Running for the EC – President

As you may know, the 2019 Annual General Meeting has been called, having, among the agenda points, the EC members election. The EC member positions and job description, beyond what is already set by the IAPS Charter and Regulations, are proposed by the EC in office at the time of the election.

Let’s start with the main EC position: President! This is a position of tremendous responsibility, as it involves its specific functions, plus coordinating the EC.

For the 2019/2020 term, the current EC is proposing the following set of responsibilities for the President:
a. Chair EC meetings
b. Ensure that the association functions in a fair manner
c. Chair the Special Governance Council, as outlined in the IAPS Strategic Plan
d. Charter a move to become an Observer of IUPAP
e. Direct the work of the EC
f. External relations
g. Direct the preparations for General Meetings and the Delegate Day
h. Direct the preparations for the IAPS workshops
i. Manage and represent IAPS

Although some details might be changed at the AGM, due to potential proposals from the membership, most of these responsibilities are intrinsic to the office of President, according to the IAPS Charter and the IAPS Regulations.

If you want to run, send your CV and a motivation letter to president@iaps.info! If you want some more detailed information, check out this and this.

IAPS 2019 Annual General Meeting Final Agenda released

The final agenda of the 2019 Annual General Meeting has been released to members by the IAPS Executive Committee, as posted below.

2019 Annual General Meeting – Final Agenda
1. Election of the Chair, Secretary and Tellers
2. Membership
2.1. Voting Rights
2.2. New Members
2.3. Expulsions
2.4. Quorum
3. Approval of the minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
4. Auditors report and accounts of the 2017/2018 Executive Committee
5. Election of Auditors
6. Election of IAPS Alumni Representative
7. Election of IAPS Archivist
8. 2018/19 Executive Committee Report
9. 2019/20 Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities Document
10. Discussion and vote on the IAPS Strategic Plan
11. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Charter
12. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Regulations
13. IAPS Code of Conduct
14. IAPS Privacy Policy Update
15. IAPS Reimbursement Guide
16. 2020 Budget
17. 2020 IAPS School Day Topic
18. iaps2CERN
18.1. Final Report for 2019 iaps2CERN
19. PLANCKS
19.1. Final Report for 2019 PLANCKS
19.2. Progress Report for 2020 PLANCKS
19.3. Election of the host for the 2021 PLANCKS
20. ICPS
20.1. Final Report for 2018 ICPS
20.2. Progress Report for 2020 ICPS
20.3. Election of the host of the 2021 ICPS
21. Election of Executive Committee members
22. Other points of interest

To be held physically at the University of Cologne, in Cologne, Germany, during day 4 of ICPS, starting at 9:00 AM CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC+2) on August 13th, this meeting is open for online attendance, which IAPS members can request by sending an e-mail to president@iaps.info.

Once more, we remind everyone that, per IAPS Charter, National Committees (NCs) will have 7 votes, Local Committees (LCs) will have 2 votes and Individual Members from each country have, collectively, 1 vote.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact president@iaps.info!

IAPS 2019 Annual General Meeting provisional agenda released

The Executive Committee of IAPS has sent out to the provisional agenda of the this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to IAPS membership representatives.

2019 AGM Provisional Agenda
1. Election of the Chair, Secretary and Tellers
2. Membership
2.1. Voting Rights
2.2. New Members
2.3. Expulsions
2.4. Quorum
3. Approval of the minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
4. Approval of the minutes of the 2019 Extraordinary General Meeting
5. Auditors report and accounts of the previous Executive Committee
6. Election of Auditors
7. Election of IAPS Alumni Representative
8. Election of IAPS Archivist
9. 2018/19 Executive Committee Report
10. 2019/20 Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities Document
11. Discussion and vote on the IAPS Strategic Plan
12. Discussion and vote on the 2018/19 EC’s Alumni Committee Proposal
13. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Charter
14. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Regulations
15. IAPS Code of Conduct
16. IAPS Privacy Policy Update
17. IAPS Reimbursement Guide
18. 2020 Provisional Budget
19. 2020 IAPS School Day Topic
20. iaps2CERN
20.1. Final Report for 2019 iaps2CERN
21. PLANCKS
21.1. Final Report for 2019 PLANCKS
21.2. Progress Report for 2020 PLANCKS
21.3. Election of the host for the 2021 PLANCKS
22. ICPS
22.1. Final Report for 2019 ICPS
22.2. Progress Report for 2020 ICPS
22.3. Election of the host for the 2021 ICPS
23. Election of the Executive Committee members
24. Other points of interest

Starting at 9:00 AM CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC+2) on August 13th, the AGM will be held physically in Cologne, Germany during ICPS 2019, IAPS’s flagship event, organised by members of the junde Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (jDPG), the student wing of the German Physical Society, with a live feed for anyone who wishes to follow the meeting at a distance.

Per IAPS Charter terms, National Committees have 7 votes, Local Committees have 2 votes and Individual Members from each country have, collectively, 1 vote. We remind you that any member of IAPS with voting rights may propose additional points for the agenda.

If you wish to follow the meeting remotely, propose agenda items or have any questions, contact presidente@iaps.info.

IAPS’s major democratic process is just a month away!

IAPS EC statement on climate change and the Student Strike for Climate

Due to its nature as a global organisation for cooperation between Physics students, IAPS is a particularly important platform for serious discussion around scientific topics, including reflection on how research impacts public policy and what the scientific community can do to influence policy on relevant issues that directly relate to its work and its understanding of natural phenomena.

As is generally known, climate change is, most likely, the issue that is most representative of the dangers of public decision-makers not following or falling short of taking necessary action to address long-standing, evidence-based scientific consensus.

Consequently, the Executive Committee of IAPS considers it is of utmost importance for all in the scientific community to make sure the public and its representatives are paying attention to the all too real threat of a climate crisis, especially those who represent future of Science: students.

In order to do its part in calling attention to climate change, the EC decided to release a statement stressing the seriousness of this issue, mentioning the insufficient efforts by many governments – some not even accomplishing the timid goals of the Paris Climate Agreement – and underlining the positive impact of various forms of action, including the Student Strike for Climate. Though much has been done recently, it is clear more ambitious measures must be taken.

Read through the statement below!

ICPS 2019 – Last registration opportunity for waiting list

The ICPS 2019 Organising Committee has opened registrations one final time to allow for a participation possibility for those who are still interested but were unable to sign up between the first and second rounds.

As all the places for ICPS Cologne are already filled, this final round is based on a waiting list, ordered according to date and time of registration, as it is expected that some already accepted participants might have to renounce their place for various possible reasons, a phenomenon observed every year.

So, if you haven’t signed up and want to attend the biggest IAPS event, this is your opportunity to register!

May is IAPS Student Mental Health Awareness Month

IAPS Student Mental Health Awareness Month

This May, IAPS is promoting on its social media a series of articles, research and testimonies related to student mental health.

An often overlooked topic, mental health is critical for students’ academic achievements and work-life balance in general, with psychological studies – as pointed out here – regularly concluding and pointing out the harm of frequent excessive levels of stress and psychological pressure in academia on emotional equilibrium, motivation and productivity in the workplace or in studies.

With this initiative, the IAPS Executive Committee hopes to contribute to a better understanding of the obstacles students, including those who study Physics, face in academia, be it in courses, research and work practice.

ICPS 2019 Grants and Scholarships available

The ICPS 2019 Organising Committee (OC) has announced two opportunities for financial support in ICPS 2019 attendance.

The Bonn Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy (BCGS) is supporting five Travel Grants, by reimbursement, of up to 400€ to cover conference fee and travel costs for students from Europe presenting a scientific contribution at ICPS.

The Dr. Karl Mey Scholarships, established by the DPG to promote young scientist from Central and Eastern Europe, are supporting with up to 600€ for conference fee and travels costs up to six ICPS participants from Central and Eastern European countries presenting a scientific contribution at ICPS.

To find out how to apply and to check if you can apply, read instructions here!

If you can apply, don’t miss this opportunity!

jIAPS 2019 Edition Article Topics Call

The Editorial Team of jIAPS is looking for article ideas for this year’s edition!
So, they have opened a call for article topics until this sunday, April 14th for IAPS members and alumni!

If you want to have your work, thoughts or experiences in jIAPS 2019, come up with up to two themes, write your motivation for them and fill in this form with that information! You free to choose various topics and approaches, from the difference of working experience in academia and industry to Science outreach and communication or the importance of diversity and equality in Physics.

You have until around the end of May to send the 500-700 word article itself. For now, you just need focus on selecting your topic of choice and submit the form!

Answer the call of jIAPS!

ICPS 2019 – Second Round Registrations call

Registrations for the International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS) 2019 have opened in a second round from April 1st to the 15th.

If you missed the first round in February, you have an opportunity to sign up for this awesome conference in Cologne, Germany, where Science, Culture and social activities with hundreds of your fellow Physics students will make for a week of fun, learning and establishing contacts and friendships across the world!

In this round, the Organising Committee has launched an exciting Poster Challenge. Read about how to participate here!

Check out all the ICPS 2019 information here and register through the Member Network!

Remember to follow ICPS 2019 on Facebook and Instagram!

Extraordinary General Meeting called for May

The Executive Committee, per IAPS Charter point 17.2, has called for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be held on Saturday, May 11th 2019 at 6:00 PM CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC+2) with physical location at the University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Oulu, Finland and online access.

The main purpose is to determine who will carry on the PR Manager duties until the end of the current term, following the resignation of Sofia Ferreira Teixeira, and to review some of the main IAPS documents. Read the full provisional agenda below.

Provisional Agenda:
1. Election of Chair, Secretary and Tellers
2. Checking quorum
3. General announcements
4. Approval of the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting (AGM)
5. Selection of the new IAPS EC PR Manager
6. Approval of the updated IAPS Code of Conduct
7. IAPS’s Affiliated Commission application to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
8. Discussion on proposed changes to the IAPS Charter and Regulations
9. Discussion on a proposal to change the IAPS membership of individual members and alumni in the future
10. Other points of interest

If you have any questions, wish to attend the meeting remotely or want to propose other items to the agenda, write to president@iaps.info.