would like to give a special thanks to our Editor-in-Chief Ewelina Nowak for doing such an excellent job of compiling this year’s jIAPS and for all of her hard work. I would also like to thank the editors (Augustin Orešković and James Kneller) for their contribution. If you would like to be on the editorial team of next year’s edition, email pr@iaps.info.

So please do enjoy the attached jIAPS article!

iaps4FUSION

Iaps4fusion is the annual excursion for all IAPS members to come to the UK and have an exciting weekend learning about fusion and particle physics, with the next event being held on the 24 – 27 June 2018.

The event and accommodation is based in London and encompasses visits to the University of Oxford, the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (for the JET fusion reactor) and Imperial College London.

You’ll also be welcomed to the Institute of Physics (IOP) by their particle physics group and have time to see the sights around London and Oxford.

Please note that there are a maximum of 40 places available; 20 have been reserved for UK students and 20 for international students. Registration is currently open and costs £125. If you are a current master’s student, you can apply for a travel grant via European Fusion Education Network (FUSENET).

Info on the grant and on how to register can be found on our website.

 

UNESCO proclaims May 16th as the International Day of Light

PARIS, 14 November 2017: The 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference has today proclaimed the date of May 16th as the InternaEonal Day of Light. The proclamation of this annual International Day will enable global appreciation of the central role that light and light-based technologies play in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, technology, culture, education, and sustainable development. The International Day of Light is an enduring follow-up to UNESCO’s highly successful International Year of Light in 2015 that reached over 100 million people in over 140 countries.

Partners worldwide are now making plans for an ambitious series of outreach and education activities in May 2018, with special focus on students, young people and the public at large. In addition, a flagship inauguration featuring Nobel Laureates and leaders in areas of education, industry, design and lighting will take place on 16 May 2018 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

The International Association of Physics Students is going to contribute to the International Day of Light, organizing new activities and participating with a delegation of volunteers to the flagship event on May 16 2018 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
More information about IAPS involvement and International Day of Light activities will  follow in the next weeks.

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School Day 2017

Are you ready for the School Day 2017 ?

Today, November 10th on the occasion of  the World Science Day for Peace and Development, our members will perform locally at their universities or in schools a project day for high school students under a common topic. IAPS has been celebrating this day as the “School Day” under a common topic worldwide. The topic for this  year is “Acoustics”.

School Day 2017, November 10th

Usually one might think of an international event to be located at some place one has to travel to – which can be a huge effort not everyone is able to take. Therefore, we are particularly proud of the IAPS School Day concept which was established in 2015 during the UN International Year of Light. It’s both local and international!

On the 10th of November, the World Science Day for Peace and Development, all our members perform locally at their universities or in schools a project day for high school students under a common topic. The topic for this year is “Acoustics”. One of the goals with this international event is to make more pupils interested in physics. To sum up, the School Day can be run locally, but it can still be internationally connected e.g. via video calls between committees.

So come let’s join hands together to educate and inspire the world with beauty of Physics and play a part of a tone to this wonderful melody of science education and outreach.

Got some ideas and plans on activities and your model of celebrating the School Day? Maybe you could be of help to many others willing to participate. Do send us your plans and ideas at edu (at) iaps.info or at binod.bhattarai (at) iaps.info. Or are you wondering how you can model a day and activities? Do write us at any of our above email addresses with your questions and queries. We will connect you with other interested committees like yours and you can collaborate to participate in the School Day together.

You can get some help from the following guideline adapted from our IYL, School Day Guideline. However, please note that you don’t have to stick to this guideline and you may design the day and activities you want to include as per your wish and needs.

While you start modelling your school day event, do your activities require experimental setups and instruments ? Is the financial need stopping your association from organizing the best School Day event you have planned? Do not worry, you can also apply for the famous IAPS School Day Grant. IAPS is willing to support up to 400 Euros per association as a support for organizing the School Day with up to 1200 Euros given out by IAPS in total. You can find the link to the grant call here. Send us a proposal before October 15, 2017.


An Example School Day

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