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Register for The International Conference of Physics Students

It is now possible to register for The International Conference of Physics Students which is the main event of IAPS. This year, it will take place 11-17 August in Malta and will offer a wide variety of  lectures, excursions, and social activities with fellow physics students from all across the world.

So far 140 have already registered and acceptances and rejections are expected to be send already on Monday 8 February so be sure to sign up during this week.

Register here.

Note that you can get you registration fee of 190 € plus an excursion refunded by participating in the jIAPS Article Contest until 31 March.

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!

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 plancks.org  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  OC2016@plancks.org or  plancks2016@gmail.com .

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

 

IYL School Day Grant

The IYL School Day is coming up. On 10. November students all over the world will learn more about light and light based technologies. Please motivate your members to participate. A template on how to contact schools can be found in the IAPS owncloud.

Help from IAPS is also available: To enable more events IAPS has issued a call for proposals to support events regarding the IYL School Day. The grant proposal can be found on the IAPS IYL School Day webpage.

Also, please feel free to contact us (iyl (at) iaps dot info) at any time, if you have any questions regarding the IYL School Day or grant.

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 http://ai-sf.it/lot.

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

2015 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Stream and Chat

The 25th Ig Nobel ceremony is just behind the corner! If you haven’t got a ticket, don’t fret just yet:  you can still see the improbable (and incredible) show live from the comfort of your home. The ceremony will be streamed here on Friday 18th, starting at 12 am CET.

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people laugh, and then make them think. The winners come to a gala ceremony at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, and then give public lectures at MIT.

The 25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will introduce ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners – Each has done something that makes people laugh then think.
Winners will travel to the ceremony, at their own expense, from around the world to receive their prize from a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates, in Harvard’s historic and largest theater.

https://youtu.be/WaZX8oV0Vy0

 

Launch of iaps4fusion!

We are finally ready to launch our iaps4fusion programme!

At the end of September, a group of 40 students will be visiting the United Kingdom for a set of tours and talks, focusing on Plasma Physics! During this event, we will be at the University of Oxford, the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and Imperial College London. We will also offer the opportunity to walk around the beautiful cities in which we will stay for a total of almost 5 days.

We are proud to announce that we are going to be able to offer all this for a fee of €120 per person, which, we can assure you, is only allowed by our generous sponsors.

To read more about the programme and get ready for the beginning of registrations (August 2nd, 13:00 CET), please head towards the event page.

 

iaps@GranSasso2015 conclusion

After such a long planning, our absolutely amazing days in Italy were extremely rewarding! Just look at this great bunch of people and their smiles, as they stand 1400 meters below the rock at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory:

group_GranSasso

You can find a selection of pictures and some numbers of the event at this link!

This event, a collaboration between IAPS and the Italian Association of Physics Students (AISF), was an overwhelming success: as organisers, we can say that everything went very smoothly; as participants, we are happy to say that it was a unique experience, extremely educational and fascinating.

Both our visits in Frascati (near Rome) and close to the Gran Sasso Mountain were extremely successful, with many talks given by researchers about superconductivity, laser physics, magnetic confinement fusion, neutrinos, beta-beta decays and dark matter. You can find some pictures and short descriptions of the programme at this link.

The organising committee, composed of Francesco Sciortino and Deividas Sabonis, would like to take the opportunity to thank the IAPS and AISF collaborators, in particular Matthias Zimmermann, Andreea Monteanu, Leon Jurčić and Lucio Maria Milanese. Many thanks also to Dr. Pace (ENEA Frascati) for so kindly welcoming us, and to Prof. Testa, ENEA President, for his financial support.

Our warmest thanks go to the Gran Sasso researchers, who showed the best of their world-class research and a clear interest in sharing their passion with students: Stefano Ragazzi, Eugenio Coccia, Massimo Mannarelli, Alba Formicola, Fausto Chiarizia, Natalia Di Marco, Roberto Aloisio, Matteo Lorenzini, Giulia Pagliaroli, Matthias Junker and all our tour visits and speakers.