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IAPS 2022-2023

Have you seen jIAPS’ Advent Calendar 2022?

jIAPS has created an online Advent Calendar, featuring contributions from Physics students from over twenty countries across five continents. Find it at:

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IAPS 2022-2023

jIAPS Advent Calendar 2022

This year, we have created an online Advent Calendar, featuring contributions from Physics students from over twenty countries across five continents. We will be posting the Advent Calendar on our Instagram (@j.iaps, https://www.instagram.com/j.iaps/) each day in December.

Learn about festive traditions across the globe, create Physics-themed Christmas tree decorations and listen to music played by our own international music group of Physics students. With puzzles, and recipes to try, there is something for everyone.


jIAPS also organises a monthly photography competition. During December, the theme will be photos of the Festive Season. We would love to see your photos – just email us or tag us on social media. You don’t have to be a current physics student to enter. If you would like to learn more about jIAPS, please email us at jiaps@iaps.info.

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IAPS 2022-2023

jIAPS Article Contest 2023 is now open

Do you love to write? Put your writing skills to the test for the chance to win a free place at ICPS 2023 Philippines! Your article will also be published in jIAPS 2023, the journal of IAPS. The runner-ups will receive certificates and a small prize. 

All you have to do is write a physics related article of 600-800 words. You can find more details at jIAPS Article Contest.

The Article Contest will be open for submissions until 28th February 2023.

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IAPS 2022-2023

Happy 35th anniversary of IAPS

12th September 2022 is the 35th Anniversary of IAPS! Join us to continue building a larger and more inclusive community.

In 1986, four Hungarian physics students, Levai, Horváth, Budai and Van had the idea of creating an international association of physics students and in 1987, their proposal was formally accepted at the 2nd International Conference of Students of Physics (ICSP, or as it is now renamed, ICPS).

35th Anniversary Competition

How will you celebrate IAPS’ 35th Anniversary?

Will you host a party with your local Physics society or LC? Could you bake a cake or sample traditional dishes from around the world? You could do something related to the number 35 – anything from making a list of 35 Physicists to doing 35 press-ups… in this competition, any entries are accepted, whether they are simple or creative or extraordinary. You can think out-of-the-box or just say ‘happy birthday’ in your native language. Whatever you do, we would love to hear from you. Just email your entry (in any format) to jiaps@iaps.info . The winning entries will be featured in jIAPS 2023 (prizes and deadline TBC).

Read more about the History of IAPS in ‘Made In Hungary’ and look out for future events over the next year, to celebrate this special anniversary.

Feliz cumpleaños Gabriel

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IAPS 2022-2023 News

Welcome to the new IAPS year 2022-23!

Authors:  Jeet Shannigrahi,  Harvey Sapigao, Alexia Beale

Nearly four decades ago, a group of like-minded individuals came together to form an organization for students who come from a variety of backgrounds around the world but are united by a shared love for physics. The International Association for Physics Students (IAPS) is now globally the largest organization for students of physics, regardless of age, ethnicity or economic background. IAPS has formally been accepted into IUPAP and continues to represent physics students worldwide. 

jIAPS (the Journal of IAPS) is an integral part of IAPS, expressing its ethos and goals through articles, blogs, creative entries and newsletters. Over the years, jIAPS has been led by diverse individuals; this year’s editorial team includes IAPS members from around the world (from Mexico and the Dominican Republic to India and beyond), demonstrating the inclusivity and diversity that IAPS has come to embody. jIAPS 2023 echoes this spirit with a fresh commitment to expand on the horizon of physics for students from every corner of the globe. Here are some highlights to look out for in the coming year:

  1. PLANCKS 2023 – PLANCKS is an exciting physics competition for teams of Bachelor’s and Master’s students, with guest lectures and social activities to attend too. Now is a good time to start thinking about organising a Preliminary in your country. IAPS can support you with the organisation of Preliminaries.  You may be selected to represent your country at the final of PLANCKS 2023 in Milan. 
  2. ICPS 2023 – Next summer, ICPS (the International Conference for Physics Students) will be held in Baguio and Manila, Philippines. It is the first time ICPS shall be hosted in Southeast Asia!  
  3. Article Contest and Creative Competitions – Preparations for jIAPS 2023 are underway. Watch this space for the announcement of the Article Contest and Creative Competitions with amazing IAPS Merchandise and waived entry fees to ICPS for the winning entries. 
  4. Sunday Discord Sessions – IAPS has several informal groups which meet on Sundays, usually at 1pm UTC. Come and listen, play, and discuss international music in the newly formed Music Group; try different recipes at the Cooking Day sessions; and seek support in the Mental Health Check-Ins.
  5. Coming soon: Learn more about the range of Working Groups within IAPS and how to join them.

and finally… jIAPS is always looking for more Contributors – do you want to write articles about physics or help scout for new stories? Just send us a message at jiaps@iaps.info to join the team.

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IAPS Statement on the Current Conflict in Ukraine

The International Association of Physics Students represents over 70,000 students around the world. One of IAPS’ commitments is to promote peaceful international collaboration, which is why it is crucial that IAPS addresses matters concerning the security, safety and wellbeing of its members.

IAPS is deeply concerned about the military conflict and Russian invasion that is currently happening in Ukraine. It is in the interest of all IAPS members that the situation can be quickly resolved with a minimal loss of life. IAPS encourages the international community to reach a peaceful and diplomatic solution, and strongly supports our members’ wishes to continue to be able to live in a peaceful country. 

IAPS strongly expresses its solidarity with all members affected by this conflict. It is IAPS’ sincere hope that this conflict will not affect access to education in Ukraine. Education is a human right and should never be part of the collateral damage of international conflict.

IAPS calls out to our members to form a bond of strong community in these difficult and frightening times, and to show solidarity and support to our friends and peers affected by this conflict. It is with this statement that IAPS is launching the #physics4peace campaign. Stand with us for peace. 

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IAPS 2022-2023

UBC PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY LAUNCHPAD PROGRAM

The program is now accepting applications until 11:59pm PDT on March 24, 2022.

Who can participate? Students who meet all the following criteria:
• Students who are interested in applying for graduate programs in Physics, Astronomy, Medical Physics or Engineering Physics in 2022 or 2023 (entry 2023 and 2024).
• Students who are women or non-binary, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), 2SLGBTQ+, living with disabilities, and/or are in the first generation in their family to attend university.
• The in person-participation is restricted to students from Canada, the US and Mexico. The online participation is open to students from anywhere.

Why join the program?
• A three-day workshop held at UBC campus (in-person and remote) from June 15 to June 18, 2022  to learn about physics research programs and graduate student life at UBC, engage in conversations with faculty members, research scientists and graduate students, experience an afternoon in a laboratory, visit laboratories, participate in workshops on preparing, improve their graduate program application and secure a paid research experience. 
• Participants will also be paired up with UBC Physics & Astronomy mentors (graduate students and post-docs) who will continue to be in touch to provide support and guidance in participants’ journey to join graduate school in the future.
• All cost, including travel, will be paid by the program. 

To apply visit here https://launchpad.phas.ubc.ca/

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IAPS Annual General Meeting 2021, 14th & 15th of August 2021 – Final call

The IAPS Annual General Meeting 2021, hereby AGM 2021, is going to be hosted online by the IAPS Executive Committee (EC) on Saturday & Sunday, August 14th & 15th 2021 starting at 12:30 UTC on August 14th, through the IAPS BigBlueButton server.

Please find below the final AGM 2021 agenda.

1. Election of the Chair, Minute Taker 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 March 27th 2021 Extraordinary General Meeting
4. Resolution of Auditors Report and Accounts of the 2018/2019 Executive Committee
5. Presentation of and discussion on Auditors Report and Accounts of the 2019/2020 Executive Committee
6. Election of the Auditors
7. Election of the IAPS Alumni Representatives
8. Election of the jIAPS Editor-in-Chief
9. Election of the IAPS Archivist
10. Presentation of and discussion on 2020/21 Executive Committee Report
11. Discussion on and approval of the 2022/23 Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities
12. Advocacy, Diversity and Inclusion in IAPS
  12.1 People with disabilities in Physics and the IAPS Accessibility Guidelines
  12.2 Women in Physics and the Waterloo Charter
  12.3 Science advocacy and the Lindau Guidelines
  12.4 Student advocacy
  12.5 LGBTQ+ people in Physics
  12.6 National, racial and ethnic diversity in Physics
13. IAPS Strategic Planning
  13.1 Presentation of and discussion on the Evaluation Report of the implementation of 2018-2021 IAPS Strategic Plan
  13.2 Discussion and approval of the 2021-2024 IAPS Strategic Plan
14. Discussion and approval of the 2021/2022 Budget
15. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Regulations
16. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the PLANCKS General Rules
17. External Relations
  17.1 Discussion and approval of the format of the IAPS IUPAP Affiliated Commission status
  17.2 Election of the IAPS IUPAP Affiliated Commission representative members
  17.3 Ratification of Memoranda of Understanding
  17.4 Presentation and discussion of IAPS participation in the Global Student Government organisation
  17.5 Discussion on IAPS applying to become an Affiliate Member of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
  17.6 Discussion on developing an application for IAPS to become an Affiliated Member of the International Science Council
  17.7 Discussion on developing an application for IAPS to obtain Consultative Status with UNESCO
  17.8 Discussion on External Relations Liaisons
  17.9 Additional matters
18. Selection of the 2022 IAPS School Day Topic
19. iaps2CERN
  19.1 Presentation of status of planning for iaps2CERN 2022
20. PLANCKS
  20.1 Presentation of Final Report on PLANCKS 2020
  20.2 Presentation of Preliminary Report on PLANCKS 2021
  20.3 Presentation of Progress Report on PLANCKS 2022
  20.4 Election of the host of the PLANCKS 2023
21. ICPS
  21.1 Resolution of Final Report on ICPS 2019
  21.2 Presentation of Progress Report on ICPS 2022
  21.3 Election of the host of the ICPS 2023
22. Election of the 2021/22 Executive Committee members
23. Other points of interest

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IAPS Annual General Meeting 2021, 14th & 15th of August 2021

The IAPS Annual General Meeting 2021, hereby AGM 2021, is going to be hosted online by the IAPS Executive Committee (EC) on Saturday & Sunday, August 14th & 15th 2021 starting at 12:30 UTC on August 14th. We expect to hold the meeting using the IAPS BigBlueButton server.

Please find below the draft AGM 2021 agenda, to which any IAPS member can propose changes, namely the addition of agenda items per the IAPS Charter point 17.4. The Executive Committee requests that these be sent by email to ec@iaps.info until 12:29 UTC on July 10th, in order to give the EC time to determine how to include the points in the final agenda.

1. Election of the Chair, Minute Taker 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 March 27th 2021 Extraordinary General Meeting
4. Resolution of Auditors Report and Accounts of the 2018/2019 Executive Committee
5. Presentation of and discussion on Auditors Report and Accounts of the 2019/2020 Executive Committee
6. Election of the Auditors
7. Election of the IAPS Alumni Representatives
8. Election of the IAPS Archivist
9. Presentation of and discussion on 2020/21 Executive Committee Report
10. Discussion on and approval of the 2022/23 Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities
11. IAPS Strategic Planning
11.1 Presentation of and discussion on the Evaluation Report of the implementation of 2018-2021 IAPS Strategic Plan
11.2 Discussion and approval of the 2021-2024 IAPS Strategic Plan
12. Discussion and approval of the 2021/2022 Budget
13. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Charter
14. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the Regulations
15. Discussion and vote on any proposed modifications of the PLANCKS General Rules
16. External Relations
16.1 Discussion and approval of the format of the IAPS IUPAP Affiliated Commission status
16.2 Election of the IAPS IUPAP Affiliated Commission board members
16.3 Ratification of the IAPS-IAU Memorandum of Understanding
16.4 Ratification of the IAPS-IAGA Memorandum of Understanding
16.5 Ratification of the IAPS-ASP Memorandum of Understanding
16.6 Ratification of the IAPS-IUPAB Memorandum of Understanding
16.7 Ratification of the IAPS-IAVCEI Memorandum of Understanding
16.8 Ratification of the IAPS-IUCr Memorandum of Understanding
16.9 Presentation and discussion of IAPS participation in the Global Student Government organisation
16.10 Discussion and vote on IAPS applying to become an Affiliate Member of the IUGG
16.11 Discussion and vote on developing an application for IAPS to become an Affiliated Member of the ISC
16.12 Discussion and vote on developing an application for IAPS to obtain Consultative Status with UNESCO
16.13 Discussion on External Relations Liaisons
16.14 Additional matters
17. Selection of the 2022 IAPS School Day Topic
18. iaps2CERN
18.1 Presentation of status of planning for iaps2CERN 2022
19. PLANCKS
19.1 Presentation of Final Report on PLANCKS 2020
19.2 Presentation of Preliminary Report on PLANCKS 2021
19.3 Presentation of Progress Report on PLANCKS 2022
19.4 Election of the host of the PLANCKS 2023
20. ICPS
20.1 Resolution of Final Report on ICPS 2019
20.2 Presentation of Progress Report on ICPS 2022
20.3 Election of the host of the ICPS 2023
21. Election of the 2021/22 Executive Committee members
22. Other points of interest

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IAPS-IAU Collaboration established!

We are excited to announce that IAPS has established a formal collaboration with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) and the Division C on Education, Heritage, and Outreach!

Signed on May 4th, this MoU expresses the importance of cooperation on matters such as outreach, advocacy, diversity and science communication, in particular within the scope of the amazing work of the IAU on all these aspects.

We look forward to many practical ways to reflect this connection between the IAPS and the IAU communities, spread across the world.

Due to the date of signing and the astronomy theme, it is only logical to wish everybody (even with some delay): May the fourth be with you!

For more information, check the announcement on the IAU website: https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann21030/.