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IAPS has new members

The 2019 IAPS Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on August 13th, approved 9 new member committees, with 4 National Committees (NCs) and 5 Local Committees (LCs):

NC Cuba – Sociedad Cubana de Jovenes Fisicos/Cuban Society for Young Physicists
NC Georgia – საქართველოს ფიზიკის სტუდენტთა ასოციაცია/Georgian Association of Physics Students (GAPS)
NC Morocco – Moroccan Association of Physics (MAP)
NC Poland – Polskie Stowarzyszenie Studentów Fizyki/Polish Association of Physics Students (PSSF)

LC Jambi (Indonesia) – Ikatan Mahasiswa Pendidikan Fisika/Physics Education Student Association (IMAPEFSI)
LC Kumasi (Ghana) – IAPS Kumasi
LC Noida (India) – Physics Society of Shiv Nadar University (PhySoc)
LC Quito (Ecuador) – OSA-USFQ Capítulo Estudiantil/OSA-USFQ Student Chapter
LC Saint Petersburg (Russia) – сообщество студентов-физиков Политехнического университета/Polytechnic Community of Physics Students (PCPS)

All of these new members were immediately approved as new members, with the exception of LC Quito, whose membership was approved conditional on the payment of the first membership fee occuring up to September 1st. As this condition has already been met, LC Quito is also officially a member of IAPS.

Welcome to all of our new members!

ICPS 2019 places still available

If you missed the 2 rounds of ICPS registrations, don’t worry! In the words of Futurama’s Professor Farnsworth, good news, everyone: there are still some spots available!

To register, just log in to the Member Network and sign up here. Check out the full program of the conference and all relevant details on the official website.

If you have any questions, just contact info@icps.cologne.

Don’t miss this awesome gathering of Physics students from all corners of the Earth [Warning: this phrase does not constitute proof that the Earth if flat].

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!

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!

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.

IAPS School Day Grant 2018 Call – Second Run

The IAPS School Day is the main IAPS outreach activity! Around the 10th of November, every year since 2015, physics students, members of IAPS visit schools and demonstrate several physics experiments under the same physics topic! It is our IAPS way of celebrating the World Science Day for Peace and Development!

And in 2018 the topic is … Particle Physics! If you are interested in participating in this local international activity but are struggling to attain sponsors, you have now a second chance to submit an application to the IAPS School Day Grant! Several applications were already accepted on the first call and with the leftover funds, IAPS wishes to help as many committees as possible to make the IAPS School Day come true!

What are you waiting for? You have until the 31st of October to send in your application! Do not miss this rare second opportunity! Find out more here!

We support AstroMundus!

The following open letter has just been approved by the Executive Committee of IAPS in which we support the AstroMundus programme. The programme allows many students in the EU as well as around the globe the opportunity to have a world-class education in astronomy and astrophysics at universities in several countries. As the programme is set to be discontinued, we have written this letter to the European Commission.

A special thanks goes to IAPS member Suzanne Dalgleish, who made us aware of the problem, and to IAPS volunteer Binod Bhattarai for his help drafting the letter.

See the .pdf of the original letter here.

To,

The Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency

Unit A3

Avenue du Bourget 1

J59 BE-1049 Brussels

Belgium

 

Date: 10 July 2017

Ref: Open letter of support for the continuation of the AstroMundus programme

It has come to the attention of the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) that the AstroMundus programme is being discontinued. The AstroMundus programme is undoubtedly a great opportunity for students from all over the world to learn in an excellent international environment and foster the intercultural dialogue and exchanges between students from all over the world.

AstroMundus has been a 2-years ERASMUS+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics (120 ECTS). The programme was initiated in 2009 as an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course and has been continuing within the framework of the new Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The Masters Course was offered by a consortium of four partner universities in Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia, with the participation of four research institutions as associated partners in Italy, Serbia, and Germany.

Physics is without a doubt an “exciting intellectual adventure that inspires young people and expands the frontiers of our knowledge about Nature.” (Statement by IUPAP, March 1999). Physics graduates are the pillar to the world’s economy. The fundamental discoveries made by Physics graduates and students are the building blocks to the technological advancements, that will help drive the economy forward and improve the overall quality of life of the whole human civilization. Physics is an essential part of the educational system and of an advanced society and this can only be achieved through support of physics education and research in all countries throughout the world.

AstroMundus students currently carry out their master studies in at least two and up to four of these countries (Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia), in a stimulating and scientifically excellent international environment with a four-semester sequence. A limited number of scholarships for the course that will be starting in September 2017 is expected to be funded through the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme of the European Commission and the AstroMundus Consortium. The main objective of the programme has always been to provide top-ranked students with an excellent background in Astrophysics, introduce them to the world of modern astrophysical research, and foster their future career in this field. At the same time, in the spirit of the Erasmus Mundus programmes, it aims to promote cultural exchanges between non-European and European students and academics. This is unprecedented in traditional single-country university studies and a continuation of the programme would lead to a further strengthening of international connections. Thus, the programmes like AstroMundus should be continued with even higher capacities and facilities than that in present so that the deserving and capable young minds could be supported.

Owing to the great success and importance of this programme, we hereby declare this open letter of support to the AstroMundus programme.

WHO ARE WE ?

IAPS is an international, student-run educational association. It comprises students enrolled in a University or similar institution on a physics or physics related course, as well as up to twelve months after receiving a degree from a university or similar institution. We are an association of physics students and student societies from around the globe working to promote peaceful collaboration amongst them. Our members are represented by national and local committees, who meet regularly to ensure the relevance of our activities. We currently have 15 National Committees and 15 Local Committees across the globe along with over 100 individual members from different parts of the world.

The aims of the association are:

  • To encourage physics students in their academic and professional work in an international context;
  • To promote peaceful relations among physics students around the world;
  • To introduce physics students to the international community, help them to build professional relations and foster a collaborative attitude amongst young physicists across the globe.
  • To organise international conferences and events run by physics students for physics students.

We envision IAPS as an international association of many members, who share activities both large and small, and their knowledge and experience with each other on a regular basis; who form a real community through their common interests and needs, and who actively take part in forming their environment.

Through this open letter of support to the AstroMundus programme, IAPS anticipates that the programme will be continued and reach as many students worldwide as possible.

 

On behalf of the International Association of Physics Students,

 

 

Henrik Siboni                                                                                                               Anton Saressalo

IAPS President                                                                                                               IAPS Vice President

Registrations for first edu weekend of IAPS outreach network are open!

Dear members,

the registration for the event in Zagreb is now up! Register here.

Participation fee is set at 65 € and only IAPS members may attend.

Schedule of the event can be found here. For any questions, contact edu[at]iaps.info

* denotes events related to EGM and it is possible to join those as well (not included in price of the trip). If you are coming to the EGM, please let the EC know. (ec[at]iaps.info)

For more info visit NOTE  or event pages.

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The IAPS School Day Grant 2016

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We are repeating the IAPS School Day!

10 November is an occasion for you to spread interest in physics and this year’s theme is Environment and Energy. Around the world, members like you will organise activities at schools, universities, and other venues in order to ensure that we will have a new generation of physics students. For inspiration, this is what it looked like last year.

To help you in this endavour, we have decided to make a dedicated School Day Grant. Each member committee can receive up to 500 € with a total of 1500 € given out by IAPS.

The deadline is 19 October.

So do you have an idea for a fun experiment in a local school? Then join us!

Questions are welcome and can be sent to: edu(at)iaps(dot)info

We hope to see you!