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Lights of Tuscany

A group of motivated physics students joined together just before Christmas in order to spend some days in the beautiful area of Tuscany, Italy and learn more about light-related research and technologies.

The organisers from AISF did an amazing job in the creation of this new event! At the opening ceremony, a set of LIGHTalks gave an introduction into medical applications, quantum sensors, the research done at the University of Pisa and much more. We later visited the European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS) near Florence, where researchers described to us their work on photonics, atomic and biophysics. On Saturday afternoon, we spent some hours at the University of Pisa Physics Department and then at The European Gravitational Observatory EGO-VIRGO. This enormous facility, with arms of a Michelson interferometer extending for several kilometers, aims at proving the existence of gravitational waves through the use of advanced laser technology. On Sunday, we spent a fantastic day in Florence, which is undoubtedly a unique and wonderful city!

We concluded the event with visits of the NEST and TeCIP institutes of the Scuola Normale and Scuola Sant’Anna of Pisa, where we were inspired by great work on nanotechnology and integrated photonics.

The event offered many possibilities to get in contact with researchers at the individual institutes as well as with students from around the world. With participants coming from 14 countries, the event was a true international one.

Many thanks to the organisers!

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.


PLANCKS 2016 – registration opening

We are happy to announce that PLANCKS 2016 will be held in Bucharest, Romania, between 20 – 23 of May 2016!

Registration will be open from 16th November 2015 until 7th February 2016. Please check  for more information.

Very important, we kindly ask you to contact us until 15th  November 2015 if your country plans  to organize preliminaries!

If you have any questions regarding PLANCKS,  don’t hesitate  to write to or .

We cannot wait to meet all of you at PLANCKS 2016!


Lights of Tuscany

IAPS and the Italian Association of Physics Students are happy to announce a new event for the end of this year!

Lights of Tuscany takes place at the end of the International Year of Light, with five days of full immersion on light-related themes! In December, 17-21 it will be possible to come to Pisa and visit research centres such as the physics facilities of the University of Pisa, the VIRGO (gravitational interferometer), the NEST (laboratory of nanoscience which strongly collaborates with the Scuola Normale Superiore), the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. We will also move to Florence to the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy (LENS).

Banner of Lights of Tuscany

During the opening ceremony there will be a LIGHTtalk: profiles from academia, artists, journalists and entrepreneurs are going to discuss themes related to light, its interdisciplinarity and its importance for progress and development. Social activities and sightseeing are also included, with a Pisa by Night and an entire free day in Florence, with the optional possibility to visit the Uffizi Gallery.

All the activities will be held in English, and we expect 2/3 of the participants to be international. All members of IAPS can apply. Check here to see if you are a member.

Programme, registration form and more details are available on the official portal

Registration closes 15 October and the participation fee is 110 €. There are around 40 places so be quick.